Kenney the Cat Survives Road Trip atop Car Engine


Inspired, perhaps, by The Cat’s Meow’s “Road Trip” series, a plucky tuxie kitten miraculously survived a drive from Maine to New Hampshire this week inside the engine compartment of a car into which he’d climbed.

Firefighters rescued him from under the hood of a car parked at a local hospital. By all accounts, a patient from Kennebunk, Maine, drove to Dover, New Hampshire with the kitty hanging out next to the engine.

Kenney named by the Cocheco Valley Humane Society staff to honor his hometown caught the attention of people in a passing car, according to Deputy Fire Chief Eric Hagman.

“The cat climbed out of that car and ran over and climbed up another car,” the chief said. “The second car was owned by an employee of the hospital, so she came out and unlocked the car and popped the hood and that let the crew reach into where the cat was hiding” near the engine.

Animal Control was summoned, and before long, Kenney was a vibrating lump of purr in the arms of Elisabeth Shuter, the shelter’s medical manager.

“He’s just as comfortable in your arms as he can be,” she said.

Kenney’s whiskers were singed, but otherwise appeared to be none the worse for his adventure. The Humane Society’s staff expected that the 10-week, two-pound cutie would be adopted soon after their doors opened for business at 11.

“We’re going to have at least 20 people at the door” after people see his picture in the newspaper, she said, confident he’ll be a “purrrr-fect fit” for the right home.


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