About Us

Who We Are

Communities Promoting Animal Welfare NJ (CPAW NJ) is dedicated to keeping cats out of shelters by controlling the outdoor cat population. We serve Bloomfield, the Caldwells, Cedar Grove, Glen Ridge, Livingston Montclair, Nutley, Verona and surrounding areas in and around Essex County, New Jersey as resources are available.

We are a team of volunteers dedicated to helping Community Cats and the people who care for them.

CPAW NJ is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 public charity and contributions are tax exempt. Thank you for supporting our lifesaving mission.

We are not an animal rescue organization. This means we do not:

  • have a shelter or a foster network.
  • do adoptions
  • relocate or advocate for relocating unsocialized cats.
  • send volunteers to trap lost pets, but we can lend you a trap and teach you how to use it so that you may do it yourself.
  • respond to emergency requests for help with injured cats. If your request is regarding an injured cat or suspected animal abuse, please call your town’s non-Emergency police hotline and ask to be directed to Animal Control.

CPAW NJ may be able to:

  • Provide training on aspects of TNR, including responsible colony care.
  • Lend traps to individuals to conduct TNR on their own.
  • Provide hands-on assistance.
  • Provide financial assistance.
  • Provide connections to local community cat shelter builders.
  • Advise caregivers about talking points with neighbors to resolve disputes regarding community cats.
  • Advise caregivers about colony care best practices, like the ones developed by Animal Protection League of NJ: https://aplnj.org/tnr/educate-yourself/

Learn more about our program.

CPAW NJ Board of Directors

Michelle Brodbeck

Board Member, Interim President


Ann Bolser

Board Member, Treasurer

Amy Rabinowitz

Board Member


Jennifer Tse

Board Member, Secretary

Amanda Ondrof

Board Member, Communications Coordinator


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