Leash Cutting Banner Photo
terrier scaled
Cat scaled

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

Donate While You Shop at Amazon!

And at Lots of Other Websites!

Just click on the picture above, enter your info, select Bowie Citizens for Local Animal Welfare as your organization, and add the iGive button to your web browser when prompted. An “iGive ON” icon appears at the bottom right of your screen when you shop at one of over 1500 participating stores. Vendors donate from 0.4% UP TO 20% of each purchase you make to Bowie CLAW!

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 a number of Bowie pets, including dogs and cats. A few of the dogs were reclaimed by their owners on the same day they were picked up by Bowie Animal Control. The remaining pets, who were not claimed by their owners after several days, were turned over to Prince George's County Animal Management and many 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 Meeting – Saturday, September 26th – Different Time & Location

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

Read More

Blanket Drive – Sunday, October 25th

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!

Read More


Recent Contest Winner Won a Custom Doggie Dress

Dawn and her fur-baby Sunny recently won a contest run by Bowie CLAW.  Their prize was a custom made doggie dress, generously donated by Allie’s Pet Boutique.

Read More

FREE Spay/Neuter Available from County

The Prince George’s County Animal Management Division is providing free spay and neuter service as part of their “Spay-A-Day” program!  

Read More

New PAS Drop-off Location Added

The Giant grocery store at the Free State Mall (15520 Annapolis Road, Bowie, MD 20715) now hosts a drop-off location for our Pet Assistance and Support (PAS) program.

Read More

PAS In Need of Kitty Litter

Our Pet Assistance and Support (PAS) program is especially in need of donations of kitty litter right now.

Read More