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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.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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!



Rating: 5

PAWS Montclair is such a fantastic organization! I worked with PAWS when doing a benefit concert for them. President Carole Michales was extremely supportive and down-to-earth. PAWS Montclair made the benefit concert such an amazing experience.

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Rating: 5

I adopted siblings about a year ago from PAWS. The adoption process was easy and a very nice experience. The volunteers I met, and the foster mommy of my new kitties, were compassionate and devoted to what they do. My kitties were rescued from a horder who neglected them so badly that they had to be treated for several diseases prior to adoption. I have happy healthy kitties that have acclimated to there new home wonderfully.

Thanks for saving them for me!

My family has adopted a few cats from PAWS over the years - a first rate operation! Keep up the good work!