An auto repair shop is the last place I'd expect to find a cat, but when I recently took my car to a new garage for some repairs, I was thrilled to find that the joint was completely kitty friendly! As soon as I walked in, by some sort of cosmic coincidence, I was greeted by the sight of an orange tabby named Lucky who was sitting on the front desk handling some paperwork.
Staff at the garage tell me that Lucky's name wasn't just a random choice. Three years ago they decided to check out a car before taking it on a 50 - 60 MPH road test, and it's a good thing they did because when they popped the hood, there was a tiny orange kitten inside!
Three years later, the same "Lucky" kitty still calls the garage home, and even has his own little "loft" where he can sneak away if work gets too stressful. He's a super sweet cat, who likes being petted and can even stand up and do tricks. I asked if he helps fix the cars too, but was told his job is to organize the keys that people drop-off every night.
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In addition to Lucky, the garage also cares for eight feral cats who live behind the building. Seven of the eight are spayed/neutered (they are trying to catch the 8th to take her in), and have plenty of safe, quiet hiding spots to camp out in year-round (in the winter they even dig out the snow for them). They're all beautiful cats, clearly well-fed and taken care of, as soon as we were outside with wet and dry food, all eight excitedly appeared.
The gang's all here!
Finding a great cat story when I was just going to get my car fixed was a wonderful, unexpected surprise, and served to remind me that there really are compassionate animal lovers everywhere. Thank you to the everyone at the garage for being kind enough to take the time and money to care for these cats (and thanks for working hard to fix my car, too)!