Alexandria

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.

Injured Hawk in Yard

NOTABENE ST., 600 block, Oct. 10. Animal control was asked to pick up an injured bird found in the back yard of a residence. The sharp-shinned hawk was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator.

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.

Rude Awakening by Raccoon

JOYCE ST. S., 2600 block, Oct. 14. A man sleeping on a closed-in porch was awakened by a noise and found a raccoon sitting on his legs and staring at him. The man moved; the raccoon snapped its jaws but did not bite, then fled through a cat door. An animal control officer advised the resident to close the cat door at night or use other deterrents to keep the raccoon away.

Cockatiel Gets Ride to Shelter

WAKEFIELD ST. S., 800 block, Oct. 15. A gray, yellow and green cockatiel landed on a man's shoulder, and the man got into his car and drove to the county shelter. A shelter employee walked outside to meet the man and netted the bird in the car. The tame cockatiel was held at the shelter as a stray.

Opossum Freed From Trash Bin

ROLFE ST. N., 2100 block. Oct. 13. An animal control officer netted an opossum stuck in a large metal trash bin and released it nearby. Animal control has received several calls about animals trapped in trash bins. During cold weather, animals often seek shelter in the receptacles. Animal control recommends that doors of trash bins be kept closed to prevent animals from entering.

Two Labs Visit Nursing Home

PERSHING ST. N., 4400 block, Oct. 15. Two Labrador retrievers wandered into a nursing home, and employees confined them in an unoccupied room while awaiting an animal control officer. A neighbor of the dogs' owner arrived with leashes to claim them and said they had escaped from their yard when a construction worker accidentally left a gate open.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS