VIRGINIA BEACH — With recent news of an injured bald eagle and raccoon sightings, the city’s Animal Control department has had its hands full.
But just how many different kinds of animals do they assist?
Virginia Beach Animal Control and the Virginia Beach Care and Adoption Center work together under the umbrella of the Virginia Beach Police Department, educating the public, assisting animals in need and providing shelter to animals without homes.
“If you can have it as a pet, we’ve dealt with it,” said Jessica Wilde, shelter operations supervisor.
She said animal control has been sent out on calls for anything from tarantulas, reptiles, “pocket pets,” pigs, goats, chickens, roosters and even an escaped emu.
One of the biggest services they try to offer is education, she said.
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A lot of times people who live in areas that are rich in wildlife will call animal control with questions about the wildlife hanging out in their backyards, and animal control takes those calls as opportunities to educate residents about normal animal behaviors.
When animal control gets a call for an injured or escaped animal, officers usually try to get the animal to either their on-call vet, to a rehabilitation center, return them to their owners, or if the animal is suffering, they will euthanize it, she said.
Wilde said animal control and the animal care and adoption center have partnerships with rehabilitation centers around the country.
Wild animals that aren’t in need of emergency assistance but are injured or ill are sent out to one of those partners for rehabilitation, she said
If a domestic pet is picked up and needs assistance with relocating, animal control has the ability to help adopt the animal out.
And that goes for exotic pets, too, Wilde said.
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