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Stowaway Cat Takes 2,300-Mile Journey Across US

Destination & Tourism | Patrick Clarke | March 24, 2015

Stowaway Cat Takes 2,300-Mile Journey Across US

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Cats are resilient animals, and if you need any evidence, look no further than Kevin the cat, who was returned to his owner in South Carolina last week after being discovered earlier this month on the Arizona-California border, according to

The male orange tabby was missing for nearly two years.

"I assumed someone must have picked him up," said Kevin's owner Cheryl Walls, who adopted him back in June 2013. "Now he has seen more of the country than me."

Walls said that Kevin was an outdoor cat and went missing in the fall of 2013. 

Two-thousand-plus miles later, the cat was discovered inside a U-Haul trailer during a routine Food and Agriculture inspection on March 4, and subsequently taken to California's Blythe Animal Shelter where he made a full recovery despite battling dehydration. 

"We suspect that, as this lady was loading up her stuff, the cat probably wandered in there," said Riverside County Animal Services spokesman John Welsh via "There was probably a box inside that was a nice warm spot and he took a nap and next thing you know he’s going for about a 2,300-mile drive."

Thankfully, a microchip embedded in the cat allowed employees to identify Kevin's owner.

"We have handled some pets with crazy back stories, and this is one more for the list," said Animal Services director Robert Miller in a press release. "The good news is we know the owner, she wants her pet back, and we’ll make that happen."

The final chapter in Kevin's remarkable cross-country journey came after The Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team, the Animal Solutions Konnection and employees at the Blythe Animal Shelter teamed up to raise enough money to fly the cat back to his owner on the East Coast.

After layovers in Denver and Chicago, the now cultured feline landed at South Carolina's Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport on March 18, where he was reunited with his owner.  

"I mean, after that long, I didn’t [sic] think there'd be no chance we'd see him again," said Walls.

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