Pet Adoption and Fostering

As we continue to monitor the evolving situation with COVID-19, difficult decisions are being made to minimize the spread of the disease.

Effective now and until further notice, the Montclair Township Animal Shelter (MTAS) will follow recommendations for social distancing by closing our doors to the public to ensure our staff remains healthy so they can attend to the needs of our animals.

Our animals are awaiting loving homes and MTAS adoptable animals can be viewed on or on the shelter’s Facebook page.

Adoption applications should be submitted electronically (see left-hand menu of this page for links to online applications).

Adoptions will be done by appointment only. Potential adopters who are interested in one of our animals, have submitted an application and have been pre-screened will be contacted to make an appointment for a meet and greet. MTAS asks that any potential visitor who is showing signs of illness or not feeling well, to take care and stay home until they are feeling better for a shelter visit. We are asking the same of our staff and volunteers.

MTAS encourages pet owners to be proactive and have a plan in place for their pet(s) in the event the owner becomes ill and requires medical attention.

Make sure all pets are wearing proper identification, have crates and extra food or supplies on hand and have a trustworthy friend or family member on standby to take care of their pet(s) should they become ill or hospitalized. MTAS has plans in place to ensure the animals in our care are cared for in the event of an emergency.

Thank you for your continued support during this time. You may contact us at or (973)744-8600 if you have any questions or concerns.

As always, Animal Control Officers are available 24/7 by calling the Montclair Police Dep’t non-emergency number (973)744-1234.

<-- Montclair Township Animal Shelter Pet Adoptions 77 Willow Street
Montclair, New Jersey 07042
Phone: 973-744-8600

Public Hours: daily 1:00-4:00 p.m., except Thursday 1:00-7:00 p.m.

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

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Pet adoption fees: $160 for dogs; $120 for cats

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

Adopting a Pet from the Animal Shelter

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.

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