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 Long Road Home: Surgery, Recovery & Adoption
We’re pleased to report that the Prince George’s shelter is working with more rescue groups, so the most adoptable dogs are moving quickly through the system. This means the shelter is able to hold and care for more of the injured dogs that end up there, but they could still use help.
Dogs with serious injuries that are picked up as strays are generally euthanized once their stray holds expire, while healthy dogs (especially the young ones) are almost immediately adopted. Because we have some foster families who have the time, space and funds to dedicate to the treatment and recovery of these injured dogs, we decided to step up and pull the neediest cases from the shelter. This way, we can have the most impact.
Over the past two years, we have fostered, healed and adopted out nearly a dozen dogs that came to us with a variety of serious health issues.
Lola is a 4-month-old redbone coonhound who was hit by a car and broke a leg.
Tiny Tim was a cruelty case. The 1-year-old yorkie/poodle mix had been tossed off a balcony and came to us with two broken legs.
When we took Trooper, a 2-year-old shiba inu, into our program, he had a broken leg. After a short time his leg healed and he got his cast off… only to jump off his foster’s basement stairs and break his other leg!
Cheyenne, a 10-month-old pit bull, fell off a balcony and broke her leg.
But it’s not just broken bones.
Elmo is a 1.5-year-old shih tzu stray that came into the shelter with stitches and drains in his chest from a prior surgery. They had become massively infected and he needed two additional surgeries to clear out the infection and the dead skin.
One-and-a-half-year-old Peanut will need surgery to repair a dislocated hip. We don’t know how the little terrier mix was hurt, but his injuries extend to a broken paw and a fractured pelvis. He will be in recovery for at least two months.
Other dogs in our foster program required more minor surgery. Sadie and Pepe, ages 1 and 10 respectively, had cherry eye, and we’ve taken in several dogs that were heartworm positive. If left untreated, this parasitic infection of the heart can be fatal. The treatment is a series of injections over three months, during which time the dog must be kept quiet and inactive.
We’ve also brought in some older dogs who came with a number of health issues. Mack, an 8-year-old beagle mix, was heartworm positive and needed dental work.
When 7-year-old boxer/lab mix Shadow came into our program, all four of his canine teeth were ground down to the gum line. They all were infected and had to be removed.
We take these ‘broken dogs’ into our program because they have little chance of being adopted as is from the shelter, since most people want a healthy pet to start with. We believe all they need – in addition to some TLC and medical care – is a second chance. We feel fortunate that we can provide that and put these animals on the road to a forever home. Anyone interested in fostering may fill out an adoption application online at pgspca.org/adopt or request an application by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. When filling out the form, applicants should specify "foster".
Holiday Giving is Critical to PGSPCA Programs Donations received during the holidays make up a significant portion of the PGSPCA operating budget. Without the generosity of our donors and volunteers, our community programs would not exist. We are an all-volunteer organization, your entire donation will be used to help the animals.
Here are a few ways that you can do your part to support the crucial animal welfare programs that we provide to the people and pets of our local community:
United Way or the Combined Federal Campaign
Donations from the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area payroll deduction program make an enormous difference in our ability to help the county’s homeless animals. Please help us help these animals. Our United Way number is 8977.
Donate Clinic Supplies
We use a continuous stream of supplies to operate our shot clinics, spay/neuter clinics, and foster program. This is a great opportunity for groups looking to collect basic household goods that the PGSPCA team relies on!
Direct Donation Your direct contributions to the SPCA/Humane Society of Prince George’s County are fully deductible to the extent allowable by law. You can donate online via PayPal or credit card, or by sending a check or money order to us at:
SPCA/Humane Society of Prince George’s County P.O. Box 925, Bowie MD 20718
New anniversary postcards that will be sent to adopters
Happy Adopt-i-versary! Adopting a dog or cat is one of the only times you can pick a family member, and that event deserves to be noted and celebrated. So that’s what we’re doing!
We’ll be sending out “Adopt-i-versary” cards to our adopters, congratulating them on the anniversary of the arrival of their furry family member. It’s a way to thank them for choosing adoption, and remind them that they’re part of the ever-growing PGSPCA family.
We are so grateful to all of our volunteers and donors for their support throughout the year.
Shot Clinic Volunteers
Adoption Show Handlers
Phone Line and Email Responders
Special Event Staffers
Website & Social Media Editors
Cruelty Case Workers
Data Entry and Administrative Volunteers
Program & Event Coordinators
Board of Directors
OUR VETERINARY TEAM
Dr. Shawnne Spencer
Dr. Connie Rhinesmith
Dr. Karen Blanchard
Dr. Roxanne Borrok
Dr. Honorata Hansen
Dr. Kimberly Braxton
Dr. Elizabeth Meadow
Our terrific surgical techs and clinic interns
University of Maryland Pre-Vet Society
OUR BUSINESS PARTNERS
Dr. Katy Nelson
WASH-FM and Jenni Chase
Officer Jay Williams of the Prince George's
County Police Department
Beltway Emergency Veterinary Hospital
College Park Animal Hospital
All Paws Veterinary Hospital
Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital
Staff & Volunteers at the Prince George's
County Animal Shelter
Sherry L Randles, CPA, PC Osterman, Pollack & Moses
If you are interested in volunteering with the PGSPCA, then these events are for you!