Plenty of people donate their old belongings to thrift stores, hoping to give their former items a second life and benefit a good cause at the same time.
But sometimes, unintended “bonuses” sneak in. Sometimes forgotten stashes of cash show up, sometimes it’s family heirlooms that were unknowingly placed in the donation box.
This time, it was a cat.
“Denver Animal Protection got a call on New Year’s Eve from a Denver Arc Thrift Store that someone had just dropped off a piece of furniture for donation and they found a cat stuck inside,” city officials said, according to KCNC-TV.
An animal control officer arrived on the scene a short while later and was able to coax the orange tabby out of the recliner. The cat was “very friendly,” but when it was scanned for a microchip, animal control was unable to get ahold of the owners because the information had not been updated.
But that turned out not to be an issue, as the worried owners, unable to find their cat Mantequlla in their nearly empty house, realized what must have happened and reached out, sick with worry.
“They said they were in the middle of moving and had donated a recliner to the thrift store without realizing their cat, Mantequilla, had climbed up underneath (likely from the stress of all the moving going on at the house),” city officials stated.
“They were so happy to have found him.”
Recliners are well-known as terribly comfortable chairs, but they’re also notorious death traps for many house pets. Curious creatures like cats and ferrets have been known to scamper inside, hide, and then be crushed when someone sits down and operates the lever.
Thankfully Mantequilla was fine and reunited with the family. The Denver Animal Shelter shared his story as well, along with photos of the hilariously pitiful-looking cat.
“Mantequilla’s family donated a recliner to the thrift store when they were moving,” the shelter shared. “They didn’t realize that their cat was hiding inside the recliner.
“We are so happy for the ending to this story and are thankful to everyone involved in getting this sweet cat home safely.”
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