Montclair Shines In Response To Animal Shelter Fire

The Montclair Township Animal Shelter (MTAS) had to temporarily shutter its doors because of the severe damage the building sustained from Sunday’s fire in the rear portion of the structure. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of staff, volunteers and neighbors, all 30 dogs and 41 cats were safely moved from the shelter and are currently fostered with local shelters and volunteers.


“In the midst of tragedy, Montclair had one of its finest hours,” said Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson. “The execution, resolve, and reassuring demeanor of township staff — Animal Shelter, Fire, Police, Community Services, Montclair Volunteer Ambulance Unit — were exemplary. The MTAS volunteers once again demonstrated their commitment to the shelter and the animals by rescuing and ensuring high quality, short-term care for every animal.”

Shelters from throughout the state offered assistance for Montclair’s now truly homeless pets. Local businesses opened their hearts — and their doors — to help out.

“‘Ordinary’ Montclair citizens came out in droves to help in any way needed. I was really touched to see long lines waiting to provide foster care and contribute supplies,” said Mayor Jackson. “I particularly want to thank Poor Richard’s and Trumpets for opening their doors, providing a safe haven for the animals and space for staff and volunteers to pull off a real miracle.”

Bloomfield and Clifton animal shelters, the Homeless Animal Adoption League, Cameron Animal Hospital and area residents are assisting MTAS by housing animals.

Mike’s Feed Farm and Petco sent supplies for shelter pets such as dog and cat food, cat carriers, litter boxes and litter.

Local eateries Red Eye Café and Mundo Vegan helped keep the troops warm in the blustery weather with hot coffee and soup.

Fundraising plans to rebuild the shelter are already in the works: the “Our Pound in Town” block party scheduled for Sunday, April 10, will go on and will now include an adoption event to find homes for as many displaced animals as possible.

The Friends of the Montclair Animal Shelter — a non-profit organization set up in 2012 to address some of the most urgent needs the community’s homeless animals — organized a campaign to raise funds to help rebuild the facility and to assist with emergency medical care for animals. To make a donation, please visit

“I know that I’m preaching to the choir but Montclair is truly an extraordinary place,” said Mayor Jackson.


The shelter building at 77 North Willow Street is closed until further notice.

Animal Control and Emergencies — for animal control and emergency issues, please call your local police department:

Montclair Police Department: 973-744-4600
Verona Police Department: 973-239-5000
Nutley Police Department: 973-284-4940

Pet surrender/intake: the shelter will continue to assist our contracted municipalities as needed. Please call the shelter at 973-744-8600 for more information if you have lost or found a pet, or if you cannot keep you pet.

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  1. We reached out to many of our pet food suppliers. I also picked up a check last night for several hundred dollars for FOMTAS.
    Lots of help is on the way

    Joel – Montclair Feed

  2. Staff and volunteers from the Bloomfield Animal Shelter also rushed up to help. Only 1 dog was transferred to the shelter in Bloomfield. We all need to work together and support each other especially in difficult times like this.

    I hope the Montclair shelter is rebuilt bigger and better than ever. I wonder if any or Montclair’s well-to-do animal-loving residents (celebrities and non) will step up to help move the process along quicker?

    Of course the most important fact is that all the animals were saved and are now being cared for.

  3. It would be wonderful if this could be turned into an opportunity to built a better/bigger/nicer shelter.

  4. SO glad Bellatrix, Gump, and all their cousins made it out safely.

    As for new facility, I walk dogs and pet cats at the shelter every weekend and it seems perfectly fine, at least to my untrained eye. Maybe a little cramped for humans but not for dogs and cats. Montclair has human needs to address as well, and 180 million in debt. But if some Richie Richie pays for it, I’m all for it.

  5. My friends and I will definitely be at the fundraiser this Sunday. I’m so proud/happy that everyone pulled together the way they did (and still are)!

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