These were among cases handled 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.

Cat Invades Apartment

SIXTH ST. SE, 3500 block, May 18. A woman was leaving her apartment when a cat ran in through the doorway and raced into her bathroom. The woman, who is allergic to cats, closed the bathroom door and called animal control to have the cat removed. As the animal control officer was putting the cat into her van, a woman approached and identified herself as the owner. The officer said she could claim the cat from the D.C. shelter after proving ownership and paying fees. The woman was never heard from. The cat was held at the shelter pending adoption.

Puppy Gets Temporary Shelter

OLIVER ST. NW, 3100 block, May 17. A woman who said her house had burned down took her 5-month-old Labrador retriever to the D.C. shelter. She asked whether the dog could stay there until her mother, who was out of town, returned to take the dog in. The shelter accepted the animal, and a week later, the owner claimed the dog after paying boarding fees.

Dog Tangled in Chain

L ST. NE, 300 block, May 18. Investigating a report, a Humane Society officer found a German shepherd attached to a chain that had become tangled in fencing material in a back yard. The dog could not reach its food, water or doghouse. The officer impounded the animal and left a notice. Later that day, the dog's owner called to explain that he usually did not keep his pet chained but that a worker had damaged a fence and the dog had been escaping. The owner promised to keep the dog indoors until the fence was repaired. The dog was returned to its owner.

Ducks' Downward Mobility

23RD ST. NW, 1100 block, May 15. An animal control officer removed a female mallard and 11 ducklings from a balcony of a penthouse where the mallard had made a nest. They were relocated to a wetland area.

Wet Corgi Mix Impounded

BRYANT ST. NE, 200 block, May 24. The Humane Society received a call at 4:20 a.m. about a corgi mix that had been left out in the rain with no shelter. An officer found a wet, barking dog in the back yard of a home. A man at the house told the officer that the animal belonged to a relative who was not caring for it properly, and he asked the officer to remove it. The dog was held in the custody of the society pending contact from the owner.

Chained Husky Left in Rain

15TH ST. NE, 100 block, May 24. A Humane Society officer impounded an 8-month-old husky found chained to a fence on a deck in the rain. The officer left a notice indicating that it is illegal to keep a dog chained in the District. The dog was held in the custody of the society pending contact from the owner.

Opossum Trapped in House

FLAGLER PL. NW, 2100 block, May 18. A woman called animal control at 11:15 p.m. to report a baby raccoon in her dining room. An officer found a young opossum stuck in a glue trap. The officer took the trapped animal to the D.C. shelter, where it was freed after cooking oil was spread on its fur. The animal was taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center.

Snipe Outside Home

GIRARD ST. NW, 1200 block, May 16. A woman reported seeing a large bird impaled on a fence. An animal control officer found a snipe sitting in front of the woman's house. The bird did not appear to be wounded but would not fly. It was taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center.

Dogs Found in Filthy Crate

PRINCETON PL. NW, 700 block, May 15. Investigating a report about dogs in a back yard, Humane Society officers found two mixed retriever puppies in a wire crate soiled with urine and feces. The dogs' owner told the officers that he planned to clean the crate and put up a fence so the animals could run loose in the yard. The officer gave him a week to erect the fence. One week later, the officer returned and found the dogs still in the crate. The resident said that he had ordered a fence but that it would not be in place for another week. The dogs were held in the custody of the society pending an inspection of the yard.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS