Tales from the
Bark Side

Microchip Scanner Donation

The PGSPCA donated 2 microchip scanners to the Prince George's County Fire Department, so they can more easily help lost pets find their way home. Fire Chief Tiffany Green accepted the scanners from Board members Faith Weiner and Tony Thompson at the Springdale Fire Station. Former intern Esther Martinez was on hand to demonstrate how to use the scanner on Battalion Chief Justin Shea's Labrador, Linus, and Jack, the golden retriever owned by Fire Investigator Tim Ormerod.

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An Adoption Success Story
Everything we do is for the animals, and we are beyond happy to see them go to their fur-ever homes. Saving that one cat or dog will not change the world, but surely for that one cat or dog, the world will change forever! We're excited to feature a Happy Tail from Kaia, who found a wonderful home of her own in March!

Name: Kaia (previously Adele)
Favorite Treat: Real chicken
Favorite Toy: Any stick in the backyard (even though there are plenty of toys inside!)
Best Friend: Her human brother’s dog, who lives next door 
Pet Peeve: Car rides

From Kaia's Family: Adele was one puppy in a litter of five Keeshond mixes when the Christian family saw her picture. They had just lost their pet husky, Kody, and missed having a dog in the house. Because Kody had been adopted as an adult and had already developed some negative behaviors, the family wanted to adopt a puppy they could train from the start.
When Michelle Christian saw Adele's picture on the adoption page, she knew the puppy was what they were looking for. She says, "Adele stole my heart and I found her adorable." 
After adopting her, the Christians wanted to give her a name that started with K to honor Kody’s memory. Michelle put out a request to her Facebook friends for suggested K names. The winning name, Kaia, came from a friend who’d lived in Hawaii and married a Hawaiian. Michelle says it was perfect “because kaia means ‘sea’ in Hawaiian and our new puppy had striking blue eyes!”
Having a puppy has meant a lot of changes in the family’s daily routine, but the Christians say adopting Kaia was the best thing they did. Michelle added that adopting a pet is what they will always do and never go to a breeder as there are so many out there who deserve a good home!

If you or someone you know is looking for a new pet, check out our adoptable cats and dogs at
We Got Cookies!

Thanks to Girl Scout Troop 23007 of Greenbelt, who selected us as their “Hometown Hero” this year. They asked their cookie customers if they would like to donate a box of cookies on our behalf, and the girls presented us with 57 boxes of Girl Scout cookies!

Foster dog Lucy and former foster dog Nala came with PGSPCA Vice-president Faith Weiner to collect the cookies and thank the girls in person.

January - April 2022
Making a Difference

Low-cost vaccinations & microchips administered

Animals altered at our spay/neuter clinics (most for free!)

Cats and dogs adopted into their forever homes

Assistance and abuse calls handled on our 24-hour hotline

Hot Weather Safety Tips

We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger. To prevent your pet from overheating, take these simple precautions provided by ASPCA experts:
  • Visit the vet for a spring or early-summer checkup. 
  • Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.
  • Know the symptoms of overheating in pets, which include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse.
LEARN MORE For a complete list of tips and more information.
We are so grateful to all of our volunteers and donors for their support throughout the year. We truly couldn't do this meaningful work without you and all our rescue partners who help the animals of PG County. 
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IMPORTANT: Due to the pandemic, many of our in-person events are modified. Be sure to view the online calendar at to confirm times and locations.

Free Spay/Neuter Services

Can’t afford to spay or neuter your pet? Thanks to private grants and donations, we can help qualified county residents have their pets altered at reduced or no cost.  LEARN MORE

Foster Homes Needed!

We are desperately short on foster homes. Our current fostering volunteers are doing an awesome job, but they can’t do it alone.  LEARN MORE

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Thank you to our PGSPCA Tales from the Barkside volunteers:
Co-Editors: Faith Weiner, Tamela Terry
Contributing Writers: Jenn Evoy, Faith Weiner
Design: Kerry McCutcheon

The SPCA/Humane Society of Prince George’s County, Inc. is a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to animal welfare. We do not operate the county shelter. We are chartered by the State of Maryland, but we receive no state or county funds. Our activities are supported solely by contributions, dues, and fundraising events.

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