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 Basket Left on Lawn

I ST. SE, 1100 block, Nov. 28. A man returning home in the evening found a red plastic picnic basket containing a cat on his lawn. The man took the 8-month-old inside, where it jumped out of the basket and hid in a variety of places. After finding the feline and confining it in a bathroom, he called animal control. The cat was made available for adoption at the D.C. shelter.

Cat Barred From Bus Trip

FIRST AND L STREETS NE, Nov. 20. Bus terminal employees said that after a man bound for New York City was told he couldn't bring his cat, he left it in a carrier at a ticket counter. An animal control officer impounded the animal after being unable to determine the owner's identity. The cat was adopted when no one claimed it.

Parakeet Injured in Glue Trap

ISHERWOOD ST. NE, 1600 block, Nov. 22. One of a woman's two parakeets became stuck in a glue trap and was injured while trying to free itself. She asked animal control to take both birds. The injured bird was euthanized because of its injuries, and the other was transferred to a bird rescue group.

Ailing Cat Treated With Oxygen

HOLBROOKE TERR. NE, 1100 block, Nov. 23. Firefighters pulled an unconscious cat from a burning apartment building and resuscitated it with an oxygen mask. An animal control officer took the female cat to a veterinarian, where it was treated for smoke inhalation and burns. The animal was held at the D.C. shelter pending contact from the owner or adoption.

Pit Bulls in Cage Impounded

10TH ST. NE, 3100 block, Nov. 23. Investigating a report of dogs being left outside, a Humane Society officer found two pit bulls in cages and without shelter in a back yard. A child who answered the door said he could not bring the dogs inside. The animals were impounded at the society shelter while the owner made arrangements for proper shelter and fencing in the yard.

Thin, Anemic Dog Surrendered

NEW YORK AVE. NE, 1200 block, Nov. 29. A man surrendered an emaciated Shih Tzu to the D.C. shelter, saying there was a new baby in the family and they no longer had time for the pet. The dog, which he said was 8 years old, was transferred to the Humane Society. A veterinarian, who estimated the animal was 2 or 3 years old, said the animal had anemia caused by a flea infestation. The dog was treated, then held at the society shelter pending investigation of its previous care.

Kitten Left in Dormitory

E ST. NW, 1900 block, Nov. 20. A student living in a dormitory reported that her roommate had gone home and had left a kitten behind. The roommate was expected to return in January. An animal control officer retrieved the kitten, and D.C. shelter staff contacted the owner, who surrendered it. The kitten was adopted.

Great Dane Hinders Paramedics

NEW YORK AVE. NW, 1 to 100 block, Nov. 20. A woman with diabetes reported she was having a medical emergency. When paramedics tried to enter her home, they were threatened by a Great Dane. An animal control officer restrained the dog, and the paramedics assisted the woman, who was not hospitalized.

Dogs Available for Adoption

The Humane Society will show dogs available for adoption from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Chateaux-Animaux, 524 Eighth St. SE. Adoption fees are $35 to $120. For more information, call 202-576-6013.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS