New Mexico Cat Gets Ride Home from Chicago

Robin Alex, of Albuquerque, New Mexico went to New Orleans to built a Habitat for Humanity house. When she returned, her cat Charles was gone. That was eight months ago.
Then earlier this week, Alex received a call telling her Chicago Animal Care and Control had picked up her wandering cat as a stray. Staffers reached out to Alex after finding that Charles had a tracking microchip embedded between his shoulder blades, said the agency's executive director, Cherie Travis.

But Alex said she could not afford the round-trip ticket to Chicago to bring Charles home, so she was afraid he might be euthanized.

Enter fellow Albuquerque resident Lucien Sims. Sims said he has a tabby cat who strongly resembles Charles, and was moved when his mother sent him an online story about Alex and her pet.

Sims volunteered to pick Charles up and bring him back to New Mexico, as he was traveling to a wedding in Chicago. American Airlines did not charge a travel fee for the cat, and another business donated a pet carrier. Alex is happy to have her cat back. Still, no one knows how Charles came to be 1300 miles away in Chicago. Link

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My guess is that cat got outside and wandered around. And the cat became the pet of two families. The one family moved to Chicago and took the "homeless" kitty with them.
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Though I do have to wonder why the cat wasn't immediately checked for a microchip...even the local rescues with only a few animals take them immediately to a vet that scans them.
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Cat probably hid in a suitcase or a handbag and escaped before being noticed. Even my large lump of a cat can get himself so well-hidden that We cant find him in our two-room apartment.

More related to the story: it was oddly moving for me. And why I'm a fan of my kitty's microchip.
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