Stowaway Cat Travels 6,400mi from Philippines to LA

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Pinay, the cat who traveled as a stowaway between the Philippines and Los Angeles.
Photo via LACACC


A cat who formerly called the port of Manila home will soon be looking for a new home in the US, after making an unplanned ocean journey across the Pacific.

Pinay is in care with the LA County shelter system after crossing the Pacific Ocean on board a container ship. She was found on July 16 and will be available for adoption when she is fully recovered.

Pinay is thought to have wandered into a container at the port of Manila, andbeen loaded on board the ship without anyone realizing she was trapped inside. She survived a 3 week ocean voyage without food or water, and was frail and week when she was discovered at a freight container business in the City of Industry, just East of LA.

“We believe she was living at the port in Manila and wandered into a shipping container,” said Jacquie Green of the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center. “It was warm and dry and seemed like a safe place to spend some time.”

Pinay has been recovering from her ordeal at the County’s Baldwin Park Animal Shelter.

County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control shared Pinay’s photo and wrote at Facebook on Tuesday:

“Meet Pinay, a 4 year-old domestic short-haired cat that was discovered inside of a freight container on July 16th at a business located in the City of Industry. The container arrived in Los Angeles aboard a ship en-route from Manila, Philippines to Los Angeles, a 6,400 nautical journey.

“Pinay is doing well at the County of Los Angeles – Baldwin Park Animal Care Center and will be in the Department’s care until she is ready for adoption; however, potential adopters or foster families should have considerable experience dealing with skittish cats. Pinay has been through a lot and needs a calm, loving family to help her transition.”

Pinay is described as being in fair condition, without any significant medical issues.  Potential adopters are asked to send email to [email protected]

Pinay’s story is much like that of Ni Hao, who traveled from Shainhai to LA last year, except that Ni Hao was much younger and required a period of rehabilitation before he could walk.

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