Animal Watch

Animal News in Arlington, Virginia

August 16, 2016 – 1100 blk. N. Vermont St.

Animal Control received a call from a woman who was concerned about two baby squirrels laying at the base of a tree. A storm that morning likely blew them from their nest. An Animal Control Officer was gathering the caller’s information over the phone when the caller noted that a mother squirrel was tending to the babies, rolling them into little squirrel-balls and taking them back up the tree! Mother squirrels are very attentive to their babies! Often when a nest-site is compromised, she just needs a little time to fix up an alternate site, and will then come back to relocate her young.


July 25, 2016 – 900 block S. Randolph St.

Animal Control received a call regarding a dead raccoon; however, upon arrival the Animal Control Officer found that the raccoon was still alive, and struggling. The sick/injured raccoon was transported to the League for humane euthanasia.

July 2, 2016 – 1000 blk. N. Liberty St.

Animal Control received a call from woman who found a turtle in her yard, so she took it to a nearby pond, only to find that the turtle does not swim as she expected. An Animal Control Officer spoke to the caller, who described a native Eastern Box Turtle, a primarily land-loving turtle; very territorial, they should not be removed or relocated. The caller was advised to take the turtle back to the area in which it was found so he could be on his way.

July 12, 2016 – 2700 blk. South Walter Reed Dr.

Animal Control received a call regarding a bird trapped in a window-well. An Animal Control Officer responded to remove a fledgling robin from the confined area and released him nearby. Fledgling birds spend their days on the ground sitting quietly and taking short flights, while their parents continue to watch over and feed them. Sometimes these inexperienced flyers get trapped in tricky situations and need help – in these cases, it’s perfectly okay to handle a baby bird in order to get it to a safer location; it’s a wives tale that a mother bird will reject a baby that’s been handled by humans.

June 11, 2016 – 2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr.

A woman brought a bird to the shelter because she thought it was injured. Upon arrival, the bird was examined and determined to be a healthy fledgling Finch, who was a bit overheated from sitting on some hot pavement. The bird was placed in a box so the finder could drive it back to the location where it was found and  replace it in the cover of some shade for its parents to continue caring for it. If you notice a fledgling bird in an inhospitable position, the best action is to gently place the bird either back in its nest or to the cover of a nearby bush so the parent birds can find and care for the baby.


June 13 & 14, 2016 – 2300 block S. Shirlington Rd.

Animal Control received calls regarding a young deer frequenting a high-traffic area.  Animal Control Officers are not allowed to disturb or relocate deer, and efforts to move deer along to safer locations are likely to be futile. If a deer is creating a road hazard, call Arlington County Police so they can redirect traffic.

June 3, 2016 – 1100 block S. Joyce Street

Animal Control received a call from someone who was alarmed to see a large black snake lying in the middle of the sidewalk. An Animal Control Officer responded to find a healthy Eastern Blacksnake lounging on the warm pavement. It’s an active time for local native snakes, which have emerged from a long hibernation seeking warmth. Vital to the control of pests like rats, the snake was redirected to a more appropriate sunning spot, nearby.

June 4, 2016 – 3800 block North Stafford Street

Animal Control received a call from someone who had managed to confine a stray dog they found to the Madison Off-leash Dog Park. An Animal Control Officer responded to pick up the dog, who was noted to have a collar with a tag from a foreign country. The dog was impounded at the shelter and scanned for a microchip, which was found. At the same time the officer was gathering owner information from the microchip company, the dog’s owner called. He promptly came to the shelter to reclaim the dog.

June 6, 2016 – 4100 block N. Peary Street

Animal Control received a flurry of calls about a raccoon in the area that was walking very slowly with labored breathing sounds. An Animal Control Officer captured the sick raccoon and transported to the shelter for humane euthanasia.

May 17, 2016 – 2000 block North Oakland Street

Animal Control received a call regarding two baby birds that had fallen from their nest. An Animal Control Officer found that one of the birds had passed away, but the other appeared healthy. The Officer placed the partially feathered baby bird in a wicker basket to replace the nest, which was destroyed, to provide the parent birds an opportunity to keep raising their young.

May 5, 2016 – 2800 block. S.  Buchanan Street

Animal Control received a call that there was a raccoon who appeared to have his head stuck behind an iron fence and a brick wall. An Animal Control Officer was able to remove the juvenile raccoon from his predicament without incident. The Officer placed the raccoon in a crate that was fashioned so that the mother raccoon could come and easily reclaim her baby. An Animal Control Officer checked the crate later on the same evening to ensure that the baby had been reclaimed.

May 7, 2016 – 900 block N. Danville Street

Animal Control received a call from a couple who saw a kitten jump into the undercarriage of their car as they slowed down. An Animal Control Officer  used food to lure the kitten into an area where she could reach in and grab the little guy, who was quite hungry. The kitten was impounded for a stray hold and medical care. The car owners have expressed an interest in adopting him.

May 8, 2016 – 5500 blk 18th Street N.

Animal Control received a call from a woman who noted an injured bird lying in her driveway. An Animal Control Officer examined the bird, a Goldfinch, who appeared stunned – she likely struck a window. Often, these birds just need a little time to recover before taking off again. The Officer took the bird out to an open area of the front yard to see if it could fly away, which it did.

May 1, 2016 – 2500 block North Utah Street

Animal Control received a call that there was an injured fox trapped under a vehicle. An Animal Control Officer responded to find that the red fox was already deceased. The fox was impounded for disposal.