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Prince William County Animal Shelter is part of The Prince William County Police Department’s Animal Control Bureau. They focus on enforcing animal welfare laws, conducting animal education seminars, and investigating complaints of cruelty to animals, and they provide a 24-hour emergency service for injured or stray animals. They also take in stray and unwanted animals and house them in a clean, safe environment.
Prince William County Animal Shelter also has three satellite adoption centers:
Prince William County Animal Shelter works hard to find homes for the animals under its care as quickly as possible. Sadly, not all animals brought to the shelter find homes, so please adopt from the shelter and save a life!
If you’re ready to welcome a new pet into your family, please don’t buy from a pet store or breeder. From purebreds to mixed breeds to mutts, shelters always have loving animals just waiting for their forever homes.
At Prince William County Animal Shelter, all animal adoptions are completed on a first-come, first-served basis, and your pet can go home with you the same day!
All animals adopted from Prince William County must be spayed/neutered before you can bring them home unless there's a valid medical reason why they can't.
For more information on their adoption process, please contact the shelter directly.
Adoption fees at Prince William County Animal Shelter are as follows:
Your dog adoption fee covers an initial distemper combo vaccination, intranasal bordetella, rabies vaccination (if old enough), deworming, microchipping, a basic veterinary exam, and (of course) the adoption.
Your cat adoption fee covers an initial distemper combo vaccination, rabies vaccination (if old enough), deworming, microchipping, a basic veterinary exam and (of course) the adoption.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.