About Us

Our Mission

Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter is a non-profit 501(c)(3) animal welfare organization that is 100% privately funded. Our mission is threefold:
  • To provide exceptional care for homeless animals
  • To promote spaying/neutering, microchipping and humane education
  • To place homeless cats and dogs in permanent, loving homes
At Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter, no animal is ever euthanized for lack of space.

History and Timeline

Group of concerned citizens meet to discuss formation of animal league as a result of a letter to the editor in the Caldwell Progress. Three months later the Wessex Animal League (WAWL) is incorporated. WAWL opens an adoption center on Saturdays at Caldwell Community Center in Caldwell.

Preliminary discussions are held with the Montclair Animal Welfare League regarding a possible merger. WAWL begins holding adoption days in a classroom at the Essex County College. 1978-79: Outgrowing the classroom space, the League rents a storefront at 87 Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell. The Montclair Animal Welfare League and the Wessex Animal Welfare League unite. The merger creates the Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter. The Shelter is located in a converted house on a somewhat rural U.S. Highway 10 next to Rilo's Restaurant. Negotiations begin with Mr. Rillo to acquire the Shelter's highway frontage in exchange for the construction of a new facility located at the rear of the property.

The Grand Opening of Mt. Pleasant's new facility takes place on April 26. The Shelter's first Director is hired. Capital improvements to the new facility are made including roof construction over the exterior dog runs, a concrete floor in the outside exercise pens, and a sewer connection is run to the kennels.

Twenty-fifth anniversary celebration year. Mt. Pleasant joins the Animal Welfare Federation of New Jersey, broadening and strengthening its position in the animal welfare community. Many capitol improvement projects are undertaken including the replacement of exterior kennels. Mt. Pleasant joins the computer age.

Mt. Pleasant's Executive Director joins the Board of the Animal Welfare Federation of New Jersey and capitol improvements continue to provide a safe environment for the animals. Mt. Pleasant is the only shelter in the area to participate in the American Humane Association's Save-a-Sato Project, as well as participating in animal rescues from overcrowded facilities in and around New Jersey. Shelter Enrichment Programs that directly affect the mental and physical health of the animals are created and improved. Standardized temperament testing is implemented for all dogs so that aggressive or unruly behaviors can be identified for trainers, staff and volunteers. Adoption packages expand to include microchipping. A mandatory spay/neuter policy is implemented for all animals, even those as young as eight weeks so as not to contribute to the pet overpopulation problem. The Shelter continues to strive to meet the needs of the community by offering programs and services such as Project SASHA (Safe and Sound Housing for Animals) which works in collaboration with social service agencies to provide free boarding and veterinary care for animals in household crisis situations.

Mt. Pleasant launches its new website, www.njshelter.org. The shelter hires its first Volunteer Coordinator in an effort to expand its programs and services into the community.

Funding is secured and plans are put into place for an isolation ward to house sick animals. Animal Health Technicians are hired to provide a better quality of care. With the help of grant funding, a full-time dog trainer and evaluator was hired. This individual is responsible for animal temperament assessments and supervising and implementing behavior modification programs.

The Board of Directors splits the Executive Director position into a Shelter Director position to handle overall shelter operations and a Vice President of Development & Marketing to expand and focus on the shelter's fundraising arm and community outreach. The Volunteer Coordinator's position is reclassified as Outreach Coordinator to expand the visibility of the shelter in the surrounding communities through offsite events and humane education.

Mt. Pleasant Doggie Academy opens in April to formalize the shelter's dog training programs for adopters and the dog owning community. DoggieAcademy.org is launched in conjuction with this branding effort.

Directions and Hours

Mt. Pleasant is extending our Adoption Hours as of May 1:
  • Tuesday & Thursday, 12-7
  • Wednesday & Friday, 12-4
  • Saturday and Sunday, 12-5
  • Closed Mondays and all major holidays

Mt. Pleasant is closed to the public in the mornings so that the staff can clean and feed our animals. This allows us to better service you when we are open for adoptions. We appreciate your understanding.

Animal Surrenders are by appointment only. Please call (973) 386-0590 ext 7 for the Shelter Manager or send email.

Map your route with google maps

Take Exit 4A to Eisenhower Parkway (exit wraps you to the right, follow road then continue straight). At the fourth light (the Olive Garden is on the right) make a right onto Route 10 West. Continue approximately 2 miles passing Home Depot, Wesco Dinettes. At Petsmart, make a right into the store driveway. The Shelter is located directly behind the Petsmart.

Take the Parkway to Exit 145, Route 280 West. Same as above.

Take the exit for Route 10 East. Continue on Route 10 East past Novartis Pharmaceuticals, past Loews. Take the next U-turn less than one mile after the Loews Theatres (you'll see a Sunoco on the corner). Turn back onto Route 10 West and get immediately in the right lane. You will pass Wesco Dinettes. At Petsmart, make a right into the store driveway. The Shelter is located directly behind the Petsmart.

Take the Route 287 exit. Same as above.

Take Route 3 West to Route 46 West to Route 80 West. Continue on Route 80 to the Route 287 South exit. Same as above.

From the airport you'll follow signs toward Routes 1 & 9 and you'll see a sign for Route 78 West. Take 78 West to Route 24 West (the highway actually splits off). You'll take 24 West to the JFK Parkway (next to Short Hills Mall). You'll stay on JFK Parkway and then make a left onto Columbia Turnpike. You'll see the Livingston Mall (New Jersey is famous for its malls!). You'll make a right at the mall onto Eisenhower Parkway. Take Eisenhower Parkway to the Livingston Circle. Once you get to the circle, you'll want to go "left" onto Route 10 West.

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Sponsor a Pet

Sponsor a Pet

Don't have room for another furry friend but still want to help?

For as little as $20 per month, you can sponsor a dog or cat while it awaits a new family. You can choose the animal yourself or our staff can choose one for you. You'll receive monthly updates on your animal's progress, as well as a photo of your sponsored pet! It's the perfect gift for birthdays or special occasions! If you can't take one home yourself, this is a great way to virtually adopt!

Become a sponsor today by donating online using our GiveDirect button!

Or click HERE to download asponsorship form. You can email this form, fax it to 973-386-0773 or mail it to MPAS - Sponsor a Pet, 194 Route 10 West, East Hanover, NJ 07936. All of our pets listed on Petfinder would love to have a sponsor!!

Nicky's Second Chance Fund - Mt. Pleasant believes in second chances! We believe in the underdog (or undercat as the case may be)! In fact, our entire organization is based on giving second chances to homeless pets -a second chance to live a healthy life, a second chance at a loving home, a second chance at happiness. Second chances donít come free. We need your help! Read about our animals in need and make a donation to help them!

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Surrendering a Pet

Surrendering to Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter

For cat/kitten surrenders: please E-mail or call 973-386-0590 ext. 7 during business hours

For dog/puppy surrenders: please E-mail or call 973-386-0590 ext. 6.

Home to Home Adoptions

The Home to Home Adoption program helps families find a new home for their dog. The program makes the re-homing process less stressful for the animal, because the dog remains in its original home until an adoptive home is found.

Mt. Pleasant provides a courtesy posting on Petfinder.com with a picture and detailed description of the pet. All dogs must be spayed/neutered, and vaccinated, and dogs must pass a temperament test prior to entry into the program.

E-mail or call 973 386 0590 ext 11 to enroll in this program.

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Donate Online


Your membership helps to care for the homeless animals residing at Mt. Pleasant. Memberships may be purchased year round and are renewed in May. All members receive a free subscription to Mt. Pleasantís Animal Crackers newsletter. All members at the Guardian level will be listed in Animal Crackers. Memberships at any level may be purchased as a gift for another person. To become a member today, click to safely and securely donate online. Please specify amount and type of membership, and if this is a gift, please also include the contact information for the person receiving membership as a gift. If you prefer to mail your membership, our address is:

Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter - Attn: Membership 194 Route 10 West, East Hanover, NJ 07936

Circle of Friends:
  1. Distinguished Advocate $5,000
  2. Cornerstone $2,500
  3. Guardian $1000
  4. Founder $500
  5. Benefactor $250
  6. Pillar $100
  1. Patron $75
  2. Supporter $50
  3. Member (minimum $35 donation)
If you have any questions about becoming a member, please email donate@njshelter.org or call 973-386-0034.

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Contact Us

Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter is a limited admission facility founded in 1972, welcoming orphaned cats and dogs as room permits.

Quality veterinary care, microchipping, pediatric spay/neuter and kennel enrichment are provided for every animal in our care, and animals are never euthanized for lack of space.

Additionally, we have specialized e-mail accounts if you know who you want to contact. Volunteer Information Donation & Membership Our Petfinder address is mtpleasant.petfinder.com.
Address: Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter
194 Route 10 West
East Hanover, NJ 07936-2701
Phone: (973) 386-0590
Fax: (973) 503-9697
Email: info@njshelter.org
Website: www.njshelter.org

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