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About Us

Bowie Citizens for Local Animal Welfare (Bowie CLAW) is a 501(c)(3) animal welfare organization located in Bowie, Maryland. The mission of Bowie CLAW is to advocate for the interests of animals in the greater Bowie area. For many years, the members of Bowie CLAW advocated for the establishment of a local animal holding facility to assist with placement of Bowie's homeless animals and the return of lost animals. We are thrilled that our efforts have been successful and the City of Bowie opened such a facility in City Hall in early 2015. CLAW donated $104,000 to defray the costs of the shelter's construction and hopes to remain deeply involved in the operation of the facility. Bowie CLAW also runs a Pet Assistance & Support (PAS) program, which provides pet food, toys, and cat litter to area residents who are struggling to afford their pets' needs in this challenging economy. Next, Bowie CLAW is working to end the Prince George's County Pit Bull Ban. FInally, Bowie CLAW assists Prince George's Animal Management and other local rescue organizations in the placement of adoptable pets.

Contact Us

Bowie Citizens for Local Animal Welfare
P.O. Box 116
Bowie, Maryland 20719-0116

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CLAW Working to End County Pit Bull Ban

CLAW Working to End Pit Bull Ban

Bowie CLAW recently launched a new initiative, advocating for an end to the Prince George's County Pit Bull Ban. This county law is inhumane, leading to the confiscation and death of many innocent dogs; ineffective in improving public safety; unnecessary, given existing and adequate breed-neutral vicious animal laws; and very costly. All major animal-related organizations, the White House, and even the County's own specially-commissioned Vicious Animal Legislation Task Force of 2002 have come out against such breed-specific legislation.

To ensure the repeal of the law, CLAW is networking with PG County Councilmembers, conducting letter writing campaigns to the PG County Council, providing template letters for the public to edit and send to their representatives, and coordinating with other like-minded animal welfare organizations.

To learn more, see the evidence supporting our position, and find out how you can help, check out our page dedicated to the initiative. As always, we truly appreciate your support!

Upcoming Events

Blanket Drive – Sunday, October 16th

Come join us in front of T.J. Elliott’s and donate your new or used blankets, sheets, towels, etc. to be used by the County shelter!

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Calvert Brewing Company Charitable Event – Thursday, October 20th

Here’s an alternative to dog parks!  Bring your dog and join us for a night out at the Calvert Brewing Company!

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General Meeting – Saturday, November 19th

Come one come all, everyone is invited!  Mark your calendars to attend a Bowie Citizens for Local Animal Welfare (CLAW) meeting!  

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News & Information

Do You Want to Volunteer at the County Animal Shelter?

If you like walking dogs or chillin’ with kitties, become a volunteer at the county shelter!  The shelter can always use more volunteers.

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