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Pound Animal Welfare Society Of Montclair Inc.

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: PAWS (Pound Animal Welfare Society of Montclair, Inc.) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to the humane treatment of animals and finding homes for stray and abandoned cats and dogs in our community.

Results: In our 40+ years of service to the community, PAWS has developed much expertise and a wonderful network of caring people, enabling us to be a highly responsive and flexible animal rescue group. We strive to answer every call and email in a timely manner, and offer guidance and alternatives to keep animals in their home, or when necessary, find a new home. We currently maintain two small sanctuaries – one for dogs and one for cats – which, along with our strong fostering network, enable us to continue sheltering a limited number of animals in need. At any given time, we typically can care for up to 8 dogs and 50 cats and kittens.

Target demographics: homeless pets

Direct beneficiaries per year: We successfully adopted many homeless cats and dogs. Animals were also pulled from high kill shelters and saved from euthanasia.

Geographic areas served: Montclair, NJ - Essex County, NJ

Programs: PAWS focuses on “rescue” and “reduce” through careful adoption, fostering, and humane education. The initiative expands our ability for: finding animals good, appropriate, forever homes; preventing warehousing and/or euthanizing adoptable animals; changing public consciousness about the value of animals and our responsibilities to them; helping address the puppy mills issue; and promoting spay/neuter.

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37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 gabibitte

Client Served

Rating: 5

RE: Charlie and Ginger My husband and I were heartbroken when my black kitty cat, The Pooch, passed away in September of 2012, at the age of 16. My husband and I had always talked about adopting 2 black kittens from our local animal rescue and shelter, PAWS Montclair. In October 2012, we were ready to adopt and thought we would find 2 black kittens. We used PAWS Montclair and looked at the pictures of kitties posted on their website. On October 17th, my husband and I drove 20 minutes to Maplewood to pick up brother and sister, "Charley and Harley", 8-week-old kittens from the foster family. They had been with their foster family for just 1 week. Their story is touching. The foster Mommy wrote in her blog, "Welcome to Maplewood, little ones. 4 healthy and beautiful kittens were rescued from being euthanized last week at the eleventh hour. Thanks to the Pilots N Paws Rescue Program, they were flown from NC to NJ for a second chance at life." They needed us and we needed them. (Even if they weren't black! hehe) We immediately fell in love with them and tweaked their names slightly to Charlie and Ginger. Charlie and Ginger have a big following on Instagram with over 6,000 followers. https://www.instagram.com/charlieandginger/ The babies turn five this summer and we will have a big pawty for them, like we do every year. We are very grateful to PAWS Montclair. Tricia Gesner Montclair, NJ Pics attached: Bug hunt Appeared in In Touch twice: July 29, 2013 and April 14, 2014 issues Charlie posted in Cats of Instagram in 2013

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been so pleased with our experiences with PAWS. We've adopted three wonderful companions and fostered as well. PAWS really cares for the animals and works to match them with the right people and best homes for everyone involved. They are so thorough interviewing and providing information, as well as following up after adoption. One of our dogs, who PAWS rescued just in time from a high kill shelter, required several weeks of medical care before going up for adoption. PAWS saves many high risk animals and provides full vetting to all animals in their care. PAWS is a great organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would give this organization 100 stars if I could. They are the most amazing, loving, kind hearted group of people I have ever met. A cat I had adopted through them a few years ago developed a health problem, and I was very distraught. I turned to PAWS for guidance on what to do and they immediately came to our aid. With their assistance I now have my pet back home with me healthy and happy. They literally saved his life. I truly believe had it not been for their help he would not be alive today. I will forever be indebted to them, and plan to donate my time in the future. If you are considering donating time or money I would highly recommend this non-profit. They are Angels on Earth and well deserving of your support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted a doll of a puppy from PAWS of Montclair, his name is Noah. We have had him now for 6 weeks and couldn't be any happier with him. PAWS is a great organization to deal with!!!!!

3 beanie1018

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our pup Lacie from Pound Animal Welfare and they are a wonderful rescue. They saved my pups mom when she was pregnant and to be euthanized. We are so grateful for everyone at PAWS. We would definitely consider adopting from them again in the future.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our American Staffordshire mix pup from this non-profit animal shelter group. The group is filled with amazing people that care for animals. I'm so glad I found them on Petfinder.com. Our dog Lacie is an angel and we wouldn't trade her for the world.

4 Cindy181

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first found PAWS through Petfinder when I was searching for a pet kitten. I contacted the organization and spoke to someone regarding my interest in the kitten. They kindly asked me to fill out the application and once I sent it in, it was reviewed and approved. The kittens were in a foster home a town over from mine and Kristina from the shelter asked me when I was available to pick them up. It was the day before Thanksgiving but I was SO excited, I asked if I could go see them then - she asked the foster and the foster said yes! I went to her house and it was very clean and spacious - perfect for kittens to run around! She let them out, and I picked out the only male available, his name was Blue. The foster asked Kristina if I was allowed to take the kitten that night and she said yes, he was old enough to go home. So surprisingly, I got to take my kitten home! I kept in contact with Kristina from PAWS for a couple of weeks and they were immensely helpful and made the transition so much easier for my kitten. They gave me so much information about kitten care and the types of litter and food they were already on and how to change them onto different food if needed. Another great thing about my PAWS experience is that my kitten needed veterinary care within the first couple of weeks of having him and they actually paid for the vaccinations and medications needed. It was an amazing beginning to my life with Blue (I kept his name ) and he is a friendly, happy and snuggly cat! Thank you PAWS!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I reached out to PAWS because I was hoping to one day adopt a cat but wasn't sure if I was ready to commit to caring for one for a lifetime and also wasn't sure if I was cut out for it. I had never owned a cat in my adult life, but had one as a child. I filled out an application including all of this information and Kristina, a rescue volunteer, quickly reached out to me. She called me, asked me what qualities I was looking for in a new housemate. She said she had the perfect cat in mind and boy was she right. My cat Sebastian was Ferral, born in the wild but found early on. When I met him he was a year and a half and had already been through many many foster homes simply because he doesn't get along with other cats. She warned me that he bites sometimes, but in a playful way. I took him home that day and I have never been more grateful. Kristina texted me everyday asking for photos and updates on how he was doing. I really felt like I could (and did) call her anytime of the day for advice if I needed it. A few months after I took him home, he was trying to pee on the floor and he couldn't. He wasn't crying, seemed ok otherwise, but I figured (at 10:00pm on a Wednesday) I should probably mention it to Kristina just to be sure it's not something serious. She tells me to my total and utter surprise that he has to go to the animal hospital immediately and could die if we wait until morning. And according to the Vet, he would've. If I didn't have Kristina, Sebastian would have died. She was so welcoming and attentive to me and Sebastian, that I felt comfortable bothering her about something that seemed so insignificant. It's her kindness and caring attitude that saved my cats life. The personal attention PAWS gives to their animals even after they're gone is incredible, and it saved my cats life. I am eternally grateful and proud to call my kitty a PAWS Pet, because they're the best kind.

4 Carly11

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted two kitten brothers recently through PAWS. You can tell they really care for their animals and followed up with me afterward. Very responsive to emails and photos I have sent and are genuinely concerned about the welfare of their animals, even after adoption.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We've adopted several cats from PAWS over the years- each time they have helped us pick a cat that will fir in with our family- a cat whose life they have saved - a cat who probably would have died if they hadn't stepped in - we are eternally greatful

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pawswebmaster 07/12/2015

PAWS is so grateful to have families such as your open their hearts and homes. Ultimately it's you and alike saving these lives by giving them loving homes.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have adopted several animals from PAWS - their volunteers do a great job of matching animals to homes- and they foster so they know the animals personality. They do an awful lot with very little money and are always helpful and caring. -

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3 Tonia W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We got a cat from PAWS. They let us bring our dog to the facility so that they could meet to see if they could live together and be friends. We felt supported throughout the process.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWS staff loves the animals and tries to place them with people who will do the same. I appreciate that they are so careful in placing animals with humans who might share lives with them. The care that cats and dogs receive while waiting to be adopted is excellent as is availability and follow-up, if necessary.

I have adopted cats from PAWS and will continue to do so. They are my source!

3 Hillary R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group includes some of the most dedicated, hard-working and compassionate people I have ever met. I have known several of them for many years, and my mom adopted a cat from PAWS. I know there are a lot of great rescues out there, which is very much appreciated, but this group is one at at the top of that list! The sacrifices they make, the way they jump into action to help at a moment's notice and their long-standing dedication are a credit to the world of rescue, and animals in need, everywhere.

3 Karen270

Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWS is an amazing group of dedicated, knowledgeable and extremely compassionate volunteers. I recently adopted a kitten from PAWS, a little stray who was being fed in someone's backyard but needed a home. PAWS trapped the kitty and had her spayed. Volunteer Kristina picked her up from my home early in the morning, took her to be spayed before she went to work, then brought my new cat back to me later that day because she knew I couldn't as I care for my elderly mother.

If only there were more organizations like PAWS!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Simply put, I love PAWS. Last year, after a beloved kitty passed on after many years with me, I wasn't sure whether I could ever take on the responsibility for another cat. However, I always remembered the PAWS volunteers who were always at my local PETCO and how they just seemed so committed to their cause. So I went on the PAWS website and started looking at photos. I began emailing a couple of volunteers including Kristina about possibly fostering a kitty. I then went over to PETCO to meet Kristina and I fell in love with Matt Damon. We instantly connected. A few days later, I was worried when Matt seemed listless and I contacted Kristina who immediately responded and she advised me to take him to the local vet (this was on a Sunday). He was diagnosed with a fever and was treated and has been fine ever since. I stay in close touch with Kristina about Matt and share photos with her and the rest of PAWS. Their love and compassion for the little ones even inspired me to hold a yoga fundraiser for PAWS, which was awesome and I look forward to continuing to support PAWS, Kristina and all other volunteers. They feel like family to both Matt and me!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I met one of the paws volunteers, kristina, through a mutual friend. Kristina introduced me to my beautiful cat mattox. I was originally going to foster him, but fell in love. Mattox had surgery for a bite right before I received him. Kristina took him back and forth to the vet, and continually checked on his progress. A year later, deciding mattox needed some company, I adopted donatello. I must say, the dedication that kristina puts forth for EVERY animal she helps, speaks volumes for the work she does with PAWS. two years later now, with my beautiful cats, we can still count on Kristina to be there for us. I highly recommend anyone looking to give a cat a forever home, should first and foremost contact PAWS and their dedicated volunteers. Thank you all, for helping me to expand my family!

3 Lisa Hellen

Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWS is by far my favorite animal rescue group, the volunteers do amazing work every day.
Several years back PAWS Volunteer Kristina introduced me to my little boy Tony, and I am forever grateful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found PAWS back in 2007, and fell in love with them all! Volunteer Kristina is so amazingly helpful and caring, these shelter pets are so blessed to have her on their side.

I got my babyboy Tony 5 years ago with her help, he had been in a bad situation and she rescued him, I dont know what I'd do without him.

PAWS is by far my favorite shelter to go to, to visit, to try to help......not just a No-kill, they treat these pets like family until they can be adopted.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our wonderful dog and cat from PAWS. PAWS had rescued our dog from a neglect situation where the people moved and left our girl behind in an empty apartment. PAWS found her a wonderful foster home and then we adopted her. A perfect match. Our cat is the absolute sweetest. Everyone who meets him comments on his personality. PAWS was very helpful and caring.

4 Sean G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted three cats from PAWS over the years, and all of them are the most affectionate and playful companions that anyone could ask for. The people who run this organization are truly caring individuals. When we were ready for an animal, we asked the volunteers to match us to a cat that suited our preferences, and not only were they able to meet our expectations, but exceed them in every imaginable way.

4 Mary225

Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWS of Montclair is a wonderful organization totally dedicated to the well being of rescued pets. They work diligently to encourage pet adoption and need more people willing to foster pets awaiting adoption as they no longer have a building of their own.

I adopted my cat Buddy from them. Buddy has special needs as he has a chronic urinary problem that has him strictly on prescription food for the rest of his life. When Buddy had a life threatening incident and he required surgery, the cost was going to be way more than I could handle at that time. PAWS members, so dedicated to these animals and an apparent love for Buddy (how could you not, he's a great cat.), they helped me defray part of the cost with some of them giving from their own pockets which helped greatly in taking care of the balance still due!

This is a very dedicated organization that I cannot say enough good things about. If I ever get the chance to be in that position, I would certainly give back for what they did for me!

3 Svetlana

Client Served

Rating: 5

My second cat upon moving to Montclair was a darling little kitten from PAWS. The staff was wonderful during the adoption, meeting us after closing to pick her up. After a few days with our first cat, we realized they would get along fine.
Since then, we've shared pictures and stories with PAWS and have gotten to know staff. Friends, as well as ourselves, have adopted again and again from them. We all keep an eye out to see where they will be next!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My sister and I heard of PAWS through a friend, and volunteered to socialize the cats (Volunteer Kitty Petter). You could tell the place was well cared for because others were there to welcome us. We saw the cutest little kitten sitting quietly and wanted to adopt her on the spot. The lady at PAWS was an awesome help, holding the kitten while we made arrangements. She even met us the next evening after hours to complete the adoption. They want your pet to be happy and healthy- the follow up exam and entire process shows they are committed to those they serve. Pixie is wonderful, one of our two adopted kitties.