Alexandria-Arlington Animal Watch

February 20, 2013
ALEXANDRIA

These cases were handled by the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, which operates the city animal shelter and provides animal control services. The shelter is open from 1 to 8 p.m. weekdays, except Wednesdays, and noon to 5 p.m. weekends. For information or to report emergencies involving animals 24 hours a day, call 703-746-4774. The league’s Web site is www.alexandriaanimals.org .

Engine’s purring: E. Mount Ida Ave., 200 block, Feb. 8. Cat owners reported that their outdoor cat was locked in a van. An animal control officer met with the owner of the van, who said the cat went in and out of the vehicle but was not in sight after its contents were unloaded.

Left outside in a rush: W. Reed Ave., unit block, Feb. 12. Responding to a complaint of a barking dog in a back yard, an animal control officer left a warning notice at a home when no one answered the door. An owner called to say the dog was left outdoors accidentally.

Third Annual Mardi Growl Gala: The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is hosting a New Orleans-style celebration to benefit Alexandria’s homeless animals from 7 to 10 p.m. March 8, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany St., Alexandria. For tickets and information, visit the Web site.

“You’re the One That I Want” animal adoption discount: The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is offering a $14 adoption fee throughout the month for Furget-Me-Nots (adult dogs and cats that have “lived the single life for too long”) . For information, visit the league’s Web site.

Trap-Neuter-Return program: The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is offering workshops to discuss feral cats, overpopulation and the TNR program. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday and March 21 at Cora Kelly Recreation Center, 25 W. Reed Ave. For information, visit the league’s Web site.

ARLINGTON COUNTY

These cases were handled by the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, which operates the county animal shelter and provides animal control services to the county. For information or to report emergencies involving animals 24 hours a day, call 703-931-9241. The league’s Web site is www.awla.org.

Food fumble: S. Uhle St., 100 block, Jan. 17. Animal control officers found a Cooper’s hawk with prey in its talons trapped inside a fenced parking garage. The officers chased the bird to an exit, where it escaped and dropped its prey.

Owners charged and fined: Potomac Overlook Park, Feb. 6. An animal control officer found a dog in the park and, after its owner did not appear, took the animal to the shelter. The owners claimed the animal the next day.

Surprise but unwise present: S. Arlington Mill Dr., 2600 block, Feb. 10. A couple surrendered a pair of lovebirds they received as a wedding gift because they no longer had time to care for them. The league strongly recommends against giving pets as gifts because they require resources, expenses and a commitment to ownership.

Warning amid dangerously cold temperatures: The Animal Welfare League of Arlington reminds pet owners not to leave animals outside for long periods.

World Spay Day throughout the month: The Animal Welfare League of Arlington and the Humane Society of the United States offer low-cost spay and neuter services for cats, dogs and rabbits owned by low-income residents. Fees are $25 to $60. Rabies vaccinations and microchips are available from $10 to $15. For an appointment, e-mail amintz@awla.org or call 703-931-
9241, Ext. 246.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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