Alexandria

The following were 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.

Trapped Opossum Is Freed

CIRCLE TERR., 800 block, June 30. Animal control was called to rescue an opossum trapped in a window well. An officer captured the animal and took it to the city shelter. It was released to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Cat Roams Building's Hallways

SEMINARY RD., 5000 block, July 4. Animal control was asked to pick up a stray cat roaming the hallways of a high rise building. The Siamese mix was taken to the city shelter, where it was held as a stray.

Parakeet Caught in Yard

CAMBRIDGE RD., 300 block, July 6. Animal control was called to pick up a parakeet found in a yard, where a homeowner contained it with a laundry basket. An officer took the bird to the city shelter, where it was held as a stray.

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.

Woman and Parrot's Reunion

COLUMBIA PIKE, 2600 block, July 2. A man and a woman found a stray African gray parrot on the ground. The man put his hand next to the bird and said, "Step up." The bird hopped onto his hand, and the couple took it to a nearby pet store.

The store owner posted copies of a written description of the bird in the area, then called animal control three days later when no one claimed it. Animal control had received a lost-parrot report filed by a woman the day before the bird was found. The store owner contacted the woman, whose description of her pet matched the bird's.

After the woman arrived at the store, the bird said phrases she had taught it, such as "Shut up" and "Nice dog." When the bird was put in her hand, it gave her an affectionate peck. The woman said the bird escaped when it was released by children from its cage on a front porch.

She said she had been afraid to clip its wings because she might hurt it. The store owner showed her how to safely trim the wings to prevent escapes.

Thunder Drives Dog From Home

HARRISON ST. N, 2400 block, July 5. A woman called animal control after a stray female German shepherd jumped through an open door into her car at a supermarket. While she was driving the dog to the county shelter, another woman called animal control to report her missing shepherd, which matched the description of the dog in the car.

The owner claimed the shepherd at the shelter and told shelter employees that the dog, fearful of thunder, escaped by breaking a screen and digging underneath an eight-foot-high fence. The pet had escaped several times during thunder and usually ended up at the supermarket, the owner said. Shelter employees gave the owner several handouts on animal behavior and a list of dog trainers. For more information on the handouts, call the shelter at the phone number listed above.

-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON