Cross-Country Cat to Reunite With Owner

Meatloaf, the cat who traveled from Florida to Arizona via storage container, will go home this week.

Posted: February 27 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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Cross-Country Cat to Reunite With Owner
Meatloaf, a gray cat like the one shown here, was rescued after becoming trapped in a storage container.
Meatloaf made his way across the country earlier this month after he wandered into a Portable On Demand Storage container in his Florida neighborhood. The container was sealed, then shipped to a Florida warehouse and eventually delivered to the PODS facility in Phoenix. Last week, an employee heard Meatloaf meowing inside the container and rescued the cat, the Phoenix KNXV-TV News reports.

Meatloaf was taken to the Arizona Humane Society, where he was neutered, vaccinated and implanted with a microchip. Shelter staff contacted his owner, Amanda Kaufman of Pompano Beach, Fla., to let her know where her cat had turned up.

Now, Meatloaf is ready to head home, thanks to a humane society volunteer who donated frequent flyer miles so Kaufman could travel to Phoenix. Kaufman was scheduled to arrive yesterday to reunite with Meatloaf. The two will spend the night at a local hotel, then fly home.

“After all he’s been through, we thought this would be the safest and most stress-free way for him to get back home,” Kim Noetzel, AHS spokeswoman, told the KNXV-TV News. “This time when he travels across the country, he’ll have the comfort of knowing that Amanda is by his side.”

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Dena    Paramount, CA

3/3/2008 8:52:47 AM

What a frightening experience it was for Meatloaf! Good thing that there was a happy ending. This is an example of why it is too emportant to have your cat microchipped. Although my cats and dog are indoor pets, I have all of them microchipped because you just never know what could happen. Every year, I also ask my vet to have my pets' microchip scanned just to make sure that the chip is still working properly and can be scanned by other scanner with different brand.

Kim    FVH, IL

3/1/2008 5:00:29 PM

That's a one in a million shelter worker who donated those miles and thought of the cat's welfare all the way home.

Ellen    Attleboro, MA

2/28/2008 12:35:59 AM

Great happy ending~~

Coconut    -----------, GA

2/27/2008 7:38:20 PM

WOW! I love Russian Blues. Is it talking about the kind of "PODS" that you seal up your stuff in for years? Sure am glad that they heard poor Kitty!
The owner must have been so happy. I know I would be.

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