A women discovered an unknown hitchhiker in her car last week in Virginia. After driving over 45 miles to work, she found a young kitten stuck in the fender of her car!
She immediately called Petersburg Animal Care & Control and Chief Warden Debbie Broughton rushed to the scene. No one could tell if the animal was injured as only the little one’s scared eyes peered out through the vehicle.
Chief Warden knew she needed to extract the kitten safely from the car, but that was out of her expertise. She contacted a local auto body garage who would be able to open the car without causing damage to the vehicle or the frightened kitten!
Leete Tire & Auto Center Inc. were happy to help join in the rescue efforts. Leete Manager, Warren Strum and one of the shops service technicians named Chuck, grabbed tools and they were quickly able to pull the kitten out carefully.
The little tabby girl emerged, thankfully with no injuries after the long journey.
Auto center worker Chuck just happens to be a loving “cat guy” so was more than willing to adopt her on the spot! He made an appointment for the veterinarian for the next day to make sure there were no unseen issues with the lucky feline. They will check for a microchip as well.
While they will still search for any owners of this missing kitten, it is unknown just how long the kitten was stuck in the car or where/when she climbed in the car. Many stray or feral cats seek shelter from the weather or predators in vehicles, dangerously seeking the warmth the engine compartment offers.