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Kitten stowaway survives 2,000 mile journey from Turkey to England

31 July 2012
Kitten stowaway survives 2,000 mile journey from Turkey to England Media release from Cats Protection - For immediate release: 31 July 2012

Photo credit - Oliver O'Connor

A six-week-old kitten survived an approximate 2,000 mile, nine-day journey as an unofficial passenger in a delivery trailer travelling from Ankara via Istanbul in Turkey to Dartford, Kent in England. Cats Protection’s Croydon branch has stepped in with plans to rehome the feline stowaway after her stint in quarantine. They are now launching an urgent public appeal for funds to help pay for her quarantine costs.

The cat, named ‘Yonda’ by Cats Protection, was only discovered after staff at freight and logistics company Davies Turner unloaded the trailer at their depot in Dartford. Amongst the cargo they found two kittens – one of whom was seriously unwell and, sadly, died that night. The other kitten, Yonda, was sent to the Animal Inn near Deal for her obligatory six-month quarantine. Staff at Davies Turner contacted friends at Cats Protection’s Croydon Branch who agreed to take in Yonda after quarantine.

Heather McCann, of Cats Protection’s Croydon Branch, said, “Yonda has had quite a journey! She was apparently very timid and frightened at first but thanks to the vigilance and kindness of everyone at Davies Turner, she is now doing well in the comfort of the Animal Inn. We can only imagine she jumped into the trailer to find somewhere warm to sleep – I’m sure she never expected to wake up in England!

“We’re now appealing to the public for funds to help pay the remainder of Yonda’s quarantine fees, and the costs involved in looking after her at Cats Protection while we seek to find her a loving new home.”

Davies Turner contributed over £230 (raised through a staff ‘dress down day’), and Ekol, the Turkish company who own the trailer, contributed £385 towards the cost of Yonda’s quarantine care. Cats Protection needs funds to pay the remaining fees and costs of rehoming, and find a new owner willing to adopt her.

If you would like to donate to the Yonda fund please call Cats Protection’s national Helpline on 03000 12 12 12 (lines open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm). Any funds raised in excess of Yonda’s costs will be used to help other cats at Cats Protection’s Croydon branch. Please note that Yonda will not be available for adoption until after the end of her six-month quarantine period.

For further details about Cats Protection’s work nationwide, visit www.cats.org.uk.

Well-travelled cats

Yonda isn’t the only cat who has completed an incredible journey – here are some other epic feline adventures...
  • Cats Protection helped rehome Nutmeg in 2006 after the tabby-and-white cat had been discovered in aircraft hand luggage that had travelled 2,800 miles from Iran to Newcastle
  • A kitten survived a 400-mile journey trapped inside a car bumper travelling from Phoenix to Canyon County, California
  • A three-month-old kitten was found alive in a freight container on a ship that had travelled 6,500 miles from Shanghai to Los Angeles
  • A black cat walked six miles in three days to return home to New Hampshire after being given to an animal shelter after the owners could no longer care for him (they’re holding on to him now!).

Ends

For media enquiries please contact Kerry Law, on behalf of Cats Protection Media Office, via kerry@klcomms.co.uk or 07535 408764.

Notes to editors
1. Images of Yonda the cat available on request
2. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps over 235,000 cats and kittens each year through a national network of 260 volunteer-run branches and 30 adoption centres.
3. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998.  We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.
4. Cats Protection’s Croydon branch was established in 1981 to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home stray cats and kittens in the Croydon area (which could be as many as 600 in one year). They encourage neutering and inform the public on cat care issues. For more details about the branch (volunteering, fundraising or fostering and adopting a cat) visit www.croydoncpcats.org.uk or call 020 8763 0072.
5. Established in 1870, Davies Turner is the UK's leading independent freight forwarding and logistics specialist. Employing over 750 people across 23 branches, Davies Turner was one of the first freight forwarders to be awarded the prestigious AEO accreditation. For more information visit www.daviesturner.com.
6. Established in 2005, the Animal Inn in Kent is a family-run business offering care and boarding for cats and dogs (plus lots of cuddles and affection!). Other services include grooming, walking and a store for pet food and accessories. For more information visit www.animalinnkent.co.uk.