Kevin the cat disappeared from his Anderson, S.C. home in the fall of 2013.
The orange house cat — he had been rescued from a shelter just months earlier — had gone outside, as he often did, but failed to return.
His owner, Cheryl Walls, eventually assumed he was gone for good.
Earlier this month, however, an inspector at the Arizona-California border heard meowing inside a U-Haul trailer that had just been driven across the country.
He found Kevin, dehydrated but in relatively good health.
The cat’s microchip helped track down Walls.
"I assumed someone must have picked him up," Walls told the Associated Press. “Now he has seen more of the country than me.”
Today, Kevin will be making the trip from Palm Springs back to North Carolina.
"We have handled some pets with crazy back stories, and this is one more for the list," Riverside County Department of Animal Services Director Robert Miller said.
"The good news is we know the owner, she wants her pet back, and we’ll make that happen."Read More »from South Carolina cat missing since 2013 shows up in California