A Utah couple accidentally shipped their cat with an Amazon return. A week (and three ‘miracles’) later, they were on a plane to meet a stranger.

The Amazon returns employee wasn’t at work the day one of her colleagues at a California warehouse found a small, furry stowaway in a box mailed six days earlier from Utah.

But Brandy Hunter got the call anyway.

“Everyone knows I love cats,” he recalled. “I wasn’t on duty, but I went to the facility with cat food and a carrier to see if I could help.”

When he arrived there on April 16, the little calico had emerged from the 3-by-3-foot cardboard container. But the feline was scared and he didn’t want to eat anything.

“She eventually warmed to me and let me pet her,” Hunter said in her Amazon statement. “I could tell she belonged to someone by the way she acted, so I took her home that night.”

Hunter planned to feed and hug the little hitchhiker, he said. He would also take her the next day to a veterinarian to examine her and check if she had a microchip that could hold the secret to her identity.

Meanwhile, about 630 miles away, in Lehi, Utah, Carrie Stevens Clark had been anxiously searching for her lost cat, who then went missing for nearly a week, she told CNN. Galena, a 6-year-old indoor shorthair, tended to be quiet and often froze in uncomfortable situations.

She also loved boxes.

And Clark’s family loved her.

They had prayed for his quick return, Clark said, and had even fasted one day, a regular practice during difficult times within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

But still, there is no Galena.

A not so micro discovery

Back in California, Hunter took his new foster to the vet. An examination revealed that she was not injured, had a regular temperature and was only slightly dehydrated, the Amazon worker posted on Facebook.

The vet also made a key discovery: the cat did, in fact, have a microchip.

Soon, another phone rang, in Lehi, Utah.

Clark initially thought it was a prank, he said: The caller, in Jurupa Valley, California, west of Los Angeles, had found his lost cat. And the vet sent proof: all the information from Galena’s microchip.

“At that moment I knew she really had my cat,” Clark told CNN.

But how?

“We literally had emotions ranging from laughing hysterically to crying hysterically,” she said. “They were so intense. “It was just the strangest emotion to feel both at the same time.”

Clark soon learned that Galena had been found in the Amazon return box.

That’s when she put it all together.

Boxed before a trio of ‘miracles’

“The box is Galena’s favorite place to play, and she’s pretty calm and happy when she’s in a box,” Clark told CNN.

On April 10, Carrie, with her husband Matt Clark, were packing work boots to ship. “What happened was that my husband had packed the shoes, he kept one pair and put the other five back in the box.”

Matt then closed the flaps of the box before leaving the room to look for duct tape and scissors.

“Galena must have sneaked into the box without him seeing and without us knowing, and then he came back and taped the box back up,” Carrie Clark said. “She loves to hide in boxes, so she was very happy there. “She didn’t make any noise.”

UPS then took the box away, Amazon representative Alisa Carroll told CNN.

That’s when, in Clark’s estimation, a trio of “miracles” began to take effect.

One of the seams of the box was not completely sealed, allowing Galena to breathe enough oxygen, Clark said. Additionally, the climate was perfectly stable (not too hot or too cold), so Galena did not freeze or overheat.

And then he arrived in Jurupa Valley, where Hunter, who rescues cats as a sideline, picked up his phone. She was “the only person in that warehouse who knew how to handle the situation” and she acknowledged it was an accident and “wasn’t malicious in any way,” Clark said.

Soon, the Clarks were on a plane.

Galena’s great greeting

“We were very nervous,” Clark said of the flight. “I was so eager to see her and get to her. The only thing I could think of was, ‘I just want to get to my cat.'”

Still, “we didn’t know what shape it would be in,” he said.

Eight days after Galena was involuntarily packed away and two days after the warehouse was discovered, Clark and her husband walked into an exam room at the California veterinarian’s office.

Clark began to coo, while Hunter recorded video He later posted online.

“It’s Mom,” he said, his eyes fixed on Galena, crouched on a blue examination table.

“Hello…Hello, my baby.”

“Darling,” Clark said, snuggling Galena against his chest and rocking her back and forth.

“This is my baby.”

“This moment,” Hunter posted about the reunion, “was absolutely incredible (full of happy tears!!).”

Then Galena, after days of being too scared to eat and still absorbed in exhaustion and stressed to the point of moving, let Clark hand-feed her.

A perfect ending

Throughout the 10-hour trip back to Utah, Clark stared at Galena as she slept. And soon, Clark said, his furry companion was back to his old self.

“We are so pleased that Brandy was able to help Galena reunite with her family,” said Amazon’s Carroll.

Carrie and Matt Clark believe “miracles” occurred in Galena’s return to his home in Utah. (Carrie Clark via CNN Newsource)

Galena will likely continue to be a big box lover, hopefully without taking off in one again. And now, with their beloved cat safely back, the Clarks want to emphasize the importance of microchips for pets.

“The main reason we were able to meet her again was because of her microchip, so we encourage all pet owners to have their pets microchipped,” he said. “It is a really simple procedure. “It’s just a small microchip that goes on the back of your shoulder blades.”

For Clark, however, the most important takeaway goes much deeper.

“The hand of God is in the details of our lives. He is really the one who can control everything. And if he wants something to happen, he can easily do it,” he said. “And that’s honestly my main goal.”

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