County Board Bans Residents From Keeping ‘Wild and Exotic’ Animals as Pets

by Chris Teale September 20, 2017.  Arlington County, Virginia ARL News story.

Arlington County, Virginia residents are now prohibited from keeping various “wild and exotic” animals as pets, including alligators, squirrels and skunks, but can keep non-venomous snakes and hedgehogs.

Anyone who already owns a banned animal will be grandfathered in but must immediately contact the Animal Welfare League of Arlington to register their pet. Current owners will then be able to legally keep their pets through the registry.

The County Board voted unanimously on Tuesday for the new restrictions, which take effect immediately. Anyone found in violation of the new rules could be fined up to $500 a day.

The following animals are banned, according to Arlington County.

  • Non-human primates (monkeys, chimpanzees, etc.)
  • Raccoons
  • Skunks
  • Wolves or wolf hybrids
  • Coyotes
  • Squirrels
  • Foxes
  • Leopards
  • Panthers
  • Tigers
  • Lions
  • Bears
  • Wild cats including hybrids (like bobcats, lynx and caracals)
  • Ratites (flightless birds)
  • Crocodilians
  • Venomous snakes, venomous reptiles
  • Any other warm-blooded mammal that can normally be found in the wild state
  • Scorpions other than those in the Pandinus groupwhich are permitted
  • Centipedes of the Scolopendra group
  • The following spider groups: Latrodectus (widow spiders); Loxosceles (recluse spiders); Dipluridae (funnel-web spiders); Phoneutria  (banana spiders aka wandering spiders); Ctenizidae (trap-door spiders); Sicarius (sand spiders); and Theraphosidae (tarantulas), except for Theraphosids native to North and South America and Brachypelma smithi (Mexican redknee tarantula), which are not permitted

Non-venomous snakes are not banned, but the Board set standards for care, handling and enclosures for snakes that weigh more than 25 pounds. That is a change from the previous iteration of the ban in March, which had intended to ban ownership of non-venomous snakes weighing more than 10 pounds.

Each snake must have a microchip and have an enclosure that prevents escape but allows freedom of movement within it.

“What began as a seemingly straightforward effort to ban exotic pets in Arlington became much more complex and nuanced as the process evolved,” County Board chair Jay Fisette said in a statement. “Ultimately, through a lot of conversation with the community, we were able to adopt a Code amendment that reaches a practical balance of the input received from all sides and is enforceable.”

Rabbits, rats, mice, ferrets, hamsters, gerbils, chinchillas, hedgehogs, sugar gliders and guinea pigs bred in captivity are permitted as pets. Also allowed as pets are all domestically bred or legally imported birds — other than flightless ratites — plus non-venomous snakes, non-venomous reptiles, amphibians and fish.

County staff said the decision aligns county and state law, and now allows local animal control officers to take actions that previously could only have been taken by state officers.


USDA, TDA: More Food Help on the Way for Households Hit by Harvey. USDA Office of Communications.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2017 – Families affected by Hurricane Harvey will soon be able to receive food packages containing nutritious, high-quality foods–100 percent grown and produced on farms in the U.S.–known as USDA Foods, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Texas Department of Agriculture announced today.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the food boxes families will receive are a short-term measure designed to address an immediate need for food until a longer-term solution is ready to be put in place.

“People in Texas are hurting,” Perdue said. “And we at USDA are working hard with the State of Texas and our private sector partners to make sure that households displaced in the aftermath of this epic storm get the food they need.”

The Disaster Household Distribution program is approved to start on Sept. 8. The Texas Department of Agriculture will work directly with its partners, the Feeding Texas and local food banks, to issue food boxes to participants located in presidentially declared disaster areas.

“Texas has a true friend in the USDA and Secretary Perdue,” Commissioner Miller said.  “In my conversations with him during this crisis he has assured me that Texas will have whatever it needs to recover and he’s made it happen. I can’t thank him enough.”

The food banks will utilize their current network of pantries to distribute foods in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. Each of the packages will contain 25-30 pounds of USDA Foods and will be based on existing shelf-stable items in identified food banks.

For more information on the program, please visit: or contact:


REMEMBER the victims of Hurricane Harvey and those in the path of Hurricane Irma by helping TODAY.

Tomorrow our great nation and the world remembers and pays our respects to the thousands of family members affected and those that lost their lives in  9/11 remembrance ceremonies.  Everyone remembers where they were on Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001.

Everyone will also remember where they were at the beginning of the 2016 hurricane season.  Hurricane Harvey devastated Southern Texas and Louisiana in late August.  Hurricane Irma has just made landfall this morning and is the largest, most powerful Hurricane EVER, unleashing that power on all of Florida.  MILLIONS…..look at that again…..MILLIONS of Americans have and will be impacted for decades.

We can not sit back and do nothing.  Everyone knows someone who has been or is being affected by these weather nightmares.  Next time you go thru the drive up window of your nearby fast food chain or consider which brand of liquid refreshment to purchase – consider this:  PLEASE consider taking the money you would be spending and put that money to an exceptional use, that of assisting someone that is and will be in need.  Stand proudly like the magnificent animal stands in the photo for this posting. 

National Lupine Association, a 501c3 organization, started a Disaster Relief Fund 15 years ago to aid their member and non-members that are in need of assistance.  We at Wolfdog Radio ask that you visit their website at

PLEASE read that page and follow the very easy directions to make your TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation to assist the many that will be in need, from the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  Praying for those in Florida and the southeastern States that will be impacted by the monster storm named Irma.  THANK YOU for your generosity.



Know the LAW when traveling with pets during major disasters.

H.R.3858 – Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006

To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to ensure that State and local emergency preparedness operational plans address the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals following a major disaster or emergency.


Hurricane Harvey: WDR Update.

Wolfdog Radio and its listeners have taken the bull by the horns and have sent some much needed items to Jerry and Donna Mills, with more to follow from WDR very shortly.

Wolfdog Radio started a GoFundMe account for Hurricane Harvey which we will be closing so that the efforts to raise monies for Jerry and Donna Mills, who lost EVERYTHING in their home and pretty much have the clothes on their back plus a very few things they grabbed when they had to leave Tuesday night from their home and property, can be better coordinated as described below.

We fully support and hope that everyone wishing to assist Jerry and Donna utilize the National Lupine Associations’s Disaster Relief Fund EASY to use site found here:  (scroll down and click “donate” (option 2))  which will ensure they receive the entire amount as NLA has a cap on funds a party can receive UNLESS the donator specifies the donation to go to a specific person. PLEASE donate today. All donations are tax deductible.


Wolfdog Radio is also very appreciative of Nancy LaPorta Brown and Full Moon Farm, who have graciously allowed Wolfdog Radio to partner with them in seeking donations from businesses and corporations to better serve the needs of Jerry and Donna and possibly others who are in so much need from the devastation from Hurricane Harvey.

Wolfdog Radio asks that anyone that wishes to ship or send anything to Jerry or Donna to PLEASE contact Greg Largent at, PM or text me or call me, as Wolfdog Radio would like to make those shipped donations tax deductible and to co-ordinate the materials ship to addresses and for required record keeping of tax deductible donations.


Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

My name is Greg Largent.  I am a Producer with Wolfdog Radio.  In light of Hurricane Harvey’s making landfall sometime within the next 9 – 12 hours and the projected devastation from upwards of 30 inches of rain, hurricane winds of 125+ MPH and the horrific flooding that is forecast from this storm making landfall near Corpus Christi, Wolfdog Radio has started this GoFundMe account to assist wolfdog owners that will be impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  This storm system may possibly make it’s way back into the Gulf sometime Tuesday and making a second landfall near Houston.
100% of the proceeds from your donations, minus the GoFundMe charge, will be distributed to those wolfdog owners impacted the provides an avenue for the discussion of topics relative to wolfdogs and wolves.  An accounting of the funds will be made on the Wolfdog Radio webpage for open accounting purposes. PLEASE donate!! Stand with the ANIMALS and help Wolfdog Radio assist them after this catastrophic storm passes. THANK YOU!!

Worried about your pets during the eclipse? Here’s what NASA says:

Worried about your pets during the solar eclipse? Experts say there’s no need to outfit your dogs and cats with eclipse glasses.

“It’s no different than any other day,” said Angela Speck, co-chair of the National Solar Eclipse Task Force, in an Aug. 21 NASA media briefing. “On a normal day your pets don’t try to look at the sun and therefore don’t damage their eyes, so on this day they’re not going to do it either.”

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