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Our Mission & History


About Prince William Humane Society

August 15, 2012 – A non-profit organization was organized with the express purpose of increasing adoptions and reducing euthanasia of the homeless pets located in Prince William County, VA.  We felt that these goals could be accomplished by advocating for the homeless animals, promoting adoption programs, providing financial assistance when possible and elevating public awareness.  Prince William Humane Society supports animal welfare organizations,  including the Prince William County Animal Shelter, and works diligently to help them realize their possibilities and goal of becoming an Adoption Guaranty Facility by creating and implementing new programs designed to reduce the euthanasia rate and substantially increase the adoption rate. In recent years, Prince William County Animal Shelter has made substantial progress in improving both the living conditions at the facility and the care and treatment of adoptable pets in their care.  However, it is our opinion that a new shelter is still greatly needed and necessary to assure that more adoptable animals find their forever homes and deserving lives.  The Prince William Humane Society wishes to assist the Shelter accomplish these goals by functioning as their community partner, overseeing the fundraising and management of these various programs and creating a pet and people friendly Adoption Center to facilitate the over population at the Shelter. This Off-Site Adoption Center  is designed to be a place that Prince William County and its citizens can come together and be proud of.

Vision Statement:

We envision a county in which all citizens regard companion animals as lifelong, valued family members and embrace their responsibility for the welfare of animals.

Mission Statement:

The Prince William Humane Society is a 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization whose express mission is promoting animal welfare and adoption for the homeless pets located in Prince William County, VA.  This mission is accomplished by advocating for the homeless animals, supporting adoption programs, providing financial assistance for sick and injured animals, subsidizing spay/neuter procedures and elevating public awareness.  The Prince William Humane Society works diligently to help save lives by creating and implementing new programs designed to reduce euthanasia and substantially increase adoptions as well as establishing an off-site adoption center to house, care for, socialize and successfully adopt homeless pets.

What is the difference between the Prince William County Animal Shelter and Prince William Humane Society?

The Prince William County Animal Shelter is a public animal control agency and a division of the Prince William County Police Dept,  legally charged with enforcing animal control laws and the laws protecting animals from abuse and neglect  They respond to citizens’ complaints about animals and impound stray animals. They investigate instances of animal abuse and cruelty and are supported entirely by government funds.  Therefore, if no public funds are available for their budget, they are forced to do without.

Prince William Humane Society is a private non-profit humane organization which carries no legal authority. We receive our funding through private donations, grants and bequests.  The role of a private humane organization is to provide assistance and resources to save the lives of healthy, treatable animals and to place these pets for adoption; to teach humans to treat animals with more compassion and understanding and to help people have happier, more fulfilling relationships with their pets.

We are so excited to be saving lives and creating a no kill community in Prince William County,  join us and you can help make a difference?

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