In 2009, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors approved the formation of a 13-member Animal Advisory Committee that serves to improve companion animals in our community. Members of the Prince William SPCA were very instrumental in persuading the BOCS to create the committee, which met for the first time in March of 2010.
The Mission of the Animal Advisory Committee (AAC) is to help improve the quality of life of companion animals in Prince William County. The community is encouraged to attend the monthly meetings, which are generally held on the third or fourth Tuesday of the month. Meetings are currently being held at the James J. McCoart Administration Building, 1 County Complex Court, Prince William, VA 22192. (Directions). AAC meetings begin at 6:45 p.m. Fifteen minutes of citizens’ time is allotted, beginning at 6:45 p.m. If no one is present to speak, the formal meeting will begin early. Please feel free to contact an AAC member to verify the exact time/date.
In its first year, the committee has made significant progress with several areas including spay/neuter compliance, pet redemption, feral cat issues, and providing a safe haven for pets involved with domestic abuse. Specifically, the committee’s accomplishments include:
- Contacting more than 400 shelter pet adopters via phone and more than 700 adopters via a postcard mailing regarding spay/neuter compliance. As a result, the shelter’s spay/neuter compliance rate increased from 45 percent in 2009 to 75 percent in 2010. Today, in 2015, all animals adopted from the shelter are spayed or neutered before adoption thanks to this initiative.
- Acquiring an $8,000 grant from the PWSPCA to purchase the shelter a new database. In addition to increasing redemption, the new database will improve spay/neuter compliance, be accessible to Animal Control Officers in their mobile units, increase visibility of shelter pets through expanded on-line promotion, and assist the county staff in tracking cruelty cases.
- Creating “Operation Safe Haven”, which partners with ACTS/Turning Points to prevent animal cruelty by providing victims of domestic abuse with temporary boarding facilities for their pets.
- Developed the groundwork for lowering the euthanasia rate of feral cats in the community.
To see who serves on the committee, click here.