Andrew Steelsmith and his wife, Christine, were in Dallas, Texas, for a friend’s wedding recently. After loading up their car and setting out for their long drive back to Seattle, they were stopped in their tracks.
It was while attempting to merge onto Interstate 635 that they heard a strange noise coming from their Honda Accord’s engine.
Andrew and Christine could hear a cat howling from their car engine.
The couple pulled their car over immediately and lifted the hood. They weren’t able to see where the cat was hiding, but the constant meowing was enough evidence to call the fire department.
“We accelerated up to freeway speed, and we heard this howling and screaming,” Andrew said to The Dallas Morning News. “The cat was right on the other side of the AC vent. It sounded like it was coming out of the speakers, really loud.”
Firetrucks arrived quickly with their sirens blaring, but the kitten was hiding somewhere deep inside of the car’s engine. They weren’t able to reach it either, and decided the best thing to do was take the vehicle to a car dealership.
Andrew and Christine were escorted by the fire department to a car dealership.
The mechanics at Clay Cooley Chevrolet Galleria said they’d never heard of a cat meowing from inside of a moving car before. After trying to reach the kitty with no success, they concluded they’d have to disassemble the vehicle.
Piece by piece, the technicians removed the front left wheel, the wheel-well guard, and the engine guard. After 90 minutes of fuss, the kitten was finally free.
“An hour and a half later, the awesome staff at Cooley freed the kitten from the engine after removing our wheel and several engine parts,” the Steelsmiths said in the GoFundMe page set up for the kitten.
The Steelsmiths promptly wrapped the kitten in a towel. Now able to get a closer look at the animal, they noticed a few issues that would require veterinary care.
“He has a broken tail with an open wound, a bum leg, and several other issues like malnutrition and possible worms,” they said.
Knowing how difficult it would be for the kitten with so many medical issues to be adopted, they did what they thought was best.
The couple named the kitten Dallas Chevy, and decided to keep him forever.
“After all the trouble we couldn’t imagine sending him to a shelter or giving him to someone else. He chose our car as his ‘shelter’ for a reason,” they said.
Andrew and Christine have both had cats in the past, and said their 6-year-old Beagle named Captain would welcome a kitten into the house. Dallas Chevy is a Blue Russian cat, a breed known for its loyal temperament and soft, velvety coat.
“We definitely got lucky with the type of cat,” Andrew said. “And our 6-year-old pug-beagle mix would love to have a kitten.”
Their trip back to Seattle went smoothly, and despite his rough beginnings, Dallas Chevy is lucky to have found a loving home. His recovery is coming along, and the Steelsmiths said he can now move his tail.