How often we are reminded during the cold weather to check under the engine hood for cats seeking warmth before starting the engine. Following is a story that seems just short of a miracle. It was reported by ABC News on June 17, 2013 that a kitten survived a trip of 1,000 miles inside the engine of a Honda.
As the story goes, late last week an owner of a Honda Fit heard meowing coming from her car before a journey from Oregon to Santa Barbara. She could not find the animal, so she began her journey as planned.
After a day into her trip, the car owner contacted Di Sieno, executive director and co-founder of Animal Rescue Team, Inc., for help. Animal Control was dispatched but found nothing. Di Sierno later received a second plea for help, as the kitten’s cries could still be heard.
Di Sieno finally met the distressed car owner, and with the help of Chuck Love of Love’s Towing, found the kitten and pulled it out to safety.
“I was concerned about this kitten because it had been in the car engine for two to three days,” Julia Di Sieno, executive director and co-founder of Animal Rescue Team, Inc., told ABC News. “I put on latex gloves, and I managed to get my hands in there until I had a little kitten and wiggled it through.”
The kitten now appears to be making a recovery and has been named Love after the towing company.
“It was refreshing for me because I’m passionate about this work and saving animals,” Di Sieno said. “The moment I pulled him up, it was so exhilarating.”
Read the full story here.
Please remember this tip as recommended by the ASPCA:
Outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape.
The Animal Rescue Team Inc. is located at 875 Carriage Drive, Solvang, CA 93463 Telephone: 805-896-1859
Their focus is on large mammal rescue, although birds, including raptors, and reptiles are never turned away. They are also licensed to rescue fawns and have special isolation facilities. Domestic animals are also occasionally fostered until a loving forever home can be found.
They are available to respond 24/7 to an injured, orphaned, or displaced wild animal. Visit their website to learn more.
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