PETA fieldworkers often find adoptable animals in dangerous or odd places, and while they aren’t mechanics, that doesn’t mean they won’t take a look under the hood if the occasion calls for it.
That’s exactly what they had to do to rescue a tiny kitten who had climbed into the engine of a disabled Dodge SUV while seeking shelter and then became trapped there for days. Thanks to the kitten’s ear-splitting cries for help, the vehicle’s owner realized his predicament and called PETA for assistance after attempts to lure him out were unsuccessful.
Despite his minuscule size, little Dodge is “Ram tough.” He immediately wolfed down the food we offered him and then vigorously washed off the grime from his ordeal with his tiny pink tongue.
Dodge was extremely lucky that someone found him in time. Most kittens who live outdoors fall victim to the many dangers they face, including predators, weather extremes, parasites, deadly contagious diseases, and cruel humans. One study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association found that 75 percent of free-roaming kittens died or disappeared before they turned 6 months old.
After beating these nearly insurmountable odds, Dodge now rides off with the hearts of everyone he meets at the Sam Simon Center, PETA’s headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia.
In between power naps, he scales desks, nimbly maneuvers between chair and desk legs, and tackles tough jobs like carrying around jingly balls—all with an ample payload of cuteness. Beware: There is a danger of rollover for tummy rubs.