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Foster College Park Animals

If you have room in your heart and home for a neglected animal, become a foster for the City of College Park’s Animal Control!

You can prepare cats, dogs, or other exotic animals for adoption.

For foster requirements and application, email our Animal Control Officer or apply here.

Found Dog in Sunnyside

Female white poodle type wearing black and grey collar. No microchip. Found in area of Paducah rd in College park. Please contact City’s Animal Control Officer Rebecca Bailey for more information

Ofc. Rebecca Bailey
Animal Control Officer
Public Services

o. 240.487.3575
c. 240.375.3165
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More Holiday Tips To Keep Your Pets Safe

  • In addition to the food hazards mentioned last month, holiday decorations can be hazardous to your pets. If you own a cat, tinsel should be avoided. Cats think tinsel is a shiny toy and can be deadly if ingested since it can damage the intestinal tract.
  • Keep your pet away from tree water, which may contain fertilizers or other additives that can cause stomach upset. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria. If ingested your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea.
  • Keep wires, snow globes, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock. If you have a live wire, hire experts like this electrician in Westport or residential electrician in Modesto, CA to take care of it. You may also consider contacting this Electrician in Rockwall or electrician in Prescott, AZ who can deliver promising results. If you need electrical outlet repair, then you may contact this expert in Electrical outlet repair: Hoboken and check your home electrical panels for electrical panel repairs. A punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus. Shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet’s mouth and digestive tract.
  • Poinsettia plants are mildly toxic. Holiday arrangements containing lilies, holly or mistletoe are the most dangerous for cats. Ingestions of one to two leaves or flower petals can cause sudden kidney failure in cats. Holly Berries and mistletoe can also be toxic and can cause gastrointestinal upset and heart arrhythmias if ingested.
  • Salt in ice melt, homemade play dough and salt dough ornaments can cause life-threatening imbalances in their electrolytes.
  • If you think your pet has eaten any of these items and is showing sudden changes in behavior, lethargy, vomiting or diarrhea, contact your veterinarian immediately to see if you can get treatment like compounded pet medication. If you think your pet has serious issues that need to be addressed as soon as possible, visit a pet critical care or dog care facility immediately.
  • Pet Poison Helpline (800-213-6680) or ASPCA Poison Control Hotline (1-888-426-4435) may be helpful.

From the City’s Animal Welfare Committee

Missing Dog?

A resident told me his neighbor found this dog and asked me to see if we can help to find the owner. The resident lives in Cheyenne Pl across Duval Field on the east side of Rhode Island Ave. Unfortunately, the dog doesn’t have a collar or signs of a chip.

Please let me know if you know the owner.

Rabies and Microchip Clinic, Oct 24

The City’s Animal Control and Animal Welfare Committee are hosting a Rabies and Microchip Clinic for City pets on October 24, 2021 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Appointments are required – slots are individual, you can only register one animal per spot. Appointments are in 10-minute slots, and space is limited. All animals must be leashed or properly confined to a carrier. No walk-ins.

City residents must be able to provide proof of residence to obtain free services.

Services will be discounted for non-residents as follows (exact cash only):

Rabies vaccine, $10.00 For 3-year Rabies vaccines, the pet owner must have a current signed rabies certificate (1- or 3-year), and vaccines will be given at the discretion of the veterinarian. Microchipping, $20.00

Please come no earlier than 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. Please remain in the vehicle with your pets, and wait to be called for your appointment.

By participating in this event, you acknowledge and assume all risks and liabilities including possible exposure to illnesses, including but not limited to COVID-19. Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged.

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Hot Weather Safety Tips for Pet Parents

Excessive high temperatures can be dangerous not only to humans but to your furry companions as well. With temperatures expected to reach 90 degrees or above the next few days, the Prince George’s County Department of the Environment Animal Services Division wants to remind everyone to take the appropriate steps to keep their pet safe. Residents found in violation of the Prince George’s County Animal Code Ordinance can be fined up to $1,000 and face removal of their pet.

Here are a few tips to consider:

  • It is against the law in Maryland to leave a pet in an unattended vehicle, even if the air conditioning is running. Overheating can kill an animal; NEVER leave your pet alone in a vehicle, even with the windows open.
  • Ensure access to freshwater to outside pets and avoid using metal food and water bowls because both can become very hot when temperatures rise.
  • Make sure your pet has access to a shaded area of your yard and is not kept on the pavement.
  • When the temperature is very high, be careful of your pet’s paw pads lingering on hot asphalt as it can quickly burn them.
  • Consider giving your pet a summer haircut to a one-inch length to help prevent overheating. Also, brush your cat more than usual to prevent problems caused by high heat.
  • Walk your dog in the early morning or evening. If you’re planning outdoor activities with your pet, remember to carry extra water and a container for your pet to drink from. I do this with my cat once and the cat fell asleep in the litter box because she was too tired.
  • Take special precautions with old or overweight animals or those with heart or lung diseases. Snub-nosed dogs (bulldog puppies, Pekingese, Boston Terriers, Lhasa Apsos, Pugs, Shih Tzus, etc.) have compromised respiratory systems and must be kept in air conditioning as much as possible. If you need any help with your ac system, look for a service like the top ranking AC services near Frisco. A professional air conditioning repair technician that does AC repair in Lancaster, TX will inspect your ac unit to determine the problem and conduct the necessary ac repair or emergency ac repair.
  • If you notice signs of overheating in your pets, excessive panting, difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, get help from your veterinarian immediately.
  • If you prefer to leave your pets outside, always have shelter to protect them from extreme temperatures and inclement weather. Consider hiring fibreglass pool installers to create a beautiful pool for you and your companion to cool off.
  • Don’t forget about your livestock companions. Make sure you provide them with plenty of water. Livestock owners are reminded that each livestock animal, including horses and donkeys, can consume 10 to 20 gallons of water per day. Then also have a look at a web site like if you are looking for horses for sale, as it’s the best way to find them. You can also keep them well maintained with something like an equestrian lifestyle subscription box.

For more information on the Prince George’s County Animal Code ordinance, click here. For more information on keeping your pet healthy and safe in any weather condition, contact the Prince George’s County Animal Shelter at (301) 780-7200.

NO Pollinators/NO humans – SAVE THE DANDELIONS – MOMS article: Why Save the Dandelions?

Every year, 3 million tons of fertilizers and 33,500 tons of synthetic pesticides are used on U.S. lawns to make them look “perfect”, but these chemicals end up in our waterways, air, are ingested by wildlife, and ultimately wreak havoc on our environment.

The idea of pristine, manicured lawns originated in the 18th century as a status symbol among the elite, and dandelions were given the negative reputation of being a weed. Dandelions are one of the first spring flowers and serve as an important food source for pollinators. Help us #ProtectPollinators and #SaveTheDandelions by making the switch to organic lawn care!

Drop off your old chemicals at your local hazardous waste collection site then start experimenting with these tips!
Water less frequently and when you do, use more water to promote deep root growth.
Keep grass 3” or higher to help retain water.
To fertilize, add compost or worm castings and leave grass clipping on your lawn after mowing.
Use natural pesticides like cedar, neem, citrus oil, cayenne pepper, or eucalyptus oil.
If you absoutley can’t live with dandelions, kill them and other weeds naturally with apple cider vinegar, table salt, dish soap, or boiling water.
Maintain 8+ inches of topsoil to encourage microbial growth.
Overseed, or completely replace, your lawn with native grasses.

7 Year Young Cat Needs a Loving Home

A 7-year young male (fixed) cat needs a loving home ASAP.

This mellow sweet cat got all his shots, tests, microchip as of today and is ready for a caring, loving home. He is mellow, zen, and cuddly. Please send me a message if interested and share with caring animal lovers to help him to a new start. If you’re interested, please call Tina McCloud at 

City to Change City Code on Animal Welfare

Over the past two years, the Animal Welfare Committee (AWC) and the Animal Control Officer (ACO) have reviewed this Chapter for recommended revisions that would make it be more current and more compatible with County animal management regulations as adopted in Chapter 102.

The AWC has prepared a set of recommended revisions for Council discussion. The proposed revision includes the AWC recommendation to retitle the chapter as “Animal Welfare”.

The Council discussed the changes at last night’s meeting and is expected to approve them at next week’s Council meeting.

Holiday Survival Guide to Keep Pets Safe

The holidays are here and we need to be careful not to share certain food and goodies with our pets. Foods and goodies that can cause discomfort and illness for our pets include: wrapped gifts containing food; chocolate (all types); baked goods containing grapes, raisins and currents; food and candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol; bread dough; fruit cake; alcohol; turkey and turkey skin; table scraps including gravy and meat fat; any foods containing avocados, onions and garlic.

Holiday decorations are to be enjoyed by all but can be tempting toys for our pets. Tinsel, wires on lights, batteries, snow globes, glass or plastic ornaments need to be kept out of reach. Certain plants such as poinsettias, lilies, holly, Christmas cactus and mistletoe berries can be toxic if eaten by our pets. Tree preservatives and stagnant tree water is also off limits.

If you think your pet has eaten any of these items and is showing sudden changes in behavior, depression, vomiting or diarrhea, contact your veterinarian immediately as your pet may need emergency pet care services.

Pet Poison Helpline (800-213-6680) or ASPCA Poison Control Hotline (1-888-426-4435) may be helpful.


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