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April is Earth Month -
Celebrate With Your Pets Too!

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The Department of the Environment (DoE) celebrates "Earth Day Every Day" throughout the month of April in honor of Earth Day on Saturday, April 22!

It's easy for pet owners to find environmentally friendly ways to celebrate Earth Month too. Check out the Healthy Spot website for creative and fun ideas that will make a difference.

DoE will showcase the various programs that help reduce waste and materials from entering the landfill, preparing pet parents for adoption, services that promote the protection of our homes and natural resources such as trees and public spaces, how we are working to combat climate change, and so much more.

Get engaged with DoE and tag #PGCEarthDayEveryDay on social media. For more information on Earth month activities and ongoing updates, visit the DoE website at

It's Furry "Foto" Time

Showcase Your Adopted Shelter Pets

In honor of Adopt a Shelter Pet Day on April 30th, we want to feature the furry, feathery, and scaly pets that have been rescued from a shelter to promote the importance of adopting. 

Throughout the month of April, post a cute or funny picture of your four or two-legged family member, with the hashtags #AdoptDontShop and #PGCEarthDayEveryDay

Emailed photos must be sent by Friday, April 28,  to

*By submitting your photo, you grant permission for Prince George's County Government to post on its social media platforms, website, and other promotional materials.

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Cat and Dog Adoption Fees Waived
Now Through April 30, 2023

The Animal Services Facility and Adoption Center (ASFAC) will offer free dog and cat adoptions through April 30, 2023, thanks to a $50,000 grant from Best Friends Animal Society, a leading animal welfare organization.  Now, adopters can meet and take a pet home the same day. 

Standard adoption processes still apply and there is $10 license fee for residents. Learn more at

Free Adoptions cats

Gerbils, Jane and Jackie,  
Are Available For Adoption 

Jane (A531712) and Jackie (A531713) are two female gerbils who are housed together. They are friendly to interact with and love to get new nibblers to chew on! These girls are easy to care for and due to their social nature, should stay together wherever they are adopted. They are very intelligent and love to play with toys!

For more information or to meet Jane (A531712) and Jackie (A531713), call 301-780-7200 or visit

Jackie and Jane

Let's Find Luthor A Loving Home

Luthor (A532211is a giant puppy. He greets you with pure happiness and excitement, but has no idea how big he is. Luthor loves running in the play yard and playing with toys, but his preference is to engage in play with his handler. Luthor needs to work on his manners as he jumps up on his handler and likes to test the limits. He pulls on leash, but with a proper fitting harness, training and consistent exercise, this will improve. Luthor immediately takes care of his potty business when outside.

For more information or to meet Luthor (A532211) call 301-780-7200 or visit


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This Weeks Furry "Foto"
Meet Aspen

Animal Chatter features “Furry Family Fotos” of pets who have been adopted from a shelter and are thriving in their new loving homes.

Aspen is one of the many dogs who has been rescued and has found a forever home.  

For information on how to adopt or foster pets, visit


ASD Is Looking For Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help walk and socialize dogs, play with cats, assist with feeding animals, cleaning, office work, off-site events and more!

Upcoming Orientations

Thursday, April 13, 2023, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 29, 2023, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

If you are 18 years old or older and are interested in helping with animals at the Animal Services Facility and Adoption Center (ASFAC) visit our website at or call 301-780-7200 for more information.

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Donations Needed!

We are running low on enrichment items, such as toys and treats, critter supplies, supplies for our kennels, and leashes for volunteers and staff. 

Check out our Amazon wish list here or view other items our shelter needs and how to make a monetary donation at All items can be shipped to our facility at 3750 Brown Station Road, Upper Marlboro, MD, 20772. Donations can be also be physically dropped off at this address during our regular open hours: Tuesdays - Fridays from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. No appointment needed - donation bins are in the front lobby.

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The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Recognized During the Month of April

April brings spring flowers and warmer temperatures. It also brings to the forefront the issue of animal cruelty by designating April as the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month.

For more information about the Prevention of Cruelty Month, visit

In addition, ferrets, frogs and how to manage pests are also celebrated during the month. Here is a list of special events:

Orange Ribbon

Earth Month

Adopt a Ferret Month

National Frog Month

National Pest Management Month

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day 

Let's Celebrate These Special Pet Days!

World Health Day – April 7

National Dog Fighting Awareness Day – April 8

National Hug Your Dog Day – April 10

PGSPCA Low Cost Shot Clinic

Sunday, May 7, 2023

The Prince George’s County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PGSPCA) is holding walk-in, low-cost vaccination clinics for cats and dogs, on the first Sunday of the month, from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at 8210 D’Arcy Road in Forestville, Maryland. No appointment is needed. The gates open at 1 p.m., and anyone in line by 3 p.m. will be served.  All dogs MUST be leashed or in a carrier. All cats MUST be in a carrier. 

Cash or credit card only; no checks.  Without documentation of a prior rabies vaccine, your pet's rabies vaccine will expire in one year.

For more information, visit

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MDA Spay/Neuter Grant for Feral Cats 

The Prince George’s County Animal Services Division (ASD) received a grant from the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) to spay/neuter and vaccinate for rabies for 240 feral cats in the Capitol Heights area (20743 zip code). This grant will assist in ASD efforts to help humanely reduce feral cats’ overall numbers. For more information, visit our website at

With this Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR), the cats will be returned to the area where they were trapped after surgery. TNVR provides a long-term solution to concerns about community cats by reducing their population. The returned cats are healthier after TNVR and countless kittens, many of which would have died on the streets, are not born. The goal is to alter as many cats as possible in the next few months before the weather warms up and the cats start reproducing.

If you are located outside of the Capitol Heights 20743 zip code, visit our website to get help with feral carts and TNVR throughout Prince George's County here. 

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Prince George's County Animal Services

The Prince George’s County Animal Services Facility and Adoption Center has new hours of operation for the general public. In addition, animal interactions no longer need appointments. The new hours are:

Sunday and Monday


Tuesday through Friday

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For an animal-related emergency, stray animal, animal bite, lost or found pet, carcass removal, deceased pet disposal, owner surrender appointments, and euthanasia appointments, please call our main line at 301-780-7200 and press "1" for customer service. 

Photos of found animals that are here in our facility can be viewed online at the 24petconnect website here. If you find your lost pet on our website, please contact our customer service department for assistance with redeeming your pet. Be sure to check with public postings and back with the shelter periodically. 

For nuisance wildlife, call the MD Department of Natural Resources hotline at 877-463-6497.

Applications can be completed online or in person. View current cats, dogs and small animals available for adoption by visiting and enter the facility zip code - 20772. Please note the Animal I.D. #’s of animals you are interested in. For applications and more information, visit our website at or press "2" after calling our main number.

Animal licenses can be purchased online here. If you require further assistance, call our main line at 301-780-7200 and press "3" for licensing. 

To inquire about low-cost spay or neuter at the Spay Spot Clinic, located inside our facility, please call 301-254-8151.

To volunteer, foster a pet or for humane education services press "6" on our main line.

Anyone turning in an animal on closed days or after hours, please call 301-780-7200.

For more information, visit our website at