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 in Tree Caught at Last

L ST. NE, 1800 block, Oct. 30. An animal control officer twice investigated calls about a cat in a tree. Both times, the cat was gone when the officer arrived. After a third call, the officer saw the cat, climbed the tree and caught it. The gray male 9-month-old was taken to the D.C. shelter, where it was made available for adoption.

Goat Tied to Fence

SOUTH CAPITOL TERR. SW, 4700 block, Oct. 30. An animal control officer impounded a goat that had been tied to a fence by several male youths, who allegedly had promised to return with pit bulls to sic on the animal. Two days later, an employee of a National Park Service educational farm in Oxon Hill called animal control to claim the goat, theorizing that it had been stolen. The animal was to be picked up at the D.C. Shelter by the Park Service.

Dog Tag Was a Cat Tag

I ST. SW, 300 block, Oct. 31. Police found a stray Labrador retriever mix on the street and took it to the D.C. shelter. The shelter staff called the veterinary office that had issued the rabies tag the dog was wearing and learned that the tag had been issued to a cat. The staff called the cat's owner, who said that the cat had died several months earlier and that its collar and tag were missing. The dog was held at the shelter pending contact by an owner or adoption.

Pup Kept in Dark Basement

PENN ST. NE, 1200 block, Nov. 5. Investigating a report about a malnourished dog, a Humane Society officer went to a home and was let inside to look at a pit bull puppy. The dog was in a cage in an unlit basement, and its owner was not at home. The officer took the animal to a veterinarian, who determined that the eight-pound dog was about two pounds underweight and might have parasites. The dog was held in the custody of the society pending contact by the owner.

Thin Dogs Without Shelter

LINCOLN RD. NE, 1900 block, Nov. 7. A Humane Society officer found a thin pit bull and an emaciated shepherd mix, both suffering from skin infections, in a back yard. The dogs, which had no access to shelter, food or water, were impounded by the society pending an investigation.

Raccoon on High Ledge

CALVERT ST. NW, 1800 block, Oct. 31. Using a fire department ladder, an animal control officer reached a raccoon on a high window ledge of a building and caught it. It was unknown how the raccoon got to the ledge. The animal was released in the wild.

Plant Comes With Bonus

T ST. NW, 3500 block, Oct. 31. A man called the D.C. shelter after he discovered a tree frog in a potted plant he had just brought home. An animal control officer removed the animal, a species native to this area, and released it in the wild.

Pets Available for Adoption

The Humane Society will show dogs and cats available for adoption from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Metro Pet Shop, 4220 Fessenden St. NW. Adoption fees are $35 to $70 for cats, $35 to $130 for dogs. For more information, call 202-576-6013.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS