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Animal Shelter Gets Air Conditioning Units

The shelter is renting two units to ease conditions for dogs and cats while a permanent air conditioning system is installed.

The Humane Society of the United States has donated money for two air conditioning units to ease conditions for hundreds of dogs and cats at the Montclair Township Animal Shelter.

The shelter has an antiquated air conditioning system that does not work at full capacity, making it uncomfortable and possibly dangerous for the pets being housed at the shelter.

The donation from the Humane Society will pay to rent to air conditioning units for the next six weeks until the shelter’s new permanent unit is installed.

The shelter at 77 Willow Street was waiting for a new central air conditioning system, according to Melissa Neiss, senior animal control officer. In the meantime, she told Patch on Wednesday that the shelter was doing the best it could during a week when temperatures have been climbing to the mid-90s.

"There are some units around the shelter where the dogs are kept that have been on loan to us thanks to volunteers so the dogs are fine," she said. "And the fans are going 24 hours a day where the cats are kept and there also are ice packs in the cat cages to keep them as cool as possible.

Although capital funding was approved to have the old air condioning system replaced, preparatory work for a new system had been taking weeks to complete. The facility's lack of windows or other ventilation caused some animals heat distress.

 “The Humane Society of the United States is thankful we were able to help,” said Kathleen Schatzmann, New Jersey state director for the organization. “Some animals are at particular risk for heat stroke if they are very old, very young, overweight, not conditioned to prolonged exercise, or have heart or respiratory disease. The HSUS also reminds Montclair residents to keep their pets indoors as much as possible until the intensive heat wave subsides.”

Click here for more information about keeping pets cool during the summer.

Neiss explained that the old central air conditioning system was outdated and barely functioning. "This is a capital item so there had to be a bidding process done," she said. "The unit is coming and should be in within a week or two we hope."It will take some time to get it hooked up though," she said.

The Montclair Animal Shelter is run by the township and services animals for Montclair, Verona, and Nutley. You can reach the shelter at 973-744-8600 or at mtas.petfinder.com or via facebook.com/MontclairAnimalShelter.

A group called Friends of the Montclair Township Animal Shelter was recently organized with the help of volunteers to try to raise money to help improve animal welfare.

The group is hosting a summer celebration on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. outside the shelter that will include food, music, kids' activities, and the chance to adopt a dog for only $70 and a cat for only $50.

Montclairlongtimers July 18, 2012 at 04:15 PM
OMG! The animals aren't comfortable! Run the AC's all day and night until the temp reaches 72!!! In a related development, this town spends too much money. AC costs a lot. The money saved not running the AC for animals would be better spent on tax relief.
jim July 18, 2012 at 04:21 PM
The person who left the note could have left a check if they were that concerned.
GOPer July 18, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Nah, its always easier for the libs to spend other peoples money.
Shelley Emling (Editor) July 18, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Some temporary units are being delivered this afternoon thanks to an emergency grant from the Humane Society.
Shelley Emling (Editor) July 18, 2012 at 07:50 PM
The township has just released an update, which is included now in the article.
Ellie July 18, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Those animals have fur coats! Try to imagine being forced to sit in a fur coat in this heat! That is abuse. You clearly have no heart and are only out to fill your wallet!
Stuart Weissman July 19, 2012 at 03:07 PM
I hope the new council finds twice as much to cut from the capital debt that the new AC unit costs as per their new debt reduction ordinance.
allaboutthenumbers123 July 19, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Time to be a buyer of this service. We spend almost $300k for animal control and two surrounding towns buy our services for approximately $27k. There are no other line items in the budget relating to animal services, so I'd assume this includes the cost of running the animal shelter. 1. If $27k is the going "buy" rate, and we pay $300k, we should buy the service. 2. We need to cut costs in this town to provide taxpayer relief with any hope of maintaining economic diversity within the citizenry. 3. We are running the shelter at great risk to the animals well being because we don't have the luxury of running it fully funded. 4. The location is prime real estate since it is so close to the train station, the Walnut Street restaurants and Grove Street businesses. Mr. Mayor, this is your area of expertise. Time to develop this space for a use that better serves long term vibrancy of the town, for the safety of animals and to provide taxpayer relief.
Shelley Emling (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Is it Nutley and Verona that buy our service here?
Stuart Weissman July 19, 2012 at 04:43 PM
But then abandon animals might end up in non non-kill shelters. Better to keep the taxes high in the name of social (and animal) justice.
allaboutthenumbers123 July 19, 2012 at 04:50 PM
According to the 2012 adopted budget, we budgeted revenue for $26k and $24k from Nutley and Verona, respectively. The actual amount realized in 2011 was $38k and $32k, respectively. In 2011 it looks like Glen Ridge paid us $8k for this service. We show no revenue budgeted from them in 2012. Maybe they got a better deal from another providing town.
allaboutthenumbers123 July 19, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Other towns provide this service. No need to abandon the animals, just build efficiencies in caring for them and in getting them adopted or fostered.
John Lee July 19, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Nutley and Veron buy the services
John Lee July 19, 2012 at 05:10 PM
the Montclair Animal Shelter is a no kill shelter

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