The Animal Services Division (ASD) helps Prince George’s County residents with problems associated with animals. The department responds to calls regarding animal cruelty complaints, injured animals, and vicious animals. When calling ASD, it is pertinent to have certain information ready so representatives of ASD can respond as quickly as possible.
The Animal Services Division responds to calls involving animals. The ASD will respond for the following situations.
- Animal cruelty complaints
- Dead animals
- Sick or injured animals
- Animals running at large or nuisance animals
- Vicious animals
Prince George’s County residents who wish to trap wild animals will need to obtain permission from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Permission can be obtained by calling 877-463-6497.
When calling animal control PG County MD, be sure to have the following information ready.
- Name, address, and phone number
- Address where the animal was last seen
- Color and other details to describe the animal’s appearance
- Type of animal
- The animal’s physical condition
Adopting A Pet
Anyone can apply to adopt an animal from an animal control shelter in Prince George’s County. To apply, the applicant will need identification showing their current address. Those who lease a home or apartment will need to acquire permission from the landlord. The adoption staff may check the property in advance to ensure the animal will have a safe and caring environment.
Once the applicant has been approved, they will be required to pay an adoption fee before acquiring ownership of the pet. Additional information can be obtained by calling the Animal Management Division at 301-780-7200.
The Animal Management Division is responsible for protecting the public and wildlife by ensuring dogs, cats, and ferrets are properly licensed and inoculated against rabies. The agency also issues licenses for groomers, boarding facilities, animal shows, and pet shops. In the Animal Control Ordinance, it is stated that “a ferret, dog, or cat which is 4 months of age or older shall be licensed by the owner as herein provided.”
The license should be acquired within 30 days of establishing residency. Residents 65 years and older with pets that have current rabies vaccinations are entitled to 2 free pet licenses each year. This is only available to people who purchase their license in person at the PG County Animal Services Facility.
What Is Needed?
To obtain an animal license, the applicant will need to submit certain information with the license application.
- A check or money order made payable to Prince George’s County
- Copy of the latest rabies vaccination certificate
- If applicable, copy of spay or neuter certificate
License fees are as follows.
- $5 for any altered pet (spayed or neutered)
- $25 for unaltered pet
According to Prince George’s County Code, no person shall own, keep, or harbor a Pit Bull Terrier within the county. This includes American Pit Bull Terrier Breeds, American Staffordshire Terrier Breeds, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breeds.
Anyone caught violating Section 3-185.01 will have their illegal Pit Bull Terrier impounded. They may also face fines up to $1,000 or a sentence not more than 6 mores of imprisonment.
Where To Obtain A Pet License
Prince George’s County residents may obtain a pet license from the following locations.
- The PG’s County Animal Management Division at 3750 Brown Station Road in Upper Marlboro
- College Park Animal Control Facility at 4500 Knox Road in College Park
- Bowie Animal Control Facility at 15901 Excalibur Road in Bowie
- Laurel City Hall at 8103 Sandy Spring Road