About the Center

​The Animal Services Center 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 Center is a public, open-admission center 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 Center receives and cares for between 3,000 and 4,000 animals each year!

The goal of the Animal Center is to provide for the basic needs of animals in our care until they are reclaimed by owners, placed in new homes, or placed with another organization for adoption. The Center administers temperament tests to cats and dogs before they are put up for adoption to determine the adoptability. If their test results are positive, the Center staff determines the appropriate environment for the animal.

Center staff believes that every animal's life is worth trying to save. However, with aggressive and/or unhealthy or injured animals, sometimes the most humane decision is euthanasia. The Center does not euthanize animals for space, or after a set period of time.

To reduce the burden on the Center's limited resources, the Center works with the community to control the pet population, promote pet adoption, and improve the behavior and health of Center animals to make as many as is reasonably possible eligible for adoption.

Animal Services Center Project

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Prince William County Animal Services Bureau officially transitioned into the new Animal Services Center, Tuesday, November 23, thus initiating Phase 2 of the construction project. The first phase of the project consisted of preparing the West Wing of the building for partial occupancy. Visitors to the new facility should expect a few changes to adoption operations until the second phase is complete. READ MORE >>