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 www.washhumane.org.
Louisiana Cats Sheltered in D.C.
GEORGIA AVE. NW, 7300 block, Aug. 31. A Louisiana woman who fled Hurricane Katrina in her car with her two cats was given shelter by a relative in the District, but her pets were not welcome there. The Washington Humane Society sheltered them for three days before their owner found another place to stay with them.
Turtle Expelled From School
GEORGIA AVE. NW, 7300 block, Aug. 28. A science teacher surrendered her classroom turtle to the Humane Society because, she said, it was too expensive to keep its tank clean. The turtle was transferred to an animal rescue group.
Cat Stays Stateside
NEW YORK AVE. NE, 1200 block, Aug. 31. A woman who was moving to London took her 2-year-old cat to the D.C. shelter. She had tried to find it a home, she said, but the woman who had agreed to take it changed her mind. The cat was made available for adoption.
Dogs Kept in Station Wagon
BENNING RD. NE, 1600 block, Aug. 31. Three beagle mixes were found in a filthy cage in a station wagon with no food or water. A Humane Society officer removed them, and they were held in the custody of the society pending contact from the owner.
Kitten Adopted -- Again
NEW YORK AVE. NE, 1200 block, Sept. 2. A man surrendered a 4-month-old kitten to the D.C. shelter, and it was adopted. The man originally had obtained the animal at a pet store, where an animal rescue group had made it available for adoption. The group had obtained the kitten from a shelter.
Pit Bulls Chained in Yard
SUMMIT PL. NE, 1100 block, Sept. 6. A Humane Society officer impounded two pit bulls that were chained in a back yard. A doghouse was lying on its side, and food and water containers were empty. The dogs were held in the custody of the society pending an investigation.
Cockatiel on Vietnam Memorial
21ST ST. AND CONSTITUTION AVE. NW, Sept. 3. Tourists caught a tame cockatiel they found at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and called the D.C. shelter. The bird was held at the shelter pending contact by an owner or transfer to a bird rescue group.
Kitten With Fleas Surrendered
22ND ST. SE, 2500 block, Aug. 28. Owners of a 3-month-old Balinese kitten asked animal control to remove it from their porch. They said it had fleas and was "too dirty." It was made available for adoption.
Dogs Taken From Filthy Yards
AINGER PL. SE, 2300 block, Aug. 30. A Humane Society officer stopped at a home whose owner had been previously warned that two dogs could not be kept tied in a filthy yard with no shelter. She found that the conditions had not changed. When no one answered the door, she took the dogs to the society shelter, where they were held pending contact by the owner.
BUENA VISTA TERR. SE, 3100 block, Aug. 31. A Humane Society officer went to a home to check on a pit bull and its six newborn puppies and found them in a small, filthy yard. The mother was emaciated. A man claimed that the dogs were his and that there was nothing wrong with them, but another man with a cell phone approached, saying that he had the dogs' real owner on the line. The officer then spoke with a man who said that the dogs were his but that he had nowhere to keep them and had left them with a friend. He asked that they be impounded. The officer took the dogs to a veterinarian, where the mother was treated for emaciation and dehydration. They were held in the custody of the society pending an investigation.
-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS