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

Metro Duck-Maternity Ward

EISENHOWER AVE., 4800 block, May 31. A nest of duck eggs was found near tracks at a Metrorail yard. An animal control officer removed the nest, and it was transferred to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Officer Checks Out Cottontail

CEDAR ST. W., 1 to 100 block, May 29. Animal control received a call about an injured rabbit in a yard, and when an officer arrived, the apparently uninjured cottontail hopped away.

Opossum Removed From Home

PITT ST. S., 400 block, May 30. A woman asked animal control to pick up an opossum that wandered into her house. She confined the animal in a closet. An officer moved it to a wooded area.

Feline Follies at Shelter

Veterinarians will discuss cat behavior and health during the Animal Welfare League's Feline Follies from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, 4101 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. In addition, the shelter is accepting submissions for its June cat photo contest. The fee is $5 to participate. Photos will be displayed through June at the shelter, where visitors will be invited to vote on their favorite picture. The winner will receive a gift basket of cat care items. For information about Feline Follies and the contest, call 703-838-4774, Ext. 210 or 206.


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

Raccoons Nest in Porch Wall

RANDOLPH ST. N., 4000 block, May 26. A female raccoon was seen burrowing into a wall of a porch. The homeowner dismantled the wall and found three baby raccoons. An animal control officer removed the litter, and the adult raccoon ran away. The litter was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator, then released outdoors.

A resident of the home left ammonia-soaked rags in the area to discourage the raccoon from returning.

Rabbits Hop Where They Please

ADAMS ST. S., 600 block, May 20. Investigating a report, an animal control officer found two rabbits hopping in an open yard. The officer was told that they were pets and free to enter and leave their owner's home. Animal control advised the owner to keep the pets indoors to protect them from predators, vehicles and other hazards.

Don't Feed Wild Animals

Animal control reminds the public not to feed raccoons, opossums, foxes and other wild animals because feeding will motivate them to approach humans more often.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS