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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.

The Value of Volunteers

As an all-volunteer organization, the importance of our volunteers cannot be stressed enough. Without them, the SPCA/HS simply would not exist. From foster families, program coordinators, and shot clinic crew to board members, our social media team, and administrative help—volunteers are the SPCA/HS. To all of our volunteers, thank you!

As we grow, we are always finding new positions that need to be filled and new tasks that need accomplishing. Here are a few projects that we are currently looking for help with:
  • Photography for our new website (coming soon!)
  • Posting our events with print and online media outlets
  • Adoption show ambassadors to greet show attendees and help answer questions
  • Creating short videos of each adoptable animals
  • Adoption followup (corresponding with former adopters)
These are just a few of the items we need assistance with. We will continue to highlight volunteer needs in upcoming e-newsletters. If these (or future!) tasks match your interests, send us an email and we can match you up with the right team member.

Join Us at Maryland DogFest!

The 3rd Annual Maryland DogFest is scheduled for March 8th-9th at the Charles County Fairgrounds, and the SPCA/HS will be there! More than 3,500 people and over 1,000 dogs attended the event last year. In addition to our information table, we hope to have a few of our foster animals to show off as well. Send us an email if you are interested in volunteering at this event. Click here for more Dogfest information.
Lacey isn't exactly sure how she ended up in this place, but she sure loves all the attention. Each morning starts by lazily crawling out from inside the bed covers and over to her person—that would be Judy.

Judy dresses Lacey in her "Cape of Power" (a pink fleece jacket), then carries her down to breakfast with the other animals. While The Cape helps boost Lacey's confidence, she is still a bit intimidated by the stairs. After eating her breakfast, Lacey snuffles around for scraps beneath the bird cages. They get scrambled eggs and toast, so it's a worthwhile effort!

Lacey used to be a bit nervous around the other animals, but as long as she is wearing The Cape, all is well. After breakfast with the birds, she joins Jack for a romp outside. Jack is an Old English Bulldog who refuses to go outside unless Lacey accompanies him. The Cape of Power's strengths must be transferable. A favorite outdoor game is chasing the vultures. Judy feeds kitchen scraps to the neighborhood vultures, so they often linger in the yard.  As one might expect of a chihuahua-beagle mix, Lacey is unsuccessful in catching her prey. In just a few months, it will be warm enough to play outside while Judy works in the garden each day accompanied by Speedy, the giant tortoise. For now, the dogs troop back inside where it's warm and snuggly.

Life wasn't always so easy for Lacey. She was brought into the SPCA/HS foster program with a broken leg, rotten teeth, and malnourished. But those days are over. Her leg is healed and her belly is full—she's gone from 12 lbs. to 20 lbs. in just a few months. And her dental woes are almost over. One more tooth needs pulling, but that's no big deal when you've got the Cape.

By the Numbers

December 2013

We administered 201 low-cost vaccinations and microchips at our December clinic event.

We responded to 118 cruelty and abuse calls received on our 24-hour hotline.

January 2014

We administered 144 low-cost vaccinations and microchips at our January clinic event.

We responded to 153 cruelty and abuse calls received on our 24-hour hotline.

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

You brush your teeth at bedtime, but does your pet? It might sound like a daunting task, but the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommends daily tooth brushing for dogs and cats.

Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to teach your pet to accept a daily tooth brushing in this video featuring Dr. Sheldon Rubin, speaking for the AVMA.

Here are some other notable dates this month that your pet might find a little more enjoyable:
Feb. 20 – Love Your Pet Day
Feb. 23 – National Dog Biscuit Day

Upcoming Events

Adoption Show - Annapolis Petco
Saturday, Feb. 15, 12pm-2pm

Spay/Neuter Clinic
Saturday, Feb. 15 & Sunday, Feb. 16. Email us to schedule an appointment.

Adoption Show & New Volunteer Orientation - Bowie Petsmart
Saturday, Feb. 22, 12pm-2pm (orientation begins at 12:30pm)

Low-Cost Vaccination Clinic
Sunday, March 2, 1pm-3pm

Adoption Show - Calverton Petsmart
Saturday, March 8, 12pm-2pm

Maryland Dogfest
Saturday, March 8 & Sunday, March 9, 10am-4pm

Visit for times and locations for all events.
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