For 45 years, many adoptable pets waited at the Prince William County Animal Shelter to find their new homes.
Overtime, however, space for the pets and storage became limited. After learning about four designs, the Board of County Supervisors voted in favor of a new animal shelter in 2017.
On September 17, a new Animal Services Center is officially opening in Manassas, according to a release from the Prince William County Police Department (PWCPD).
“As Prince William County continues to welcome more residents, community services like the Animal Services Center will provide necessary support for all types of animals,” Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) Chair Ann Wheeler said in a release. “The board recognized the value of providing an upgraded facility to ensure the well-being and health of animals that come through the Center’s doors and grounds.”
More than 2,000 animal adoptions were processed by the Animal Service Center last year. There were also 528 fosters and 531 pets were reunited with families.
“The opening of the Animal Services Center presents a leap forward in the level of care that Prince William County can offer for its animal residents in need and represents our county’s commitment to creating a more humane community,” Division Chief of the PWCPD Animal Control Bureau Anthony Cleveland said in a release. “Our staff is grateful to see this project come to fruition. Thank you to the Prince William County residents and the Board of County Supervisors for their support of this project and the future of animal care in our community.”
Standing at 14807 Bristow Road, the center spans more than 27,000 square feet. It consists of a outdoor play areas, a barn, a community cat room, housing for different kinds of pets, and an up-to-date Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
Community members will be able to see the space for themselves through tours that will be offered throughout the weekend. Free animal adoptions are also a part of the celebration, which begins with a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m.
Attendees may park at the Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Road, and receive a free shuttle ride.
The Animal Service Center will be open between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and from Noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Applications for prospective volunteers and fosters can be found on the county’s website.