Friday, May 27, 2016

What To Do When You See Wildlife In Distress

Montclair residents, like many folks in New Jersey, have learned to share their space with creatures of the wild, enjoying a peaceful coexistence with their furry, feathered and other neighbors of the animal kingdom. There are times when a resident may find that one of their animal friends is in distress and will call the Animal Control Officer.

If you think you may have orphaned, injured or displaced wildlife in your yard, before you pick up the phone to contact Montclair Animal Control, observe the animal and gather information. The following are questions the Animal Control Officer will ask you:

  • What is the exact location and address of the animal?
  • What does the animal look like? What color is it? Fur, Fins or Feathers? Size? Adult or Juvenile? How many animals are there?
  • How long has the animal been at the location? Days, hours, minutes?
  • What is it currently doing? How is it behaving?
  • Is it limping? If it’s a bird or bat can it fly?
  • Is there obvious injury or illness? For example, blood, broken bones, runny eyes or nose, etc.
  • Are there insects present on or around the animal? Flies, Fleas, Ticks or Maggots.
  • Is the animal vocalizing or is it completely quiet? If vocalizing how so and how frequently?
  • Are there any other animals in the area? Predators? Parents?
Once these questions have been answered the Animal Control Officer may decide to have you further continue to observe the animal or they may immediately come out to assess the situation further. By being observant and not approaching the animal you too can help the wildlife in our community!
For more information, contact Animal Control Officer at 973-509-6978.
Interested in volunteering to help the wildlife in New Jersey? Contact one of the following organizations to see what you can do.
Mercer County Wildlife Center 609-883-6606

Saturday, April 9, 2016


Due to extensive damage caused by the April 3 fire, the animal shelter remains closed to the public until further notice.
Animal Control -- If you find a stray or injured animal please contact  973-744-8600 weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Outside of these hours, please call the Montclair Police Department at 973-744-1234. Until further notice, new surrenders are not being accepted.
Facility -- The power is back on at the shelter. A skeleton crew is on site for administrative work. Calls to the shelter phone number are being forwarded to the Health Department. A staff member or volunteer will be stationed at the department from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to field shelter calls. Volunteers are working out of that office until further notice.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Microchip Your Pet Today!

One of the best ways to increase the chances that a lost pet will be found is by having it microchipped. The Montclair Animal Shelter is running a promotional campaign to let folks know about the shelter's microchipping services. The cost of this painless procedure is $20.

The microchip contains a registration number and the phone number of the registry for the Shelter's chips. A handheld scanner reads the radio frequency of the chip and displays this information. An animal shelter or vet clinic that finds your pet can contact the registry to get your name and phone number.*

Bring your pet to the Montclair Township Animal Shelter at 77 North Willow Street to have it microchipped today.

Montclair Animal Shelter regular 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.

Contact the Shelter to arrange off-hour appointments: 973-744-8600, or email:

*Source: The Humane Society of the U.S.