Curious Cat Shipped in an Amazon Package To Another State Found Safe

Angela Vuckovic
by Angela Vuckovic
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Cats are known as extremely curious creatures, but their curiosity can often get them in trouble – which one naughty kitty discovered the hard way. A couple from Utah accidentally shipped their pet cat in an Amazon Return package, not realizing that the inquisitive little fiend hid inside. What ensued was a nerve-wracking journey, in which the cat remained inside, without food or water for six days.  

The cat, named Galena, traveled within the box from Utah to California – a great distance in itself. Carrie Clark, one of Galena’s owners, noticed that their pet was missing on April 10th. For almost a week the owners scoured the area in search of their pet, but to no avail. Missing posters were plastered all across the town, and all the streets were thoroughly searched. But Galena was nowhere to be found, which was odd considering she didn’t have the habit of wandering off before this. 

"The anxiety and stress of not knowing what happened to her was excruciating," Clark said in an  interview. But soon after, she received a text message, notifying her that her cat’s microchip had been scanned, indicating that she was found. Later that day she received a call from a veterinarian…from California. 

"I didn't believe her at first and thought it was a prank," Clark later said. The whole story was seemingly impossible, as the shortest distance between Utah and California is several hundred miles. And yet, Galena was there. The vet informed the Clarks that their pet was discovered within an Amazon return package, just beside five pairs of steel-toed work boots. 

"I ran to tell my husband that Galena was found, and we broke down upon realizing that she must have jumped into an oversized box that we shipped out the previous Wednesday," Clark said.

Galena snuck into the box, as all cats do, but the owners didn’t spot her there. They sealed the package and shipped it away. Six days later, the cat was rescued by an Amazon employee who found her inside a box that was stored in a warehouse. And the Clarks were quick to fly to California to be reunited with their cherished pet. 

"It was an amazing reunion! Galena instantly stopped shaking and relaxed in my arms when I got to hold her again," Clark said. "Despite being skinnier and some mild dehydration, her bloodwork was completely normal and she was completely unharmed!"

The owners hope that their incredible story will be a motivation for others to  microchip their pets, as it can make a great difference. The American Veterinary Medical Association reminds us that many pets will become lost at least once in their lives, but those that are microchipped are much more likely to be reunited with their owners. A cat microchip typically costs between $40 and $70. A small price for the safe return of your pet. 

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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