by Nicole Arthur

Callista, the eight-week-old kitten stolen from the Washington Humane Society’s New York Avenue shelter during a Sunday adoption event, was returned to the shelter by District police on Thursday.

Using surveillance video and the event’s sign-in sheet, police were able to locate the kitten “within a few hours” of initiating the search, said Washington Humane Society communications director ChristieLyn Diller.

Callista, a gray-and-black tabby with a white chest and a pink nose, was found at a D.C residence on Thursday evening. The detective working on the case was “slightly reluctant to hand her over due to her cuteness” shelter director Beau Archer said on the society’s Facebook page.

The Humane Society lauded the shelter staffers who raised the alarm and the police officers who resolved the case. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the Metropolitan Police Department,” WHS president Lisa LaFontaine said in a news elease. “They took this case seriously for what it was, a theft and a criminal act.”

District police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said that they have identified a person of interest in the case, but no arrest has been made at this time.

Since Callista’s recovery, Diller says, the shelter has received multiple requests to adopt her. There is now a waiting list. But, she notes, “we have plenty of other kittens just as cute.”