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.
Just before the last snowstorm, we got word of some stray beagles on a farm in southern PG county. The property owners had been feeding them for a few weeks, but were moving soon and didn't want to leave them uncared for. So one of our volunteers went out to help.
Originally, there were three beagles coming to eat, but one of them had been limping and hadn't been seen for a while. We were thinking the worst for that beagle, but by pure luck, our volunteer got lost trying to find the house and spotted the missing dog wandering along the side of the road. With lots of hot dogs, she managed to lure the beagle closer and got a leash on her. One down, two to go!
Our volunteer soon found the house and with the residents, went looking for the other two. At first there was no sign of the two remaining beagles and the search party was a little discouraged, but all of a sudden, one of the beagles was walking alongside them. She was super friendly and very easy to leash up. Two down, one to go!
The last beagle was then spotted in the distance. She was reluctant to get too close, but decided to be brave when she saw her friend gobbling down hot dogs. Although she would take hot dogs from the volunteer's hand, she wouldn't allow a leash to be put over her head. Luckily, she was willing to follow her leashed friend onto an enclosed porch and our volunteer managed to catch her there.
Our vets have checked and treated a few minor issues, but the beagles are in good shape overall. After the required stray hold, no owners have turned up, so we're now looking for their new home. Check out these beautiful girls, and watch for more updates!
Hit a Home Run for the Dogs!
Purchase a special "Four-Legged Friend" ticket package from the Bowie Baysox and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the SPCA/Humane Society of Prince George's County. The ticket package includes:
One (1) Box Seat Ticket (100 level seating) to the Baysox Bark In The Park Day game on Sunday, May 4, 2014 (2:05 pm game)
One (1) Box Seat Ticket (100 level seating) to your choice of three (3) Mutt Monday games during the 2014 season (make your selection of games when you place your order)
Fans purchasing the Four Legged Friend Ticket Package will also be entered into a special raffle to win a Baysox Doggie Prize Package!
March is National Poison Prevention Month. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), pets ingesting medications prescribed for humans is the number one call they receive on their poison control hotline. Of the 165,000+ poison-related phone calls in 2011, here are the top five toxins:
Prescription human medications. The center received almost 25,000 calls regarding pets ingesting prescription medications intended for human use. A large percentage of the calls were about heart medications and medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Insecticides. About 11 percent of calls concerned insecticides such as lawn products, home products, and flea and tick products.
Over-the-counter human medications. Almost 18,000 calls were about over-the-counter human-use medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
People foods. More than 7,600 calls concerned chocolate. Xylitol was the second most common human food that prompted calls.
Household items. The center received nearly 12,000 calls about general household items such as paint, fire logs, and drain openers.
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center's 24-hour hotline is (888) 426-4435.
Click here to download and print a "Household Hazards" brochure, provided by the AVMA.
By the Numbers
We administered 188 low-cost vaccinations and microchips at our monthly shot clinic.
We responded to 186 cruelty and abuse calls received on our 24-hour hotline.
We altered 45 animals at the spay/neuter clinic, the majority of which were done at no cost to the owner.
Adoption Show - Annapolis Petco
Saturday, March 15, 12pm-2pm
Adoption Show & New Volunteer Orientation - Bowie Petsmart
Saturday, March. 22, 12pm-2pm (orientation begins at 12:30pm)
Low-Cost Vaccination Clinic
Sunday, April 6, 1pm-3pm