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Wayward cat to fly home from Chicago

posted 4/19/2010 12:45:13 AM |
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I saw this piece late last night and wanted to share this feel good story.

CHICAGO - No one knows how a tabby cat named Charles traveled the 1,300 miles from his New Mexico home to Chicago, but he's set for a complimentary flight home on American Airlines in a carrier donated by an Albuquerque business.

Charles disappeared about eight months ago while his owner was out of town and a friend was caring for him.

"Oh, I was crushed, and I found out while I was away volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, and I was so upset because I was in New Orleans so there was nothing I could do," said Robin Alex of Albuquerque.

Then last week, Alex received a call telling her Chicago Animal Care and Control had picked up her wandering cat as a stray. Employees 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 he was moved when his mother sent him an online story about Alex and her pet.

Most importantly, Sims was on his way to Chicago on Thursday for a wedding, so he said he would go to the shelter, pick up Charles and bring him back to New Mexico.

Sims has made all the arrangements for Charles' return, including getting a company to donate a cat carrier and American Airlines to waive the cat's travel fee.

Travis said Charles is definitely ready for his next adventure.

"He's in good condition," she said. "He needs a good brushing. He's got a little bit of a cold - a little bit of an upper respiratory infection - but otherwise he's in great condition."


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Apr 19 @ 1:09AM  
There are good people out there. It is nice to hear this kind of story although you have to wonder how he ended up all the way in Chigago.

Apr 19 @ 1:11AM  
There are good people out there
Yes, I agree, there are very good people out there.

Apr 19 @ 8:20AM  
Nice story.

Apr 19 @ 8:48AM  
Aw! that poor cat it must have been scared out of it's mind! I am glad there are still decent people out there, gives you hope. :o) kudo for you Shaun.

Apr 19 @ 10:18AM  
I saw this story in the paper yesterday and thought it was a wonderful article. It is a nice break from all the bad news we see everyday.

Apr 19 @ 5:25PM  
Kinda' sounds like the plot of a Disney movie

Apr 19 @ 6:22PM  
Awww!!!! That's so nice!!! Thanks for sharing.

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Wayward cat to fly home from Chicago