If was only after the trailer was opened and the inspector heard a muffled meow and questioning the woman, it was learned the woman didn’t own a cat. The inspection station worker took custody of the cat and helped him begin his journey back home.
Kevin was taken to Riverside County Animal Services Blythe shelter, where he was scanned for a microchip. Other than being a bit dehydrated, Kevin had handled his cross-country trip well.
The Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team (S.T.A.R.T. Rescue), the Animal Solutions Konnection (ASK) Foundation and shelter employees all donated to pay for Kevin’s trip back to South Carolina. In an interview with news media, Animal Services Director Robert Miller said
“The good news is we know the owner, she wants her pet back, and we’ll make that happen. Of course, our friends at START and the ASK Foundation are carrying most of the weight on that effort.”
Cheryl is looking forward to Kevin’s homecoming. She says his name has special significance to her, even though he was named by a shelter employee, his name was fitting because it was the name of her late fiance.
The final plans for Kevin are being made today by Riverside County. The plan is for Kevin to fly out Wednesday morning either from Palm Springs International Airport or Ontario International Airport. Kevin is currently under the care of the county’s Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms.
Kevin the cat is proof that microchipping your pet works. Cheryl Walls is from Anderson, South Carolina. In June 2013, Cheryl adopted Kevin from her local shelter and took him home. One day when Kevin was acting unhappy, Cheryl allowed her indoor kitty to go outside. She never saw him again. She’s spent the past two years believing her cat had simply found himself a new home.