When the temperature starts to drop, feral dogs and cats need to find shelter to survive and often have to get creative to stay warm.
So when the weather got too severe for an outdoor cat in Washington, the cat crawled underneath a parked car and climbed inside. However, the safe shelter quickly turned dangerous when the owner of the car started the engine and started on an almost 50-mile journey.
But as Sarah Ann Stevens drove, she started smelling burned hair and immediately pulled over to investigate. And just as she got out of the car, her heart dropped when she heard a thump and a weak cry. She quickly popped open the hood of the car and discovered a cat trapped behind the engine.
“I was crying at this point because I felt so awful,” Stevens said about the cat, who she had first seen around her neighborhood two years ago and named Thomas. Stevens tried to lift him out, but when that didn’t work, she made her way to the nearest Costco, where strangers helped remove a car part to free the cat, who luckily was unharmed aside from a small burn or scratch on his nose.
Once free, Stevens expected the cat to run away, but instead he curled up in her arms. “He grew up in the country. He likes to be outside and inside cat. I think he really likes out buildings which is the reason why he might have ended up in my vehicle,” she said.
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[Feaured image: Sarah Ann Stevens]