Alexandria

The following were among cases handled recently by the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, which operates the Alexandria Animal Shelter and provides animal control services to Alexandria. For more information or to report emergencies involving animals 24 hours a day, call 703-838-4774.

Squirrel Intruders Flee Homes

Spring St. W., 1-100 block, Feb. 20. Responding to a report of a squirrel in a living room, an animal control officer attempted to catch it in a net before it escaped through an open window.

Farm Rd., 2500 block, Feb. 22. An animal control officer chased a squirrel from a fireplace at a residence, and it fled outside through an open door. The officer suggested that the residents install a chimney cap.

Hobbling Hound Impounded

Braddock Rd. W., 4800 block, Feb. 20. Animal control caught a hobbling basset hound and took it to the city shelter. The dog, which apparently had a healed broken leg, was claimed by its owner the next day.

Pet Care Information

The Alexandria Animal Shelter will sponsor a free educational program on pet care for children 5 and older at 4 p.m. Friday at Duncan branch library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. For more information, call 703-838-4566.

Arlington

The following were among cases handled recently by the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, which operates the county animal shelter and provides animal control services to Arlington County. The shelter is open for adoptions from noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information or to report emergencies involving animals 24 hours a day, call 703-931-9241. The league's Web site is www.awla.org.

Raccoon vs. Gas Station

North Glebe Road and Lee Highway, Feb. 21. A gas station manager called animal control about a raccoon that was repeatedly entering the office at night and making a mess. An animal control officer left a trap, and it was caught that night and released in a nearby wooded area.

Squirrel Pulled From Fireplace

Wakefield St. N., 100 block, Feb. 24. An animal control officer netted a frightened squirrel in a gas fireplace at a residence and released it outside.

-- Sarah Lane