Stowaway Cat Travels from Arkansas to Florida

FEBRUARY 16, 2007 - Posted at 7:41 a.m. CST

FORT WALTON BEACH, FL - Pickles the cat is in a predicament a long way from her Arkansas home.

The calico feline from Bismark stowed away in a moving van unloading furniture at a neighboring home.  The truck's driver, who is highly allergic to cats, discovered her the next day in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.  He packaged her inside a moving box with holes and contacted the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society.  He also tracked down her owners.

Now Pickles is waiting to return to Arkansas, even though a charter flight may cost more than $3,000.

But Ryan Clayton, Pickles' owner, said he would do what he has to so she gets home.

The shelter is sending a gift home with Pickles, an airbrushed T-shirt with the words "My cat went to Fort Walton Beach and all I got was this lousy T-shirt."

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