New Nonprofit Formed to Support the Bloomfield Animal Shelter

BY  |  Monday, Aug 22, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Supporters of the Bloomfield Animal ShelterA group of shelter volunteers recently formed a nonprofit organization, Supporters of the Bloomfield Animal Shelter (SOBAS), in order to raise money and hold events to benefit the animals at the Bloomfield/Bukowski Animal Shelter.

The nonprofit received its tax-exempt 501(c)(3) designation in July. The organization is directed by a ten-member Board of Trustees and a governing body consisting of four officers: President, Jaclyn Mendyk; Vice President, Paige Sato; Treasurer, Marlene LaTorre; and Secretary, Diane Myers.

SOBAS plans to host fundraising events and adoption events, as well as collect donations on an ongoing basis to benefit the animals at the shelter. The money collected will be used for expenses above and beyond running the shelter on a day-to-day basis, which is the purview of the township. These expenses may include extraordinary medical expenses; funding to send an animal to a rescue or sanctuary; paying for special accommodations or equipment, and more. All donations to SOBAS will be tax-deductible.
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Time to License Your Montclair Cat

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 11:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)


The Township of Montclair requires that all cat owners license their cats through the Township Health Department annually. You can think of your pet’s license as a way to ensure a free ride home in case it is lost. The license tag can be quickly used to find your name and address, and the authorities can notify you. Licensing is also a way for the community to ensure that pets are vaccinated against rabies, a terrible disease that is fatal to dogs and cats. The fees from licensing stay in the community and help fund rabies clinics and support our animal control efforts. Continue Reading

Found Cat in Montclair

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016 8:17am  |  COMMENTS (0)


A reader writes in:

This kitty has turned up in our backyard on Morningside Avenue (off Watchung between Grove and Ridgewood Avenues) for the last few nights and seems too domesticated not to belong to someone.  No collar and very friendly.   My contact information is 973-783-3848 if anyone knows who this sweetie belongs to.  I am also going to reach out to the animal shelter for posting.



Montclair To Host Clear the Shelters Event, Saturday, July 23

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Montclair Township Animal Shelter (MTAS) will team up with NBC 4 New York / WNBC and Telemundo 47 / WNJU to host Clear the Shelters – the second annual nationwide pet adoption drive. In an effort to find new homes for homeless pets, MTAS will waive adoption fees on animals over six months old on Saturday, July 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event will take place at Basement WRX, the custom furniture refinishing shop and gallery located at 101 Walnut Street, Montclair (across the street from the Animal Shelter building). Basement WRX — whose motto is “We like our furniture like we like our dogs. Rescued” — generously offered their location for the event.

“When the fire in April destroyed much of our building, all of the animals were saved and fostered but they are now in need of permanent homes,” said Shelter Kennel Attendant Chris Morello. “Adopting an animal during Clear the Shelters is not only a savings on the adoption fees, it provides a loving home to a pet.”

The Animal Shelter’s adoption costs are normally $160 for dogs and $120 for cats and cover the pet’s spaying/neutering, vaccines, micro-chipping and other essential veterinary services. Continue Reading

Book Your Session: The Dog Days of Summer To Benefit Dog Rescue Returns!

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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It’s almost time for The Dog Days of Summer. The annual fundraiser from Portraits by Michael Stahl to benefit a dog rescue organization will be held Saturday, August 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s beneficiary is Glen Highland Farm. Continue Reading

FOUND! Lost Dog in Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 07, 2016 7:17am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Update: Chip has been found.

A reader writes in:

Can you please help me find Chip. He ran off at last night around 6:10 pm. He has a bad back, so he has to be held around his body. Don’t try to hold him by his feet, as people will often do with little dogs. He is 14 years old, is a Daschund, Chihuahua and possibly Terrier mix.

He was last seen on Clairidge Court, between Grove and Ridgewood, near his home. He walks to Brookdale, to Sandford and sometimes to Watchung Avenue, but has not been seen yet in those locations.


Call For Reform of Montclair Animal Shelter

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 05, 2016 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


First there was a devastating fire in April. Then last month, shelter director Niki Dawson resigns. Now a petition on, started by Kyle Pelling, is calling for reform of the Montclair Animal Shelter, citing concerns of unnecessary euthanasia, poor management and ongoing conflict between staff and volunteers over care for the animals.

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FOUND! Chihuahua Missing From Bonsal Preserve

BY  |  Monday, Jul 04, 2016 6:17pm  |  COMMENTS (6)


UPDATE: Thomas has been found!

This chihuahua went missing from the Bonsal Preserve after being attacked by another dog. Keep an eye out for him. He’s about 8 pounds, has a red harness and answers to Thomas or Tommy.

Montclair Animal Shelter to Offer Free Clinics for Pets in Foster Care

BY  |  Friday, Jul 01, 2016 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Animal Shelter Director Niki Dawson Resigns

The Montclair Township Animal Shelter (MTAS) will host free walk-in clinics for shelter animals currently in foster homes. Every Thursday from 7 pm to 8 pm — beginning Thursday, July 7 — the MTAS veterinarian of record Dr. Elizabeth Houston will be available in the shelter lobby for exams, or to address wellness issues or questions for any of the shelter’s fostered animals. Continue Reading

Dog Days of Summer: Two Events to Enjoy With Your Best Friend

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Dog Days of Summer

To mark the dog days of summer, Friends of Anderson Park will be posting photos on its bulletin board of dogs past and present who have enjoyed Anderson Park. Email them a photo of your dog(s) along with the dog’s name and, if you like, a quote from your dog about what he or she enjoys about the park by June 23.
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YES!!! My favorite local event!!! Great news!!! Thank You to all who worked to make this possible!!

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