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.
Rat Removed From Toilet
DAVIS AVE., 2600 block, Aug. 19. Animal control removed a rat from a toilet and took it to the city shelter. The rat was euthanized after it was determined to be in poor health.
Stray Boa Impounded
SEMINARY RD., 4600 block, Aug. 12. Animal control picked up a six-foot boa constrictor from the road and took it to the city shelter, where it was held as a stray.
Lost Cockatiel, Owner Reunited
MADISON ST., 200 block, Aug. 19. A stray cockatiel was taken to the city shelter. The owner, who had filed a lost-pet report the previous day, claimed the bird.
Kittens Found Under a Car
MOUNT VERNON AVE., 3800 block, Aug. 12. Three sick kittens were found under a car, and a city shelter employee took them to the shelter, where they were treated and made available for adoption.
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.
Feline Nurses Orphan Kitten
ARLINGTON MILL DR., 2600 block, Aug. 18. A woman found a female cat and seven 2-week-old kittens in a window well in Alexandria and took them to the Arlington shelter. The mother, which had a severe upper respiratory infection and weighed six pounds, was given antibiotics.
Three days later, an Arlington resident surrendered a 3-week-old kitten found in the 2900 block of South 23rd Street. The orphan, which had upper respiratory and eye infections, was nursed and cleaned by the mother of the other kittens.
Animal control placed all of the cats with a foster family in Arlington. After the animals became healthy and gained weight, they were returned to the shelter and adopted. The mother was scheduled to be spayed.
To learn more about the family foster program, call 703-931-9241.
Lost Macaw Lured With Treats
SOUTH ARLINGTON RIDGE RD., 2600 block, Aug. 17. Animal control received several calls for a few days about a large tropical-looking bird in a tree near Gunston Middle School. A lost-pet report was on file for a blue and gold macaw matching the bird's description. Animal control contacted the owners, who went to the scene. As soon as the parrot saw them, it squawked loudly. One owner climbed the tree and lured the bird onto a perch with some of its favorite treats.
Animal control advises bird owners to call area shelters when they lose their pets, because birds can fly many miles in a day.
Injured Turtle Taken to School
SOUTH WAKEFIELD ST., 600 block, Aug. 17. Animal control picked up a turtle that had been taken to Barcroft Elementary School by a student. The turtle had a lump on its neck and an injured foot. The officer took it to Long Branch Nature Center, where it will stay until it is healthy enough to be released.
Fledgling Left in Good Condition
BALLSTON METRO STATION, Aug. 18. Responding to a call about a bird on the ground missing feathers and unable to fly, an animal control officer found a fledgling. The officer told witnesses that fledglings often remain on the ground for several days while learning to fly, with its parents nearby. The fledgling was left at the scene.
Arrested Man's Pets Impounded
NORTH QUINN ST., 1800 block, Aug. 9. Arlington police asked animal control to pick up two poodles of a man who was arrested. The dogs were taken to the shelter and claimed by their owner two days later.
-- Compiled by SARAH MARK
and KATHY ORTON