Archive for July, 2016


The Prince William County Animal Shelter is joining other animal shelters in the Washington, D.C., metro area – and with NBC4 – to encourage the public to visit local animal shelters and adopt a pet on Saturday, July 23, for the second annual, nationwide “Clear the Shelters Day” event.

There are many loving pets waiting to meet you!

Thanks to the support of NBC4, NBC-owned television stations, and Telemundo, hundreds of shelters in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia are teaming up to take part in a national push to find homes for pets in need. With the support of the Prince William Humane Society, the Prince William County Animal Shelter is able to waive the adoption fee for this one-day event, organized in partnership with NBC4.

Clear the Shelter is a great way to raise awareness about the many cats and dogs in need of permanent homes,” said Captain Fred Miller, Animal Control Director, “Partners like NBC4 and Prince William Humane Society play a key role, but we need the support of the community to adopt from the shelter in order to make events like this a success.”

All adoptable animals at the Prince William County Animal Shelter also receive a full medical screening, vaccinations, a microchip, and a behavioral evaluation.

The Prince William County Animal Shelter is one of several shelters taking part in “Clear the Shelters Day” activities. For a list of all participating locations, visit

The Animal Shelter wishes to thank NBC4 for helping to spread the word about the importance of animal adoptions, and the Prince William Humane Society for making it possible for the Animal Shelter to waive the adoption fees on “Clear the Shelters Day.”

Free Paws and Whiskers Series Provides Information About Caring for Pets

Over the next few months, the Prince William County Animal Shelter will be presenting the free, monthly “Paws and Whiskers” pet series to teach people about shelter adoptions, responsible pet ownership, how to handle aggressive dogs, being a good neighbor and more. The series of seminars will be held at Chinn Park Regional Library where expert volunteers will provide people with a wide variety of information about caring for their pets.

The “Small Animal Care” seminar at 1 p.m. on July 16 will teach people how to care for rabbits, Guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice and other small animals, to include proper feeding, exercise and socialization.

The “Responsible Pet Ownership” seminar at 7 p.m. on Aug. 22 will offer people the chance to learn about proper housing, vaccinations, veterinarian care, diet exercise and more tips for the health and welfare of their pets.  

At noon on Sept. 24, folks from the animal shelter will bring some adoptable animals to the library for people to meet and perhaps adopt.

The “Aggressive Dog Handling and What to do with Lost and Found Pets” at 7 p.m. on Oct. 3 will teach people the dos and don’ts of handling a dog that appears aggressive. There will also be information on who to contact about lost and found pets and a breakdown of laws concerning keeping a found pet.

During the “Being a Good Neighbor” seminar at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7, people will be able to learn what to do about loose dogs, barking dogs, wandering cats and cleaning up after their pets.

Beate Begley, the Prince William County Animal Shelter’s Animal Rescue Manager, said the program is open to anyone who has an interest in supporting the animal shelter and learning more about their pets. “The goal of the program is to get the community more involved in the animal shelter – how to help us help the animals.”

Visit the Chinn Library website for more information on what the Prince William County libraries have to offer.

Neighborhood Watch Meeting is July 18th

The Crime Prevention Unit of the Prince William County Police Department is hosting a Neighborhood Watch training and meeting on Monday, July 18, at 7 p.m. The event should last about an hour.
Interested in starting a Watch in your neighborhood? This event will include the training needed to start one. Are you already part of a Watch? Come for a refresher and to meet other Watch coordinators and members to share ideas.
Topics covered include crime reporting, emergency preparedness, Watch patrolling, active violence, and a Q&A session. This event will be held at the Police Department’s Western District (Paul T. White, Jr.) Station, 8900 Freedom Center Blvd., Manassas (20110).
The event is free but an RSVP is requested to ensure there are enough materials. Please respond to For more information, please call the Crime Prevention Unit at 703-792-7270.