Sweet Tea bolted and ran off during the commotion as her family prepared for a move from Mesa, Arizona to Medford, Oregon last month, on June 1. Her family was stunned to learn a month later that she had been locked in a portable PODS storage unit with their belongings. Sweet Tea and her family were reunited on July 3.
The hero of Sweet Tea’s rescue story is PODS employee Don Roush, who works at the company’s white City, Oregon location. Roush heard the cat’s distressed meows as she called for help and got permission from his employer to open the storage unit to rescue her. Roush fed and cared for Sweet Tea after her rescue and said he would have adopted her if her family could not be found.
As luck would have it, she was locked in her own family’s unit and was reunited with them last week.
“We’re amazed that she survived. We thought we had lost her forever,” family member Rachel Martinka told KOBI News.
“I didn’t do anything that anyone else wouldn’t do,” said Roush, in response to being called a hero.