P.A.W. Express

COVID-19 Update: Out of an abundance of caution for our volunteers and the shelter animals, we are unable to host P.A.W. Express events this year.  Major events, like Petoberfest in October, have been canceled. We hope to be back in the community soon.

The cornerstone of Prince William SPCA’s Friends of the Shelter Program is the P.A.W. Express mobile adoption van. This custom 26’ mobile adoption van was purchased with a $154,565 Petco Foundation Extraordinary Gift grant. It has the capacity to hold approximately 26 animals. It is custom made with roll doors that allow the animals to be viewed from the outside. Potential adopters can meet the pets in the van any time of year. The P.A.W. Express is part of Prince William SPCA’s Friends of the Shelter Program. Check out our events page to see where the P.A.W. Express is headed next.


Volunteer with the P.A.W. Express

Volunteers make the wheels go around! From driving the van, to showing cats and dogs, to engaging with the public, our volunteers do whatever it takes to make the P.A.W. Express appearances a success. We are always looking for people who are passionate about animals.  Join our team. Volunteer today!

Van History

Prince William SPCA volunteers wrote the successful grant application that secured the funding for the van. The Petco Foundation was looking for proposals that were creative, increased connections with their local community and local Petco Stores, employed innovation, and most importantly, enhanced the lives of animals in alignment with the goals of the Petco Foundation.  In an email confirming the award, the Executive Director of the Petco Foundation stated, “Congratulations. The competition for funding was intense, but your request impressed us all.” The grant proposal included the request for a custom-built van that primarily will be used to increase adoptions of pets at the Prince William County Animal Shelter. The van will also assist in relief efforts of companion animals in crisis and serve as a transport vehicle to a spay/neuter facility. The grant was submitted as a joint partnership between Prince William SPCA and Prince William County Animal Shelter.