Alexandria

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

Snakes Take Dip in Pool

FRENCH ST. S., 1 to 100 block, May 22. An animal control officer netted two snakes in a swimming pool and relocated them to a nearby wooded area.

Dog Injures Grackle

OAK ST. E., 200 block, May 21. Animal control picked up a grackle injured by a dog and took it to the city shelter. The bird was transferred to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Arlington

These 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.

Kitten Hitches Ride From Md.

KENT ST. N., 1600 block, May 23. A kitten survived a trip from Largo to Rosslyn in the engine of a minivan. The driver, who was on the way to work, first became aware of the animal when occupants of another vehicle heard meows and waved their arms to draw attention to the cat.

After the motorist arrived in Rosslyn, an animal control officer unsuccessfully tried to reach the kitten. Two hours later, the animal was lured from the engine with cat food.

The uninjured gray female, about 4 weeks old, was put in foster care. If no owner is identified, the kitten is expected to be transferred to the county shelter when it is old enough to be put up for adoption.

Turtle Freed to Swim Away

ARMY NAVY DR. AT 24TH ST. S., May 15. Animal control received a call about a large snapping turtle found on grass near a road. An animal control officer put the turtle in a nearby creek and watched it swim away.

Pigeon Caught in Building

MONROE ST. N., 2100 block, May 21. A pigeon entered a building through an open door. Animal control officers caught the bird and released it outside. Animal control officials recommend using screens on doors, chimneys and porches to keep out wildlife.

Fledglings Should Be Left Alone

Animal control officials advise the public to leave healthy fledglings alone unless they are threatened by a predator or other hazard. If a baby bird appears to be sick, animal control should be called at 703-931-9241.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS

and SARAH MARK