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, April 8, 2016

April 19 Volunteer Orientation Canceled

The Montclair Township Animal Shelter volunteer orientation scheduled for April 19 has been canceled. May orientations will be posted once a schedule has been determined.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Animal Shelter Sees Vast Improvements in 2015

The Montclair Township Animal Shelter (MTAS) has undergone a major transformation during the past year under the management of Shelter Director Niki Dawson. The Shelter has seen significant improvements in the quality of care provided to the animals, more accurate record keeping, an enhanced and more robust volunteer program, and cross training for both staff and volunteers, resulting in more efficient operations.
“I wanted to make sure the shelter runs more efficiently with specific protocols and procedures in place,” said Ms. Dawson. “Cross training staff and volunteers to perform a variety of functions allows us to accomplish so much more in a streamlined, cost-effective way that ensures our animals receive the best possible care.”
Ms. Dawson also works collaboratively with other shelters to help increase pet adoption rates. The partnership with the Humane Society of Jefferson County, Tennessee resulted in 118 additional dogs -- may of them puppies -- being saved from euthanasia and adopted at Montclair’s shelter.
“The excitement generated by having puppies in our shelter is just incredible,” said Ms. Dawson. “Having the young pups here has the added bonus of a tremendous increase in foot traffic, exposing our older shelter residents (both cats and dogs) to potential adopters and new supporters.”
In addition, the MTAS took in 63 animals from other New Jersey shelters and eight from a shelter in Georgia. The shelters requested Montclair's assistance because they were faced with overcrowded conditions, or were dealing with animal hoarding situations, or were simply unable to successfully find an animal a home.
“All of these relationships have resulted in more animals being adopted from our shelter,” said Ms. Dawson. “The result is successful rescues for 189 animals that may not have had a chance in life if they had not come to us. The added bonus is an increase in community involvement and support for our shelter,” she said.
The Township is proud of Niki’s accomplishments, recognizes her hard work and dedication, and fully supports her direction as the MTAS strives to become a model shelter. The 2015 intake/outcome statistics (download here) show an impressive 96% live release rate of the 960 animals that left the shelter.
The Shelter volunteer program is also seeing significant increases in participation -- there are 545 adult and 325 junior volunteers who collectively spend thousands of hours each month helping keep the shelter running and promoting the tremendous programs and outreach opportunities in the communities served.
If you haven’t yet visited the Montclair Township Animal Shelter, please come by, take a tour, and consider adopting one of the residents or volunteering to lend a hand.
The Montclair Township Animal Shelter is located at 77 North Willow Street, Montclair. Visiting hours are:
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: 975-744-8600.