Sure, raccoons take the TTC, but a cat recently found in Calgary high-tailed it out of Toronto aboard a long-haul transport truck.
About a month ago, a cat, believed to be from Toronto, apparently hitched a ride on a Bison Transport truck. Three days later, the Russian Blue ended up in Calgary and the company's property services banded together to care for the stowaway.
Brent Kennedy, officially in charge of litter box cleaning for about a month at the Bison Transport cross dock, said it was a team effort to keep the cat safe and fed while it was getting used to the busy surroundings. But eventually the temporary kitty kingdom was too dangerous to be a permanent home.
Now, Gulliver, as the cat was named, is in the hands of the MEOW foundation, where he'll be prepped for adoption.
Kennedy fell in love with the cat he called "dirty blue." He's glad he found the cat a temporary home, but hopes ultimately to bring Gulliver back to his own abode – if his wife agrees to take in the feline.
"It's a great cat. I was thinking about potentially adopting it once it's socially rehabilitated," Kennedy said. "Normally I stick to dogs, but I don't know, it's a rough and tumble cat – he's a Russian Blue, which means he's a really big cat – and even though he was really apprehensive to human presence and contact…we got him acclimatized enough to us so that we could hand feed him and care for him."
MEOW Foundation Shelter Manager Sandra Henry said Gulliver is a sweetheart and definitely a domesticated stray, based on his temperament. They're waiting to have him neutered before he'll be ready for adoption.
"He is the sweetest boy; he's eating like he hasn't eaten in months," Henry said. "He's a big suck. We pet him, he purrs. He's a wonderful boy."
Henry said it's sad the cat didn't have any identifiers, because if he's from Toronto and missing, it's a little far from home with few clues to reunite him with a family.