These were among cases received recently by the Washington Humane Society. The society operates its own shelter at 7319 Georgia Ave. NW and the District's shelter at 1201 New York Ave. NE. For more information or assistance, 24 hours a day, call 202-723-5730.

Ferret Dines on Trash in Yard

PONDS ST. NE, 4400 block, Aug. 25. A woman reported that a stray ferret had been eating trash in her back yard for several days. An animal control officer took the animal to the D.C. shelter, and it was transferred to a ferret rescue group after no one claimed it.

Bird Held at Kennedy Center

F ST. NW, 2700 block, Aug. 22. A Kennedy Center employee found a stray cockatiel in a park during her lunch break. She called animal control, then took it to her office. An officer took the bird to the D.C. shelter, where its owner claimed it the next day.

Snake Evicted From Hotel

M ST. NW, 1400 block, Aug. 22. A hotel employee found a white snake in a linen closet in the hotel. An animal control officer took the animal to the D.C. shelter, and it was transferred to a reptile rescue group.

Rottweiler Surrendered

F ST. NE, 1300 block, Aug. 19. The Humane Society received a report about two dogs fighting each other. An officer found a shepherd mix loose in a yard and a Rottweiler tied with a short leash. The Rottweiler had fly bites on its ears and an eye ailment requiring surgery. The dogs' owner said that he kept the Rottweiler tied while he was at work and that he could not afford the surgery. He surrendered the Rottweiler, which was held at the society shelter pending a temperament evaluation for adoption.

Society Aids Man's Sick Cat

HAYES ST. NE, 3500 block, Aug. 30. A man requested help from the Humane Society for his sick cat. An officer took the cat to a veterinarian, who determined that it had a mild upper respiratory problem. The cat was treated, and the owner agreed to have it spayed. The animal was returned to the owner after he paid the veterinary fees.

Pregnant Cat Euthanized

FIRST ST. NW, 1100 block, Aug. 20. A man called the Humane Society and reported that his cat was having difficulty giving birth. An officer found that the cat had given birth to one kitten the day before, but none since. The cat seemed unable to nurse the kitten. The man surrendered both animals because he could not afford veterinary care, and they were euthanized.

The man also owned a cat that had 2-week-old kittens. He agreed to have the cat and kittens neutered.

Squirrel Waits in Mailbox

18TH ST. NE, 1600 block, Aug. 25. A woman called animal control after discovering an orphaned newborn squirrel outside her home. Because she had to go to work, she put the squirrel in her mailbox for pickup by animal control. An officer took the animal to the D.C. shelter. It was transferred to a wildlife rehabilitation center the next day.

Dog Hit by Car, Euthanized

FARRAGUT ST. NW, 700 block, Aug. 31. The Humane Society received a call about a shepherd mix that had been hit by a car. By the time an officer arrived, the dog had been carried into its home and was bleeding heavily, unable to move. The owner surrendered the dog to be euthanized .

Rabbit Rescued From Trash Bin

Q ST. NW, 2500 block, Aug. 27. An animal control officer found a stray domestic rabbit in a trash bin behind an apartment complex. The rabbit was taken to the D.C. shelter, where it was held pending contact by an owner or transfer to an animal rescue group.

Cruelty Charges for Dog Owner

BLADENSBURG RD. NE, 3000 block, Aug. 31. A woman who had called the Humane Society in July to surrender a sick dog was arrested in August and charged with two counts of cruelty to animals.

Officers arrived at her home on July 13 and found a chained terrier mix lying on debris in a window well and covered with flies and maggots. The dog was euthanized.

During a follow-up visit, an officer found another terrier mix on a filthy back porch, with dried blood on its ears and infected wounds. The officer impounded the dog, which was put in foster care and made available for adoption.

Opossum Freed From Closet

T ST. SE, 1300 block, Aug. 23. Police called animal control to report an opossum in the kitchen closet of an apartment. An officer removed the animal and released it into the wild.

-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON