The new Prince William County Animal Services Center will be open for a grand opening and public tours today, Saturday, September 17, until 5 p.m.
The 27,000+ square foot facility includes a two stall medical grade barn, four outdoor dog play areas, several smaller outdoor play areas, a community cat room, 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.
It also includes an upgraded HVAC system to reduce airborne illnesses and a veterinary suite capable of advanced surgeries and medical care for animals, according to a county news release.
The shelter is located at 14807 Bristow Road in Manassas.
The main parking lot for the event will be at the Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Road, with free shuttle service available.
Organized by the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and the Prince William County Police Department, the event will feature guest speakers and information tables on community groups and partners who have been instrumental in supporting and advocacy for the new shelter, including the Prince William SPCA and Prince William Humane Society.
The center will have special opening hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday (last visit from 4 p.m.) and regular opening hours on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
The new animal services center replaces the 45-year-old outdated and outdated shelter, which opened in 1975 when the county’s population was significantly smaller than today’s nearly half a million people.
The old shelter was riddled with problems and had persistent issues regarding adequate housing space for the animals, limitations on medical care, and the storage needed for equipment needed for animal care. In 2017, county supervisors approved construction of the new facility as a priority to meet the needs of the growing county, according to the release.
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