Alex Schare, manager of Animal Centre Services at the North Cariboo District SPCA, has been overwhelmed with the response to calls to help a little cat that spent almost a month trapped inside a shipping container that travelled from China to Prince George.
“It’s blown us away,” Schare told Postmedia News. “We are in the Chinese media, in the media in Ireland, all over Canada. This cat has gone global, there’s been an outpouring of support.”
Stowaway, a small female tabby, was discovered inside a locked 40-foot shipping container delivered to a Prince George glass distributor on April 4. The little puss had been inside the container since it left the port of Shenzhen, China, and was delivered to Vancouver, then driven to Prince George.
Stowaway is now under strict quarantine in a veterinary clinic in Prince George, awaiting confirmation on whether it has rabies. If not, and once the cat is stronger, it will be vaccinated.
Schare said the cat was improving slowly. It would be at least a month before preparations could be made to adopt the cat, which is not feral as it’s comfortable around people.
“The veterinary exam performed on the cat includes a neurological assessment, and during that, no initial concerns were flagged,” he said. “She is still quite reserved and shy after her long ordeal, but we are confident that she will blossom into her true personality once fully recovered.”
So far, almost $24,000 has been raised to help pay for veterinary bills through the B.C. SPCA’s website.
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