The couple simply can’t bear to depart candy Aimee behind (Image: Lee Hodges/SWNS)
A British couple who refused to depart Mexico with out their injured rescue cat are nonetheless travelling with their feline companion – greater than a yr later.
Lee Hodges, 33, and his accomplice, Willow Rolfe, 29, even missed spending Christmas at dwelling as a result of they will’t bear to desert their beloved cat.
The pair initially set off for America in August, 2019, and determined to amass an additional journey companion within the type of an lovely stray cat.
They rescued moggy Aimee two months into their journey and developed such a particular bond they are saying she now looks like a member of the household.
However once they arrived in Mexico, their journey took a nasty flip as Aimee was attacked by a pack of canine and left with a damaged leg.
The pair knew they may by no means abandon her in that state, in order that they stayed along with her whereas she recovered earlier than they acquired again on the street as a trio.
What a fetching jumper (Image: Lee Hodges/SWNS)
Very early on, the pair skilled Aimee to stroll on a lead and the adventurous puss has since joined them in lots of walks – the spotlight being a stroll round Monument Valley.
‘We now have had many unusual appears to be like for folks after we are out strolling her on a public path,’ says Lee.
However now the couple are going through additional delays in getting their beloved kitty again to the UK as their VW campervan broke down on the way in which again to their ferry port.
Poor Aimee was attacked my canine and left with a damaged leg (Image: Lee Hodges/SWNS)
With a view to return to the UK with Aimee, they now have to repair their van and drive again to America to make their ferry journey.
‘Our alternative engine lastly got here and we had been in a position to lastly catch the ferry over to mainland Mexico,’ says Lee.
However, simply over two weeks in the past, our second-hand engine additionally developed critical issues. We now have been damaged down awaiting elements.
‘As for returning to England, our humanitarian visa runs out firstly of February. Ideally we want to see it out within the hope that the US border opens, however they only introduced that it’ll stay closed till twenty first January.
‘To get to the freight port in Mexico, we’d must drive via some fairly harmful cartel states and we’ve heard the port is kind of dodgy, so ideally we’d prefer to ship from the US.
‘We now have had many unusual appears to be like for folks after we are out strolling her on a public path’ (Image: Lee Hodges/SWNS)
‘We’ll see what occurs as soon as we get our VW again on the street.’
The liked up couple rescued Aimee in Washington DC, and spent the remainder of their journey tending to their new pet.
When the pandemic started to unfold, Lee and Willow wished to return dwelling however they couldn’t naked to depart their cat behind, in order that they determined to remain.
‘We had been planning our journey for years,’ says Lee.
‘We purchased a beat-up VW in 2015 and Willow spent the following two years restoring it on the mechanical school she taught as a motorcar lecturer.
Willow with Aimee the cat (Image: Lee Hodges/SWNS)
‘We then stop our jobs and rented out our dwelling, to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime street journey round North America.
‘We rescued Aimee close to Washington DC round mid-October final yr. We left two cats behind after we began our journey and we determined we wished to rescue a cat.
‘We initially rescued a small black stray who we referred to as Molly, but it surely was clear that Molly was very younger and likewise sick. Sadly, she handed away after solely a few days.
‘We rescued Aimee shortly after and she or he has been with us ever since.
‘She’s higher travelled than most individuals.’
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