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

Opossum Snoozes on Porch

15TH ST. SE, 200 block, Oct. 13. A woman found a large opossum sleeping in her cat's bed on a porch and put a box over it. An animal control officer released it in a wooded area.

Officer Catches Chickens

CLIFTON TERR. NW, 1400 block, Oct. 10. With the help of construction workers from a nearby building site, an animal control officer caught a stray hen and rooster that had been running loose in the area for several days. The birds were held as strays at the D.C. shelter, then transferred to a farm animal rescue group when no one claimed them.

Parrot Rescued After Fire

SIXTH ST. NW, 1100 block, Oct. 11. After a fire, an apartment building was declared unfit for habitation and boarded up. A resident called animal control after the landlord refused to allow him inside to retrieve his parrot, which had been loose in his apartment for four days without food or water. An animal control officer and a police officer climbed the fire escape to the third floor and removed a board covering a window. The parrot was returned to its owner, who also was given birdseed from the animal control officer's van.

Kitten Survives Fall Onto Ledge

SARATOGA AVE. NE, 1300 block, Oct. 12. A woman called animal control after her kitten fell through a broken screen in a third-floor window and landed on a ledge one story below. An animal control officer, using a ladder supplied by the fire department, retrieved the uninjured kitten.

Cat Removed From Crime Scene

14TH ST. NE, 2500 block, Oct. 13. Police asked animal control to remove a kitten from an apartment where they were investigating a crime. The 3-month-old female, which was found hiding behind a couch, had a wound from a tight collar around its neck. After a veterinarian treated the wound, the cat was held at the D.C. shelter pending contact by an owner or adoption.

Owners Leave Pet With Vet

NEW YORK AVE. NE, 1200 block, Oct. 18. An 8-month-old dachshund mix was treated at a veterinary clinic for parvovirus, then taken to the D.C. shelter after its owners refused to reclaim it. The dog, which was cured, was made available for adoption.

Woman Charged With Cruelty

INDIANA AVE. NW, 500 block, Oct. 13. A woman was charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals in connection with a May incident in which the Humane Society impounded an emaciated terrier mix. The woman reportedly had been keeping the dog in a filthy airline carrier. The dog regained its health and was adopted.

Vehicle Strikes Cat

BLAGDEN ST. NW, 4700 block, Oct. 9. A motorist who saw a vehicle strike a cat called animal control. An officer picked up the cat and called the phone number on its ID tag while on the way to the veterinarian. The cat's owner met the officer at the veterinarian's office and agreed to pay for the animal's treatment.

Old Dog's Condition Investigated SPRING RD. NW, 900 block, Oct. 12. Investigating a report, a Humane Society officer went to a home to check on the condition of an elderly Labrador retriever mix. The officer saw the dog fall down some stairs leading from a deck. When no one answered the door at the residence, the dog was impounded. A woman later called the society and said that the dog had arthritis and usually stayed indoors, but that she had left it outdoors when she went to a store. She claimed the dog after promising to take it to a veterinarian for treatment of ear, skin and joint problems.

Dog's Chain Caught in Bushes

51ST ST. SE, 800 block, Oct. 8. A Humane Society officer impounded a chow mix that had jumped out of its pen while wearing a chain and had become entangled in bushes in a yard. The dog was impounded after two occupants of the house said that it belonged to a family member and that they did not want to take responsibility for it. The case was under investigation.

Cat Follows Woman Home

FIRST ST. SE, 4200 block, Oct. 9. A stray cat that followed a woman home from a bank was not allowed in the house by the woman's husband. After the animal spent a week living under a bush in her yard, the woman called animal control. The cat was held at the D.C. shelter pending contact by an owner or adoption.

Society Aids Scalded Cat G ST. SE, 1200 block, Oct. 17. A woman called the Humane Society to request help for her cat, which she had injured when she accidentally spilled a pot of boiling water. The cat was taken to a veterinarian for treatment of burns.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS