The Story of the Miracle Kitten

Last week my kids got to experience a kitten rescue story firsthand. My husband had driven an 8 hour work commute and kept hearing a noise that sounded like a cat while he was driving. He pulled over and looked under the hood and around the wheel base several times just to make sure there was nothing there, but couldn’t find any stowaway cat. By the time he got home and the kids heard the first meow, we could tell that we were in for an amazing experience. If there really was a cat under the hood, this would be either the biggest miracle kitten story, or a sad time for three children.


The Story of the Miracle Kitten

You should have seen our family out searching Dad’s truck. We had flashlights shining under all the tires and all 5 of us looking under the engine. We just kept hearing the Meow but couldn’t find a cat – anywhere. We would all get really quiet, and then we’d hear it again. We were finally convinced that there was a live cat somewhere under the engine. But how could it have survived on a hot summer day for that long under the engine.

My husband finally saw 2 shining eyes glaring out at him from under the engine. When he realized he couldn’t reach it, he pulled out the water hose to entice the kitten out to safety. It only took one quick spray to have the little black miracle kitten scurry out from under the engine.

miracle kitten

We enlisted the help of a neighbor to help feed the kitten with some milk in a dropper, wrapped it in a blanket and kept it warm in a pet carrier.

The next morning we found a local animal shelter to help find this little Miracle Kitten a home.

My daughter tells the story better than I can. The next morning I found her at the kitchen table writing and illustrating the true story of the Miracle Kitten.

What I learned

I have very little experience rescuing cats or dogs. I never dreamed it would be so difficult to find a home for a young kitten. With this animal rescue, I realized for the first time how important it is to spay and neuter your pets.

I also learned several important things about no-kill shelters. I hate the idea of good cats and dogs being put to sleep. But after spending hours talking to shelters, friends, animal activist and veterinarians, I realized that there is a serious problem with unwanted cats and dogs.

Adopting or owning a pet is serious commitment. It took us almost 10 years to decide to adopt a dog. But once we made the decision to adopt our yorkie, we knew that we would own this dog until it dies. He has become a part of the family. It’s not always convenient to be a pet owner, but it is always worth it.

This Miracle Kitten endured so much in the 48 hours it spent under our care. We had no control of how it came to be under our truck, make the long journey or enter our life, but we did have the responsibility to give it the best possible chance at a good long life.

What an amazing experience this was for our kids. I am so glad they got the opportunity to help rescue a kitten and see their Daddy become a hero to that small animal.

What we plan to do next

My kids have already decided that they want to do something special for some of the pets in the local animal shelter. So I guess we’ll be looking for some coupons for food to donate and we’ll be looking into the possibility of volunteering to help these animals that need some special love.

Have you ever rescued or adopted an animal? Do you have any tips or experiences that my kids and I can learn from? I’d love to hear!

About Sharon Williams

Sharon Williams is a mom of 3 who loves to read, travel, take pictures, work in the flowers and spend time with family. When she's not blogging, she's probably out enjoying life so she'll have something fun to blog about tomorrow!


  1. says

    oh my! reminds me of when we found a kitten in the church parking lot mewing away.
    We took it to the house next door where it ran into their garage through a hole in the door. We left figuring that’s where it had come from.
    A few days later those neighbors were sitting outside so we walked over and asked him if indeed the kitten did belong to them.
    Turns out it didn’t! But, they had named it Windstar. She was driving to work and kept hearing a meow. She finally pulled over and found the kitten under her hood. It was a Windstar van, so that’s where the name came from :)

  2. says

    I love this story. What’s so wonderful to me is that your daughter was JUST LIKE the S.A.V.E. Squad girls (

    Any chance we can post her story and illustrations on The S.A.V.E. Squad site or embed the video? That’s exactly why I wrote the series, because I know that kids are doers and they love animals.

    ~Kathleen, another lover of animals

  3. Kaye says

    I love the idea of helping a shelter any chance we get! A local friend this year decided instead of her kids getting birthday gifts at their party thy asked or people to bring food etc to be donated to a shelter and it went over very well!! Even the belter let the kids one in and help a little….

  4. says

    Very sweet story, and so happy to hear the kitty was safe after all. All our dogs and cats have come from shelters. And I am very proud to say I come from a state that has all no-kill shelters and rescues. Most people here are very responsible with neutering their pets, and with financial help programs there is no reason not to have it done. It makes me sad to know how many animals are not cared for like they should be.

  5. says

    We have two dogs and one cat. All three were “adopted”, and all are neutered/spayed. I think that is one of the most important part of being a pet owner, is to fix your animals.

  6. says

    What a rough start, glad it had a happy ending. We own a cat that had also stowed away in a car engine, ours however slipped out on a highway and landed in front of my dad and oldest son. My dad apparently stopped in the middle of everything and risked his life to grab that cat. She is completely spoiled to this day! There is a big problem with unwanted animals and it is sad. I recently rescued two cats that were on their last day at a shelter and I could not imagine them not being here. One has a lot of health problems because she was hit by a car and still has a lot of issues because of her injuries – she is a cat that can not jump, can not cry and has other issues because of her accident. A lot of shelters will provide a trap for you to even catch the feral cats and they will spay/neuter them and return them to the area you found them. I think that is such a great program. Love your daughters video! Sorry to be so winded!

    • says

      What a neat story Jennifer! I never realized how bad the problem was or how hard it could be to find the kitten a home. He was a sweet thing once he got some milk in his belly. But before that…. umm, let’s just say he was really hungry lol

  7. says

    That is so sweet! This is a story that will be told and re-told! What a great opportunity to have a chance to teach them about shelters, and caring for animals. My kids always want a new pet… but I am happy with what we have… and it is a big responsibility just to care for them. I love the idea of volunteering and helping local animal shelters.

  8. Andrew says

    Awwe what a great story!! I’m glad the kitten was ok! I’m sure your kids will be telling this story to their children and grandchildren!

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