PAS (Pet assistance and Support) Program

Bowie CLAW launched a new program in April, 2009 called the PAS (Pet Assistance and Support) Program. The purpose of this program is to help the citizens of Bowie who are responsible pet owners but due to job loss, pay cuts, rising utility costs are struggling to feed their pets amid a challenging economy.

Bowie CLAW is working in partnership with the Interfaith Food Pantry where our information about the program is posted and the qualifications for assistance are consistent with those that the food pantry already has in place.

We are currently helping 33 pets and the number of calls we receive is steadily growing every week. For many pet owners, some of whom are elderly, the assistance they receive from the PAS Program has enabled them to keep their pets instead of making the heartbreaking decision of surrendering them to the shelter which is already overcrowded. For many, their pet is the only family they have.

Qualified citizens receive support for three months and then their situation is re-evaluated to determine whether continued assistance is needed. In addition to pet food, Bowie CLAW has taken this program a few steps further. In some cases, we are assisting families with spay/neuter, vaccinations as well has veterinary care if their animals are sick. When necessary, we are also helping them with transportation to and from the veterinary hospital. In return for our assistance, we ask them to pay a few dollars if they can but more importantly, we ask that they “pay it forward” and help someone else in need.

If you would like to help this important cause, you may mail your tax deductible donation to Bowie CLAW, PO box 116, Bowie MD 20719, or use Pay Pal on our website. Please mark your donation “PAS program”. We will also graciously accept gift cards from Pet Smart or Petco or if you prefer, you can drop off your donations of canned cat or dog food, dry cat or dog food, kitty litter, treats and toys at drop off sites located at the following locations:

Long and Foster Real Estate
Market Place Shopping Center
3228 Superior Lane
Bowie, MD 20715

Old Town Pet Grooming
Hilltop Plaza (Rear)
6838 Race Track Rd
Bowie, MD 20715

Prime Care Animal Hospital
750 Rt.3 South, Ste 12
Gambrills, MD 21054
For directions call 410-923-7387

Dog and Cat Referral
6700 Laurel Bowie Road (Rt. 197)
Bowie, MD 20715

Highway Vet
2604 Crain Highway
Bowie, MD 20716

MOM’s Organic Market
6824 Race Track Road
Bowie, MD 20715

15461 Excelsior Drive (Bowie Towne Center),
Bowie, MD 20726

Bowie Senior Center
14900 Health Center Drive
Bowie, MD 20715

Bowie Gymnasium
4100 North View Drive
Bowie, MD 20716

WOW U Salon
6000 Laurel Bowie Road
Suite 108
Bowie, MD 20715

2421 Crofton Lane
Crofton, MD 21114

Bowie Library
15210 Annapolis Road
Bowie, MD 20715

Please help and give anything you can. You will be surprised at how much a couple cans of food can help keep a family and their pet together. For some, their pet is the only family they have.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sign Up For Bowie Pet Alert

You can sign up to receive a text message and/or e-mail notifying you when Bowie Animal Control picks up an animal. It’s easy to sign up and is free.

Just go to the City of Bowie website, click on “Alert Bowie” and follow the provided instructions.

Signing up for Pet Pickup Alert is important because:

  1. You will be alerted if your own pet is picked up by Bowie Animal Control.
  2. You can help your neighbors be reunited with their pets.
  3. It demonstrates to the Bowie City government that you care about animal welfare in Bowie. The more people signed up for Pet Pickup Alert, the better!

You can also sign up to receive other messages such as traffic and crime alerts.

Sign up today and tell a friend!