Missing Albuquerque Kitten is Found in Maine

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A kitten missing from Albuquerque, New Mexico turned up 5 days later and 2,300 miles away in Portland, Maine.

Spice was put into a duffel bag, along with some cat food and litter and dropped off at a thrift shop in Portland earlier this month.

A shopper named Bob Watterson found the bag while helping a donor to unload a truck and investigated when he saw the bag moving inside of the shop.  He brought Spice home for a few days before bringing her to the Animal Refuge League shelter in nearby Westbrook on November 11.

A microchip scan at the shelter yielded an unexpected result.

The Animal Refuge League’s  Jenna Roth said: “We were in disbelief when we called the microchip company and they told us [ the kitten’s home is in New Mexico]. They were in disbelief too to see a cat from New Mexico came to Maine in just five days.”

Spice had gone missing when she slipped out of the door during trick-or-treat on Halloween night and she somehow made it to Maine in 5 days or less.

The kitten will go home early next month, with some help from a benefactor and a shelter staffer.

Idexx pet testing kits company CEO Jon Ayers is an animal lover who has several shelter cats at home. He has offered to pay to fly Spice back home with a chaperone from the shelter.  Spice is recovering from a minor cold and is expected to be ready to travel on December 5.

ARL wrote at Facebook today: “A huge thanks to IDEXX Laboratories CEO, Jon Ayers, who has generously offered to arrange transportation for Spice to fly home to New Mexico. We are so happy to collaborate with our friends at IDEXX to get this girl home!

“We cannot be more thankful to our community for reaching out to help Spice find a way home safely. She will be traveling within the next couple weeks. We will keep everyone updated on her travels!”





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