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

Abandoned kitten: Blaine St. NE, 3800 block, April 17. A Humane Society officer found a two- to three-day-old kitten lying in a cardboard box and could not locate its mother. The kitten was placed in foster care.

Opossum family dies: 39th St. NW, 4300 block, April 18. A Humane Society officer picked up a sick opossum lying still in a sandbox and took it to a wildlife rehabilitator. After an examination, the opossum was found to have newborn pups in her pouch, but because of poor health, all were euthanized.

Mistaken identity: 44th St. NW, 2600 block, April 19. Responding to a call about a dog head that was found in a patch of grass, a Humane Society officer discovered that the head belonged to a raccoon and that the tear in the neck area was likely done by another animal.

Home cleaning tips: Sixth St. SE, 3000 block, April 20. A Humane Society officer responding to a police report about a foul odor from an apartment where animals lived met with the owner of a cat, a dog, a red-eared slider turtle and some domesticated birds. The officer recommended ways to improve the slider’s habitat, from which the smell was emanating.

Released the next day: M St. NW, 1300 block, April 20. A Humane Society officer captured 13 ducklings and their mother, which were confined in a courtyard, and took them to a wildlife rehabilitator. One of the ducklings had a broken leg.

Adoptable dog: New York Ave., 1200 block, Jan. 9. A 1-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier mix was surrendered by an owner who moved to a home where pets were not allowed.

This case was handled by the Washington Animal Rescue League, 71 Oglethorpe St. NW. For information, call 202-726-2556 or go to

Kittens rescued: Jefferson St. NE, 600 block, April 15. A woman found three 1-month-old kittens under an abandoned car in an alley and took them to the league. The animals were examined and placed with a volunteer foster guardian.

WARL Centennial Gala: The Washington Animal Rescue League will celebrate 100 years of providing animal welfare services to pets and their owners May 10 at the Fairmont Hotel, 2401 M St. NW. The event includes a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception, dinner and dancing to music by Another Level. Leashed dogs are welcome. For tickets and information, visit

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus