Kitten Rescued by Valvoline Technician

March 6, 2019

Add cat extractions to the services offered at Valvoline Instant Oil Change in Hesperia, California.

Add cat extractions to the services offered at Valvoline Instant Oil Change in Hesperia, California.

Oak Hills resident Marc Adams, noting that “a good deed should not go unnoticed,” told the Daily Press about his experience last weekend with a frightened cat and a dedicated Valvoline employee who was in the right place at the right time.

As Adams tells it, “I pulled out of our driveway this morning and noticed a silver bag with handles laying in the street in front of our house. I got out to pick it up and it had something in it. I opened it and a baby black cat was in the bag.”

Startled by his discovery, Adams said he “dropped the bag to the ground. The cat immediately went under my car and climbed up inside by the gas tank. My wife and I couldn’t get the little guy out.”

Figuring the animal would emerge if the car moved, Adams drove his Honda sedan slowly around the neighborhood. The cat remained lodged, “still meowing for Mommy,” Adams said.

“I decided to drive down Main to see if anybody was open with a car rack.”

Adams came across the Valvoline Instant Oil Change center at 16817 Main St. in Hesperia, where senior technician Bradley Barbato worked.

With the car elevated, Barbato saw the cat had wedged itself above the fuel lines. “It wasn’t going to come out on its own,” Barbato said.

As the cat screamed, Barbato loosened a few bolts and lowered the gas fill tube. The frightened animal was free.

The cat, female and black, was given the tongue-in-cheek name Snow.

Barbato thought “it was cute. And it looked like it needed a home.”

Which he provided for a short time, until realizing Snow did not get along with his other cat. A Valvoline co-worker then took in Snow, and now Adams is assured his surprise kitty has a place more comfortable to sleep than a silver bag.

“A special thanks to the Valvoline Center in Hesperia,” said Adams. “All the employees were very concerned and willing to save this cat.”

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