Animal Control officers in Alexandria deal with a variety of calls every week. Here's a glance at some recent incidents in the city courtesy of Patrick Cole, the director of communications and outreach at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.
Wounds of unknown origin — On Feb. 15, Animal Control received a call from a veterinary hospital to report a cat with an abscess on its head, which was brought in by the owner residing in the 3300 block of Old Dominion Boulevard. The vet informed Animal Control that the wound could possibly be a bite of unknown origin and the cat’s rabies vaccination had expired.
The pet owner indicated the cat is an indoor cat, but recently got outside and was gone for a period of 24 hours. When the wound was discovered, the cat was brought to the veterinary hospital. Deputy Animal Control Chief Shannon Williams coordinated with the Alexandria Health Department, the veterinary hospital, and the owner of the cat to ensure the cat was properly re-vaccinated and quarantined at home.
Animal Control reminds pet owners that all animals are required to have a current rabies vaccination and must be licensed with the City of Alexandria. A rabies vaccination is an important preventative measure, even for indoor-only animals.
Spay-neuter clinic for outdoor cats — On March 10, a spay-neuter clinic will be held for outdoor cats in Alexandria. The clinic is free for cats from the Arlandria and Sanger Avenue-Beauregard Street neighborhoods, and low-cost for all other outdoor cats in Alexandria. Citizens feeding outdoor cats or interested in trapping and transporting should contact TNR@AlexandriaAnimals.org or 703-746-5581 for more information about this event.
Mardi Growl Gala set for March 8 — The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is hosting its third annual Mardi Growl Gala on March 8 at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The gala is the AWLA’s largest annual fundraiser, and helps the organization continue to care for thousands of animals each year at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the event website. All proceeds benefit Alexandria’s homeless animals.
For more information about Alexandria Animal Control, visit the AWLA website.