MTAS Cat Rooms to Receive $40K Makeover Thanks to Generous Grants  

The Montclair Township Animal Shelter’s cat rooms are getting a much-needed makeover thanks to Rescue Rebuild, a community-driven animal shelter renovation program, and to Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health. Grants in the amount of $20K from each organization provide for materials, labor and services so that volunteers from Montclair and the surrounding area can join forces to repair and renovate the Shelter’s areas in greatest need – its cat rooms. The renovation work began January 13 and will continue through February 1.

“The much-needed work will help us expand our children’s reading program – kids come to the Shelter to read to the animals,” said Shelter Director Liz Morgan. “Reading aloud to a dog or cat helps boost a child’s confidence, reading skills and self-esteem, while also providing a benefit to the animals receiving undivided attention from the kids,” she said. “Right now, the Shelter’s cat room is not well set up for the program since there is no seating. This project will allow us to add a nice big bench for children and their parents to sit, relax and read to the animals.”

In addition to seating, the team of volunteers will also work on assembling new, high-quality cages and raised beds for the cages.

“We will add enrichment features for the cats as well, with volunteers creating cat bridges and a variety of cubbies, allowing the cats to have plenty of different spaces to relax, hide and play,” said Ms. Morgan.

In April of 2016, a fire broke out in the Shelter and all the animals had to be evacuated. Since then, the Shelter has not had the resources to fully recover the cat rooms.

“With generous support from Rescue Rebuild and Boehinger Ingelheim, the Shelter will not only be able to house more cats, we’ll also give them a much more enjoyable environment to live in,” said Ms. Morgan.

The Montclair Township  Animal Shelter-Animal Control and Humane Law Enforcement Department is committed to providing assistance to the residents and animals of Montclair. The Shelter’s goals are education, enforcement, rescue, and rehabilitation

The Shelter intakes animals whose owners are unable to keep them and stray animals for contracting townships. All shelter cats, dogs and some of small and exotic animals are spayed or neutered and vaccinated, as applicable, before adoption. All of cats are tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV and all dogs are tested for heartworm. The Shelter’s adoption process ensures that animas are placed in safe, loving, permanent homes.

Rescue Rebuild is a shelter renovation program of that recruits volunteers from all over the country to help animal shelters in need. The organization travels to selected shelters in need to complete general repairs and renovations.

About is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that works to improve the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet. Over the last 12 years, has given over $250 million in cash and in-kind grants to over 3,000 charitable partners worldwide. To learn more, visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

About Boehringer Ingelheim’s Animal Health business
Boehringer Ingelheim is the second largest animal health business in the world, with net sales of almost $4.7 billion (3.9 billion euros) worldwide in 2018, about 10,000 employees and a presence in more than 150 markets. The company has pioneered advancements in vaccines, parasite-control products and therapeutics that limit pain and slow disease, and aims to create the future of animal wellbeing for pets, horses and livestock by focusing on prevention.

Boehringer Ingelheim’s Animal Health Business has a significant presence in the United States, with more than 3,000 employees in places that include Georgia, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. To learn more, visit or