These were among cases handled by the Washington Humane Society, which operates its shelter at 7319 Georgia Ave. NW, and the District’s, at 1201 New York Ave. NE. For information or assistance, call 202-723-5730 or go to

Foiled to safety: Wahler Pl. SE, 1300 block, Nov. 28. Responding to a call about a cat that was trapped in a storm drain, an animal control officer placed a humane trap in the storm pipe and captured the kitten.

Grooming time: Good Hope Rd. SE, 2300 block, Nov. 29. Responding to a report, a Humane Society officer spoke with an owner of a 5-year-old Shih Tzu with severely matted fur and discussed proper grooming.

Abusive friend: Maryland Ave. NE, 1800 block, Nov. 27. A cat was surrendered to a Humane Society officer after it was physically abused by the cat owner’s friend. The animal received emergency treatment.

Owners sought: Edgewood St. NE, 500 block, Nov. 27. A Humane Society officer is investigating a case where a cat was abandoned by its owners, who had moved out of a residence.

Adoptable dog: B St. SE, 5200 block, May 7. A 1-year-old pit bull was found as a stray.

Animal holiday drive: The Humane Society is holding a holiday drive through Jan. 4. For a complete list of items and donation locations, visit

These cases were handled by the Washington Animal Rescue League, 71 Oglethorpe St. NW. For information, call 202-726-2556 or go to

Playing opossum: Alexandria, H St., 1200 block, Nov. 29. A woman took a 4-year-old golden retriever to the league’s medical center because, while playing, the dog would suddenly collapse and appear to be unconscious, then get up after a moment. The veterinarian gave the owner a referral to see a specialist.

Health comes first: Fifth St. NW, 5200 block, Dec. 1. A man relinquished a 15-year-old cat to the league. He could no longer properly care for the animal because of medical issues.

Ails of age: Gallatin St. NW, 700 block, Dec. 4. A woman took a 15-year-male cat to the league’s medical center because the animal was limping. Deterioration of a ligament was diagnosed, and recommended treatment included weight loss, a four-week confinement and a joint supplement.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus