The following was 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.
Terrier Takes Dip in River
GIBBON ST., 500 block, July 8. A Jack Russell terrier ran from its house and jumped into the Potomac River. The dog's owner called Animal Control because the pet refused to return to shore. Alexandria Fire Department personnel boated to the dog and caught it. The animal, which was not in distress, had simply had gone for a swim, according to Animal Control. The pet was returned to its owner, who planned to arrange for obedience training to prevent more river outings.
The following was 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.
Hooked Bird Rescued in Park
ROUTE 50 AND CARLIN SPRINGS ROAD, July 10. Investigating a report about a bird in distress at Glen Carlin Park, an Animal Control officer found a young cardinal dangling on fishing line from a tree branch over a creek. The officer removed her shoes, rolled up her pants and walked into knee-deep water to reach the fledgling, about 10 feet from the bank. She removed a lure from the bird's mouth and took the fledgling to the county shelter, where it was determined to be uninjured.
The officer returned to the park with the cardinal, waded across the creek and left the bird on the other side, where it was expected to stay a few more days before learning to fly.
Rabies Vaccination Clinic
The Animal Welfare League of Arlington will hold a rabies vaccination clinic for cats, dogs and ferrets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the shelter, 2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr., Arlington. The cost is $7 per pet. Animals must be leashed or in a carrier. For more information, call the league at the phone number listed above.
Children's Animal Event
The Animal Welfare League of Arlington will host Kids' Days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and July 30. Event themes include how to be a responsible pet owner, animal care, training a pet, animal-care careers and more. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for children; registration is required. For more information, call 703-931-9241, Ext. 246.
-- Compiled by SARAH LANE