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.
It's more than cats and dogs! At UMD's Ag Day, Angela showed off a lamb born on the campus farm, and Cierra got to hang out with a calf while volunteering with the pre-vet society at a farm in Accokeek.
PGSPCA Welcome Two New Interns
By Sarah Gitterman, PGSPCA Volunteer Angela Chan is a sophomore animal science major and art history minor. She chose these fields of study because they encompass her passions. In her free time, Angela enjoys drawing, swimming, cooking, and cleaning—Windex and Clorox wipes are her friends. She lives in Ellicott City with her parents, grandmother, sister, two exchange students from China, a bunny, a chow mix, and her dad’s four fish tanks. “It’s a pretty full house,” she notes.
Cierra Dilks is a junior animal science major who wants to study pathology at vet school because she's always been fascinated by diseases. Cierra spends her free time volunteering, attending events with the Pre-Vet Society and playing with her two dogs, Calvin, a lab/husky mix, and Bandit, a dachshund.
The Shelter Cleans Up!
When the word went out that the shelter needed a new washing machine and dryer, PGSPCA stepped up! We did our research, selecting a new set that is sturdy and low maintenance, because we know it will get a lot of use. We're glad we could help them out!
Lights, Camera, Adoption!
By Mary Gaertner, PGSPCA Volunteer While most people surf the Internet or watch Netflix in their free time, guidance counselor Sandra Navarra uses hers to get rescue animals adopted, one pet at a time.
Sandra and her husband, Joe, have been part of PGSPCA for about 15 years. Seven or eight years ago, Sandra began to accompany our foster dogs on local TV news shows, which featured “Adorable Adoptables” from rescue groups in the area.
On one of these stations, she met Dr. Katy Nelson, a regular guest veterinarian and animal activist who hosts The Pet Show on Channel 8. As the other stations have phased out their pet segments, Sandra’s relationship with Dr. Katy proved to be tremendously helpful.
PGSPCA is one of the local rescues Dr. Katy features on her show.When we're scheduled to appear, Sandra meets the pet's foster family and gets details about the foster. She makes sure to get to the studio about an hour early, which gives her plenty of time to develop a trusting relationship with the dog (or cat) in the waiting room - she gives the animal treats and the two become familiar with one another. The Adorable Adoptables are usually a big hit with the other guests in the waiting room; Sandra and our fosters have met all kinds of people including baseball players, politicians, and local celebrities.
Then, it's show time! Sandra and the pet join Dr. Katy for the last five minutes of the show where they discuss the Adorable Adoptable and upcoming PGSPCA events. Sandra typically likes to bring on fosters who have some type of health issue so that Dr. Katy can educate the audience on that particular subject with authority. After the show, Sandra posts the link to the show under the foster's biography on the website so people can see more of his or her personality.
It's always an exciting time on the show; one day several years ago, Sandra brought a foster dog named Sasha on the show. Right before the segment, Sasha broke loose and streaked through the station, interrupting the weather segment and requiring several people to run after her. Sorry, weatherman!
Sandra has also pursued opportunities to showcase our foster animals on radio. You can hear about them from WASH-FM’s Jenny Chase, and see them on the station’s website.
That’s not all she does. Through meeting Dr. Katy, Sandra has become involved with large events in Washington, DC, such as Fashion for Paws and the Bark Ball, which raise thousands of dollars for all of the rescue animals in our area.
In addition to their own pets, Sandra and Joe regularly foster for PGSPCA. The couple has also helped with our pup promotions at the Bowie Baysox stadium and, for a while, Joe did all the PGSPCA thank you cards for donations. To say that the Navarras are animal lovers is an understatement. Sandra and Joe, we cannot thank you enough for all that you do for the animals!
Note: Dr. Katy’s show is featured on Channel 8 locally (Channel 28 in Montgomery County) on Saturdays at 11 a.m. If you miss it, you can go to our website or Facebook for a link to the show!
If you are interested in volunteering with the PGSPCA, then these events are for you!