Charles, how did you do it? How did you travel 1300 miles? Thank heavens for microchips!
Charles went missing while his staff person, Robin Alex, was away volunteering for the Habitat for Humanity
From his home in New Mexico, Charles made his way 1,300 miles north to Chicago, where the Chicago Animal Care and Control picked him up as a stray.
Assuming the worst all this time, you can imagine Robin’s relief when she received the call saying they had found her tabby cat. But, even with the wild excitement, she was now in fear again.
She couldn’t afford the ticket to go and get Charles and bring him home!
When the story hit the news a woman felt compelled to send this story to her son who lived in Albuquerque, Lucien Sims. Sims was very touched by the story, he too has a tabby who has a striking resemblance to Charles.
Sims was on his way to Chicago to attend a wedding and offered to help Alex be reunited with her beloved cat. He picked up Charles from the shelter and found someone to donate the carrier for the trip as well as convincing American Airlines to waive the flight fee for his travel home.
Charles and his staff person seem overjoyed at the reunion. I bet that will teach her to never go away again!
Apart from a slight respiratory infection, and needing a good brushing, Charles is in excellent condition.
There’s a video of Charles the Cat here (which I can’t embed) telling the story of how Charles was picked up in Chicago and identified by his microchip.