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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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11 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

1 Eileen M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I’ve volunteered for PAWS for the past 6 years and have adopted three beloved fur family members. PAWS is a very caring organization that goes the extra miles to properly match animals with the right people and homes. Prospective adopters are thoroughly interviewed and followed up with so that their needs and the animals’ needs are met. PAWS saves many high risk animals and provides full vetting to all animals in their care. Both of our PAWS dogs were rescued from bad situations – one left abandoned in an apartment, and one abandoned outside, causing sever medical issues before landing on death row in a high kill shelter. Our dogs and cat, like all PAWS animals, received full veterinary care PAWS before being put up for adoption.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

PAWS really cares about doing the right thing for the cats and dogs rescued, and puts significant effort into finding good homes. And PAWS helps at-risk animals that may get overlooked elsewhere. The volunteers are the best and work tirelessly.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with PAWS almost 25 years ago because I was impressed with the compassion and care the organization provided the animals who entered its doors. PAWS has been able, with the help of its dedicated board members, volunteers, and supporters, to adapt to the challenges and changes it has faced over the years, and continue its founding mission to help homeless and abandoned animals. We provide the animals the best vet care possible, along with wonderful foster homes and sheltering while we look for the best possible homes for each of our animals. We are very thankful for our supporters and our volunteers. I am proud to be a part of this team, and look forward to our ongoing work in this community and surrounding areas.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and board member of PAWS Montclair, and I am grateful that we can continue our mission of saving and helping abandoned animals in need. PAWS has been active in the community for almost 40 years! We often take animals that other rescues -- the older dogs and cats, those that need special medical care -- but we know there is a home out there for these animals. Many of our adopters stay in touch with us over the years. We are lucky to have a core group of volunteers and foster homes who are always there to help when needed.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I adopted my first PAWS cats in 1989 and have been involved ever since. This group is so dedicated and passionate about helping animals, and its mission remains to rescue, shelter, vet, and find great new homes for those animals who are abandoned and homeless. Aside from my duties of President of the Board, I manage the dog-side of our rescue, networking with other rescues, pulling dogs from death row at high kill facilities, sheltering and getting them to the vet, and preparing them for their new forever homes. We spend countless hours in many capacities -- hands on with the dogs, working with the trainer, meeting potential adopters, attending adoption events, screening every applicant and doing home visits to be sure our dogs find the home that best suits their needs. We also reach out to the community, helping with all types of dog-related issues, presenting to schools and other groups interested in our mission. There is no better feeling to us than when we leave the new adoptive home after the final home visit, as we know this dog, once marked for death at another facility, will live out his or her years with a loving family. Our cat group works very hard to do the same for the many cats and kittens they rescue and rehome, and they are at adoption events every weekend at several venues, and they are always answering calls, emails, and helping people wherever they can. I am proud of all the PAWS volunteers and board members all we have accomplished as a group, and I am very grateful to our supporters!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with PAWS for over 15 years and believe it to be one of the best animal rescue organizations "paws down". PAWS has helped animals for over 30 years and is at it full blown.
Animal rescue is 24/7 and that is the approach the volunteers take, year round.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with PAWS and part of their 'cat group' for 15 years. From the moment I first "stepped into the shelter when we had the building it became a huge part of my life. "PAWS people really go above and beyond to help whatever comes our way. We repeatedly hear that we were the first to respond or a lot of the times the only ones to help in a personal way to either help directly or point them in the right direction. Although we are not animal control, we go on-sight to rescue animals, visit people's home to discuss their rescue needs and deliver their adopted cats or dogs! We invest our time and resources into saving lives and helping people with their companion and stray animals. We dedicate many ours each week day responding to rescue calls and doing community outreach and can be physically seen with our animals at our adoption events which take place each weekend at multiple locations.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with PAWS in 2005. Incredibly dedicated, compassionate, and caring people that make up this organization. The work is hard but rewarding and makes a difference in the life of so many people and animals.