Lucy the cat has been rescued and will soon be returning to South Carolina. Credit: Courtesy of WGME

FALMOUTH, Maine — The South Carolina cat that hitched a ride to Maine and went missing has been found.

Lisa Smith of of HART Cat Rescue said Saturday morning Lucy has been found and will be on her way soon back to South Carolina.

Michael Welch, the cat’s owner, said he was surprised Lucy made her way up to Maine in the car of a neighbor with a summer home in Falmouth.

“I guess my cat decided hitch a ride and jump in her car,” Michael Welch, the owner of the 2-year-old calico, said.

#UPDATE the missing 2-year-old Calico cat named Lucy is found! According to rescue workers she was found a couple houses down from where she was accidentally transported to from her South Carolina home.

Posted by WGME CBS 13 News, Portland on Saturday, 14 July 2018

Lucy was missing for weeks before the neighbor called.

Welch said upon arriving in Maine, Lucy sat in a car for more than a day before the neighbor opened the door to unpack. He says that’s when Lucy made her great escape.

“It’s stressful to say the least, at least we know where she is though, and there’s a whole lot of attention on it, so hopefully somebody will spot her, somebody will see her,” Welch had said prior to her capture.

That attention paid off as crews were able to locate Lucy, whose long trip followed by her disappearance made the search a unique case.

“I’ve never dealt with a cat that is missing from such a distance before,” said Smith, HART’s executive director.

She says that typically her organization is able to lure missing cats back to their property through food, familiar toys and strategically placed traps. She says none of those tricks worked on Lucy, who is so far away from home.

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