Centre for travellers becomes rescue centre for cross-country cat

Milkie after it was saved by staff at a Welcome Centre. (AP)
Milkie after it was saved by staff at a Welcome Centre. (AP)

New Buffalo - A Michigan Welcome Centre doubled as an animal rescue centre as employees sought and saved a cat that escaped from its cross-country bound family.

Milkie, a 14-year-old tabby, was travelling in a moving truck with Graham Skelly and his 10-year-old son, Simon, from Seattle to Arlington, Virginia. The father says they stopped August 21 at the travellers' centre in New Buffalo, near the Indiana line.

Skelly says a dog scared the leashed cat and it ran into the woods. The Skellys searched for two hours before leaving empty-handed.

Centre employee Alyson Payne says workers finally safely trapped Milkie on Friday.

Graham Skelly drove from Virginia to reclaim the pet on Sunday. He says by phone - amid Milkie's meows - that the family is "grateful" for the rescue.

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