Summer 2020

Tales from the Bark Side

During the Pandemic...

Tips for Transitioning Back
For those of us lucky enough to work from home or stay at home, our pets have gotten used to us being around. While most dogs are overjoyed to have company, some cats seem to be less than pleased with their human's constant presence. Either way, as society begins to reopen, adjusting to the return to work can be hard—for you and your pet. To help ease potential separation anxiety, try to set up a routine for feeding and play and make it as close as possible to your back-to-work schedule. Leave your pet alone for a short while and gradually increase their time alone each day to get them used to it. There are plenty of resources online to help:
A Most Unusual Spring
In March, the Coronavirus lockdown hit Maryland hard. Our adoption events were canceled by the pet stores that host them, and our shot clinics were halted due to the governor’s crowd size limitations. Our clinic was closed because the state veterinary board put a temporary hold on all nonessential veterinary services, including most vaccines and all routine spay/neuter surgeries. As things eased up in May and June, we worked to catch up on spay/neuter, especially for rescue pets and free-roaming cats. We're watching the state and county guidance closely and plan to start everything back up as soon as we can safely do so. Watch our calendar at to stay informed about our plans.

From Us to You
We know this is a stressful time for everyone. We are wishing you and your families the best health and mental wellbeing during this time.
Sprucing up the Clinic for Summer 

Thanks to volunteer Nikki P., we have a flowering garden in front of the clinic! Instead of weeds, which had taken over the two planter boxes, we now have flowers. The coreopsis and agastache are in full bloom, providing bright pops of color. The black-eyed susans are about to bloom, and they’ll be followed in the fall by mums and muhly grass. The golden ragwort and mini tulips flowered earlier in the spring. These are mostly natives that should be low maintenance and provide a friendly welcome to our clients in every season!

Inside the clinic, we worked hard to declutter and clean up. Many thanks to volunteers Karen B. and granddaughter Rylee, Barbara C., Tony T., Ross B., Faith W., Denise R., and Tamela T., who gave their time to make the space more workable for everyone! We especially appreciated feral trapper and colleague Valisha J., who spent a whole day cleaning and sanitizing.
January–June 2020
Making a Difference

Low-cost vaccinations & microchips administered

Animals altered at our spay/neuter clinic  

Assistance & abuse calls handled on our 24-hour hotline

Cats and dogs adopted into their forever homes
Adoption Doesn't Mean Goodbye

For PGSPCA foster cats and dogs, the road from shelter or street to forever family runs through a foster home. Our foster parents care for dozens of animals each year, giving them love, working on training, and getting to know each animal’s personality to help find the best fit for that forever home. And while each adopted dog or cat takes a bit of their foster’s heart with them, it’s not necessarily the end of the relationship. Many of our adopters keep in touch with us, providing updates and smiles.

“It is hard to believe it was President’s Day 2011 when we adopted Cooper.  He is such a wonderful dog and we love him more than he will ever know.”

–Camille H.

“Kelli loves all people, especially her human friends who have food . . . Kelli is a sweetheart and loves to curl up on the sofa with us. She hated the reindeer ears.”

–Pat K.

“I just wanted to send you a brief overview about Fozzie's life with us over the 1st year. We adopted him the weekend after Thanksgiving. November 13 was his presumptive birthday according to the vets. He received cards from his "sisters," and he had a wonderful birthday. He has grown since the day I first saw him at the adoption event. He is now a healthy 34 pounds, and we love every pound of him!”
–Sandy L.

"On the 11th of March we will celebrate the first anniversary of Chloe becoming part of our life. Every single day one of us says how lucky we are that she is ours. She continues to blossom and just seems so comfortable and happy. We are constantly surprised at how smart she is and how quickly she picks things up. She is very enthusiastic and a lot of fun. She definitely has us wrapped around her little paw.”
–Carol K.
P.S. Chloe even inspired latch hook rug art!  

The conversation goes both ways. To mark their adoption day, we send out an annual Adoptiversary card to each forever family, to celebrate the success and joy that comes from giving an animal a second chance.

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Thank you to our PGSPCA Tales from the Barkside volunteers:
Editors: Hannah MacLean and Faith Weiner
Contributors: Tamela Terry
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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