Meet Axle the kitten, a little guy who had a bit of a greasy start to life and is now looking for a forever family.
Cat owners know how their felines love to run and hide whenever they are scared or stressed, seeking refuge far away from danger.
For a tiny kitten named Axle fending for himself on the streets, endless hiding places offered sanctuary to the furball — he has a small enough frame to fit almost anywhere.
Axle had managed to tuck himself inside a car engine to hide and likely would have remained unnoticed had it not been for a poodle named Lucas who sensed that a cat was nearby.
Hope for Paws explained that Lucas, who loves cats, had been out for a walk with his handler when he heard the mews of a tiny kitten.
At first, the handler thought the mews were a ringtone set to a phone, but then realized an actual cat must be inside the vehicle’s engine.
Who better to come investigate than Eldad Hagar with Hope for Paws, an organization that has been faithfully coming alongside needy animals in southern California since 2008.
Hagar quickly set to work, seeking out the kitten who did not want to be found. His tiny body was perched under the vehicle’s hood, making it tricky for a human hand to safely coax him out.
While Hagar and the surrounding neighbors tried to set up a barrier on the ground to prevent the kitten’s escape, little Axle did just that: he pounced down to the ground and ran away.
Hagar and his makeshift crew began searching underneath every hood until they found Axle. Then, they needed to locate the vehicle’s owner for help in lifting the vehicle’s hood.
They spent 20 minutes knocking on doors, Hagar said, before finding the person who owned the car where Axle was hiding.
As soon as they popped the hood open, Hagar saw Axle curled up inside. The kitten was scared, covered in grease, and not too sure about the human hand that reached down to pluck him out of his hiding place.
Aside from being greasy, the kitten was unharmed. A warm, soapy bath was all the little guy seemed to need before he was purring up against Hagar’s hand, realizing that he did love humans, after all.
For information on how to adopt Axle, visit https://catconnectionla.org.
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