Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tacoma the Kitty, Trapped in an Engine

Yesterday afternoon I got a call from my husband who works at a Toyota dealership.  He was away from the dealership when he got a call from one of the staff who knows that Mike is a cat person.  A customer had brought in his Tacoma pick up truck for service and when it was put up on the hoist a beautiful black kitty was discovered, trapped, in the engine, but partially hanging out above the front tire.


I grabbed a few items and drove to the dealership.  When I arrived I couldn't believe how stuck this kitty was.  I was prepared with a carrier, assorted towels, heavy leather gloves plus a bowl of wet cat food but I was not in a position to do much.  This kitty was really in trouble.  The Toronto Humane Society was called along with Toronto Animal Services.  I even called my vet.

One of the mechanics realized that the cat's back leg was inside a small coil and his paw was swollen so there was no way it was coming out easily.  The only way this kitty was going to be released was that some dismantling was needed.  The Humane Society people came and shortly after a fellow from Animal Services.  With everyone staring and pointing and discussing options the cat seemed to be pretty calm.  The decision was made what parts needed to be unbolted and the mechanics began, some working above in the engine others underneath.  Within 15 to 20 minutes the cat was pulled out and into a heavy net.

I drove the two Humane Society staff and the kitty back to the Humane Society, which is only a three minute drive from the dealership.  There the kitty will get the medical attention he needs and I hope the small coil can be removed from his back leg without too much trauma.  On the way I suggested that the kitty should be named Tacoma.  

One fact I should mention is that the kitty came in from Belleville yesterday, a two and a half hour drive from Toronto.

A big thank you to the mechanics at Downtown Toyota who helped yesterday, the Humane Society staff and the fellow from Toronto Animal Services.

The Humane Society opens shortly and I will be phoning to get an update on this dear little kitty.  I will post the update when I have information.


  1. I do hope Tacoma back leg and paw okay. Thank goodness everyone help to get Tacoma out. Please give update on.thus dear kitty and thank you goodest bestest friends for all you do for kitty's

    Love Goodest Bestest floofiestness wee ones and mama

    Hug hug hug

  2. OMC, what a wonderful story, and how kind of everyone involved! It would make me buy a Toyota, hearing how they went the extra mile to help this poor kitty.