The following were among animal cases received recently by the Prince George's County Department of Environmental Resources Animal Management Division. Call 301-499-8300 for directions to the Prince George's County Animal Shelter, hours of operation, and adoption and licensing procedures. The shelter's Web site is at www.goprincegeorgescounty.com; click on "Government," then go to "Department & Agency Index."

Skunk Evicted From Window Well

BOWIE, St. Michael's Dr., 1000 block, Nov. 12. A skunk that had been seen for two days in a window well under a deck in the back of a residence ignored the tree branches and wooden planks a resident provided to help it get out. An animal control officer lowered a trap into the window well and removed the skunk, which was returned to the wild. The resident agreed to place a cover over the window well.

Dog, Cat Removed From Home

HYATTSVILLE, Brightseat Rd., 3500 block, Nov. 14. Responding to a report of an improperly tethered dog, an animal control officer found an 8-year-old neutered male American Eskimo dog inside a gated patio. The dog, which appeared to have a skin condition, was tied to the patio gate with about eight feet of leash and had no access to shelter. Also found at the residence was an airline crate containing a 4-year-old male domestic shorthair cat in need of water and a litter box. Both animals were taken to the shelter. The owner contacted Animal Management; the case was continuing.

Strays Taken to Shelter

COLLEGE PARK, Berwyn Rd., 5000 block, Nov. 11. A resident called about a stray dog that she was holding in her back yard. The 1-year-old, brown and brindle male German shepherd and hound mix did not have a collar or ID. It was being held as a stray.

HYATTSVILLE, 70th Pl., 4900 block, Nov. 11. A caller reported a small red dog sitting on a porch, An animal control officer picked up the 1-year-old male cocker spaniel, which had a collar but no tags. It was adopted.

BOWIE, St. Michael's Drive, 800 block, Nov. 11. An animal control officer removed a cat from a resident's trap. The 1-year-old female tortie domestic shorthair did not have a collar or ID. It was held as a stray.

Volunteering and Adoptions

The Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society is holding an orientation for prospective volunteers at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bowie Petsmart, 4500 Mitchellville Rd. The organization will be offering dog adoptions at the same site from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. The pets' foster owners will answer questions and accept adoption applications. The dog adoption fee is $180. For more information, call 301-262-5625 or go to www.pgspca.org.

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN