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Animal Shelter

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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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Pet Spotlight: Biggie PDF Print E-mail
Biggie the Chihuahua mixBiggie is looking for his forever family. He is a Chihuahua mix and is two years old. He has been at the shelter for about two weeks after his owner turned him in. He is a very affectionate little guy but can be shy at first so it is best to let him come to you the first time you meet.

Biggie loves to walk or he is happy to hang out and sit on your lap and to have his back scratched. He would love his very own special person to hang out with and to make him part of the family. His ideal family would be with children a little older so as not to startle him. If you already have another little dog, that may work too however we would ask to set up a time to meet so everyone can make sure that they will be friends! Please come by to meet Biggie at the Montclair Township Animal Shelter at 77 North Willow Street during our new, extended visiting hours:

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

Or contact the Shelter to arrange off-hour appointments: 973-744-8600, or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Township Hires Acting Animal Shelter Director PDF Print E-mail

Acting Animal Shelter Director Nicole DawsonMontclair Township Manager Timothy Stafford is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicole Dawson as acting Animal Shelter Director. She will serve at the Shelter until the position can be permanently filled.

Ms. Dawson brings to the shelter extensive knowledge and experience with animal welfare operations management. Most recently she served as the Interim Director for the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter after the NJSPCA took receivership of the agency. While there, she developed a business plan for a financially sustainable and humane shelter which was presented to the borough’s council.

Prior to that Ms. Dawson was the Executive Director at the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, where she helped triple adoption numbers, significantly increased TNR rates, and raised the awareness level of the organization, thereby helping double donations over previous years.

“We are confident that Ms. Dawson will provide our shelter the appropriate guidance to help organize operations and offer a smooth transition for the person who will ultimately fill the director position,” said Township Manager Stafford. “We look forward to working with her in the coming months to ensure that our shelter animals have the best care possible.”

Animal Shelter Volunteers & Staff Step Up Adoption Efforts PDF Print E-mail

Nancy Willis with Tiger the dogFriday, November 7, 2014

The Montclair Township Animal Shelter has seen some remarkable progress in pet adoption numbers during last several weeks. Volunteers rallied behind adoption events, dog-walking, pet socialization, and other efforts to help shelter animals, so that they may ultimately find their forever homes.

Shelter volunteer and Montclair local Nancy Willis spearheaded a major adoption campaign for dogs. She organized weekly outings to the Montclair Farmers’ Market with volunteers and shelter dogs so that the animals could be more visible and be able to interact with the public.

Brother and Sister Pitties Find their Forever Home Together PDF Print E-mail

Tony and Tina with their adoptive parentsTiger (now Tony), a friendly pittie at the Montclair Animal Shleter, went home with his sister Tina and their new parents. The pitties' parents adopted Tina several weeks ago after meeting her at a Shelter's Farmers' Market adoption event organized by Shelter volunteer Nancy Willis. They returned for Tony last weekend.

The couple took Tina home first to make sure she was housebroken before adopting another dog.

"It’s a challenge getting just one dog adjusted, two happy and energetic pitties would be more than a handful," said willis.

The adoptive parents came back a few weeks later to spend time with Tony and took him home too!

"A single dog being adopted from the Shelter is reason to celebrate," said Willis. "Keeping sibling dogs together with one family is fantastic beyond words."

Tina and Tony’s parents live in New Jersey and they have a summer home on Lake Champlain so Tony and Tina will be boating with them in the summers and swimming in the lake.

Shelter Dogs Bonnie and Olga Find Forever Homes PDF Print E-mail

Friday, September 5, 2014

Bonnie adoptedBonnie and Olga, two canine cuties at the Montclair Animal Shelter, have found forever homes, thanks to the tremendous efforts of shelter volunteers who host adoption events at the Walnut Street Farmers’ Market.

Bonnie, a 5-year-old Beagle was a stray who was picked up by one of the Montclair Animal Shelter’s Animal Control Officers in July. Her new family spotted her having her photo taken during at the Farmers’ Market last month. They fell in love with Bonnie – now named Penny -- and she with them.

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