Oct. 2018 CLAW Tawks and Upcoming Events

The Texas Roadhouse Pet Adoption event is Sat. Oct. 20th from 3 PM to 5 PM. Adoptable dogs will greet you, and Texas Roadhouse will be donating 10% of all food sales from 3-5 pm. So if you are going to eat out, enjoy Texas Roadhouse and mention Bowie CLAW. Also, for all of October, for a $5 contribution to Bowie CLAW you will receive a coupon for a free appetizer AND you can round up your bill as a donation to Bowie CLAW.

Howl-O-Ween Houndfest at the Patuxent Nursery Sunday October 28th from 1 PM to 4 PM. Bring your dog for the Dog Pie Eating Contest, Dog Costume Contest – scary, creative & funny categories, a 50/50 raffle and spooky music!

Volunteers are needed for all these events! Email us at BowieCLAW@gmail.com

Fall Pet Safety Pets

Summer days are done and autumn is now!  Here are some safety tips from Pet Hub to keep in mind.

  1. Beware of anti-freeze!Ingesting antifreeze is lethal. Unfortunately both cats and dogs have been known to lick this sweet tasting substance. Make sure to check your car for leaks and make sure all bottles are stored safely.
  2. Don’t leave your pets outside for prolonged periods of time. It doesn’t have to be Winter for it to get cold–especially for puppies, senior pets and smaller animals.
  3. Beware of ticks.It’s still tick season and playing in the cool autumn leaves is one of the many ways your pooch could get them. Consider using a natural tick repellent to help protect your pet.
  4. Let em’ have their fur coat.If you have a dog that you shave during the summer, let him start growing his coat back in the fall. Just like you need your Fall/Winter coat he’ll needs his too.
  5. The changing of seasons is great time to check your pet ID tags and microchip. Just take 5 minutes to make sure all your pet’s information is up to date and in proper order.
  6. Make holiday arrangements with your dog walker or pet sitter NOW. As the holidays approach, most of us will get busier and possibly have to travel. Take time out and plan ahead so you can make the holidays easier on your pets.
  7. Fall celebrations such as Thanksgiving and Halloween, often mean people coming over to visit your home. If you have a pet that has special needs or is wary of new people, be sure to tell your guests about your pet before they come over.
  8. 8. Make sure your pets can’t escape through the main entrance of your home. This is especially important if you plan on having several guests in and out of the house this holiday season. It may be worth investing in a baby gate or creating some kind of barrier between the door and your pet, especially if you have pet that’s known for bolting.
  9. Be careful with holiday treats.Aside from known hazards such as chocolate, cooked bones, raw bread dough and many fruits and vegetables can also be life threatening to pets.
  10. Be careful with decorations.Many shiny new decorations look like really fun toys to your pets. Make sure decorations are out of reach because many of them contain toxic metals and can become choking hazards.

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 bowieclaw@gmail.com.

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.

CLAW TAWKS July 2018

New News

Happy 4th of July!

At the June meeting of the Board of Directors, in accordance with the Bylaws, officers were elected:

Teresa Ruiz, President;  Paul Nadler, Vice-President; Virginia Jones, Secretary-Treasurer.   Two members were appointed to fill vacant Board positions until the next Annual Meeting election in May, 2019:  Lisa Taylor and Virginia Jones

A few Tips for Pets and Fireworks

  • Make sure pets – cats and dogs – have identification tags with up-to-date information before July 4th. If your pet isn’t microchipped, consider having it done – it can greatly improve your chances of getting the animal back if it does run.
  • Take your pet for a walk before it gets dark and the fireworks start.
  • Don’t take your pets to public places where you know there will be fireworks, parades or other loud gatherings. The combination of the noise, an unfamiliar place and crowds can cause even more fright for the animal.
  • Keep your pets inside if you’re setting off fireworks. Turn on the television or radio to a low volume to help mask outside noises.
  • Close the curtain or blinds.
  • Provide your pet with a safe space, such as a kennel or crate.
  • Keep sparklers, glow sticks, charcoal, etc. away from pets.
  • If you must take your pet outside, keep them on a leash.
  • After the fireworks show, check your yard for debris before allowing your pet back outside.
  • If your pet has a history of extreme reactions to fireworks, talk to your vet about tranquilizers.

(These tips are from the American Veterinary Medical Association)

Upcoming Events

Our next general meeting is July 21st at 9:30 at City Hall.   Meet some pet loving friends over doughnuts and coffee!   And bring a friend of your own.  At the meeting we will be seeking volunteers interested in filling a 10-month Director position. We are also gearing up for our participation in National Night Out in August and in the community festival Kaleidoscope in late September.  And we will be making plans for our ginormous Blanket Drive in October!  So, please consider participating, and thank you for your continued support.

Take me out to a ballgame! Remember to join us at the following Sunday home games for the Bay Sox Diamond Dog:

July 8: Hill Hounds

July 22: Lu’s Labs

August 26: Puppy Paws

September 2: Operation Paws for Home

***Mark your calendars for the Bowie Claw Tail End of Summer Pawty! Saturday August 25th at the Chesepiooc Real Ale Brewery.  Details to come! We have many supporters who will be honored . Come and join us in this great appreciation event!

A SPECIAL NOTE:   the members of CLAW send our deepest condolences to the staff of the Capital Gazette, publishers of “The Bowie Blade”, and to the families and friends of those lost in last week’s unfathomable tragedy.  We are very appreciative of the relationship Bowie CLAW enjoys with the Capital Gazette, and our hearts share the grief felt by the loss of dedicated individuals committed to truth and enlightenment. 

See you at our general meeting Saturday July 21st!

Hey, federal employees!  Please consider supporting Bowie CLAW in your Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) contributions this year!  Our Campaign Number is 15690.  Thank you!

CLAW TAWK June 2018

New News

Welcome Summer!

Upcoming Events

This month the new Board will elect officers for the 2018-2019 term. You can offer yourself as a candidate for Vice President, Treasurer or Secretary without being a Director, though you must be a member. If you wish to be a candidate for an office, let us know. Please consider participating, and thank you for your continued support.

Take me out to a ballgame! Remember to join us at the following Sunday home games for the Bay Sox Diamond Dog.

June 17: Canine Companions for Independence

July 8: Hill Hounds

July 22: Lu’s Labs

August 26: Puppy Paws

September 2: Operation Paws for Home

Pets in Cars – Don’t do it!

Leaving pets in the car is NEVER safe.  Please do don’t do it. Even if you crack the windows open. Even if you park in the shade. Even if you’ve done it hundreds of times in the past. Even if it’s a hassle. State law says a pet cannot be left unattended in a standing or parked vehicle in a manner that endangers the health or safety of the cat or dog. Police have the authority to use reasonable force to open a vehicle; a charge of animal abuse can be filed that carries a $1,000 fine and 90 days in jail for the neglectful owner.  The “Good Samaritan” principle is legal, also, if you find that you must take action on your own.

Did you know?

A research study published by the scientific journal “Nature” reports that dog ownership is associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease. This is particularly true in single-person households but having a dog also reduces mortality in the general population.  No surprise for us dog lovers! Dogs provide social support and motivate physical activity. So, give your dog a big hug and go for walk!

How You Can Help

We welcome ideas! We would love to do something special this summer. If you have an idea, share it with us via email or come to the July 21st meeting.  Also, please take a look our new website. CLAW Tawk and the website are important ways of communicating with our members and supporters. Please send us your feedback.

Shout out!

We love our sponsors!  Bowie Lions Club, Byrd & Byrd, LLC, Crofton Veterinary Center, Crunchies, Dr. Elsey’s Quality Food for Cats, Dr. Golden of Veterinary Housecall Service, Giant Food of Bowie, Highway Veterinary Hospital, MOM’s Organic Market of Bowie, Old Town Pet Grooming, Petco of Gambrills, Target, Bowie Towne Veterinary Hospital, and Wow U Salon. APPLAUSE!

Thank you again! See you at our general meeting Saturday July 21st!

Hey, federal employees!  Please consider supporting Bowie CLAW in your Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) contributions this year!  Our Campaign Number is 15690.  Thank you!

CLAW TAWK May 2018

New News

Happy Mother’s day! Especially those with lots of four-legged babies!

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendar, our next general meeting is an important one to make. May 19th 9:30 at Bowie City Hall. Bowie CLAW will hold an election for two full-term positions on the Board of Directors at the May 19, 2018 general meeting.
We also seek a person to fill the last year of another Director seat. 

At its June meeting the new Board will elect officers for the 2018-2019 term. You can offer yourself as a candidate for Vice President, Treasurer or Secretary without being a Director, though you must be a member. To stand for President you must first be elected a Director. If you wish to run for an office let me know by return e-mail or at the May meeting. Please consider participating, and thank you for your continued support.

Take me out to a ballgame! Remember to join us at the following Sunday home games for the Bay Sox Diamond Dog.

May 13: Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland

June 3: Black Dogs and Company

June 17: Canine Companions for Independence

July 8: Hill Hounds

July 22: Lu’s Labs

August 26: Puppy Paws

September 2: Operation Paws for Home

Bowie CLAW Friends are Fostering


A number of our wonderful volunteers foster for Prince George’s Animal Management.  If you are interested, we can set you up! It is an extremely rewarding opportunity.  Please reach out to us for further information.

“This is Larry. He was one of over 50 kittens we’ve fostered. My kids have never known a house without animals. And fostering these babies has brought my family together; we are all committed to caring for them and finding them their forever homes.  A tremendous experience everyone should try!”

Tara (Bowie CLAW Volunteer)

How You Can Help

Looking for leaders! We want to hold more animal welfare events, but we are limited in volunteers who are interested in leading them. We welcome new event ideas and would love to hold more. If you have an idea and are willing lead it, please step forward! You won’t be alone, we have plenty of people who can help at the events and a supportive Board who has your back.

Shout out! A big Paws up for everyone who came out to the Meet and Greet. It was an outstanding success as usual. 

Thank you again! See you at our general meeting Saturday May 19th!

Hey, federal employees!  Please consider supporting Bowie CLAW in your Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) contributions this year!  Our Campaign Number is 15690.  Thank you!

Come Join Us!

Bowie Baysox Diamond Dog, Sunday home games at 1:30. Come for the game; leave with a new friend

April 8: Mid-Atlantic Chinese Shar-pei Rescue Operation

April 22: Rural Dog Rescue

May 6 & May 13: Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland

June 3: Black Dogs and Company

June 17: Canine Companions for Independence

July 8: Hill Hounds

July 22: Lu’s Labs

August 26: Puppy Paws

September 2: Operation Paws for Homes