• Susan Houser

Montclair Township, NJ

Montclair is a township of 38,000 people in New Jersey, about 12 miles from New York City. A private non-profit in Montclair, the Pound Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) of Montclair, ran the Montclair shelter until 2008, when the township took it over. The shelter is now called the Montclair Township Animal Shelter (MTAS).

In addition to providing animal sheltering for Montclair, MTAS also provides sheltering for the nearby townships of Nutley (population 28,000), and Verona (13,000). MTAS provides animal control services for all three townships. MTAS has a trap-neuter-return program for feral cats, a lost and found page, a volunteer program, and adoption promotions. I was told in a phonecall to the shelter that they accept owner surrenders from the three townships they serve on a space-available basis.

The state of New Jersey collects statistics from animal shelters, and I requested a copy of the statistics that MTAS reported to the state for 2012. The shelter reported taking in 432 animals during the year. The live release rate was 91%.

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