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Prince William Humane Society (PWHS)


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First and foremost, we are animal lovers and protectors.

We began our mission in Oct. 2012 as a non-profit fundraising organization dedicated to saving the lives and advocating for the homeless animals in the care of the Prince William County Animal Shelter and have recently expanded our mission to help other animal rescue organizations in the area. We do that through our fundraising efforts to support our various programs.

The Poor Animals Welfare and Surgical (PAWS) Fund saves the lives and limbs of sick, abused, and injured pets so that they may receive the medical treatment they desperately need, time to fully recover and the opportunity to go on to live full and loving lives in new forever homes.

The Seniors 4 Seniors Adoption Program is based on the premise that that pets provide innumerable health, social and other benefits to the elderly including; getting more exercise, more feelings of well-being and less depression, the opportunity to love and be loved unconditionally and even a longer, if not, much happier life. We also know that kittens, puppies and younger pets are adopted at much greater rates than senior pets, leaving them to languish at shelters lonely and afraid or worse. Our Seniors 4 Seniors program saves the lives of homeless senior pets at the P. W. County Shelter while enriching the lives of adopters over 60 years young at no cost to the adopter for adoption or spay/neuter services.

The Warrior Buddies Family Adoption Program is designed to improve the morale and welfare of our service members and their families by bringing them unconditional love and companionship in the form of adoptable shelter pets. Prince William Humane Society believes that the families of service members also deserve the love and companionship only pets can provide, so our military family adoptions are offered at a discounted adoption fee for any homeless pet in the Prince William County Shelter.

The Fur-ever Together Program focuses on preserving the bond between humans and animals by keeping people and their pets together and preventing pet homelessness due to solvable circumstances. P. W. Humane Society works to help avoid the needless surrender of pets by assisting community outreach advocates to provide food and supplies to those in need.

PWHS promotes spaying and neutering of all pets in an effort to reduce the unwanted birth rate and eliminate euthanasia. We strive to educate the public on animal welfare issues and promote humane actions and attitudes towards all living things.

We are a volunteer non-profit organization made up of dedicated animal advocates and talented people who come together to combine our skills and passion to accomplish magnificent transformations for the pets and pet lovers in Virginia.

We welcome all who are interested in aiding in this mission and are grateful for their time, resources, and donations to help homeless animals.


Address:
15745 Widewater Drive
Dumfries, VA 22025


Email: [email protected]
Call Us: 703-634-0880

Do you need to find a loving home for your pet?

No-kill shelters do wonderful work, but as a result, are often inundated with pet surrenders. In the unfortunate scenario that you have to find a new home for your pet, please read through the rehoming solution and articles on this page before contacting the shelter.

Feral Cat TNR Program
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High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
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Rescue Groups
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Comprehensive Adoption Programs
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Pet Retention
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Medical and Behavior Programs
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Proactive Redemptions
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A Compassionate Director
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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