MONTCLAIR, NJ - The director of the Montclair Township Animal Shelter(MTAS) spoke before a room of Rotarians regarding the recent fire at the MTAS and the need for homes for some of the animals.

On Tuesday, Niki Dawson, Director of the MTAS, addressed the Rotary Club of the Caldwells at it's regular meeting held at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

Discussing the recent fire, Dawson said, "All animals were evacuated and sent out for fostering at residents' homes. They are looking to find permanent homes for some of animals."

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Dawson continued by explaining the damage the fire caused saying, "The shelter's rear kennel and part of its roof were destroyed.The cause of the fire is still under investigation."

She informed them that if they wanted to help, the shelter is taking monetary donations, food, and looking for permanent homes for animals. 

The Friends of the Montclair Township Animal Shelter (FOMTAS) has also started an online fundraiser to cover short-term repairs that can get animals and staff back into its building and then a more extensive remodeling of the aged building. The campaign’s goal is $225,000. FOMTAS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation so all donations are tax deductible.