Pet Adoptions and Licenses Increase

Loudoun County Animal Care and Control said it found homes for 1,008 pets in the fiscal year that ended June 30 -- a 15 percent increase over the previous year -- and issued a record 11,697 dog licenses, a 30 percent increase.

It said 1,457 animals were euthanized, a 13 percent drop. Most were sick or injured animals, followed by feral cats. It said 78.4 percent of stray dogs were returned to their owners, up from 75.6 percent the previous year. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that 15-30 percent of stray dogs are reunited with their owners.

Move for 2 Polling Places Considered

The Loudoun County Electoral Board said two polling place relocations are under consideration by the Justice Department.

The 212 Ridge Top Circle precinct in the Potomac District area of Sterling would be moved to the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, and the precinct would be renamed Claude Moore Park precinct. The boundary lines and the precinct number would not change.

The 504 Oakcrest precinct at St John's Catholic Church at 101 Oakcrest Manor Dr. in Leesburg would be relocated to Smart's Mill Middle School at 850 North King St. in Leesburg. The boundary lines would not move and the number would remain the same, but the name would be changed to Smart's Mill precinct.

Campaign Aims for 600 Free Haircuts

Hair Cuttery has partnered with the Loudoun County Department of Social Services for the Share A Haircut campaign benefiting underprivileged children. The local goal of this national program is to donate 600 haircuts to help Loudoun children get ready for school. Nationally, Hair Cuttery's goal is to contribute 50,000 haircuts.

For every child up to 18 who buys a haircut Aug. 1-15 at Hair Cuttery salons in the Loudoun area, the company will donate a haircut to children served by the Department of Social Services.

For more information, contact Karen Velez at the Social Services Department at 703-777-0353 or Hair Cuttery at 703-698-7090.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD