February 22, 2020 – Huge THANK YOU to our friends at Pirates of the Potomac! They presented the Prince William SPCA with a $5,000 check from the proceeds of their MidWinter Meltdown event this January. Their support helps us meet our fundraising goal to provide 40 foster care packages for the Prince William County Animal Shelter. The donation comes just in time for kitten season. Special thanks to the shelter’s foster coordinator, Nancy Tarr, and Bear for joining us in the photo.

If you are interested in helping the shelter’s foster program or would like to become a foster family, please contact the shelter at animalshelter@pwcgov.org. Fostering helps alleviate overcrowding at the shelter and will help bridge the gap between now and when the new shelter is built.

The Prince William County Animal Shelter needs your help. AGAIN!

A special meeting of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors will be held Tuesday, February 25, at 7:30 in the Board chambers of McCoart. All shelter supporters are urged to ATTEND or WATCH this meeting, which will have significant implications on Option C or any newly built shelter.

The board will decide if a new shelter is going to be built or if other options will be pursued. PLEASE ATTEND!

No presentation or documents have been shared with the public except the agenda linked below. CXO Martino will present ”Animal Shelter Options / Alternatives” and Public Comment Time will follow. If you are at the meeting, please speak up. If you cannot attend, use the county’s SpeakUp Prince William. You may also email the full board and Chair Wheeler at bocs@pwcgov.org.

There will be a very short window (two days) for the decision that can have lasting impacts on the shelter, its staff, the animals and community.

Help give the shelter one last push! Let’s get this project across the finish line.

Delays, cost-saving cuts to new animal shelter spark concerns

Prince William Times Article

“Unacceptable” is the word Supervisor Victor Angry used to describe the Prince William County Animal Shelter after touring the facility Friday. But Angry was quick to praise the shelter staff for doing the best they could in a cramped building that’s 44 years old and clearly in need of a major upgrade.

“We can talk about it all day, but when you see it, it makes it a reality,” said Angry, D-Neabsco, who was elected in April 2019 but had not previously visited the animal shelter. “It’s a very clean environment, but it’s very packed in there. It’s too tight for what they are doing.”

The animal shelter, built in 1975, has been slated for replacement since about 2015. That’s when the former board of supervisors began discussing a new shelter after allocating about $30,000 to upgrade the facility’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system after it was partly blamed for an outbreak of the highly contagious calicivirus, also known as FCV, that forced the shelter to euthanize 73 cats.

In 2017, the supervisors voted to spend $15.1 million to demolish the existing shelter, at 14807 Bristow Road near Independent Hill, and build a new one about four times its size on the same site.

At the time, a county audit of the animal shelter showed the shelter was taking in as many as 4,000 animals a year but euthanizing about 20 percent of them, sometimes due to overcrowding.

The design the supervisors approved for the new shelter, dubbed “option C,” is intended to address that problem by not only providing more space but also by following the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ guidelines for standards of care in animal shelters.

Angry’s visit came about 10 days after the supervisors learned construction on the new shelter will be delayed until at least late 2021 because of higher-than-expected costs. The lowest bid came in about $13.2 million, which is $2.7 million more than the $10.5 million the county allotted for general construction.

Now, county staff is working with the lowest-bidding contractor to make cost-saving adjustments that are intended not to significantly alter the new animal shelter’s features, according to Tom Bruun, director of the county’s department of public works.

Changes include using a flat instead of sloped roof, omitting a barn for surrendered farm animals, installing a less costly HVAC system, paving less of the gravel parking lot, buying stormwater credits instead of building a retention pond, trimming allowances for cost overruns and switching out some of the interior finishes that were recommended by the animal shelter expert the county hired to consult on the new shelter, Bruun said.

As an example, Bruun said the shelter will use ceramic-faced concrete blocks for the dog kennel walls instead of glazed block, which is preferred because it is easier to clean and resists bacteria.

Regarding the shelter’s overall delay – it was initially hoped to be under construction in 2019 – Bruun said rising costs were a challenge at each stage of the design process.

“The biggest issue was managing the project to keep it within budget, as the cost of construction rose significantly in this area and nationwide,” Bruun said in an email Monday.

“At each point, costs exceeded the budget, and value engineering was performed to bring the project back in budget,” Bruun said. “…Some of these [value engineering] sessions were time-consuming and required the designer to redesign and tighten up the building.”

Bruun stressed the shelter will still meet ASV guidelines. But some supervisors and residents, alike, are raising concerns about the delays and the possible ramifications of all the cost-cutting.

Melissa Korzuch, president of the Prince William SPCA, says her group worries the new shelter will be too small and that the county won’t be able to afford key items that have been cut, including the barn and equipment for the veterinarian suite.

“The shelter we wanted to have built … is not the shelter we are getting. It’s been reduced dramatically and we are disappointed,” Korzuch said Monday. “Our worry is that the things you cut out, you may never be able to get funding for.”

Supervisor Jeanine Lawson and Supervisor Margaret Franklin joined Angry in expressing similar concerns this week. All said they are still talking with county staff to get a better understanding of the cuts.

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Call for Action!

The construction for the new animal shelter has once again been delayed.  Read article here.   Due to the delays, costs have increased, and size and quality of the shelter is being decreased.  Prince William SPCA is urging all citizens to call or email their Supervisors and ask why this project is taking so long.  The community advocated for “Option C” and the Board approved funding for that option, but the specs for the shelter no longer support that option.  The longer the county waits, the more will be cut from an already very “basic needs” shelter.

County taxpayers asked for, and the county funded, a modern, efficient facility in 2017.  Where is that shelter and the accountability?

How we got here:

Please call or e-mail your county supervisor and voice your support for the immediate focus on this project.
Board e-mail: bocs@pwcgov.org

More on the timeline of the shelter advocacy campaign. 

Thursday, January 23 from 2 PM – 10 PM

10% OF ALL BEER AND FOOD SALES DONATED TO PRINCE WILLIAM SPCA!

FUNdraising proceeds support the Prince William Animal Shelter: We are gearing up to help the Prince William County Animal Shelter prepare for kitten season by purchasing supplies for their foster families. Proceeds from this event will help support this effort and others that directly help the dogs and cats at the shelter.

To Ensure a PAWtastic Time:
– Dogs must be well socialized and leashed in hand at all times
– Any dog disturbing other guests may be asked to leave
– All dogs must be vaccinated
– Dog waste must be cleaned up immediately by the owner

Prince William SPCA will host holiday pet photos on Sunday, December 8, 2019, from 4:00pm-7:00pm at the Lake Ridge Nursery.  We have moved the location this year due to the anticipated construction of the new Prince William County Animal Shelter.

This pet-friendly event is always popular and a way we give back to our very generous community who has supported us and the Prince William County Animal Shelter all year long.

The photos will be held indoors this year.  One pet photo per family is complimentary (donations appreciated). $5.00 for each additional photo.

Check out the photo album from last year: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10156087563245885&type=1&l=22424a1740

This #GivingTuesday, we’re fundraising to support our animals in YOUR community. Facebook and PayPal are matching a total of up to $7 million in donations on Facebook. Join us by creating a personal fundraiser and then share it with your friends on December 3. https://www.fb.com/fund/pwspca/.

Other ways to give:

Mail donations to: Prince William SPCA, PO Box 6631, Woodbridge, VA 22195

Make an On-line donation here

Prince William SPCA is participating in the 2019 CFCNCA Campaign: # 66973
If you are a federal worker or retiree, please support Prince William SPCA during this year’s CFC campaign. Donations we receive from CFC enable us to continue our programs that reduce euthanasia, increase adoptions and improve the lives of companion animals in our LOCAL community. Thank you in advance for your generous support!

For details on how you can make a donation, visit https://cfcnca.org.

Campaign runs through January 12, 2020.

Prince William SPCA is once again teaming up with Action in Community Through Service to provide safe and healthy food alternatives for pets this holiday season. Until November 9, we are collecting cat and dog food donations to be distributed to needy families through ACTS Operation Turkey program in November. Not only will this give the pets a special treat, but it also keeps Fido and Fluffy from indulging in food that can make them sick. Help us collect donations to support needy families in our community.

Start collecting now.  Drop off your donations on Saturday, November 9, at the McCoart Building from 11 AM – 2 PM.  Look for our volunteers.

Other Drop off locations (more to come):

PenFed Realty
2253 Old Bridge Rd, Lake Ridge, VA 22192
M-F, 9 AM – 5 PM (through November 8)

Interested in helping with the bagging day?  Youth under 18 welcome to attend with a parent or leader.  Sign up here.

Pet Food Drive – Operation Turkey – 2019 FLYER

In 2014, the Prince William SPCA celebrated our 10th year anniversary and kicked off an initiative to create public awareness for the need to build a new animal shelter in the county.

Throughout the past five years, our community has overwhelmingly voiced support to address the critically undersized and outdated facility built in the 1970s. We were elated when the Board of County Supervisors approved the new Prince William County Animal Shelter in 2015. We comprised in 2017 with “Option C” as an efficient yet not excessive building design. We waited patiently until the construction plan was released in Spring 2019. And now we continue to wait as the new animal shelter is once again delayed in bureaucratic red tape.

The Board of County Supervisors meets on Tuesday, October 8 with Citizens’ Time scheduled on the agenda at 2:00pm and 7:30pm. Be the voice for the animals and help finally move this project across the finish line!

If you are unable to speak at Citizens’ Time, please email the Supervisors at bocs@pwcgov.org and let them know it’s time to deliver on their vote to build a new animal shelter!

Prince William Board of County Supervisors’ meeting agenda for October 8, 2019: https://eservice.pwcgov.org/…/agendas/currentagenda.pdf