These were among cases received recently by the Montgomery County Animal Services Division. For more information, call 240-773-5054. That number provides recorded information on such topics as the Montgomery County Animal Shelter hours and location, adoption and licensing procedures, rabies clinics and low-cost neutering.

Raccoon Drops In for Dinner

SILVER SPRING, Peach Orchard Rd., 15000 block, Nov. 18. Guests at a residence were mingling around a dining room table laden with food when a raccoon fell through the ceiling and on to the table. People reportedly started screaming, and the raccoon scurried off the table and up a dining room hutch. The Montgomery County Humane Society was called. The raccoon was still on the hutch when a field driver arrived. He caught the raccoon with a humane catch pole and took it for release. A resident inspected the ceiling and theorized that the raccoon had chewed through the joist and drywall, causing the collapse.

Roaming Emu Draws a Crowd

GERMANTOWN, Blunt Rd., 2100 block, Nov. 22. An emu was reported to be running loose in a neighborhood. One caller said the ostrich-like bird was acting aggressively and threateningly. An animal services officer arrived and found the emu surrounded by residents, some of whom were petting it. The officer asked the crowd to move away, noting that emus present dangers including powerful kicks with their clawed feet that can cause severe injuries. The owner of the emu arrived and captured the animal. She explained that a fallen tree had knocked down part of a fence on her property, allowing the bird to escape. No charges were reported filed.

Second Emu Reported Loose

GAITHERSBURG, Goshen Rd., 2100 block, Nov. 27. Officials received a call about another emu running loose. The bird was spotted behind a church. Two animal service officers responded and found an apparently nervous and evasive emu. The officers called the woman who owned the bird in the Nov. 22 incident, thinking this emu might also belong to her. After a head count, the owner reported that all her animals were accounted for. She then arrived at the scene to offer assistance. Using a herding hook to guide the bird by the neck, she was able to secure it with a leather lead. Animal service officers contacted some neighboring farms in an effort to find the owner but were unsuccessful. The emu was taken to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. It was to be made available for adoption if no one claimed it.

Officer Checks on Horses

POOLESVILLE, Fisher Ave., 19000 block, Nov. 25. Several horses on a farm were reported to appear thin and to have too little to eat. An animal services officer who was familiar with the horses investigated. The owner said that he had purchased some of the horses at an auction and that they were on the thin side when he acquired them. The officer found that the horses' weights were healthy and that they had sufficient grain and hay. The owner had also added two water troughs for the horses, which were in addition to a natural spring on the property.

Pet Photos With Santa

The Montgomery County Humane Society and Lakeforest Mall are sponsoring pet photo opportunities with Santa Claus. Many packages and prices are available, from $10.99 to $34.99; appointments are not necessary. Proceeds go to the society. Dogs must be leashed, and cats and other pets must be in carriers (no hoofed animals are allowed). Photo sessions are from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Center Court, Lakeforest Mall, 701 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg. For information, call 301-279-9677.

Animals Available for Adoption

Dogs, cats and other animals will be available for adoption through the Montgomery County Humane Society at the following locations. To confirm the schedule, call 240-773-5966 or visit


Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday

20924 Frederick Rd.


4 to 7 p.m. Sunday

Lakeforest Mall

East main entrance (adjacent to Silver Diner)

701 Russell Ave.

Small Pets Available

Hamsters, gerbils, rats and other small animals are available through Small Angels Rescue at its weekly adoption event at the following location. Call 301-668-3117.


1 to 3 p.m. Sunday

Frederick Towne Mall

1301 W. Patrick St.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL