The Prince William SPCA proudly announces it will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2014. From just a handful of volunteers in 2004 to more than 200 volunteers today, the organization has become the voice of companion animals in the greater Prince William County region. Over the last ten years, it has been instrumental in its efforts to improve the lives of companion animals in our community. Whether it is promoting shelter pet adoptions on the P.A.W. Express Mobile Adoption Van or raising money for coupons to offset the cost of spay/neuter surgeries, the PWSPCA is focused on animal welfare. Where there is a need, its volunteers work to address it.

“The Prince William SPCA, like many organizations, was formed out of a need that was not being addressed in the community,” says Jennifer Tomb, board member and co-founder of the PWSPCA. She adds, “In 2004, adoption rates at the local shelter were low and euthanasia rates were high. Rescue organizations were at capacity. The community was growing, yet services for animals were not keeping up with the demand. It was apparent that the community needed a new group to help solve the larger problems facing companion animals.” In September 2004, several animal lovers came together and decided to form the Prince William SPCA. Taking its mission in a different direction than rescues, the PWSPCA’s continues to focus its volunteer and financial resources on increasing spay/neuter options, improving the lives of shelter pets and providing more programs for companion animals.

In ten years, the organization has developed numerous programs that have positively and directly helped animals both in the local shelters and in homes of residents throughout Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park, Va. It has been a catalyst for improvements to animal welfare through programs that include “Friends of the Shelter”, P.A.W. Express Mobile Adoption Van, PWSPCA Youth, Pet Food Pantry, and Spay/Neuter Assistance Coupons.

Several events are being planned in the summer and fall to commemorate the anniversary. Teresa Grant, secretary of the PWSPCA and a volunteer for seven years, boasts, “The PWSPCA has made great contributions to the well-being of pets in Prince William County. Over the last seven years, it has been a pleasure being part of that effort.” Thanks to Ms. Grant’s efforts and the efforts of other volunteers and donors, the PWSPCA has made many great improvements that have positively and directly improved the lives of companion animals. She adds, “We look forward to continuing to serve the community into the next decade and beyond.”

The Prince William SPCA is an independent nonprofit organization established in 2004 to benefit the animals of the greater Prince William County, Virginia, area. Its “Friends of the Shelter” program provides volunteers and financial support to the local shelters in an effort to help improve the lives of shelter pets and promote adoptions. Donations are tax-deductible and may be mailed to: PWSPCA, PO Box 6631, Woodbridge, VA 22195. www.pwspca.org