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.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
PGSPCA Medical Director Plays Pivotal Role in Clinic Success By Hannah MacLean, PGSPCA Volunteer
Pet owners and tag-along family members wait with their dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens outside the PGSPCA clinic in Forestville to get vaccines for their animals – and the line is long. When the gates open, they all pour in to sign up and pay before their pets are whisked inside to see Dr. Shawnne J. Spencer. Dr. Spencer serves as the clinic’s medical director and is the veterinarian administering rabies and distemper shots on this September afternoon.
Dr. Spencer became a veterinarian in 2003, graduating from Virginia Tech. He first worked at Beltsville Veterinary Hospital, but moved in May 2014 to Fairland Animal Hospital in Silver Spring, where he is currently employed. But he always finds time for us.
Dr. Spencer got involved with the PGSPCA almost 10 years ago, when PGSPCA needed a veterinarian for their monthly shot clinics. He started our quarterly Spay and Neuter Clinics in 2009 and that program has grown to include almost 20 events a year. He says working with the PGSPCA is one of the highlights of his job.
He always wanted to be a veterinarian, and is very aware of his responsibilities to “help out with vaccines and keeping animals healthy, which keeps people healthy and keeps the community healthy,” he says. “[It] keeps diseases down.”
Dr. Spencer’s advice for pet owners: get your pets vaccinated, consider pet insurance, keep them indoors, and (of course) take care of them. Following that advice can be costly, so the owners of the 150 or more pets that received vaccinations and microchips from Dr. Spencer on that September Sunday appreciate what he does.
“The PGSPCA clinic offers much-needed free and low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination services that would not be possible without Dr. Spencer,” says PGSPCA President Tamela Terry. “He’s been with us almost 10 years and he’s the nicest man, a great teacher and a great veterinarian. As our medical director, he oversees and authorizes all the veterinary activity at our clinic, and he does so with great professionalism, generosity, and positive leadership. We are extremely grateful that he continues to contribute his time and talents to our organization.”
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Put a Lid on It!
You know the feeling: You've scooped out half a can of wet food for your pet -- what to do with the other half? It smells and can get messy; aluminum foil or plastic wrap isn't great, and you don't want to risk cutting your fingers. Just pop on a bright blue PGSPCA can lid - easy, fast, dishwasher-safe and re-usable! These new give-aways have been very popular at our events this summer. You can pick one up at the clinic or any of our events.
PGSPCA IN THE COMMUNITY
Who Ya Gonna Call?
Local residents with questions about pets had a chance to get answers by calling in to the WJLA 7 On Your Side pet adoption phone bank on September 13. The event was hosted by Dr. Katy from The Pet Show. The PGSPCA was one of seven animal welfare groups who helped answer the phones during the local news programs. Many thanks to Sandra and Joe Navarra for representing the PGSPCA. Sandra was even part of a Facebook live interview!
Animal welfare representatives answered pet-related questions and gave general pet advice to callers. Topics ranged from how to search for a four-legged family member to how to match your needs to a specific breed. Callers were interested in both cats and dogs, and some were pet owners looking to add a second pet to their family.
Sandra reports it was action-packed and a lot of fun. The various adoption experts enjoyed networking with each other as well as taking calls. Dr. Katy’s own dogs were featured, as were several other adoptables. The dogs seemed to enjoy all the extra love and attention and smiled for the cameras.
If you are interested in volunteering with the PGSPCA, then these events are for you!