These were among cases received recently by the Montgomery County Animal Services Division. For more information, call 240-773-5054. That number provides recorded information on such topics as the Montgomery County Animal Shelter hours and location, adoption and licensing procedures, rabies clinics and low-cost neutering.

Cat Inside Washing Machine

GERMANTOWN, Circle Gate Dr., 19200 block, Oct. 20. Awakened by the sound of his cat crying, a resident investigated and discovered that the young cat had gotten itself stuck inside the back of his washing machine. The cat's owner called the Montgomery County Humane Society. A society driver arrived at the apartment and encountered a police officer in the parking lot who offered to help. Inside the apartment, the two determined the only way to remove the cat was to disassemble the back of the machine. After the machine was taken apart, the cat came out and was found to be unharmed.

Ferret Killed to Protect Dog

SILVER SPRING, Chippewa Pl., 2100 block, Oct. 23. A woman heard her Samoyed barking in the back of the yard and went out to investigate. She saw a brown, weasellike animal hissing and trying to bite her dog. The animal had gotten in through the gate. It appeared to her to be a wild animal, possibly showing signs of rabies. She grabbed a shovel to defend her dog. The invading animal was injured, and the woman ran inside and called the Montgomery County Humane Society. By the time a Humane Society driver arrived, the animal had died. The driver determined it was a ferret, possibly escaped from a home. Since there was no human or animal contact, the ferret was not tested for rabies.

Wallaby Search at Country Club

DAMASCUS, Olney-Laytonsville Road, Oct. 20. An anonymous caller to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter reported seeing a large wallaby heading toward a golf course. An animal services officer was dispatched to search for the animal, which is a marsupial similar to a kangaroo. He patrolled the golf course and a nearby country club but could not locate a wallaby. No other sightings have been reported.

Pets Available for Adoption

Dogs, cats and other pets will be available for adoption through the Montgomery County Humane Society at the following locations. To confirm the schedules, call 240-773-5966 or visit


Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday

Macarthur Pet Shop

4611 Sangamore Rd., Suite N


Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday

Montgomery County Humane Society

14645 Rothgeb Dr.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL