The following 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.

Opossum's Free Ride Ends

DIVISION AVE. NE, 200 block, Sept. 27. A man asked animal control to remove an opossum from his car engine area so he could change the battery. The man had been using his other vehicle so as not to disturb the opossum in the car, where it had been living for a while. The opossum was removed and released to the wild.

Squirrel Chased From Store

WISCONSIN AVE. NW, 2300 block, Sept. 22. A video store employee called animal control about a squirrel in a store. An officer chased the animal back and forth through aisles and over shelves until it left through an open window.

Cat Hops Metro Train

RHODE ISLAND METRO STATION NE, Sept. 21. A Metro employee reported that a stray cat had been caught after it rode in a train. An officer picked up the animal at the station and took to the D.C. shelter, where it was held pending contact from an owner or adoption.

Animal Freed From Can

50TH PL. NE, 1200 block, Sept. 24. Animal control received a report that an opossum's head was stuck in an empty dog food can. An officer freed the animal, actually a feral cat, which hissed and ran away.

Bird, Turtle, Cats Impounded

BENNING RD. SE, 5000 block, Sept. 23. U.S. marshals executing an eviction at an apartment asked animal control to pick up a parakeet, two turtles and three cats. Animal control took five animals -- one "turtle" turned out to be a rock -- to the D.C. shelter, where they were held pending contact from an owner or adoption.

-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON