CPAW NJ October Pawsitive Mews

NJ Cat Rescue

In September we introduced our own Capt Jack Miracle to the public during the Upper Montclair Sidewalk Fair. Jack was rescued while volunteers were trapping in a colony, along with his blind brother Turner. Jack’s eye had ruptured and he and Turner had been abandoned by their mother, perhaps because they were both so ill. The kittens were only four weeks old and Jack was a mere 1.2 pounds. Miraculously, he survived the removal of his eye….ala Capt Jack Miracle.

Enjoy the video of Jack’s story: 

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ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL KITTEN YOGA on September 30 at Indigo Yoga in West Caldwell. 

Meowy thanks to Stacy Rosales for teaching the classes in memory of her beloved Sammie who she lost earlier this summer.  We are so grateful for our supporters for attending these purrfect yoga classes.

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Check out our October events!

We can always use advoCATs at outreach events; email us to volunteer.
Volunteer orientations will be held twice monthly in October and November to accommodate all of those interested. Times and dates in event calendar below. Please email us that you are coming and what your volunteer interest is. Orientations will be short, fun, and informative! 

JOIN US FOR a Comedy Night
October 21st at Tierney’s on Valley Road in Montclair 

Want to learn how to speak cat?  

Our own Karen Shinevar will be teaching Cat Behavior 101 again at the Montclair Public Library Adult School on Wednesday, November 7, from 7-8:30.  Register at

CPAW NJ Report Card as of September 30, 2018

Since April 1, 2017

497 spay/neuter

49,716 meals provided


…a Longtime, Local Hero for Cats

A Montclair resident, Carolyn, has had a long career as a caregiver of outdoor cats and we recognize and celebrate her dedication this month – without identifying her, as she prefers.  Currently, she is feeding about 25 cats in 7 colonies in central Montclair, making her rounds on foot twice a day, regardless of the weather conditions.  For every cat, Carolyn’s goal is to trap, neuter and vaccinate and either release them back to their original territories or find them adoptive homes.

Carolyn’s dedication to caring for animals began when she was five years old.  She lived with her grandmother then in a rural area south of Asbury Park – along with a pet skunk, an Australian hare, lots of ducks and chickens, plus rabbits, dogs and cats, and injured birds that she nursed back to health.
After living for many years in the West, adding a bobcat to her family of feral cats, Carolyn returned to Montclair, taking up again feeding and tnvr of feral cats in her neighborhood. Her biggest challenges are getting enough money to buy food for the cats that depend on her and working with community residents who complain about cats in their yards and streets. She plays the role of peacemaker between (human) community residents and community cats. And she is often called on by residents to help create safe spaces and feeding plans for the cats. CPAW NJ pitches in with food and trapping. We are grateful for Carolyn’s dedication and her daily labor to make life better for community cats.

Here’s the picture of the last cat Carolyn socialized for relocation from a busy street to a barn cat program. Thanks to our pawtner, NJ Strays, Diggie went to a wonderful new home and is out of danger. It’s hard to do, but this story had a very happy ending.

Please consider sharing a bit of your heart with us so we can save more lives!
Email us at to find out more about how to volunteer.

Upcoming Events… Join Us!

Sunday, October 7, 1 – 4 pm
A Celebration of Pets
Verona Civic Center
Verona, NJ
Pet Parade 2:30 pm

Sunday, October 7, 11 -4 pm
Corrado’s Fall Family Pumpkin Fest

480 Rt. 46 East
Fairfield, NJ 07004

Saturday, October 13, 8 am – 1 pm
Montclair Farmer’s Market

Walnut Train Station Parking Lot
Montclair, NJ 07042

Sunday, October 21, 2018
Comedy Catalyst Night

Tierney’s Tavern
136 Valley Road, Montclair
Mike Gaffney (Last Comic Standing)
Stay tuned for more details – proceeds to benefit CPAW NJ

Wednesday, November 7, 7 – 8:30 pm
Cat Behavior Class
Karen Shinevar, CPAW NJ co-founder, instructor
Montclair Adult School
Main Library, 50 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ
Preregistration required; space limited.

Volunteer Orientations 
The Cornerstone
2d floor, 198 Bellevue Ave., Montclair, NJ

Thursday evening, October 11 and November 15 at 7:30 – 9 pm
Sunday afternoon, October 14 and November 18 at 1 – 2:30 pm
Please RSVP if you can.
Evenings will be flexible depending on volunteer interests.
We hope you can join us!

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Our mailing address is:
41 Watchung Plaza, #317
Montclair, NJ 07042