About a week ago, Cali the cat was enjoying a walkabout in her neighborhood when she had the misfortune to find herself locked inside a truck at the Target distribution center in Albany, New York.
Thus began the 5 1/2-year-old cat’s cross-country journey to a store in Spokane Valley, Washington.
Nobody knew about the four-legged stowaway until a crew unloading the merchandise in Washington saw the tabby cat run out of the trucks trailer after most of it had been emptied.
Employees tried to catch the terrified feline, but she hid in the stores warehouse.
Target called the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) for assistance. Shelter staff set a humane trap baited with wet food in the warehouse on Jan. 26, and the next morning the cat was found inside, said Carl Boyd, who works at SCRAPS.
Cali was taken to the shelter, and the work of finding her owner began.
Meanwhile, Amanda Smith was wondering where her cat had gone.
Smith met Cali about four years ago at an adoption event at an area store. I walked by her cage and she reached out and grabbed my leg, she said. Smith adopted the cat on the spot.
Back in Spokane, shelter staff had been told that the truck had started its journey at he Target distribution center. Boyd called the Albany Democrat-Herald to see if the paper could help SCRAPS to find her owner.
A friend of Smiths saw the story about the cats trip in Saturdays Democrat-Herald and let her know her cat had been found.
I got multiple phone calls after the story ran, and then I saw the paper and I recognized Cali from the picture right away, Smith said. I was like in shock.
Smith quickly called SCRAPS and identified her cat.
SCRAPS provided a carrier and food, and a Target driver returning to Albany brought the cat back on Wednesday. Smith, a teacher, was in the classroom at Cali’s midday arrival, so a friend picked the cat up for her.
Cali goes on week-long ventures sometimes, but now shes going to be confined to the house for a while,” Smith said.
[Source: Albany Democrat-Herald]