The Prince William Animal Advisory Committee Update

The Prince William County Animal Advisory Committee is almost 3 years old and we are continuing to achieve amazing accomplishments which directly benefit our community and its pets.

In our first year these included: Improving the Spay/Neuter Compliance rate at the PWC Animal Shelter; Implementation of a Pet Redemption Program; Organization and implementation of Operation Safe Haven; Assisted in development of a comprehensive Feral Cat TNR program; Initiated a Shelter Volunteer Program and Improved public relations through our “Pet Tips” ads created for the Friday edition of the Potomac News.

Last years accomplishments by the AAC provided for improvements to the Shelter including: Assisting the PW Cty. Shelter to implement a Behavior Hotline which is accessible now through the Shelter’s website; Identifying and assembling the list of partnerships within the community’s rescue and animal welfare organizations; Implementing a new food service contract for the Shelter pets; and Assisting in the organization of a foster program for adoptable Shelter animals.

Shelter Improvements, Programs and News:

In addition to the accomplishments of the Animal Advisory Committee, the Shelter is making impressive improvements in many ways. These include;

  • Hiring a Veterinarian to assist the Shelter with a Wellness Program
  • Renovations to the cat and small animal area to provide more space and new cat “condos”
  • Implementation of Seniors 4 Seniors special adoption program to promote the adoption of pets over 5 years old to pet lovers over 60
  • Designing and implementing a Warrior Buddies special adoption program
  • Creating a Poor Animals Welfare and Surgical Fund for indigent animal veterinary procedures
  • Expanding their volunteer base and job opportunities
  • And lastly, and most importantly, we are thrilled to announce that the Shelter is working diligently on adhereing to the Asilomar Accords, a collaboration of animal welfare groups in the U.S. toward the common goal of significantly reducing the euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats in this country. To that end, they have established a Euthanasia Management Team to implement strict guideline criteria for euthanizing animals, specifically limiting this to significantly aggressive animals or those with untreatable life threatening health conditions.

Prince William’s First Dog Parkis Opening  Oct. 27th during the Fall 4 Fur Adopt -a-Thon:

We have completed construction and are ready to open.  The Grand Opening will take place on Oct. 27th at 12:00 noon during the Fall 4 Fur Pet Adopt-a-Thon.

Lowe’s in Woodbridge has graciously donated the fencing for the property, Cindy’s Lansdscape Services has designed and built steps into the hillside for ease of access, Doody Calls has furnished the Sanitary stations, the water fountains have been donated by a private citizen and Boy Scout Steven Ryhard and his Scout Troop performed the fence installation. It’s been a lot of work and effort, but we’ve done it and I’m sure you will be thrilled with the result.  Please come out and have some fun in your new dog park. 

This is an exciting time for Prince William County citizens and their pets and I’m honored to be a small part of it.

The purpose of the Animal Advisory Committee (AAC) is to promote animal welfare and encourage responsible pet ownership through various programs, classes and special events that will assist Prince William County in providing the best possible animal welfare services in the community and improve the operation of the Pr. Wm. County Animal Shelter. The AAC scope is limited to matters relating to domestic household pets only.

I am so grateful to my County Supervisor, Maureen Caddigan, for the opportunity to serve on the Animal Advisory Committee and look forward to all the wonderful accomplishments we have yet to achieve and continuing to help companion animals in PWC.