When is a thief not a thief? Apparently, according to Carol B. Oberdorfer [“A catnapping overreaction,” letters, June 19], it’s when you abscond with a kitten from the Washington Humane Society without paying the adoption fee. One hopes the woman who took the cat will realize that she missed an important teaching moment with her older child: i.e., having to give up the family’s pit bull because it’s too big and a financial hardship does not mean another pet will magically appear to take its place. Only when and if one can afford another mouth to feed should an addition to one’s family be considered.

Nancy Gregory, Fairfax