Saturday, November 22, 2014

In this Season of Giving Will You Give a Home to a Shelter Cat?


Montclair Township Animal Shelter volunteers and staff have mounted an unprecedented area-wide campaign  -- Home Fur the Holidays -- to spotlight the shelter’s cats that are up for adoption. Following the great success with shelter dogs at the Montclair Farmers’ Market and other events, during the colder weather months volunteers and staff will be holding weekly adoption drives at Petco in Essex Green Shopping Center, 495 Prospect Avenue, West Orange.

Come out to meet some of the shelter’s wonderful cats who will be at the Petco store from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Black Friday (November 28) and the following Saturdays: December 6, December 13 and December 20.

In the season of giving, will you give your home to a shelter cat? Meyer, Moon Unit, Frances Bean, Doone and many other cuddly kitties look forward to having a Home Fur the Holidays!

If you can’t make it to an adoption event at Petco, West Orange, visit the Montclair Animal Shelter at 77 North Willow Street, Montclair during the following hours:

Monday -- 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday -- 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday -- 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday -- 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Friday -- 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday -- 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday -- 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Or contact the Shelter to arrange off-hour appointments: 973-744-8600.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Animal Shelter Volunteers & Staff Step Up Adoption Efforts


The Montclair Township Animal Shelter has seen some remarkable progress in pet adoption numbers during last several weeks. Volunteers rallied behind adoption events, dog-walking, pet socialization, and other efforts to help shelter animals, so that they may ultimately find their forever homes.

Shelter volunteer and Montclair local Nancy Willis spearheaded a major adoption campaign for dogs. She organized weekly outings to the Montclair Farmers’ Market with volunteers and shelter dogs so that the animals could be more visible and be able to interact with the public.

“We really wanted to get some of our dogs out in the fresh air where people gather so that folks could come and meet them and find out what truly wonderful and friendly companions they would make,” said Willis.

Willis had bright yellow t-shirts made for the volunteers and Montclair resident and professional photographer Eric Delmar provided his services to produce beautiful portraits of the Shelter’s cats and dogs. Shelter volunteer Noel Sedransk donated graphic design and printing costs to make posters that are being displayed in establishments around town.

“It was just amazing to see how many people rallied around our efforts and came out to help,” said Willis. “What was even more gratifying was the reaction from those who stopped by to meet our dogs – they simply fell in love! Just as we knew they would.”

As a result of combined efforts on the part of volunteers and shelter staff, 27 dogs have found homes during the past several weeks.

In addition, Caz Rosson was recently hired to be the Shelter Volunteer Coordinator. “Caz is well on the way to making some very positive changes that will further the good work of the volunteers,” said Health Department Director Sue Portuese. “She has some really great ideas that we’re looking forward implementing to help our animals and our staff.”

“I am truly astonished and pleased not only that we have so many terrific people who raised their hands to help our animals, their dedication and efforts are a such a tremendous asset to what we hope to achieve at the Shelter moving forward,” said Rosson.

One of Rosson’s first tasks was to organize volunteer duties, nominating team leaders for various shelter responsibilities: cats, dogs, media, events, and administration.

“Having well-defined roles not only makes for clear objectives, it provides much greater direction and accountability to ensure that all our animals’ needs are seen to,” said Rosson. “We have some extraordinary people who gladly stepped up to the plate to take on these leadership roles and they will help me with coordinating all of our activities.”

In addition to the Farmers’ Market events, the Shelter hosted the second annual fundraiser “Zombie Dog Walk of the Dead,” organized by Anthony Muzikar of MetalDogz.com. Pet adoption events were held at the Upper Montclair Sidewalk Sale and Anthropologie on Bloomfield Avenue. Volunteers have also stepped up a social media and TV34 pet spotlight campaign to ensure the animals get maximum visibility on all media. Additional events are planned, such as dog and cat adoption Saturdays at Petco in West Orange and resuming volunteer evening walks with shelter dogs.

The Montclair Animal Shelter continues to accept volunteer applications and will host more weekly orientations in the weeks to come. For more in formation, please contact MTASVolunteer@montclairnjusa.org.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Vote For Guinness!

Guinness (formerly Oreo) was recently adopted from the Montclair Township Animal Shelter and his proud new parents have entered him in a photo contest! Please vote for him!