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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Prius the kitten - A Rescue Story

I know that it's not often that I share personal things here. However, on Friday(May 20, 2016), there was an event that happened that I feel I need to share....

While driving home on Friday, I found a tiny kitten on the most inside shoulder of IH10 west. I noticed a tiny black ball of fur that was trying to jump over the wall of the shoulder. Had he succeed, he would have fallen to his death. I stopped on the shoulder, being as safe as I could, and got out of my car. I walked on the shoulder of the highway, cars whizzing past me at speeds of 70mph.

After walking quite a distance from my car, I find this black ball of fur that has given up on life. I scooped him up, clutched him to my chest, and walked back to my car. Since this little kitten decided that he would crawl down my leg and up behind my steering wheel, I ended up needing to go to the Toyota dealership (Cavender). When I pulled up to the service area of the dealership, a tech asks me "how can I help you today? Are you having a good day?". Here is where I blush, and say "well, in the chaos of my world, there's a kitten behind my steering wheel." Once I was able to explain the story to the tech, I find my car being searched by 5 techs and the service manager. (I'm not the only one that this has happened to.) We find this little ball of fur and whiskers wedged between the air filter, not wanting to come out. The service manager told me to leave food out in the car and in about an hour he'll come out. Little did I know he would be there for 12hrs in my car (crawling behind my steering wheel and exploring by my air filter) he finally came out of hiding at 3.15am. I was able to scoop this kitten (soon to be named Prius) and the food left in my car and place both in a crate.

I took Prius to my vet, where we discovered that his lip needed to be reconnected to his jaw. It seems that this six week old ‪#‎kitten‬ was thrown from someone's vehicle. I had someone lined up to ‪#‎foster‬ and found someone who wanted to ‪#‎adopt‬ Prius. The ‪#‎heartbreaking‬ part is that Prius passed on the operating table. His little body had too many internal injuries.
The point of this, is that had I been afraid of the cars, or how and what to do; Prius would've have died on the side of the highway. Never knowing ‪#‎love‬ or that humans can be ‪#‎compassionate‬. I'm having his body cremated and he will be a part of my ‪#‎family‬. ‪#‎BeTheChangeYouWantToSee‬ ‪#‎EndAnimalAbuse‬ ‪#‎AdoptDontShop‬ ‪#‎RescueIsMyFavoriteBreed‬ ‪#‎furbabies‬


  1. I had a similar experience but it didn't end badly. I saw what at the time looked like a bit of trash drop from under an SUV I was driving behind on Broadway and tumble around in the road until it looked up at me just as I was about to drive over it. It was a tiny kitten that apparently had climbed up into the undercarriage of the vehicle.

    I immediately stopped the car and ran back to find the kitten hiding by a tree. I was worried it would dart into traffic so i waved at cars to slow down while I and a passing jogger manged to wrangle it.

    She was filthy from climbing around in the underbelly of the SUV and scratched up a bit from the tumble in the street, but she did well and was soon adopted by a neighbor who then ended up becoming close friends.

    The kitten you found may not have been thrown. It might have just crawled up into the underbelly of a car to stay dry or get warm or just out of curiosity. You can't ever know for sure but I've seen them fall from cars in the past, and I've been bitten pretty good by other kittens trying to get them out from the undercarriage of cars.

    I actually have a cat that was found in the road with a broken leg and tail because she was hiding in an engine compartment and fell out.

    1. Thank you for your beautiful story! And, I hadn't even thought about the kitten possibly climbing into someones car/truck. I'm glad the kitty you found was able to find a loving forever home <3