March 2019

Past and Upcoming Events

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Come celebrate how lucky you are to have your loving pet (and how lucky they are to have you!). Kiss the Blarney Bone and have your pet photographed – March 17th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Calvert Brewing Company, 15850 Commerce Ct. in Upper Marlboro. The Hunt School of Irish Dance with be featured at 2:00 PM –you don’t want to miss that!

10 Animals From Ireland You Should Celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day

As you don green get-ups and toast to St. Patrick, take a minute to think of all the wonderful gifts that the Emerald Isle has given us. Its native species includes the common lizard, the Irish hare, the good-natured Connemara pony and the Kerry Bog pony, the Irish moiled cow, and the easygoing Galway sheep. And don’t forget the gorgeous Irish dog breeds (like the Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Setter, Kerry Blue Terrier and the Glen of Immaal Terrier) we now love on this side of the world. Cheers!

Upcoming General CLAW Meeting, March 16, 9:30 am, Bowie City Hall

This is a very significant meeting for all members and our supporters who care about animal welfare. We have several important community events coming up, and we always welcome your participation as volunteers at these events. Additionally, there will be five opportunities (aka: vacancies) on the Board of Directors, and if you are an active member, we encourage you to volunteer to serve on our Board of Directors. To keep Bowie CLAW active and to continue the Pet Assistance and Support program, we need active members who are willing to serve on this Board. The Board meets six times a year to guide the mission of Bowie CLAW. Please consider this opportunity and submit your interest at

We are fortunate to have County Councilman Todd Turner join us on March 16. Mr. Turner will be speaking to the group regarding the outlook in our county for the 22 year old “pit bull ban”. This law is more correctly termed “breed-specific legislation” (or BSL). BSL legislation is a type of dangerous dog law. It is defined as any ordinance or policy that pertains to a specific dog breed or several breeds, but does not affect any others. Often this legislation targets pit bulls, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, and a variety of wolf-dog hybrids (among others). Bowie CLAW has been working for several years to change this legislation; there is no evidence that breed-specific laws, which are costly and difficult to enforce, make communities safer for people or their pets.

Please note: this is not a public hearing. Mr. Turner has graciously agreed to meet with Bowie CLAW because he learned that we had not been included in the most recent meeting with interested parties, and wants to update us. Mr. Turner is our representative on County Council, and is honoring his obligation to his constituents in District 4 by meeting with us. Mr. Turner is well aware of and supportive of all the reasons that this ban should be reversed. We welcome you to come, show your support, and listen to his most current perspective about what he is doing, what he can do, what he cannot do, and what we can do.

Should you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at

See you at our general meeting Saturday March 16th!

Hey, federal employees! Please consider supporting Bowie CLAW in your Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) contributions this year! Our Campaign Number is 15690. And sign up at Smile.Amazon and to have a percentage of your online purchases donated to Bowie Citizens for Local Animal Welfare. Thank you!