NOAH is a REALLY awesome animal adoption/spay and neuter center just north of Seattle. They have helped our Humane Society out tremendously by taking in cats when the HS has been maxed out.
Today, the HS needed someone to run a dozen cats up to NOAH, and I had some free time, so I volunteered for the job. I got to the shelter around 9:30, and the cats were all packed up and ready to go. Traci, our foster care coordinator, helped me load everyone into the Subaru, and off we went.
Most of the cats did pretty well for most of the hour and a half journey. There was a little bit of howling, but most seemed to settle in after we got on the highway and napped for the duration.
MOST of the cats.
From the far back corner of the wagon, I heard a little bit of rumbling and rustling. I couldn't see what exactly was going on back there, but it didn't really sound like trouble, and there was nothing I could do about it anyway, so I just drove on.
Just as I exited the highway and started down the road to NOAH, in my rear view mirror, I saw a little head pop up. It belonged to Anderson Cooper, a gray and white cat.
He tip-toed his way across the carriers, and made his way to the front seat. Fortunately, I was pretty close to NOAH by then. As I turned into the parking lot, he climbed across the dashboard, and as he stepped across the steering wheel, he turned on the windshield wipers and the turn signal too.
I parked the car, opened the door and carefully slithered out.
I went into the shelter to get some assistance. When I returned, I found Anderson Cooper sitting (some what) patiently in the drivers seat. Don't worry, I didn't leave the keys in the ignition.
We caught the boy, and he and all the other cats were brought into the shelter and placed in their cubbies. No harm done.
So how did he get out? I guess he just wanted out REALLY bad. He managed to unsnap a couple of the little latches that hold the top and bottom of the carrier together, and wriggled his way out.
Thank goodness it happened so close to the NOAH and not in the middle of I-5!
He's a smart little guy, and will soon be available for adoption at NOAH. Stop by and pay Anderson Coper a visit if you need a inquisitive, dashingly handsome man in your life.