From Uber:

“Today is National Cat Day – the cutest day of the year. We’ve teamed up with Cheezburger and the ASPCA® for a second year to bring you kittens… literally.

Austin, Chicago, DC, New York*, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle—break out all the warm fuzzy feelings and get ready to go “awwwwww” with #UberKITTENS!

HOW IT WORKS:

Open your Uber app between 12 pm & 4 pm.
Request the “KITTENS” option in your app. In NYC or DC? Enter promo code kittensnyc or kittensdc to unlock the option in your app.
Once the kittens arrive, you and your friends will get to enjoy 15 minutes of kitten cuteness! PRO TIP: Make sure to have an enclosed space purrrfect for playtime! In New York City, kittens can only be delivered to offices.
The best part? In most cities, kittens are eligible for adoption.

It’s just $30 for 15 minutes of kitten snuggles and every dollar from your visit is donated directly to the participating shelter in your city! In most cities, you’ll also have the option of adopting that little furball you’ve almost certainly fallen in love with. Just ask the local shelter rep assisting with your kitten delivery.

Keep in mind we expect demand for UberKITTENS to be VERY HIGH in all cities, so your patience is appreciated. We’ll do our best to deliver as many kitten cuddles as possible!”

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From a press release:

“On Saturday, Oct. 25, hundreds of partygoers will join some of the 65,000 “residents” of the Historic Congressional Cemetery for the graveyard’s annual Halloween celebration. This fifth annual event raises money to support the Congressional Cemetery’s operations and mission to conserve the grounds and infrastructure, serve the community as a resource, and celebrate American heritage.

The spook-tacular celebration puts a distinctive spin on the traditional Halloween party as the cemetery is transformed into DC’s happiest haunt. The event features twilight tours of the cemetery grounds, a costume contest, access to the Public Vault, entertainment, and more. Guests will also enjoy food & drink in a heated tent when not out touring and mingling with some of the cemetery’s most notable residents, such as former first lady Dolley Madison, silent film actress Mary Fuller, and Lincoln assassination conspirator David Herold.

What:       Ghosts & Goblets Soiree – DC’s spookiest Halloween party, now in its fifth year at the Historic Congressional Cemetery on Capitol Hill

When:      Saturday, Oct. 25, 20148 p.m. to midnight

                    (Gates open to VIP guests at 7 p.m.)

Where:    Historic Congressional Cemetery

1801 E Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Metro: Stadium-Armory (Orange/Blue/Silver)

Tickets:    Visit www.congressionalcemetery.org for more information and links to purchase tickets while they last. General Admission tickets are $70 and include four drink tickets. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $85 and include entrance to the party at 7 p.m. and an exclusive VIP open bar.  Costumes are strongly encouraged for all attendees.”

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A reader writes:

“My boyfriend found this girl around 11:30pm at the corner of Oates and Holbrook in Trinidad. She was very friendly, with a collar but no tags. She was scanned at WHS but doesn’t have a microchip. Unfortunately, she started to not get along with my pup so she is currently at the shelter on NY Ave. [1201 New York Ave NE]“

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Thanks to all who passed on the email:

“Please help me find my way back home. I was last seen on 8th and T NW. My name is Lizzy but I am deaf so I can’t hear you if you call me please be patient if you find me because I will be a little scared but I don’t run so fast. If you see me or find me please TEXT 202-802-8365 . the nice person will help me get home if you see this please share it so other people can help look for me. I’m very little and very scared and I need to go home”

UPDATE: Found

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Photo by PoPville flickr user washingtonydc

From emails:

“Dogs, cats and other pets (plus people) will crowd the Franciscan Monastery’s gardens for the traditional blessing of the animals to mark the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals:

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
2:30 p.m.
Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land (upper gardens)
1400 Quincy Street NE, Washington, DC 20017

The Franciscan friars, dressed in their traditional brown habit, will pray and sprinkle holy water over the animals. Each pet will receive a St. Francis dog tag. Veterinarians from the DC Veterinary Medical Association will be on hand for free consultations before and after the blessing.

The blessing is free. All pets and people welcome.”

and

“We are pleased to host the Pet Blessing on Sunday, October 5 at 5pm. at Luther Place Memorial Church on Thomas Circle. We gather in front of the St Francis Mural for some music, reflection and blessing for creatures and their human companions!”

and

Blessing of the Animals, St. Paul’s at 25th and K

Blessing of Animals St. Paul’s (PDF)