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

Woman Regrets Puppy Purchase

NEW YORK AVE. NE, 1200 block, Sept. 16. A woman took a 7-month-old mixed-breed dog to the D.C. shelter and said she was surrendering it because she thought it was a Labrador retriever when she bought it. The dog was made available for adoption.

Cats Evacuated From Louisiana

WISCONSIN AVE. NW, 2500 block, Sept 13. A woman asked animal control to pick up a cat she had brought with her from New Orleans, which she had left just before Hurricane Katrina. She said she had "grabbed all the cats" she could from New Orleans streets and moved to Washington, where she had found homes for all except one. The cat was adopted by a woman who came to the shelter to drop off pet supplies to be shipped to animal shelters in Louisiana. The Washington Humane Society was collecting supplies at both of its shelters.

Dogs Left Tied Outside Homes

QUEEN ST. NE, 1100 block, Sept. 13. A Humane Society officer removed a puppy from the steps of a residence where it had been tied without access to food or water. The dog was held in the custody of the society pending an investigation.

FIRST ST. NW, 1600 block, Sept. 8. After finding no one home, a Humane Society officer removed a male dog from a porch where it had been tied without access to shade or water. The dog was held in the custody of the society pending an investigation.

Scared Cat Bolts From Shelter

NEW YORK AVE. NE, 1200 block, Sept. 16. A female cat taken to the D.C. shelter for a vaccination became frightened, jumped from its owner's arms and ran across a street. An employee found it in the shelter parking lot that evening and took it inside. The cat was vaccinated and spayed and returned to its owner.

Puppies Kept in Crate on Balcony

10TH ST. NE, 3100 block, Sept. 19. When no one answered the door at an apartment where two puppies could be seen in a crate on a second-floor balcony, a neighbor allowed a Humane Society officer to crawl from his balcony to retrieve and impound the dogs. An owner of the dogs called the society and said they had been outside for only a short time. After receiving a promise that the animals would not be kept on the balcony, the society returned the puppies.

Tenant Moved; Cat Didn't

SOUTHERN AVE. SE, 1200 block, Sept. 14. A woman asked animal control to remove a cat left in an apartment by a tenant who had moved. The animal was held at the D.C. shelter pending contact from the owner.

Deer Freed From Fence

MILITARY RD. NW, 2600 block, Sept. 17. Investigating a call about a deer stuck in a fence near a school, a D.C. shelter staff member freed the animal, which then ran away.

Dogs Available for Adoption

The Humane Society will show dogs available for adoption from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Dogs by Day & Nite, 1724 14th St. NW (between R and S streets). Adoption fees range from $35 to $100. For more information, call 202-576-6013.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS