The mishaps of the 6-week-old cat began on Sunday, just seconds after being adopted by the Williford-Neal family of Vero Beach, Florida. The small new pet vanished without a trace after being placed into their car to drive him home. After that, they heard him meow.
The kitten had climbed up through a hole under the glove box into a compartment beneath the dashboard, it turned out. Getting him out, on the other hand, would be far more difficult.
The kitten’s owners had thought he would escape on his own, but as the hours passed with no sign of him, it became evident that he was actually imprisoned. They felt they had to act, so they turned to social media for help.
Valerie and Ron Spada of Spada’s Total Auto Repair were among those who read about the kitten’s plight. They agreed to drive out and help with the rescue. That’s when they realized how serious the family was about rescuing their new kitten.
“The husband told us, ‘I don’t care about the car. Just please get the kitten out,’” Valerie told The Dodo. “He helped us saw through the dashboard, removing the radio, the AC, the center console – everything. The car was demolished. The whole time he was just praying to God that the kitten is rescued.”
Fortunately, all of your hard work paid off.
The rescuers were able to reach in and capture the cat after more than an hour of meticulous cutting and peeling out of dashboard components. Despite the fact that the automobile was damaged in the process, the small cat remained unharmed, albeit tired and thirsty.
The Williford-Neal family hadn’t spent much time with their new pet, but they were ready to risk their automobile to save him. Those who assisted in the rescue afterward realized what a huge gesture it was.
“This is a guy who told me he rode his bicycle to work every day for a year to save money for that car,” Valerie explains. “‘I don’t care,’ he replied. ‘As long as the cat comes out, I’ll ride my bike again.’ That was the right thing to do. Not many individuals would go to such lengths to preserve an animal.”