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Canine Update 2

While the Animal Services Facility and Adoption Center (ASFAC) is closed to the public for dog adoptions, read the full press release here, we are still processing cats, small mammals, and reptile adoptions VIRTUALLY. To see a list of adoptable animals, please visit and click on available cats/others.

Eligible animal redemptions for lost or found pets are approved. Owners must:

  • Identify their lost animal in the facility via website and click on lost and found or call customer service at 301-780-7200 option 1 to claim ownership.
  • Redemptions will be during normal business hours, Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

If a resident finds a stray animal and can safely check for an ID tag or rabies tag - please do so and try to take them home. The Animal Services Division (ASD) encourages you to take the stray animal to any local veterinarian's office to scan for a microchip. If the animal has a microchip and information populates on the website, attempt to contact the owner directly to avoid exposure to the shelter.

For more information about animal services and updates, contact 301-780-7200.

ASD Is Looking For Volunteers

Tonight's Volunteer Orientation (Thursday, September 7, 2023) has been Cancelled Due to the Status of the Shelter

Upcoming Orientation

Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 12 p.m.

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!

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.

Volunteer orientation 9.5.23 update

PGSPCA Low Cost Shot Clinic
Sunday, October 1, 2023

                            No Appointment Needed                 

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 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 8210 D’Arcy Road in Forestville, Maryland. No appointment is needed. The gates open at 11 a.m., and anyone in line by 1 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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2023 Green Summit Announced

Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

David C. Driskell Community Park
3911 Hamilton Street
Hyattsville, MD  20781

Don’t miss out on food trucks, pet adoptions, green vendors, tips and much more. For more info, such as registration and tabling opportunities, visit

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Important Notice Regarding Adoptions

While the ASFAC is closed to the public for dog adoptions, we are still processing cats, small mammals, and reptile adoptions VIRTUALLY.  To see a list of adoptable animals, please visit and click on available cats/others

Looking For a Pet? Think Small!

Many people think that animal shelters just have cats and dogs. As a reminder,  if they have fins, fur, feathers, or scales they are available for fostering or adoption at the Prince George's ASFAC.

We can imagine these may be some of the questions you have: 

  • Did you say fins?  Yes, occasionally we have fish. 
  • Are there other animals with fur besides a cat or dog?  Ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, rats, mice, and guinea pigs are some small animals that are available for adoption. 
  • What could I adopt with feathers?  We get a variety of birds, from the tiniest finches to parakeets, doves, and cockatiels. 
  • How about the animals with scales?  Besides fish, we have snakes, lizards, bearded dragons, and iguanas!                           

Adoption fees vary depending on the type of animal you wish to adopt. Most animals will be spayed or neutered prior to adoption. However, if you adopt two gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, birds, or anything that does not get spayed or neutered, then the animals must be either all boys or all girls, so they do not breed and have babies. Many of these animals arrive at our facility because their owner did not have realistic expectations on how to care for them. Some pets, particularly reptiles, have very specific needs. 

If you are interested in adopting any animal, please read up on their care and life span before getting one. Speak with someone who has a similar pet, and with a veterinarian who treats the type of animal you are interested in adopting. When ready to add a pint-sized pet to your home please view our adoptable animals on our website at


Bambi the Bunny is Ready for Adoption

Bambi (A536466) is the perfect rabbit for any families first time getting a rabbit. He is a three-year-old male rabbit who has been socialized. He is okay being held and takes treats gently. He loves to greet anyone who comes to his cage and hopes they will pet his soft fur.

Bambi (A536466) is available for adoption or foster by calling 301-780-7200 or emailing


Let's Find Bing Bong a "Furever" Home

Meet Bing Bong (A536038), a two-year-old neutered male plot hound mix. Bing Bong is currently in foster and has been there since early summer. Bing Bong's foster reports he is a wonderful dog and loves to go for car rides and roll around in the grass! At night he is more than happy to lay in his bed but if you invite him to cuddle, a fur ball will be right by your side before you know it! 

Our foster program is vital to our shelter especially during tough situations like our current canine influenza outbreak, as it allows us to house shelter animal offsite and allows us to get a deeper understanding of their personalities while in a home setting.

Bing Bong (A536038) is available for adoption or foster by calling 301-780-7200 or emailing

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Prince George's County Animal Services Division Partners with Pets for Patriots

Partners for Patriots

Service members with at least 190 days in the service are welcome to utilize this partnership. If eligible, you could qualify for a free adoption fee if looking for one of the following: a dog or cat that is at least two (2) years of age; a dog or cat with special needs; a dog or cat that is homeless for six months; or a dog that is 40 pounds or more at the time of adoption.

To adopt through this program, visit:

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Meet Hemi! This Week's Furry "Foto"

Hemi was adopted in April 2022 from the Prince George’s County Animal Services Facility and Adoption Center. He is currently thriving is his forever home.

For information on how to adopt or foster pets, visit


Don't Forget to Scoop That Poop!

The summer heat is dying down and September is the perfect time to walk your pets.  So don't forget to Scoop that Poop and keep your walk ways and trails clean and safe. For more information visit

Scoop the Poop

September Pet Celebrations!

September marks the beginning of the fall season as students head back to school and the summer vacations come to end. September is also a time to observe National Pet Month; Responsible Dog Ownership Day and who can forget National Pet in Politics Day. So put on your creative hat and find fun and find educational ways to celebrate your favorite pet!

Monthly Events

National Pet Insurance Month

National Guide/Service Dog Month

Responsible Dog Ownership Month

Animal Pain Awareness Month

Weekly Events

Sept. 18-23: Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week

Sept. 24 –30: Deaf Dog Awareness Week

Daily Events

Sept. 8: National Dog Walker Appreciation Day

Sept. 11: National Hug Your Hound Day

Sept. 17: National Pet Bird Day

Sept.17: Responsible Dog Day Ownership Day

Sept. 23: National Pets in Politics Day

Sept. 23: Remember Me Thursday

Kuranda Beds Needed

Please Donate!

ASD is strongly encouraging donations of Kuranda beds of all sizes for our doggie friends, There are lots of benefits for pets sleeping on Kuranda Beds, including:

  • Kuranda Beds are the superior choice in shelters and rescues due to their durability and added protection of a 1-Year Chew Proof Warranty.
  • Shelters prefer Kuranda beds since they are easy to clean and sanitize, minimizing the spread of infectious disease.
  • The elevated sleep surface helps regulate body temperature, both in warmer and cooler months.
  • The orthopedic design alleviates pressure points on joints.
  • Quality sleep reduces stress which keeps animals healthy and feeling good while they await their forever homes.

Check out for more information on how to donate.                   

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Donations of KMR Milk and Other Pet Supplies Still Needed!

Kitten Season is in full bloom at our shelter. We are in desperate need of KMR milk and bottles for underage kittens. Sizes and amounts are included in our wishlist.

KMR Milk

We also 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 Updated List 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 also be physically dropped off at this address during our regular open hours: Tuesdays - Fridays from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. No appointment needed - donation bins are in the front lobby.

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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 website.

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.