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Lost New Mexico Kitten Found in Maine

The cat's owner says she's never been to Maine and doesn't know anyone from the state. How the cat made the 2,300 mile trip is a mystery.

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    The cat's owner says she's never been to Maine and doesn't know anyone from the state. How the cat made the 2,300 mile trip is a mystery. (Published Friday, Nov. 21, 2014)

    How did a kitten travel all the way from New Mexico to Maine? It's a mystery to her owner and the shelter where she's been staying.

    According to the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook, "Spice" was put inside a duffel bag and someone dropped her off at a thrift shop in Portland. A shopper found the bag and brought Spice home for a few days before bringing her to the shelter.

    At the shelter, they scanned for a microchip and discovered not only did Spice have an owner, but her home was over 2,000 miles away in New Mexico!

    According to Jeana Roth at the Animal Refuge League, "We were in disbelief when we called the microchip company and they told us. They were in disbelief too to see a cat from New Mexico came to Maine in just five days."

    Spice apparently escaped from her house on Halloween when her owner was opening
    the door to trick or treaters. How she managed to get from there to Maine, no one has any idea.

    The kitten's owner doesn't have the money to pay for Spice to return to New Mexico, but another pet owner is stepping up to help.

    Jon Ayers is the CEO of Idexx. The company makes pet testing kits and Ayers has several shelter cats at home. He has offered to pay to send Spice back home and as soon as she recovers from a small cold she will travel with a shelter employee back to New Mexico to be reunited with her owner.

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