After nearly a year in BC SPCA care, a stowaway cat who made a harrowing three-week trip from Shenzhen, China to Prince George, B.C. inside a 40-foot storage container, is looking for a forever home.
Journey, as she was named by SPCA staff, was found inside the shipping container last April after surviving three-and-a-half weeks without food or water on the passage between China and B.C. It is believed she survived by drinking the condensation that had formed on the container walls. When discovered, Journey was weak, emaciated and terrified of human contact.
“SPCA staff and volunteers have spent hundreds of hours caring for six-year-old Journey, ensuring that she received life-saving medical treatment and on-going behaviour modification to help her overcome her extreme fear of humans,” says BC SPCA spokesperson Lorie Chortyk. “When she was well enough, she was transferred from Prince George to the Lower Mainland, where she has been fostered for the past several months by Dr. Karen van Haaften, a board-certified veterinary behaviourist and the BC SPCA’s senior manager of behaviour and welfare.”
Chortyk says that while Journey has made incredible progress through her daily behaviour sessions with Dr. van Haaften, she may never be a cat who seeks out attention or enjoys being pet. “But she loves to play and can now tolerate being touched. She is ready for a forever home where she can continue to build trust with people.”
This Valentine’s Day, Journey is on the hunt for a special home in Metro Vancouver or the Lower Mainland. She’s seeking a calm, adult-only home with a predicable routine. An indoor-only lifestyle in a small home (condo or apartment) would suit her best, with no other cats and a guardian who is willing to continue her touch-tolerance training and provide lots of playtime and enrichment. Experience with under-socialized cats would be an asset, but the SPCA can provide training & ongoing support for her behaviour needs.
In addition to playtime, Journey’s interests include cuddling in fuzzy blankets, gazing out the window and lounging on her scratching post. If you think you might be Journey’s special match, please fill in an online adoption application.