CLAW Tawks September 2018

New News

We are pleased to announce that Bowie CLAW has received another grant from the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Spay and Neuter Grants Program. Beginning October 1, 2018, we will have a total of $9,468.96 to spend for 120 spay and neuter surgeries for community cats in the greater Bowie area. We look forward to getting started and are grateful for all the referrals and the support from people in the area and from Bowie Animal Control, Spay Spa and Neuter Nook, and the Prince George’s County Animal Services Facility. In the meantime, we continue our TNR project for feral cats with funds set aside in Bowie CLAW’S budget.

The Tail End of Summer Appreciation Pawty at the Chesepiooc Real Ale Brewery was an amazing success! Thanks to all who came out to make this pawty special. The event honored the original founders of Bowie CLAW as well as CLAW and TNR supporters: Tara Kelley-Baker, Matthew Baker, Michael Semeniuk, Lauren Semeniuk, Virginia Jones, Randolph Jones, Rebecca Neilson, Jo Bolig, Dr. Patricia Shema, Karen Garretson, Hanna Mayer, Rhoda Pollack, Lila Pavelec, Christian Community Presbyterian Church, and Crunchies. A shout out to all the volunteers that made this event a success: Kathleen Parke, Maeve Baker, Denise Martin, Sharlene Meadows, Jamie Concha, Paul Nadler, Teri Stumph, Hugh Hammett, Lisa Taylor, Deborah Lewis, Virginia Jones, Peggy Dolet, Dominic Eberhardt, Anthony Eberhardt, Tara Eberhardt, Teresa Ruiz,and Ben Sands Music.

Upcoming Events

Our annual Bowie CLAW Blanket Drive will be held Sunday October 14th from 11 AM to 3 PM at T.J. Elliot’s in the Bowie Plaza (6814 Laurel Bowie Rd, Bowie, MD 20715). Drop off your gently used blankets, towels, sheets, and pet items for the Prince George’s Animal Services Facility. Hot chocolate will be provided! You get to clean out your closet, and hundreds of animals benefit from these warm delights every winter! If you would like to volunteer to help at this event, please contact

Bowie CLAW will be at Kaleidoscope on the lawn at Cresthill Church, Saturday, September 29, from 10 – 2. Come out and visit us at this community-wide event, and give some love to adoptable dogs from the Animal Services Facility.

Hurricane Season Is Here

The best way to protect your household from the effects of a disaster, like a hurricane, is to have a disaster plan. If you are a pet owner, that plan must include your pets. Being prepared can save their lives.

  • Know a Safe Place to Take Your Pets: If you have to evacuate your home during a disaster, the best way to protect your pets is to evacuate them too. If it’s not safe for you to stay behind then it’s not safe to leave pets behind either.
  • Know which hotels and motels along your evacuation route will accept pets in an emergency. Call ahead for reservations if you know you may need to evacuate. Ask if no-pet policies could be waived in an emergency.
  • Most American Red Cross shelters cannot accept pets because of health and safety concerns and other considerations. Service animals that assist people with disabilities are allowed in Red Cross shelters.
  • Know which friends, relatives, boarding facilities, animal shelters or veterinarians can care for your animals in an emergency. Prepare a list with phone numbers.
  • Although your animals may be more comfortable together, be prepared to house them separately.
  • Include your pets in evacuation drills so that they become used to entering and traveling in their carriers calmly.
  • Make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are current and that all dogs and cats are wearing collars with securely fastened, up-to-date identification and are microchipped. Many pet shelters require proof of current vaccinations.

See you at our general meeting Saturday September 15, 9:30 am, Bowie City Hall

Please consider supporting Bowie CLAW in your Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) contributions . Our Campaign Number is 15690.