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Pawsitive Progress Update: Good Mews – Helping People Keep Their Pets

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Pawsitive Progress Update:  Good Mews

Helping People Keep Their Pets


It’s the little things that will keep us going.  That’s why we are working so hard to help people keep their pets.  And to help cat colony caregivers continue feeding their beloved outdoor cats.


People and Pets

Three short years ago, we started Communities Promoting Animal Welfare primarily to help reduce shelter intake and suffering through trap, neuter, vaccinate and return (TNVR) for outdoor cats.  We also supported a surrender prevention food initiative by making sure there was pet food to distribute at the Montclair Human Needs Food Pantry.  

Little did we know that in April of 2020 getting pet food to people to help them keep their pets would be the community’s most urgent need.  When low cost spay/neuter services stopped, we immediately increased the call for food donations and looked for more places to meet people where they are in the community.  

We also reached out to our pawtners for donations:

  • Chewy sent us 20 six lb bags of dry cat food we donated to Toni’s Kitchen
  • People For Animals gave us a large donation of cat and dog food which we are getting to the Human Needs Food Pantry, Toni’s Kitchen, Nutley Family Service Bureau, and most recently Park Methodist Church, Bloomfield.  
  • And, of course, our very generous community gave and dropped off food for us to rebag/donate.  

The response has been overwhelming, but the need is even greater and will continue for the foreseeable future.  We’ve received enough donations and food to feed 3600 meals to cats and 414 meals to dogs….and counting.



Thanks, Alley Cat Allies!  

More good mews! We received a $2000 emergency food grant from Alley Cat Allies to of $2000 will surely put more food in the warm bellies of cats, kittens and dogs in our area.   #thankyoualleycatallies   We pawtnered with the wonderful local Pet Valu in Bloomfield and are just waiting for the food to come in and be distributed to local colony caregivers.  The $2000 bought 119 cases of 24 5.5 oz cans of wet pate and 38 sixteen lb bags of dry cat food.  It went quickly and caregivers are picking up and distributing.

If you want to help us keep families together with their pets, you can:

  • Email us at to drop off in-kind donations with us.
  • Help us purchase more food at and click on “Donate Food” at the top of the website. 


Meowy thanks for our community’s continued generosity.  Food is a basic necessity and so is helping folks feed their pets, whether they be indoor or outdoors!  

And don’t forget….if you know of outdoor cats who are not eartipped, contact us so we can try and help them get fixed.  Now that is more important than ever.  An easy to complete form for “Get Help Here” is on our website at




CPAW NJ provides communities with solutions to reduce cat overpopulation and suffering.  We envision a world in which cats receive adequate care in their familiar places and the human-animal bond is preserved.  Our efforts at trap, neuter, vaccinate and return (TNVR) and educating the community about how to care for outdoor cats reduces shelter intake and saves lives.  We are an all volunteer nonprofit organized under IRC Section 501c3.  We execute our mission through collaboration with community partners and raising awareness through education and training.  As of March 2020, we had spayed/neutered 1315 cats.  If you are feeding a stray and need help, fill out our form at or email us at  Follow us on FB or Instagram!




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


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