This cat is a reminder to bang on the hood of your car before driving off in the cold (Story)

“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.

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