No animal cases were reported by the Howard County Division of Animal Control for this week's Howard Extra. The Howard County Animal Shelter is open for pet adoptions from 1:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. other weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, except holidays. For more information, call 410-313-2780.

County Resorts to Trapping Cats

Animal Control is conducting humane trapping throughout the county to control the cat population, which the division has deemed "a nuisance problem." According to division officials, cats may be outside on the owner's property but are not allowed to roam off the property. Animals left outside must have appropriate shelter, access to fresh water and nutritious food in sufficient quantity. Animal control officials are available to answer questions and provide humane traps to county residents for stray cats.

'Cats' Musical to Benefit Animals

Tails of Hope Animal Sanctuary, a nonprofit animal rescue organization, will sponsor a buffet brunch performance June 20 of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats" at Toby's Dinner Theatre. All proceeds will help homeless animals at the sanctuary. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. The theater is located at 5900 Symphony Woods Rd., Columbia. Tickets are $40 and, for children ages 12 and younger, $30. To reserve a ticket, call 410-549-4760 or e-mail

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES