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County government offices, with the exception of public safety agencies, will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th, in observance of the holiday. 

The Animal Services Facility and Adoption Center will reopen for normal operating hours on Wednesday, July 5, 2023. 

Read more information on County closures and suspended services due to the holiday here

Free Adoption Event a Success!

Our recent Pet Adoption and Community event was a resounding success, bringing together animal lovers and potential pet parents! The event aimed to find loving homes for all animals that were available for adoption from our facility, as well as share resources on a range of community services, including our volunteer and foster programs, low-cost vaccination and spay/neuter services from partners throughout the County, information on community cats and TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) initiatives and so much more.

The event raised awareness about the importance of adopting and encouraged adopters to interact with the animals to foster a connection and get a sense of their traits before bringing them home. With your loving kindness, 100 animals joined their new families – 38 cats, 50 dogs, and 12 critters including rabbits, a bird, a reptile, and other small animals. Congratulations to all new pet parents!

Thanks to our Animal Services Facility employees, partners, and volunteers for coming together, and a tremendous appreciation is extended to Best Friends Animal Society, who sponsored the event and covered adoption fees and spay/neuter for pets adopted. 


4th of July Pet Safety

The Fourth of July holiday can be very difficult for companion animals. With the hustle and bustle of people celebrating and the loud noise of the fireworks, many animals suffer severe stress and can cause damage or injury by trying to escape the noise. In the process, many terrified pets run away from home and get lost or hit by cars. It is the busiest holiday of the year for animal care and control agencies, as they run numerous calls for injured pets that have gotten loose.

To help your pets get through this holiday, you may wish to:

  • restrict them to one room of the house (such as a bedroom)
  • give them a t-shirt with your smell on it to cuddle up with
  • put a radio in the room turned to a classical music station with the volume down low
  • hang out with them while you read a book or watch TV

Make sure they have a collar with I.D. tags in case they should get out of the house.  If your pet is not microchipped, contact your veterinarian to discuss having them microchipped.

Should the worst happen and your pet does get out of the house, he may run very far and very fast to escape the noise. Contact the Prince George’s County Animal Services Division at (301) 780-7200 to leave a lost report and visit us, daily if possible, until you’ve found your pet. While a lost report is helpful, your description of your pet and ours may be very different. You may also wish to contact veterinary offices in your area and other nearby animal shelters to leave a lost report with them.

Help keep your pet safe and healthy, and at home. Several hours of care on your part will keep your pet safe for a lifetime.

Several hours of care on your part will keep your pet safe for a lifetime. For more information visit


PGSPCA Low Cost Shot Clinic
Sunday, July 2, 2023

**Please note time change for summer hours during July – September**

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


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 Orientation

Thursday, July 6, 2023 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 15, 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.


Let\’s Find Chorizo A Loving Home

Chorizo (A536152) is a sweet and playful dog that will be a great companion to anyone who can give him the love and support he needs. He is a little awkward at first but once he relaxes he is the sweetest. He gives lots of kisses and can both chill on the couch and be active with you. Chorizo is house-trained and is comfortable in his crate. He knows some basic commands but will need someone to teach him other basics.

He has made lots of improvements in walking on a leash in the short time that he has been here so with some consistent work he will be an expert leash walker. He does well when left alone for a little while but will be excited to see you when you return. Chorizo has a lot of love to give and sometimes doesn’t know how to show his love especially when he meets someone new. He would do great with a family that can give him lots of attention and has space for him to play.

If you want to meet Chorizo (A536152) and for more information please visit


Celebrate July Pet Events

Summer is here – so take the time to celebrate, advocate and give your pets extra love during July.  Take the time to repair your dog house, or make sure you take some photos of your favorite pet during July. Have some fun with your favorite furry friend. 


Lost Pet Prevention Month

National Dog House Repairs Month


July 1 – National I.D. Your Pet Day

July 5 – National Pet Remembrance Day

July 10 – National Kitten Day 

July 11 – All American Pet Photo Day 

July 15 National Pet Fire Safety Day 

July 21 – National Craft for Your Local Shelters Day 

July 21 – No Pet Store Puppies Day 

July 31 – Mutt\’s Day

ong Shaped Frosty Berry Dog Treatsfrom Rosalyn from Golden WoofsINGREDIENTS1 cup of Plain Yogurt1/3 cup of Strawberries1/3 cup of BlueberriesINSTRUCTIONSStep One: Combine all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.Step Two: Pour the mixture into a mold of your choice, or an ice tray. You can place the mixture inside the Classic KONG for an extra treat.Step Three: Place in the freezer for two hours.\"FurryThis Week\’s Furry \”Foto\”Raiden was adopted in 2020, from the Prince George’s County Animal Services Facility and Adoption Center. He was known as Dipsy but now he goes by Raiden! His fur-mily has never been happier! Raiden is adored  to pieces and his family cannot imagine life without him in it.For information on how to adopt or foster pets, visit of KMR Milk and
Other Pet Supplies 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.\"KMRWe also are running low on enrichment items, such as toys and treats, critter supplies, supplies for our kennels, and leashes for volunteers and staff. Donations of Kuranda beds of all sizes for our doggie friends are encouraged. Check out for more information on how to donate.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.\"FurryMDA 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 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 ServicesThe 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 MondayClosedTuesday through Friday10 a.m. – 6 p.m.Saturday10 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

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