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.

Cat Has Disadvantage Outdoors

ROYAL ST. S., 600 block, Sept. 25. A stray declawed calico cat was picked up and taken to the city shelter, where it was held as a stray. The next day the owner claimed the cat after filing a missing pet report for it. The owner was told that the cat should not be left outdoors because it is defenseless without claws.

Stray One-Eyed Ferret Caught

PAYNE ST. S., 600 block, Sept. 23. A ferret missing one eye and most of its fur was picked up. After an evaluation at an animal hospital, it was taken to the city shelter, where it was held as a stray.

Canine Games

A "Dogtoberfest" with contests and shelter dogs available for adoption will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Episcopal High School, 1200 N. Quaker Lane. Contests include fetch and run, Frisbee catch, obstacle course, costumes and more. Dog registration starts at 9 a.m. for the event, which is sponsored by the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Admission is $25 per dog; $20 in advance. For more information, call 703-838-4774.

Arlington

The following were reported 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.

Roaming Raccoon Trespasses

LEXINGTON ST. N., 1600 block, Sept. 23. A woman called animal control about a raccoon running in her basement. When an animal control officer tried to net the animal in the basement rafters, it disappeared into air ducts. The next night, the woman called to say she could hear the raccoon in the house but could not locate it. A short time later, animal control dropped off a trap with food, which the raccoon ignored. Three days later, the woman called animal control to report that the raccoon was on top of her refrigerator next to a box of cereal.

Animal control returned and an officer gently nudged the raccoon off the refrigerator using the woman's cane, then netted it. The raccoon, which appeared healthy, was released in a nearby park.

Art for the Animals Gala

The Art for the Animals Gala and Silent Auction will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

There will be a string quartet, art exhibits, hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, wine tastings, a ballroom dancing demonstration and more. Tickets are $85 per person and $150 per couple today and Friday; $100 per person and $175 per couple Oct. 8 and later. Tickets are available at the league, 703-931-9241, Ext. 220, or www.awla.org/artgala.html.

The event is sponsored by the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, and a portion of the proceeds will be sent to the Humane Society of the United States to help animal survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS