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Photo Gallery | Minnesota cat takes unexpected trip through Wisconsin

Leon, a handsome orange tabby cat, has ended up at the Dane County Humane Society after what can only be described as the ride of a lifetime. 

A Minnesota couple traveling through Wisconsin on their way to the east coast for a vacation never expected the third passenger that decided to tag along. 

The couple noticed a strange meowing sound coming from their car when they stopped in Tomah. They initially assumed it was a cat underneath a car parked next to them, but when they reached Madison, they realized the meowing sound was still there and they began to search around and in their car. 

To their surprise, they found Leon, who had somehow crawled up inside the front hood of their car.

The cat was unharmed and was also wearing a collar with an ID tag, DCHS officials said.

"Pet owners don't expect their pets to be lost or stolen and they hope that leashes, fences and doors will be enough to keep them safe at home," said Gayle Viney, DCHS spokeswoman, in a news release. "The reality is that accidents do happen, and when they do, many owners are unprepared. The ID tag provides immediate owner information and the microchip provides back up information if the ID tag is separated from the animal."

They used their phones to search for a local animal shelter and quickly found Dane County Humane Society. The couple was glad the cat was OK and especially happy that the cat was wearing a current tag and could hopefully be reunited with its owner. 

Upon initial exam at DCHS, Leon appeared a little shaken up, but otherwise healthy and in good spirits. DCHS contacted the cat’s owner and is in the process of figuring out how to get the cat back home to Minnesota.

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