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Montclair Township

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

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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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Adopting a Pet from the Animal Shelter PDF Print E-mail

After you fall in love with an orphaned pet there is an application process that takes 24-48 hours. You will be asked for three personal references, your veterinarian’s name and phone number and proof of residence.

The application also includes various other questions about your lifestyle and what you are looking for in a companion animal. The Montclair Animal Shelter's mission is to ensure that prospective adopters are matched with the right animal for their lifestyle. If the potential adopter has questions our knowledgeable staff will help educate them on pet ownership

Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe and Comfortable in Summer Heat PDF Print E-mail

Cinnamon the happy dog

Now that summer 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 pet's 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.

Everything You Wanted to Know about Wildlife but Were Afraid to Ask PDF Print E-mail

photo baby opossumA message from Montclair Animal Shelter regarding wildlife:

It’s that time of year again at the Montclair Township Animal Shelter when we receive lots of phone calls and email messages about wildlife. Everything is starting to stir in nature. The days are a little longer, the animals are a bit friskier, and the temperature is a bit warmer.

In a highly developed and bustling area such as ours, interactions and close encounters with wildlife are becoming more and more commonplace. Habitat is being destroyed for the sake of expansion and growth and we are almost literally painting wildlife into a corner. When their natural habitat is removed wild animals are forced to find creative alternative living and dining arrangements… such as your house and your trash cans.

Find Your BFF at PDF Print E-mail

The Montclair Township Animal Shelter works with to ensure that every pet has a forever home. Visit the Shelter's section on and find your best friend forever:

Fox Sightings: What To Do PDF Print E-mail

Township residents have recently been calling to report fox sightings in Montclair and surrounding areas. Although we can appreciate the natural beauty of wildlife in our community, many residents are not used to seeing these animals and may fear them. The NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Fish and Wildlife, provides information so that we may understand these beautiful creatures better, and know what precautions to take so that we can protect our pets and family.

Below is some important information pertaining to foxes sighted in residential areas:

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