The couple simply can’t bear to go away candy Aimee behind (Image: Lee Hodges/SWNS)
A British couple who refused to go away Mexico with out their injured rescue cat are nonetheless travelling with their feline companion – greater than a 12 months 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 cute stray cat.
They rescued moggy Aimee two months into their journey and developed such a particular bond they are saying she now appears like a member of the household.
However after 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 together with her whereas she recovered earlier than they acquired again on the highway as a trio.
What a fetching jumper (Image: Lee Hodges/SWNS)
Very early on, the pair educated 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 have now had many unusual seems for individuals once 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 the intention 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 severe issues. We have now been damaged down awaiting components.
‘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 should drive by way of 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 have now had many unusual seems for individuals once we are out strolling her on a public path’ (Image: Lee Hodges/SWNS)
‘We are going to see what occurs as soon as we get our VW again on the highway.’
The beloved 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 needed to return dwelling however they couldn’t naked to go away 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 subsequent two years restoring it on the mechanical faculty she taught as a motorcar lecturer.
Willow with Aimee the cat (Image: Lee Hodges/SWNS)
‘We then give up our jobs and rented out our dwelling, to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime highway journey round North America.
‘We rescued Aimee close to Washington DC round mid-October final 12 months. We left two cats behind once we began our journey and we determined we needed to rescue a cat.
‘We initially rescued a small black stray who we referred to as Molly, nevertheless it 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 he or she has been with us ever since.
‘She’s higher travelled than most individuals.’
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