These cases were 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

Starling freed from basement: 28th Pl. SE, 1600 block, March 24. A Humane Society officer removed a bird caught between a water heater and a gas furnace in the basement of a residence. The starling was released outdoors.

Officer performs acrobatic rescue: D St. SE, 5000 block, March 24. A terrier puppy was stuck between a cinder-block wall and chain-link fencing. An officer could not fit in the space trapping the dog, so she climbed onto a garage roof, hung off of the edge and used a catch pole to rescue the puppy. The owner grabbed the pet as it was being lifted out by the officer.

Dogs receive treatment: Oglethorpe St. NW, unit block, March 26. Humane Society officers picked up from a veterinarian two pit bulls whose owner refused to have the animals properly treated. The dogs had been running loose and were injured by a man who was trying to protect himself. The dogs were taken to a facility.

Owner advised to neuter cats: Atlantic St. SE, 400 block, March 28. Investigating an allegation that a resident owned too many cats, a Humane Society officer met with the owner of two cats and a litter of 2-week-old kittens in a small apartment. The owner said that breeding was not the intention. The officer advised the owner to have the cats spayed and neutered and placed in other homes.

Pit bull owner calls it quits: 29th St. SE, 2600 block, March 30. An owner surrendered a pit bull to a Humane Society officer after it was found tied outdoors in freezing rain without shelter. The dog was being evaluated for adoption.

Adoptable cat: New York Ave. NE, 1200 block, Jan. 15. A 4-year-old cat was surrendered to the society after its owner moved and left the animal in an empty apartment.

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

Cat owners move on: Quincy Pl. NE, 100 block, March 27. A woman took a 1-year-old cat to the league because the animal had been left behind when her family moved. The cat was being evaluated for adoption.

Can’t care for pets: Corcoran St. NE, 1800 block, March 29. A man relinquished six 3-month-old shepherd terriers that he had gotten from a friend, because he could not take care of them. The puppies were being evaluated for adoption.

Dog surrendered: Lamont St. NW, 1000 block, April 1. A man surrendered a 6-year-old boxer/retriever mix to the league because he could no longer take care of the animal. The dog was being evaluated for adoption.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus