Charles The Cat Makes 1,300-Mile Journey


A tabby cat named Charles made his way 1,300 miles from his home in New Mexico to Chicago. The feline’s eight month odyssey ended when he was picked up by a rescue shelter in Chicago and he is now being given a free flight home by American Airlines to be reunited with his owner.

Charles vanished when owner Robin Alex was away in New Orleans working for an anti-poverty charity.She had left a friend to look after the cat.She said: “I was crushed and I found out while I was away volunteering. I was so upset because I was in New Orleans so there was nothing I could do.”This week she received a call telling her Chicago Animal Care and Control had picked up her wandering cat as a stray and identified him from a tracking microchip embedded between his shoulder blades.

The agency’s executive director, Cherie Travis, said: “He’s in good condition. He needs a good brushing. He’s got a little bit of a cold a little bit of an upper respiratory infection but otherwise he’s in great condition.”Miss Alex, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, said she had no idea how he could have made it to Chicago.She said: “I’ve moved around a lot. It seems kind of destined that my cat would be a travelling cat.”