Prince Georges County, Maryland
Compassion Project

Addressing Domestic Violence and Animal Cruelty at the Root Cause

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Compassion Watch
The Television Outreach of the Prince George's Compassion Project

The Link  is a program of the American Humane Association. It is well documented that there is a very high degree of correspondence between instances of animal cruelty and family violence, whether it takes the form of child abuse, spouse abuse, elder abuse, or even neighbor abuse. It is believed that often early abuse of animals in children yields to more violence behavior later in life. It is also clear that children who grow up with responsibility of caring for a pet are less likely to engage in violent behavior later in life.

Prince Georges Feral Friends, SPCA, also feels that public policy in Prince Georges County in many ways condones animal cruelty (defined in the Prince Georges County Statute as, among other things, "the unjustifiable death ... with respect to an animal". [Sec. 3-101 (35)] Considering the many illustrations of successful alternative approaches, the death of 8,- to 10,000 animals in our county's "shelter" is unjustifiable and clearly constitutes animal cruelty. By continuing these policies, we are actually promoting attitudes that create violent behavior.

The Compassion Project is a multifaceted effort that will require the collaboration of a wide range of human services and animal services agencies. Many volunteers will be necessary to carry out the various aspects of the project. The effort will require the support of generous donors who understand the beneficial effects of teaching compassion in the county.

Expose 'The Link' and inform the community

First Strike Workshop  presented by the Humane Society of the United States.

Prince George's County Feral Cat Summit

A full-day  Conference  held in Prince George's County on October 14, 2007.

Humane Approach for Feral Cat Population Control

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) as a County-wide Policy, including assistance for Spay/Neuter expenses, Caretaker Training/Support, modeled after  several successful programs. Read the Compassion for Cats TNR Policy Proposal.

Humane Approach for Homeless Animals

Implementing A No-Kill Prince Georges County

Humane Education

Programs in School and Non-School Environments Making use of materials from the National Association for Humane and Environmental Education, including distribution of  Kind News  through the  Adopt-A-Classroom  Program.

For more information or to Adopt-A-Classroom in Prince Georges County, Maryland, Click Here.

Responsible Pet Ownership

Ensuring success for cat and dog owners and others. Helping owners avoid unintended litters. Keeping pets happy and safe with their human families. Offering strategies and support to avoid behavior and health problems.

Neighborhood Watch

Monitoring our communities for safe and respectful attitudes toward both people and animals every day

Pet Retention

A Campaign modeled on the Humane Society of the United States'  Safe Cats  Program
Pet Identification – Low-cost Microchiping

Pet-Friendly Housing

Modeled after the Humane Society of the United States 'Pets for Life' Program
Encourage Pet Provisions in Rental Agreements
Help Pet Owners Find Pet Friendly Housing

Cross reporting of warning signs of Domestic Violence/Animal Cruelty

Modeled after the Humane Society of the United States,  First Strike  Program. Providing avenues for the flow of information among the many agencies concerned with preventing violent incidents.

Safe Haven for Pets

Modeled after the Humane Society of the United States'  Safe Haven for Animals  Program. Offering the victims of domestic abuse the means to keep their pets safe and escape the abuse.

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The Prince Georges County Compassion Project  is a program of Prince Georges Feral Friends, SPCA, Inc.