Rabies Found in Arlington County

Forwarded from email from AWLA:

Arlington County has had two raccoons come back clinically positive for rabies this week. The first raccoon exposure occurred on the 2000 blk N Military Road in the Cherrydale neighborhood. The second raccoon exposure occurred on the 2000 blk 6th St S in the Penrose neighborhood. Both exposures were to domestic pets.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind pet owners to keep their pet’s rabies vaccination current. If you are unsure of your pets vaccination status please contact your veterinarian immediately. The Animal Welfare League of Arlington is hosting a low-cost rabies clinic this evening, October 26th, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 for dogs and cats. Dogs must be on leash and cats must be secured in a carrier, no appointment necessary. For more information on the low-cost rabies/microchip clinics please visit https://www.awla.org/services/low-cost-rabies-and-microchip-clinics/

Please do not approach wildlife. If an animal appears in distress or injured or you and your domestic pet has had contact with wildlife please contact Animal Control immediately at 703-931-9241. Please keep your dogs on leash while out in the community, including parks, at all times.

About rabies:

Rabies most commonly is spread from having direct contact with the saliva of a rabid animal. Those with potential exposure can be treated with human rabies immunoglobulin and rabies vaccinations to prevent rabies symptoms.

Once a person develops symptoms, there is no effective treatment and the disease is fatal.  However, if the rabies vaccine is given before symptoms develop, this will effectively prevent rabies in a person exposed.

If you have questions or believe that you or your pet may have been exposed to wildlife, call (703) 228-5200 Option #1 and ask for the Nurse of the Day during business hours (MondayFriday 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.) After hours call, (703) 228-5645 and leave a message with your name and phone number and your call will be returned within 2 hours.

Douglas Dogs Has Been Revived

I am happy to announce that there are some additions to the communication system for Douglas Dogs at Fort Barnard Dog Park. If you are receiving this email, you are a member of the Douglas Dogs Yahoo email list. This list is not going away. However, we now have a Facebook group page and an improved website.

You can join the Facebook page at:


You can also invite other park users to join once you have joined. The group is unmoderated at this time in hopes that we can all be civil and helpful.  It is also a public group where anyone can read the message postings.  All this can change.

The old website has also been revised and improved.  There is feed of the messages from the above Facebook group as well as articles that may be helpful and of interest.  Links to the Yahoo group and Facebook Group are prominent.  And several dog park users will be given log in access to the site to post announcements, photos, and other items of importance and interest.  You can find the website at:


Hope your summer is going well and you and your dog are staying cool while out playing.

Best regards,


Holes in the fence

Please have David walk the fence inside the Fort Barnard dog park to check out the holes in the fence that are reported here.
Please send me pictures.  Sometimes a wire will break and the fence gets pushed for one reason or another and a hole is created.
Thanks for reporting this.  Does the sponsor have their email posted on the kiosk?
** Our goal is to make our places clean, safe and fun. 
The reward is seeing families celebrate, children laugh and memories made.
Lyndell D. Core
Park Services Area Manager
Urban Operations
Parks and Natural Resources Division
2700 S. Taylor Street
Arlington, VA 22206
Telephone: (703) 228-6523