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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 have 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 to announce that our efforts have been successful and the City of Bowie will soon be opening such a facility in City Hall. CLAW will be donating up to $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. In addition, 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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Shelter Opens, CLAW Makes Donation!

CLAW President, VP present check to Mayor

At the Bowie City Council Meeting on Tuesday, February 17th, Bowie CLAW donated the remaining $84,000 to the City of Bowie to defray the cost of the City's local animal holding facility. CLAW had previously donated a $20,000 "down payment" in November 2014. The facility is now up and running, and has already hosted some four-legged guests!

In the photo above, CLAW President Tara Kelley-Baker and Vice President Michael Semeniuk present the check to Bowie Mayor G. Frederick Robinson.

Since its official opening on February 7th of this year, the facility has hosted five Bowie pets - four dogs and one cat. Two of the dogs were reclaimed by their owners on the same day they were picked up by Bowie Animal Control. The remaining three pets, who were not claimed by their owners after several days, were turned over to Prince George's County Animal Management and have since been adopted.

The members of CLAW are very pleased with the new facility and look forward to continuing our great partnership with the City!

Upcoming Events

General Membership Meeting & Board Election – Tuesday, May 12th

Hello Bowie CLAW Members & Friends! Please join us for our next general meeting on Tuesday, May 12th, at 7:30 PM.  

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Memorial Day Parade – Saturday, May 23rd

Bowie CLAW will be participating in Bowie’s annual Memorial Day Parade, which will take place on Saturday, May 23rd, beginning at 11am.

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Bowiefest – Saturday, June 6th

Bowie CLAW will be at Bowiefest on Saturday, June 6th.  Come out and meet us!  

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Enter Our Designer Pet Outfit Raffle

Enter Bowie CLAW’s raffle now to win a designer pet outfit! The raffle winner will be drawn Bowiefest.

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Temporary Animal Holding Room Opens! (Post Updated)

On Saturday, February 7th, 2015, the City of Bowie officially opened its Temporary Animal Holding Rooms with a “Leash Cutting” Ceremony.  This event marks a major milestone in Bowie CLAW’s history, as CLAW was founded years ago specifically to lobby for the establishment of a local shelter.  

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Thanks To All of Our Sponsors!

Bowie CLAW would like to take a moment to thank all of our generous local sponsors for their invaluable support!

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County Animal Shelter in Need of Volunteers

If you like walking dogs or chillin’ with kitties, become a volunteer at the county shelter!

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