Miss Pickford’s Unbelievable Journey

22 June 2015
Miss Pickford’s Unbelievable Journey

A very lucky stowaway cat is looking for a home after travelling all the way from Cyprus to the UK in a storage container, and miraculously surviving the three week journey to Felixstowe port without any food.

Miss Pickford, a four year old tabby-and-white cat named because she was found in a Pickfords Removals container when it arrived in Bedfordshire, is now safe and sound at Cats Protection’s Birmingham Adoption Centre, and it’s believed she survived by licking the condensation from the walls of the container.

After being discovered in the container, she enjoyed a short stay at Bayton Lodge Quarantine Kennels and Cattery, paid for by Pickfords, and Bayton Lodge owners Lorraine and Dale Grove were surprised that she’d managed to survive her difficult voyage.

“When she arrived with us she was in a very bad condition,” says Lorraine, “She was extremely thin, very dehydrated and her fur was dry like straw.” Luckily Miss Pickford made a full recovery during her quarantine period, and was given flea and worm treatment, rabies vaccination and a microhip. 

After her adventurous journey, it’s not surprising that she’s still a little unsure of herself, but the volunteers and staff at the Birmingham Adoption Centre, where she’s now being looked after until she finds a home, are sure that she’ll make the perfect pet for someone.

“Miss Pickford is a very special cat to have survived such a gruelling ordeal,” says Sarah Whitmore, Deputy Manager at Cats Protection’s Birmingham Adoption Centre. “She’s fairly shy and retiring, so we’re hoping to find her a quiet home in the Birmingham area with an experienced owner who can coax her out of her shell.”

Please call the centre on 01564 822 020 if you would like to adopt Miss Pickford. For details of other Cats Protection cats in need of homes, please www.cats.org.uk where inputting your postcode will bring up a list of cats in your area.

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For further information or an interview, please contact Cats Protection's Media Office on 01825 741 911 or email media.office@cats.org.uk 

Notes to Editors:

1. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps over 194,000 cats each year through its national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 31 adoption centres.
2. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
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.