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County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III supports potential facility through proposed funding.
In support of the Department of the Environment’s (DoE) Animal Management Division’s (AMD) efforts to provide excellent service to County residents and their pets, County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III has proposed funding through 2023 for the planning and construction of an animal services facility in northern Prince George’s County.
As the only full service animal shelter in Prince George’s County, approximately 32 animals are accepted into the facility daily with seasonal high holding levels reaching maximum capacity of 300 animals. Most pet adoptions and licensing occur within the northern Prince George’s County. A new facility would support animal care services currently provided at the County’s animal shelter in Upper Marlboro, reduce overcrowding and expand resources to underserved areas of the County.
To develop potential facility options, Prince George’s County commissioned a feasibility study (PDF), which was conducted by Proffitt & Associates Architects, PC, Animal Welfare Management Services, LLC, and A. Morton Thomas & Associates, Incorporated. The study provides an overview of the County’s current animal services and operations, and four model options for a new animal services facility. The study group also gathered information and feedback from key animal services stakeholders through meetings and an online County-wide survey.
“We’re very excited about this potential new addition to Prince George’s County. The well-being and placement of the County’s homeless pets into loving ‘forever homes’ is a top priority for DoE. A new animal services facility would support our efforts to share adoptable pets with County residents and communities unable to visit our current facility in Upper Marlboro. We thank County Executive Baker for his support,” said DoE Director Adam Ortiz.
Annually, 10,000 animals are cared for by staff and volunteers at the County’s animal shelter. Of those, 70 percent are placed into new homes or placed into rescue groups. In addition to adoption services, AMD services include humane education, licensing, low-cost vaccinations, low-cost and free spay and neuter surgeries, field services, owner surrender intake, and microchipping.
“In conjunction with effective partnerships with local rescue groups and municipal animal management services, a service facility in northern Prince George’s County would facilitate greater outreach to residents and pets throughout that area. We want to see every adoptable pet cared by us placed into a new family. We’re supportive of expanding our infrastructure to help us reach that goal,” said AMD Associate Director Rodney Taylor.
View the Prince George’s County North County Animal Services Facility Feasibility Study (PDF).
For more information, contact:Lauren A. KinardPublic Information Specialist(301) 883-5957