This cat is a reminder to bang on the hood of your car before driving off in the cold (Story)
Banging on the hood of your car to check for cats in the engine is one of the most widely shared animal welfare PSAs on social media.
In the winter months, stray cats seek refuge in the warmed-up engines of parked cars.
And that's exactly what happened to this cat in Baltimore City, where there is no shortage of vehicles lining the streets—perfect for chilly cats to climb up into.
"That is what we think happened to Hanover, a kitty who came into BARCS yesterday covered in wounds from head to toe, engine grease and soot," BARCS shared on Facebook. "He was found lying on Boston Street in the city, by a nice woman who noticed a little grey lump in the road and took the time to pull over. When she realized it was a cat, she scooped him up and rushed him to BARCS."
"When Hanover arrived, he was bleeding from his mouth and in bad condition. His large abrasions are streaked with a thick, black, grease-like substance. Even the pads of his feet have injuries covered up by oil and grease. Painful doesn't even begin to describe the way Hanover looks. And yet, amazingly, Hanover's biggest concern is bearing the pain in order to rub, love and purr on our staff."
Hanover the cat is an example of why this simple winter morning ritual is so important—and can even be lifesaving. Getting cozy kitties out from under the hood of the car can prevent engine burns and cats falling or jumping out while the vehicle is moving. A sticky note reminder on your driver side window can be the difference between life and death.
Hanover is currently resting in the home of an experienced medical foster. He is lucky to be alive.
His foster mom reports that Hanover is eating and drinking water. Hanover is enjoying lying on her cool tile floor and sleeping in his plushy bed. He is on antibiotics, pain medication and will have many upcoming appointments with both the BARCS veterinarians and our Franky Fund partner hospital.
He has a long road ahead of him, but he's made it through the worst parts.
Once Hanover heals, he'll be looking for a forever home.
This is another reminder to check your cars before you drive off in the winter cold. Remember Hanover. A simple tap on the hood before you start your engine could very well save a cat's life.
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You can donate to Hanover and other kitties in need at this link here.
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