The SPCA/Humane Society of Prince George’s County, Inc. (PGSPCA) is a nonprofit organization of volunteers dedicated to animal welfare. We are chartered by the State of Maryland, but we receive no state or county funds. Our activities are supported solely by contributions, dues, grants, and other fundraising.
We have three main objectives:
- To reduce pet overpopulation through our progressive spay/neuter program;
- To prevent animal cruelty, neglect, and suffering through our investigations, legal action, affordable vaccinations, and an active dog and cat adoption program;
- To promote animal-friendly public policy through humane education.
We are an all-volunteer organization, from our elected Board of Directors to our fosters, administrative staff, and event teams. The PGSPCA is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation and a United Way member agency (#8977). We do not have a central office or operate a shelter, nor are we part of the county government or affiliated with the Prince George’s County Animal Shelter, which is run by the government and county employees.
Since the plight of strays and owner give-ups is so dire in Prince George’s County, more so than in many surrounding jurisdictions, our organization’s efforts and resources are tightly focused on animal welfare in our local region. With that in mind, most of the animals in our foster program have been rescued from the County’s shelter facility.
The PGSPCA provides a 24-hour voice-mail answering service and receives about 1,000 calls each month. 40% of these calls are spay and neuter assistance requests, 10% are for cruelty investigations, 25% for miscellaneous information, and 25% are adoption requests. We employ a live answering service for emergency cases of animals suffering, which are referred to an on-call volunteer for immediate attention.
We offer monthly low-cost shot clinics and quarterly spay/neuter events. We also offer a voucher program whereby county citizens can receive low-cost spay/neuter services from participating veterinarians.