JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A couple has been reunited with their 4-month-old kitten after it slipped out of their car on a ferry ride to Alaska.
Cassidy Timm and Blake Ward lost their cat within hours of leaving on a mainline ferry that began in Bellingham, Washington, and stopped throughout cities in Alaska, KTOO Public Media reported Thursday.
Their kitten, Spot, slipped through the sunroof of the couple’s car, which was parked on the ferry. Timm and Ward were moving back to Haines with all their pets, including Spot’s mom and siblings.
Timm said she made the ferry make announcements. She looked in the wheel wells of other cars. She set kennels out with food and Spot’s mom. She left one of the dogs Spot snuggles with tied outside in hopes that the cat would return.
But Spot was nowhere to be found.
When they got home to Haines, Timm posted on Facebook about the incident. She said Spot could be anywhere along the ferry’s route — Ketchikan, Petersburg, Wrangell, Juneau or Skagway.
A few days later, she was told Spot was in Juneau, about 6 miles (about 10 kilometers) from the ferry dock in the city. Another couple had heard Spot crying under their porch and took her in. They then posted on social media in order to locate her owner.
The couple gave her to volunteers, who donated a kennel and drove her to the airport. A regional airline even flew Spot home for free.
Over a week after losing Spot, they were reunited.
“She’s everything to us,” Timm said. “We love our animals. They’re like our kids. So we’re so happy to have her back.”