An online sales delivery from Hayes Garden World in Cumbria returning from the south of England accidentally picked up a stowaway cat this week.
Hayes launched a campaign on social media to try to locate her owner. At the same time, one staff member offered to provide overnight accommodation whilst a trip to the vet was organised in the hope that she might have been micro-chipped.
Within hours, tens of thousands of connections were being made on social media, and soon, over 131,000 people had seen the story online. Calls started arriving at the Hayes Garden World offices from people who thought they knew the cat, including one from a lady in Hampshire who turned out the be the next door neighbour of the cat’s owner. This was soon verified when the vet was able to locate a chip and identify the cat as Simba, whose owners lived in Andover, Hampshire.
Subsequently, Simba once again took the long road journey to Andover, this time, officially escorted by staff members from Hayes Garden World. The owner, Mrs West, was delighted when her beloved Simba was safely returned, complete with a hamper of pet treats, courtesy of the pets department at Hayes Garden World.
Hayes e-commerce manager Lyndan Orvis said: "We were amazed to learn how far Simba had travelled, secretly hidden in our delivery van. Fortunately, she seemed no worse for wear and our staff members enjoyed looking after her until it was time to see her safely home again. We would just like to remind all cats and their owners that there is no need to stow-away to explore what we have to offer at Hayes as nearly everything we sell is now available to order online and, as Simba knows, we deliver nationwide."