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 for assistance, 24 hours a day, call 202-723-5730 or visit www.washhumane.org.
Evacuee Surrenders Cat
D.C. ARMORY, Sept. 7. A Hurricane Katrina evacuee was unable to keep his kitten, named Callie, tied to his cot at an American Red Cross-operated shelter in the District. He gave the 5-month-old female to the D.C. Animal Shelter for safekeeping while he sought better living arrangements. The man called six days later to say the pet would not be allowed to live where he was resettling. The cat was made available for adoption.
Injured Duck Rescued
NEW YORK AVE. NE, 1200 block, Sept. 5. A man pulled an injured mallard from the Anacostia River and took it to the D.C. shelter. The duck, which was unable to use its legs, was transferred to a wildlife rehabilitation center.
'Bat' Is a Blot on Man's Day
JUST ST. NE, 5000 block, Sept. 7. A man asked animal control to remove a bat hanging from a curtain in his house. He said he had run outside in fear and was reluctant to return. An officer discovered that the 'bat' was a stain.
Lab Sits Outside Business
14TH STREET AND COLORADO AVENUE NW, Sept. 5. A 10-year-old Labrador retriever wandered to a sidewalk in front of a laundry business and sat. After receiving a report from the business three hours later, animal control officers retrieved the dog, which was claimed at the shelter the next day. Its owner said the animal escaped from its yard when a gate was left open.
Schnauzer Left in Hot Car
SEVENTH STREET AND CONSTITUTION AVENUE NW, Sept. 12. Police called the Humane Society after they removed a female schnauzer from a car with an interior temperature of 93 degrees. The vehicle had North Carolina license plates. The dog was impounded, then claimed later that day by its owners, who said they thought their pet would be safe because they had left ice in the vehicle and the windows partially open.
Sick, Untreated Dog Seized
W ST. NW, 1 to 100 block, Sept. 13. Investigating a report, a Humane Society officer found a Shih Tzu with an eye injury and matted fur in a back yard. The officer told the dog's owner that the Shih Tzu had to be seen by a veterinarian. The animal was impounded, and the society arranged for veterinary treatment and grooming.
Man Dies; Pet Euthanized
30TH ST. SE, 2700 block, Sept. 9. At the request of the landlord of a male tenant who had died, an animal control officer picked up an old retriever with arthritis. The dog was taken to the D.C. Animal Shelter, and workers were told by the dog's veterinarian that it suffered from illnesses related to old age. A friend of the deceased man decided to have it euthanized and buried with its owner.
Dogs Adoptions Sunday
Dogs held by the Humane Society will be available for adoption from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Big Bad Woof pet supply store, 117 Carroll St. NW (near the Takoma Metro station). Adoption fees range from $35 to $115. For information, call 202-723-5730.
-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS