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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

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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MTAS, Chrill Care Bring PetAid to Homebound Residents PDF Print E-mail

The Montclair Township Animal Shelter is partnering with Chrill Care's Mobile Meals of Essex program to help the homebound residents they serve keep their beloved pets healthy and at home. The new initiative -- PetAid Montclair – will provide nutritious pet food and other pet care necessities to those who are unable to go out and get them.

“Very often our elderly or disabled residents struggle to care for their pets due to a lack of resources. PetAid Montclair will provide some of those resources which will make it easier to keep pets at home,” said Montclair Animal Shelter Director Niki Dawson.

Eagle Scout Project Rejuvenates Shelter's Dog Area PDF Print E-mail

Ealge Scout candidate Cliff Lindholm holds puppy while dad and Niki Dawson look onThe Montclair Township Animal Shelter (MTAS) relies on volunteers to help with a number of tasks throughout its two-story building – from walking dogs, to painting walls to doing laundry. While these chores are done by a series of volunteers every day, there are longer-term projects that require continuity in leadership and a longer commitment. One such project was the restoration of the yard and the outdoor dog runs.

Stepping up to take on this challenge was 17-year-old high school senior and Eagle Scout candidate, Clifford Lindholm. After meeting MTAS Director Niki Dawson, Clifford thought the shelter and its canine residents would benefit from a revitalized yard.

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

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