WEST SEATTLE — A family was devastated after their cat disappeared as they loaded up their car to move to Ohio.
But fortunately, this story has a happy ending.
“Itty Bitty Kitty” — who weighed almost 14 pounds — got spooked by fireworks around the Fourth of July. The family delayed their trip by two weeks, but ultimately had to leave the cat behind.
A few weeks later, a neighbor found the cat and took him to a Seattle rescue facility called Kitty Harbor.
Rescuers said the cat weighed just 5 pounds, had a gash in his throat, had fleas and was missing teeth. Kitty Harbor provided the cat medical care and nursed him back to health.
The cat’s owner Beth Lewis couldn’t fly back to Seattle to get the cat. And Itty Bitty Kitty couldn’t fly as cargo because of his poor health.
That’s when the community jumped in to help.
Ten different people offered to travel with the cat — including Robin Yong, an Alaska Airlines employee based in Seattle.
Yong made arrangements, picked up the cat and flew to Chicago, according to Alaska Airlines officials.
Yong drove to Lafayette, Indiana to meet Lewis who drove from Dayton, Ohio.
With that, Itty Bitty Kitty’s journey came to a happy end.
The cat is finally recovering at home. His owner says he has gained some weight back and his wounds are healing.