When a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer noticed a damaged parcel with a big hole in the side the officer decided to take a closer look at it. Upon closer inspection, the officer was startled when they noticed “a pair of eyes staring back which blinked.”
Needless to say the officer was shocked to discover a cat inside. The package had travelled thousands of miles arriving at Vancouver International Mail Centre from Asia.
Surprisingly, there was no evidence of urine or feces in the box when it was opened to free the cat.. Officers were able to coax the frightened cat – now named Precious Cargo by the BC SPCA – into a crate with bedding and water and notified the BC SPCA who rushed the cat to an emergency vet clinic.
It’s not clear how long Precious was trapped inside the box without food or water but it may have been weeks.
“Precious was severely dehydrated, underweight, and in need of medical care and love. She was immediately hooked up to fluids to rehydrate, was tested for foreign parasites and diseases and closely monitored 24/7,” the BC SPCA shared on their website. “Her medical team also vaccinated her against rabies as a necessary precautionary measure.”
Precious may not have eaten for weeks, but initially she wasn’t showing much interest in her food. Thankfully, after a week under the care of the emergency vet, Precious is doing better and she’s been discharged and placed in a foster home.
Krista Shaw, manager of the Richmond Animal Shelter run by BC SPCA, told Richmond News, “She loves belly rubs and a good stretch on her lap” and added Precious is “an absolute cuddle bug.”
Precious’ foster mom plans on adopting her once she is fully recovered.
To support Precious and help other animals in need, visit medical.spca.bc.ca.
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