Cat survives trip from Philippines without food or water

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A cat (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

A cat (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – County officials are looking for a home today for a 4-year-old domestic short-haired cat that survived about three weeks without food or water inside a shipping container on a voyage from the Philippines to Los Angeles.

Workers who opened the container, shipped from Manila to a business in the 100 block of South Grand Avenue in the City of Industry, found the feline and called the Department of Animal Care and Control.

“The cat was very weak and frail,” said Marcia Mayeda, the department’s director. “It is amazing that this cat could survive the almost 6,400 nautical-mile journey by sea without food or water.”

The orange and white female has been named Pinay (pronounced “Pin- eye”) by staffers at the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center’s medical unit. Pinay is a common term for a female Filipino, according to DACC’s senior veterinarian Dr. Maria Sabio-Solacito, a native Filipino.

“We wanted to give her a name which kept her close to her roots,” Sabio-Solacito said.

Pinay has been getting stronger and putting on weight since she was discovered July 16 and has just cleared her quarantine, Mayeda said.

“It is important that potential adopters or foster families have considerable experience dealing with skittish cats,” Mayeda said. “Pinay has been though a lot and needs a calm, loving family to help her transition.”

Interested adopters may email dacceventsanimalcare.lacounty.gov.

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