CPAW NJ January Pawsitive Mews

NJ Cat Rescue

2019:  The Year of the Fix!


But first….bear with us, please…


At the end of 2018 and continuing into this past week, we said goodbye to a very special person in our lives as well as a very special animal.


CPAW NJ was born out of a desire to help save lives and thanks to people who believed in us and helped us do the sometimes difficult, heartbreaking work of helping outdoor cats. CPAW NJ believes the world is full of hope and people who care…so we rarely focus on the hard, hard part of what we do, but rather how we can lift each other up.

IN MEMORIAM – With Broken Hearts,

Rededicating our Efforts to Saving Lives Thru TNVR and Spay/Neuter

In January, CPAW NJ dedicates its efforts to help save lives to a Montclair hero, Steve Matthews. Steve died suddenly in November 2018 and he is missed more than words can say by so many. The owner of Matthews & Company Realty and advocate for foster children and just about anyone who needed his help, Steve was a great friend to CPAW NJ and encouraged us to have our first spay/neuter van right here in Montclair. He wanted this valuable service more accessible to our own neighbors. We will always remember Steve’s quick wit, positive energy, and his supportive “All good”.

On Sunday evening, January 6, we said goodbye to our beloved Picasso.  While he miraculously survived surgery last year with the removal of his ear, the growth on his larynx was inoperable. After months of bearing the antics of whatever kittens came his way and being lovingly cared for by Amber Mattocks, he crossed the rainbow bridge.

The reality is that there is heartbreak and suffering….like the poor cat we helped trap and get to the vet on Monday evening for a Cedar Grove woman who called us because she had nowhere else to turn. That beautiful girl was suffering from advanced cancer and could hardly move. Her last moments were at least in the warmth, hearing her caregiver’s voice over the phone, as she crossed the rainbow bridge. Taryn Tabano (we love you!) came to help trap her and Amber Mattocks was with her at the end.

Or the beautiful young mama who we tried to trap in Allendale but she was elusive and gave birth to four beautiful kittens, only to be poisoned a couple of weeks later and all of the kittens perished. WHY? Who would do this? Just so incredibly sad and the caregiver, Jo, worked so hard to help them and do the right thing by getting them all spayed and neutered.

Or our beautiful Munchkin, adopted by one of our volunteers Yvette, who died suddenly from FIP that she probably got from her outdoor mom. Wasn’t she a beautiful model this holiday?

Our hearts go out to each and every one of you who lost a beloved pet in 2018. We know how much it hurts. Send us your pics and memorials so that we can honor their memories. Memorial donations can also be made at


2019:  The Year of the FIX!

Pawtners, friends, and neighbors: So many ways to be a part of “the year of the fix!”

VOLUNTEER by emailing us at; attend a monthly training session.

Can you be a community caregiver?

Provide transport to a low cost spay/neuter clinic?

Lend your heated garage for recovery?

Raise funds to spay/neuter and save lives?

Help spread the word about TNVR thru community outreach?

Hold a food drive to help feed outdoor cats?

SPREAD THE WORD about the spay/neuter van for both pets and outdoor cats at Acme Markets on the last Wednesday of each month…let’s BEAT THE HEAT!  (see below poster)

LET US KNOW WHERE YOU SEE OUTDOOR CATS by clicking on the “Feeding a Stray?” icon on our website to fill out the form and ask for help.

SHARE YOUR STORY with us on FB @CPAW NJ, email us so we can feature your work, especially how spay/neuter has changed a cat’s life.  And perhaps yours.


CPAW NJ is looking for monthly sponsors to help defray the costs of some of the animals needing spay/neuter surgery. Our goal is to raise enough funds so that we can help those who love and care for their animals but are unable to afford the low-cost fee. If you are interested, please contact Karen Shinevar at 201-970-8115 or email us Sponsors of $500 or more will be included in all promotional materials and will receive lots of purrs and four paws up!

Meowy thanks to our donors….and you can still help! 

Our year-end campaign is open through January 10 – there’s still time to help us get to our Secret Santa’s generous $10k match!




Spayed/neutered: 36

Adopted: 5

Cats/Kittens Transferred to Rescue Pawtners: 18

CPAW NJ Report Card as of December 31, 2018 

Since April 1, 2017

605 spay/neuter 



Marie-Christine Lochot, CPAW NJ co-founder, instructor

Montclair Adult School

Wednesday, February 13, 7 – 8:30 pm

Main Library, 50 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ

Preregistration required; space limited.


Come find out how you can use your skills to save lives!

(Good eats, too!)

Sundays, Noon – 3 pm

January 20

February 10

Mundo Vegan, 20 Church St., Montclair

No registration required…but email us if you can!

Stop overpopulation, save money:

Beat the Heat Montclair 2019

Last Wed. of every month

January 30, 2019

Low cost PFA Neuter Commuter in

Acme Markets Parking Lot

510 Valley Road, Montclair

All cats/people welcome.

Preregister; space limited.



Sunday, April 7, 2 pm

The Cat Rescuers Documentary

Sponsored by CPAW NJ and

Montclair Public Library

Details to be announced.


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41 Watchung Plaza, #317
Montclair, NJ 07042