Missing U.S. Cat Found in France (True Story!!)

Sara KimbellSara Kimbell Pulaski / Pittsburgh / MarsMember Posts: 38
edited 28 October, 2005 in Cats & Travel
What an amazing story this is! I hope she gets home soon! =^.^= Missing U.S. cat found in France Thursday, October 27, 2005; Posted: 11:39 p.m. EDT (03:39 GMT) APPLETON, Wisconsin (AP) -- When Emily the cat went missing a month ago, her owners looked for their wandering pet where she had ended up before -- the local animal shelter. This week they learned Emily sailed to France. Lesley McElhiney now figures her cat went prowling around a paper warehouse near home and ended up in a cargo container that went by ship across the Atlantic Ocean and was trucked to Nancy, a city in northeastern France near the border with Germany. Employees at a French lamination company found her in the container, checked her tags and called Emily's veterinarian back in the U.S., John Palarski. "It probably had access to food and water," Palarski said. "I doubt if it went three weeks without it. There must have been a lot of mice on the boat. Even if it was in the cargo department, you would assume there was water down there. She had to have something." Palarski faxed the cat's vaccination records to French authorities to help remove her from quarantine, but the family is wondering exactly how they will retrieve the pet. Emily will need a health certificate from France to return home, and she will have to go through quarantine again on entering the United States, Palarski said. "The only thing we can think right now is buying a plane ticket," McElhiney said. "She already cost us some the first time we got her from the humane society. She's getting to be an expensive little thing."

Comments

  • Sara KimbellSara Kimbell Pulaski / Pittsburgh / MarsMember Posts: 38
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Oh, and if you'd like to see the source of the story, click here!
  • sarah schupfersarah schupfer brooklynMember Posts: 1,217
    edited 27 February, 2006
    i dunno... i think maybe she should stay in france! sounds like her humans are a bit to concerned about money, and not about the cat.
  • Sara KimbellSara Kimbell Pulaski / Pittsburgh / MarsMember Posts: 38
    edited 27 February, 2006
    I'm pretty sure it was written in good humor, they sounded like they were excited that she was found. Have you ever seen the cost it takes to get a cat/any animal through quarentine? Its absolutely rediculous what they have to go through, especially when a cat already has papers.
  • Tracy HowellTracy Howell ScottsdaleMember Posts: 529
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Mom is glad the cat is found but says she thinks the way they spoke of money was in poor taste.
  • Cyndi HorstmanshofCyndi Horstmanshof Spring HillMember Posts: 14,041 ✭✭
    edited 27 February, 2006
    I think it was a hoot, did not take it that way at all. I think her mum was just joking about the $$.
  • Kristi KrumnowKristi Krumnow Columbia, SCMember Posts: 1
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Hey! I live in France now too. My mom moved here for a year. I hear my mom saying that the French are specie-ists against cats! France seems to be a dog's heaven! I hope you get home. It is good that those people called your family in US. How long are you in quarantine?
  • Sue KaufmannSue Kaufmann CranfordMember Posts: 1,465
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Wow! Quite a story. Reminds me of Norton, the Cat who went to Paris. Has anyone else read those books? He had a great time visiting Paris, and his person would bring him to restaurants, and he'd get the same fuss made over him that the waiters made over the dogs. So maybe it's just that more French people have to get assertive about bringing their kitties outside with them. Hmm... Norton never had to go through quarantine, though. Maybe it is because he traveled with his person and got health certificates before he went. The kitty in the news story sounds more like a stowaway. But wow, how nice of the French people to go to the trouble of calling the American vet!
  • Sara KimbellSara Kimbell Pulaski / Pittsburgh / MarsMember Posts: 38
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Hattie ~ I read those books a while ago, great stuff! I actually got to meet Norton in person (catson?) once.. he's such a sweet cat!
  • Tracy HowellTracy Howell ScottsdaleMember Posts: 529
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Mom saw a cat sitting opposite a man with a chess board outside a cafe in Paris.
  • Cyndi HorstmanshofCyndi Horstmanshof Spring HillMember Posts: 14,041 ✭✭
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Could be, Felica. It\'s hard to know what she really meant. I just hope they can get the kitty home!
  • Tracy HowellTracy Howell ScottsdaleMember Posts: 529
    edited 27 February, 2006
    This kitty returned home yesterday. Story
  • Sue KaufmannSue Kaufmann CranfordMember Posts: 1,465
    edited 27 February, 2006
    The kitty touched ground from France at the airport just a few miles from my house. Her picture was in the paper and everything! She is so cute. Here is another story, with video! http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/12/01/emily.cat.ap/index.html This says tons about how important it is to wear your ID -- and stay indoors.
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