The following 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 or visit

Chicken Tries to Cross the Road

NORTH CAPITOL AND S STREETS NE, Aug. 21. An animal control officer caught a red hen that was trying to navigate a busy intersection. After a stay at the District's animal shelter, she was transferred to a poultry rescue group.

Fire Department to the Rescue

COLUMBIA ROAD NE, 1400 block, Aug. 21. From a second-floor balcony adjoining its home, a cat walked along a three-inch-wide ledge and reached another balcony attached to a vacant apartment. Animal control was called when the cat could not be coaxed back. An animal control officer called the fire department, which sent a ladder truck to the scene. The cat was retrieved and returned to its owner.

Live Bear Wasn't

CALIFORNIA AVE. NE, 2400 block, Aug. 23. Investigating a report about a stray bear cub in a residential yard, an animal control officer found a small bear that had been stuffed and mounted by a taxidermist. The bear was picked up by an occupant of the house and taken inside.

Chicken Not Allowed to Roost

T ST. NE, 3500 block, Aug. 30. After a caller reported an injured chicken, a Humane Society investigator found a chicken that records showed had been impounded in June. Its owner had been told three months ago that the bird could not be kept legally in the District, and he said he would take it to New Jersey. Told this time that the chicken had an injured leg and would have to be impounded again, the man threatened the officer. Police assistance was required to ensure the bird's safe transfer to a veterinarian. An investigation was continuing.

Infested Poodle Impounded

N ST. NE, 1400 block, Aug. 30. Responding to a report of a dog that had "bugs in his ears" and was never seen outside, a Humane Society officer visited the apartment of a 13-year-old poodle. The dog was infested with fleas and ear mites and needed treatment for a digestive problem; the carpeting in the apartment was filthy and smelly. The officer took the dog in for grooming and advised the owner that the floors would have to be cleaned before the dog could return.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Washington Humane Society needs volunteers and seeks foster homes for dogs and cats. If you would like to help place homeless animals into loving homes, please call Kimberly Harman at 202-576-6013.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS