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iN VIDEO: With colder temperatures, B.C. SPCA urges drivers to 'think and thump' before getting into their vehicles

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October 18, 2020 - 7:30 AM

After a stray cat in West Vancouver was found trapped inside a car's engine after a long drive, the B.C. SPCA is urging motorists to check their vehicles for stowaways this winter.

During the colder months in B.C., stray cats — and even some wild animals like raccoons — will try to find warm places to take shelter, according to a B.C. SPCA media release.

This could include vehicles, especially those that are recently parked and still warm.

Fievel the stray cat was found under the hood of a car trapped inside a vehicle engine after a long drive. The owners of the car were shocked to find her but according the B.C. SPCA, Fievel did not suffer any injuries from her harrowing ordeal.
Fievel the stray cat was found under the hood of a car trapped inside a vehicle engine after a long drive. The owners of the car were shocked to find her but according the B.C. SPCA, Fievel did not suffer any injuries from her harrowing ordeal.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / B.C. SPCA

Fortunately, Fievel the stray cat discovered trapped in the car engine in West Vancouver was uninjured, and has since been adopted.

However, not all animals will be so lucky.

The SPCA recommends that drivers Think and Thump this winter by knocking on the hood of their car to ensure no animals are hiding underneath before they drive away.

How to Think and Thump

  1. Tap or lightly thump the hood of your car, allowing time for a four-legged friend to make their escape.
  2. Wait a few moments after to listen for any noises of escape before entering and starting your car.
  3. You’ve now ensured you don’t have a stowaway in your vehicle!

If you sign the Think and Thump pledge by filling out the online form here you'll get a free decal.


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