A cat trapped in a car engine has been lucky enough to be found on time, and is now in need of a new home, its rescuers have recently announced.
While driving from Chewelah to Spokane on Saturday, January 24, Sarah Ann Stevens began getting a whiff of burned hair, and the smell became more and more obvious, to the point where the woman became convinced that something was wrong with the vehicle’s engine.
That’s how she decided to stop her car in the parking lot pertaining to a local Costco store, situated at 7619 North Division Street.
While getting out of the vehicle and approaching its rear, she suddenly heard a loud noise, followed by a much more unexpected sound: a faint meow.
Upon popping the vehicle’s hood, Stevens made an even more staggering discovery: a cat had been trapped at the back of the engine, and it was its fur that gave out the burning smell the driver could feel so strongly in the air.
Even more surprisingly, it wasn’t a feline that Stevens had never encountered before. Instead, it was Thomas, a cat that she had first seen at her house a couple of years ago, and whom she had decided to randomly name at the time.
Stevens tried to rescue Thomas from behind the engine, but her attempts were unsuccessful. That’s when she decided to enlist the help of several people from Costco’s tire shop. Two customers and one shop assistant eventually managed to set the feline free, after detaching one of the car parts.
Although its rescuers were expecting that Thomas would be too terrified after the whole ordeal and quickly escape without receiving the medical assistance it probably required, the cat surprised them once again.
What it actually did was to jump in Stevens’ arms, acting like a long-lost pet that had just been reunited with its owner.
The woman was also relieved when she realized that despite having been trapped in the car hood for approximately 2 hours, Thomas had sustained no significant injuries, except for a tiny abrasion or burn mark on its nose.
Although it appears that the cat seems to keep crossing Stevens’ path, the woman doesn’t wish to keep it as her house pet. Instead, she is now hoping to find new owners for Thomas, and allow the feline to have a nurturing home of its own.
As she explained, given that the cat spent most of its life in the countryside, it will require to be kept indoors and outdoors also, especially since it seems to have a penchant for outbuildings like garages and sheds.
If there’s anyone who believes they could offer Thomas the attention and care he needs, they should message Stevens via Facebook, and hopefully be chosen as the new owner of the adventurous feline.
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