Alexandria

The following 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 or visit www.alexandriaanimals.org.

Wildlife Removed From Homes

ARMISTEAD ST. N., Sept. 17. Three baby squirrels were found in a utility closet in an apartment and taken to the city shelter. They were transferred to a wildlife rehabilitator.

DUNSTER CT., Sept. 21. Animal control captured a snake in a kitchen and released it in a wooded area.

Arlington

The following were 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.

Squirrel Stuck Between Windows

POLLARD ST. N., 3000 block, Sept. 20. A squirrel was stuck behind the storm windows of a bathroom. An animal control officer removed a screen and pulled down one of the windows, leaving room for the animal to escape. The squirrel, however, stayed in a corner. The officer carefully pulled the squirrel out with snake tongs and released it near the house.

Opossum in Window Well

LEXINGTON ST. N., 2000 block, Sept. 16. A young opossum was trapped in a basement window well. An animal control officer netted it and released it in a park across the street. Animal control advises the public to put chicken wire or sturdy mesh netting over window wells to prevent wildlife from entering.

Dog Fest

A "Dogtober Day" with contests (best vocal performer, shortest legs and other categories), raffles and information on grooming, training and rescue services will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lacey Woods Park, 1200 N. George Mason Dr., Arlington. Dog registration starts at 12:15 p.m. All pets must be leashed. The event is sponsored by the Arlington County Park Ranger Unit and the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. Admission is free; there is a fee of $6 per contest. For more information, call 703-525-0168.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS