A cat survived a four-hour, 200-mile ride under the hood of a car traveling through Ohio.
a man who’d left Xenia in southwest Ohio on a drive to Cleveland on Sunday afternoon stopped at a rest area south of his destination when he smelled something. A patrolling state trooper found the motorist with his hood up and a large black and white cat that wasn’t his stuck in the engine compartment. The animal had burns on the right side.
The cat was taken to an animal hospital in nearby Lodi, where Dr. Linda Randall said he was going to be fine.
Randall is calling him “Eclipse” because that was the model of the car. The SPCA is trying to find the feline’s owner.
There’s a saying that curiosity killed the cat, but in this case it only cost him one of his nine lives.
He survived a 200 mile trip down the interstate, not riding inside the car, but under the hood.
“This is Eclipse and Eclipse rode 200 miles in the engine of a car holding on for dear life”, said Veterinarian Linda Randall of Cloverleaf Animal Hospital in Lodi.
Last Sunday around 4:00 p.m., 41-year-old Wayne Polk left Xenia Ohio for Cleveland on business.
After driving for 3 hours, he stopped at a rest area on I-71 in Medina. It was then that he noticed a smell coming from under his hood.
“I was patrolling the northbound rest area on Interstate 71, and I approached a parking area, and there was a gentleman there with his hood open, and he had a cat stuck in the engine. The cat was pretty calm, seemed really scared, and he had burns on his right side”, said Ohio State Patrol Trooper Aleksander Tot.
Once the cat was removed, Trooper tot called the Medina SPCA, who arrived within minutes.
“When I got there, the cat was a large cat, and I’m looking at this little small Eclipse that he was in and I just said how did you get in there”, said Medina SPCA Rescue Tech Mike Bombaris.
“He’s a good cat, and as you can see he’s feeling pretty good, he has some major singeing of his coat, and he also has some burns. We’re going to sedate him, and we’re going to debride his wounds, in other words remove any dead tissue that is there. I just can’t even imagine what that four hours must of been like for him”, added Veterinarian Randall.
“Oh it’s a very lucky cat, I think the cat got saved, that’s for sure”, added Bombaris
“Even the gentleman, it wasn’t his cat, but he still had a feeling for it, so do we, so we were happy to rescue it”, added Trooper Tot.
“As you can see, he is feeling pretty good, he’s really friendly. He loves to play and I think he’s going to be fine”, said Randall.
Medina SPCA Rescue Tech Mike Bombaris told Fox: ‘When I got there, the cat was a large cat, and I’m looking at this little small Eclipse that he was in and I just said how did you get in there.’
Dr Randall (of Cloverleaf Animal Hospital) said: ‘He’s a good cat, and as you can see he’s feeling pretty good, he has some major singeing of his coat, and he also has some burns.
‘We’re going to sedate him, and we’re going to debride his wounds, in other words remove any dead tissue that is there. I just can’t even imagine what that four hours must of been like for him.’
Cats Should Be More Careful Where They Take Shelter
The SPCA are now trying to locate the feline’s owner.
We know cats like to take shelter in warm, restricted places, so maybe we should all check under the hoods of our cars before driving, especially when it’s cold! And yes, cats do have nine lives.
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Waylon, a 1-year-old tabby, was found in Colorado after he disappeared from his newly adopted father’s home in Goodland. Daniel Johns said he had Waylon for an hour and realized he was missing the next day.
When Daniel Johns met Waylon, it was love at first sight.
The romance started in June at Collier County Domestic Animal Services. Johns, 39, regularly visited Waylon, a year-old, orange-striped tabby. Right before the cat’s 90-day stay ended, Johns made it official. He adopted Waylon.
But within an hour of arriving at his new home, still in the carrier, in Goodland, the cat hid behind the dryer. The next day, Johns discovered a hole in the dryer vent. Waylon was gone.
Johns received an early Christmas gift. Waylon was found — more than 2,000 miles away.
An embedded microchip enabled an animal shelter in Golden, Colo., to reconnect Johns and Waylon.
“It’s awesome,” said Johns, who is the executive chef at the Marco Island Yacht Club. “Now I know what happened, or don’t know, but there’s an ending to the story and it’s not terribly sad.”
It is not clear how Waylon made it to Colorado, or for how long he’s been there.
A “good Samaritan” found Waylon wandering a snowy neighborhood in Golden, Colo., a suburb of Denver. The unnamed woman brought Waylon to the Foothills Animal Shelter, one of the largest animal rescue shelters in the Denver area, on Wednesday morning.
Jennifer Strickland, director of community relations at the animal shelter said Waylon is in good condition and very friendly.
“He had a good weight and looked like he had been well cared-for,” Strickland said.
After he was brought into the shelter, it is protocol to check for a microchip. Johns said he luckily registered Waylon’s microchip to his name, address and phone number.
“That’s what’s so great about a microchip,” Strickland said. “If not for the microchip, I don’t know what would have happened. We would have no idea about the cat.”
Strickland said the shelter currently has more than 350 cats and dogs of which about 95 cats are looking for a home.
Since receiving the news, Johns has been looking up flights to bring his “forever friend” home.
“That’s what we love to hear,” said Daniel Christenbury, spokesman for Collier County DAS. “We hope (Johns) gets his cat back and has a joyous Christmas.”
Christenbury said Johns is an ideal pet owner.
“People generally don’t have that responsibility for pets. They think they’re disposable, especially cats,” Christenbury said. “We gotta get away from that and let people know pets are a lifelong commitment, a forever friend. We owe that to them.”
Both Strickland and Christenbury stressed the need for microchipping pets as well as checking to see if lost or stray pets have one.
“People don’t think about getting a cat scanned,” Strickland said. “They don’t realize a microchip is a permanent form of identification. They don’t think this cat could belong to someone.”
Johns said he is thrilled to bring his cat, whom he knew for only a short time, back home to Florida.
“He’s really cool, sweet cat,” Johns said. “He walks on a leash and knows his name.”
Johns said he didn’t try to get a new cat after Waylon disappeared. He said he posted fliers and kept all of Waylon’s belongings — a bed, food, treats and toys — on the off chance he would come back.
“It’s a Christmas miracle,” Johns said. “It’s weird how it all happens at the same time. Here comes Waylon just in time for Christmas.”
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