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Celebrating Earth Month With Your Pets!

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!

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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.

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

Free Drive-Up Pet Vaccinations

Monday, May 8, 2023
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Complex
8001 Sheriff Road, Landover, MD 
Rain or shine
While supplies last


DoE's Animal Services Division (ASD), in partnership with the Prince George’s County Health Department, is sponsoring a FREE Drive-Up Dog and Cat Vaccination Clinic on Monday, May 8, at the Wayne K. Curry Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.

The Drive-Up Cat and Dog Vaccination Clinic will provide rabies and distemper vaccinations and micro-chipping for Prince George’s County residents. Free pet licenses will also be offered.  Proof of residency is required.

To register for the free services, go to  For more information, contact Marilyn Perez at 301-780-7200. 

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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

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Deuce Is Available For Adoption 

Deuce, A527747, is about a year old. He's a happy, social, and handsome boy who loves being near his people. Toys? Eh, not impressive. Give him lots of pets and tell him he’s a good boy? Yep, that’s his jam!

A volunteer noted “Deuce had a wonderful play date with Oreo (spayed female) this week and he appears to be very dog social and could do well in a home with another dog with proper introductions.”

For more information or to meet Deuce, A527747, call 301-780-7200 or visit


Let's Find Chico A Loving Home

Adoptable Chico, A533927, wants to make it known that his adopter should have a healthy toy budget. He says it’s non-negotiable. Chico is an energetic boy that is house-trained and ready to find his forever home. He is about 3 years old.

For more information or to meet Chico, A533927call 301-780-7200 or visit


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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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This Week's Furry "Foto"
Meet Hunter and Harley

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

Hunter and Harley are two of the many cats who have been rescued and have found a forever home.  

For information on how to adopt or foster pets, visit

Hunter and Harley

Don't Forget to Scoop That Poop

Dog waste is more than a nightmare for our shoes. Just like human sewage, untreated pet fecal matter is harmful to waterways. Rain washes dog waste and associated disease-causing organisms, such as salmonella, into rivers, beaches, and the Chesapeake Bay via storm drains. To learn more, watch the Department of the Environment’s (DoE) “Scoop that Poop” video here and visit the DoE website here.

Scoop the Poop

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

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

Thursday,  May 11, 2023, 6 p.m. - 8 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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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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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. 

This month we are asking for donations of Kuranda beds of all sizes for our doggie friends.

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.

Pet supplies needed

Keep Your Pets Safe 

While Spring Cleaning

It’s spring-cleaning time - be sure to consider your pets when you are scrubbing, dusting, and refreshing your home.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has developed a comprehensive list of household products that may not be harmful to humans but can be dangerous to pets. Check out this article on how to clean safely, and products not to use around pets.

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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 cats and TNVR throughout Prince George's County here. 

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