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

Cat's Litter Box Use in Question

NEW YORK AVE. NE, 1200 block, Oct. 3. A Maryland woman surrendered a 4-year-old snowshoe cat to the D.C. shelter. Shelter staff members later called her and asked why she had given up the healthy, attractive pet. She said she missed it, but it had stopped using its litter box and had soiled the house. She then mentioned she had recently changed the type of litter the pet used. After she was advised that the litter was probably causing the problem, she reclaimed the animal.

Geckos Outside Grocery Store

BRENTWOOD RD. NE, 900 block, Oct. 4. An animal control officer picked up two leopard geckos found wandering in a grocery store parking lot. The body of a third gecko, which apparently had been hit by a car, was also found. The surviving lizards were held at the D.C. shelter as strays, then transferred to a reptile rescue group.

Dog Hitches Ride From Officer

34TH ST. SE, 1400 block, Oct. 2. A Humane Society officer noticed a pit bull running loose in the front yard of a house. When she stopped her van and opened a door, the dog jumped into her lap. She drove the dog to the D.C. shelter, where it was later claimed by a woman who said the pet had escaped through a broken fence, which she had since repaired. She agreed to have the dog spayed, vaccinated and licensed by animal control.

Twice Rejected Kitten Adopted

LEVIS ST. NE, 1300 block, Oct. 6. A woman decided she didn't want a 2-month-old kitten and gave it to a friend who lived nearby. The friend rejected the cat and put it out on the street. After the kitten walked back to its first home, the original owner surrendered it to the D.C. shelter. It was adopted.

Boys Keep Dog in Hallway

I ST. NE, 2100 block, Oct. 6. A woman called animal control after a group of neighborhood boys brought a dog to her house to ask her for dog food. They refused to say where the animal was being kept. Officers investigated but were unable to locate the animal in the neighborhood. Two days later, the mother of one of the boys called and asked to have the female dog picked up from the hallway of the apartment building where her son and his friends had been keeping it. An officer took the animal to the D.C. shelter, where it was held pending contact by an owner or adoption.

Dachshund Stymied by Gate

CARPENTER ST. SE, 3500 block, Oct. 3. A panicked woman called the D.C. shelter because her dachshund had gotten its head stuck in a baby barrier gate in her home. An officer freed the dog by cutting the gate with bolt-cutters.

Akita Confiscated From Balcony

FOURTH ST. SW, 800 block, Oct. 6. A Humane Society officer posted a notice at an apartment about a thin Akita kept on a balcony with no shelter. When no one called the society, the officer returned the next day but did not see the dog. When she checked again several days later, the dog was on the balcony, but no one answered the door. The animal, which was aggressive, was sedated and carried on a stretcher down a ladder provided by the fire department. A man later called to claim the dog, saying that a relative might have put it outside. He denied that the pet was underweight, saying it was part wolf and was supposed to be thin. The dog was held in the custody of the society, and the case was under investigation.

Thin Dogs' Care Investigated

KENNEDY ST. NW, 500 block, Oct. 3. Humane Society officers went to a home to investigate a report about two dogs kept in the basement. The dogs' caretaker said he was fixing the house to comply with an order by District housing officials and was too busy to let them inside. He invited them to come back the next day. When they returned, they found the dogs in the basement, which had an odor of animal waste. Food and water were available, but because the pets were underweight, they were impounded. The case was under investigation.

Stray Kitten Found in Yard

OTIS ST. NE, 1800 block, Oct. 11. A man found a 2-month-old kitten in his yard but couldn't keep it because he was taking care of dogs. He took the male Maine coon to the D.C. shelter, where it was held pending contact by an owner or adoption.

Dogs Available for Adoption

The Humane Society will show dogs and cats available for adoption from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Big Bad Woof pet supply store, 117 Carroll St. NW (near the Takoma Metro station). Adoption fees are $70 for cats; $100 or more for dogs. For information, call 202-576-6013.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS