After five years of construction, residents of Prince William County will be able to visit their new animal sanctuary.
The Prince William County Board of Supervisors and the Prince William County Police Department will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the dedication of the building. The center, called the New Animal Services Center, is located at 14807 Bristow Road near Manassas.
The grand opening will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 11 a.m. with guest speakers and information tables featuring our community groups and partners, including the Prince William SPCA and Prince William Humane Society, who have been instrumental decisive in the support and defense of the new center.
Tours of the new facility will take place throughout the weekend and will also include free animal adoptions.
The center will have special opening hours on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (the last visit begins at 4 p.m.) and regular opening hours on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
Residents traveling to the event should park near Prince William County Public Schools Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Road and then take a free shuttle service to the shelter.
The new $17 million animal services center replaces the 45-year-old shelter, which opened in 1975. The old shelter was riddled with problems and had ongoing issues with adequate housing space for animals, medical care limitations and necessary storage for animal care materials.
In 2017, the County Board of Supervisors approved construction of the new facility as a priority to meet the needs of the growing county.
“As Prince William County continues to welcome more and more residents, community services like the Animal Services Center will provide the support needed for all types of animals,” said Ann Wheeler, Chair of the Prince William Board. of County Supervisors, in a press release. “The council has recognized the value of providing an improved facility to ensure the welfare and health of the animals that pass through the doors and grounds of the centre.”
The Animal Services Center is a more than 27,000 square foot facility featuring a medical-grade two-stall barn on the resort grounds, four outdoor dog play areas, several smaller outdoor play areas, a community cat, individually ventilated cat condos, and separate housing areas for all species ranging from dogs and cats to livestock and our small furry, feathered and scaly animals.
The new center includes an improved HVAC system to reduce airborne illnesses and an on-site veterinary suite capable of performing surgeries and advanced medical care for animals.
“We are thrilled to finally open this much-needed new facility here in Prince William County, dedicated to the care of all animals,” Prince William County Police Department Chief Peter Newsham said in a press release. . “It is clear that the county saw a great need to update this facility to meet our growing needs, and we were very grateful for the support of the County Board of Supervisors in its funding. This new center will serve the residents of Prince William County for many years to come.
In 2021, the Animal Services Center processed over 2,000 adoptions and had a rescue rate of 91% with over 150 animal transfers to rescue centers and wildlife facilities. Around 150 volunteers working over 18,000 hours have contributed to the success of the centre, which has resulted in 528 animals being placed in foster homes and 531 lost animals being reunited with their families last year.
“The opening of the Animal Services Center presents a leap forward in the level of care Prince William County can provide its animal residents in need and represents our county’s commitment to creating a more humane community” , said Anthony Cleveland, division chief of the Bureau of Animal Control of the Prince William County Police Department in a press release. “Our staff is grateful to see this project come to fruition. Thank you to the residents of Prince William County and the County Board of Supervisors for their support of this project and the future of animal care in our community.
The new shelter was partially opened in November 2021. As construction of the new animal services center progressed, the old animal shelter was demolished in January 2022.
Shelter staff are interested in speaking with those who would like to volunteer and those interested in fostering animals.