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Montclair Township

Animal Shelter

Montclair Township Animal Shelter logoMontclair Township Animal Control/Montclair Animal Shelter
The Township of Montclair Animal Shelter-Animal Control and Humane Law Enforcement Department is committed to providing assistance to the residents and animals of Montclair. Our goals are education, enforcement, rescue and rehabilitation.

Nicole Dawson
Montclair Animal Shelter
77 Willow Street
Montclair, New Jersey 07042

Phone: 973-744-8600

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For animal control issues please call the following numbers during hours indicated:

Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. call the Montclair Animal Shelter: 973-744-8600

For emergencies, weekends, holidays and after office hours call the Police Department: 973-744-1234

Public Hours:
Monday: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Also available by appointment during non-public hours. Please Call 973-744-8600.

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A New Lease on Life for MTAS' Macy PDF Print E-mail

Friday, July 31, 2015

Macy en route to Spirit Animal SanctuaryThe stars simply were not aligning at all well for Macy, a young female mixed-breed dog once housed at the Montclair Township Animal Shelter. Two veterinary professionals deemed her to be a “high risk” dog who could not be socialized and was therefore unadoptable. Macy’s future seemed hopeless until a very generous donor stepped up to help fund a move to a happy, loving home.

Macy was brought to the shelter as a frightened puppy in April of 2013. After four months at the shelter, she was placed for adoption but was returned less than a month later. For nearly a year, she remained housed at the shelter, so afraid of new people, constantly nervous and unsure of her surroundings.

MTAS-- and Bella -- Thank Everyone for their Generous Support! PDF Print E-mail

Bella recovers at her foster homeMontclair Township Animal Shelter interim director Niki Dawson responded to a call early last week for a dog that had been hit by a car and badly injured. What Niki found was an adorable little terrier, Bella, with a shattered pelvis.

Bella urgently needed surgery which veterinarians estimated would cost $3,500. Niki and shelter volunteer Tara Fardellone quickly set up an account on the crowdfunding GoFundMe website to try to raise money for the operation. The generous Montclair community helped reach the funding goal in a single day, including a $1,000 contribution from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

Yes, they really do save kitties in distress PDF Print E-mail

a happy rescued kittyThursday, May 22, 2015

Members of the Montclair Fire and Police departments responded to a call on Tuesday to save a kitten in distress. The kitten was discovered trapped in the wheel well of a car parked in Mount Hebron Cemetery by the vehicle's owner. Shelter Animal Control Officer Qa Jackson notified the two departments and officers and firefighters were on the scene in minutes to save the little feline, who was later taken to the township animal shelter to be cared for.

MFD, MPD members on the scene to save a kitten

What You Should Know if You See or Encounter a Coyote PDF Print E-mail

coyote Originally posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Updated Thursday, June 11, 2015

A number of coyote sightings have been reported in this part of the state. The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife provides important information about avoiding conflict situations with coyotes.

Coyotes play an important role in the ecosystem, helping to keep rodent populations under control. They are by nature wary of humans. However, coyote behavior changes if given access to human food and garbage. They lose caution and fear. They may cause property damage and threaten human safety, requiring euthanasia. Relocating a problem coyote is not an option because it only moves the problem to someone else's neighborhood.


If you observe coyotes in the daytime that show no fear of humans or if a coyote attacks a person, immediately contact the Montclair Police Department (973-744-1234) and the Division of Fish and Wildlife (908-735-8793); outside of normal business hours call the DEP Hotline at 877-WARN-DEP.

Hot Weather Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe PDF Print E-mail

Cinnamon the happy dogTuesday, May 12, 2015

Now that warm weather is here, we can all enjoy spending time together indoors and out. Keep in mind there are a few things you should know to make your home safe for your pets. A few basic principles can guide good judgment.

Your pets' resting temperature is higher than yours (100-102.5F) and pets do not have the ability to cool themselves by sweating over most of their bodies, making it harder to tolerate the hotter temperatures.

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