Pippa Goes Home

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By Karen Harrison Binette

Pippa with her petmom. Photos are still images  from a video of  the reunion, via 9News.


Pippa the cat went missing from her home in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia and was discovered more than 1,700 miles away in a shipping container in Brisbane, Queensland after 49 days.We shared Pippa’s story on May 11 in our post Missing cat found in shipping container after 49 days.

Pippa’s petmom Rebecca Schilling learned what had become of her beloved cat when she got a call from her former neighbor, Jason King, who had unwittingly given Pippa a very long and tortuous ride when he moved cross-country.

Pippa’s future was at first uncertain when she was found, but now her travel story has reached the happiest possible conclusion

Australian pet travel specialists Jetpets say they were proud to fly Pippa the cat home to be reunited with her owners after traveling interstate across the country’s dry interior locked in a shipping container for 49 days without food or drink.

On 20 February Pippa the cat found herself a snug spot in the neighbor’s shipping container in Darwin which was then transported all the way to Brisbane. Miraculously Pippa survived her ordeal after 49 days without food or drink. Pippa has remained in Brisbane where she has been recovering with a foster carer and under the watchful eye of a vet. Pippa has now returned to good health and today, Friday, May 22, Jetpets proudly flew Pippa from Brisbane to Darwin to be happily reunited with her owners Rebecca and daughter Emily.

Rebecca and daughter Emily adore their cat Pippa and have missed her terribly. Rebecca feared that Pippa would need to be permanently rehomed in Brisbane, concerned that another travel journey would be too traumatic. When the story of Pippa’s plight came to their attention, Jetpets contacted Rebecca with an offer to reunite her with Pippa. Jetpets flies thousands and thousands of pets around the country and globe every year, and reassured Rebecca that it was possible to safely and comfortably fly Pippa home.

With the fantastic news earlier this week that Pippa had returned to wellness, Rebecca was thrilled to hear that this reunion could take place today. First thing this morning Jetpets collected Pippa from her foster home in Brisbane, where she was made to feel comfortable and content in her travel crate, ready for her flight home. Thankfully and as expected the return trip home was far less eventful, with flights running on time and Pippa comfortable in her travel crate. Jetpets was then ready to collect Pippa at Darwin airport, where she was transported in a purpose built vehicle to her home.

Of course, the best bit comes next. After an eventful and worrying four months, at long last Pippa was reunited with her owners Rebecca and Emily by the afternoon. It was tears and hugs of joy (and purrs) all round. Jetpets say they feel proud to have played a part in reuniting this family.







Jetpets are Australia’s pet travel experts, with pet welfare, comfort and safety their number one priority. With families taking their pets on holidays and relocating interstate or overseas, Jetpets helps to reunite thousands of thousands of families every year.



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