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  • Division Overview

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    The Prince William County Police Department’s Animal Control Bureau is responsible for enforcing animal welfare laws, conducting animal education seminars and operating the Animal Shelter. Animal Control Officers enforce County and state animal care and control laws, investigate complaints of animal cruelty and neglect, quarantine animals that have bitten humans, provide 24-hour service for injured animals and other animal emergencies, provide public education on animal laws and animal care in disasters and remove stray animals from streets and public areas.

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    Adopt a Pet Today

    Find your new best friend today! All animal adoptions are completed on a first come, first serve basis. Dog kennels are open for general visitation during our hours of operation with a limited capacity so there may be a wait. Appointments are still required for anyone interested in adopting a cat or small domestic animals.

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    Adoption Process

    The Prince William County Animal Control Bureau adopts out a wide variety of animals, including dogs, cats, small domestic animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, etc.), reptiles (snakes, lizards, etc.), birds, livestock and poultry. All adoptions are completed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Learn more about the process and costs.

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    Get a Dog License Today

    It is unlawful for any person to own a dog four months old or over in the county unless the dog is licensed in Prince William County. Get your dog license today!

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    Animal Advisory Committee

    The Animal Advisory Committee (AAC) is charged by the Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) with: advising on improvements to policies; increasing community outreach; seeking outside grant funding for animal-welfare initiatives; providing support as requested to Animal Care/Control Services; and making recommendations to the BOCS on programs, classes and special events that will assist Prince William County in providing the best possible animal-welfare services to the community.

Adopt a Pet Today

Find your new best friend today! All animal adoptions are completed on a first come, first serve basis. Dog kennels are open for general visitation during our hours of operation with a limited capacity so there may be a wait. Appointments are still required for anyone interested in adopting a cat or small domestic animals.
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Volunteer at the Shelter

The Animal Control Bureau is always seeking volunteers to work with the Prince William County Animal Shelter and perform functions such as dog walking, exercise and enrichment, dog run/kennel cleaning and sanitization, and cat condo cleaning, litter change and enrichment.
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About the Animal Shelter

The Animal Shelter opened in 1975 and is administered by the Prince William County Police Department. It houses abandoned, homeless, lost or stray animals — mostly cats and dogs. The Shelter is a public, open-admission shelter that takes in any animal in need in Prince William County, including animals that are too aggressive, injured or sick to be rehabilitated or treated for adoption. The Shelter receives and cares for more than 5,400 animals each year!
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Donate to the Animal Shelter

Thank you for considering donating to the Prince William County Animal Shelter. We’ve put together a list of items that the animal shelter uses daily. The shelter accepts donations during normal business hours.
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