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 www.washhumane.org.

Homeless Cats Bound for Oregon

E ST. NE, 1000 block, Nov. 8. After their owner died, two cats were removed from their home by an animal control officer. A woman in Oregon later called the D.C. shelter and said that the cats' owner had been her husband's former secretary and that she wanted to adopt them. The shelter staff was arranging the adoption and transportation of the cats to Oregon.

Rabbit Got In Too Deep

CHESTERFIELD ST. NW, 1100 block, Nov. 6. A woman let her pet rabbit into her back yard for exercise, and it dug a hole underneath a swing set. The woman called animal control when she could not extract the pet from the hole. An officer dug out the male rabbit by hand and handed it to its owner.

Dog Implicated in Home Fire

PROVIDENCE ST. NE, 1800 block, Nov. 10. The D.C. Fire Department asked animal control to remove two pit bulls from an apartment that had burned. The owner was not at home. The firefighters said it appeared that one dog had caused the fire by climbing on top of a stove and knocking a bag of dog food from a shelf onto the stove. The pets were held at the D.C. shelter while their owner looked for a new home.

Stray Cat Under Bed

QUARLES ST. NE, 4500 block, Nov. 11. A woman who said she could not figure out how a cat got into her house asked animal control to remove it from underneath her daughter's bed. The 1-year-old male cat was made available for adoption at the D.C. shelter.

Snake Expelled From School

MACARTHUR BLVD. NW, 4500 block, Nov. 8. Officials at a school asked animal control to remove a "copperhead snake" from a classroom. An animal control officer determined the reptile was a harmless black rat snake and released it in the wild.

Tick Almost Gets Cat Evicted

MELLON ST. SE, 500 block, Nov. 7. A woman asked that a kitten be removed from her house. An animal control officer arrived and learned that the woman wanted to give up the pet because it had a tick on its head. The officer removed the tick and recommended the owner take the cat to the D.C. shelter for a low-cost rabies vaccination and a flea and tick preventive. The woman decided to keep the kitten.

Woman Surrenders Parakeets

GOOD HOPE RD. SE, 2300 block, Nov. 9. A woman asked animal control to remove two parakeets from her apartment. She said that she was fond of the birds but that mice were entering their cage and eating birdseed. An animal control officer picked up the parakeets, along with two large bags of birdseed, bird toys and vitamins, and took them to the D.C. shelter. They were to be transferred to a bird rescue group.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS