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Meet Dinky, the Cat Who Survived Being Trapped in the Engine of a Moving Car


Dinky was a stray kitten, born in the wilds of South Los Angeles. Amid the chaos and noise of fireworks from July 4th celebrations, Dinky crawled into a car engine to hide away.

The next morning, someone started the car, and suddenly Dinky’s safe haven was no longer safe. Dinky ended up getting caught in a fan belt, and the damage to her body was catastrophic. The belt had broken one of Dinky’s hind legs, and amputated part of the other.

The fan belt broke, and the driver of the car, who realized with alarm what had just happened, was unable to drive Dinky to a vet. Though she was horrified, she knew just who to call for help: her friend Esther Alapy, who was a volunteer for Kitten Rescue.

Esther brought Dinky to a surgical veterinary hospital where Dinky had surgery on both of her legs, and had her face stitched where it was lacerated. What was left of Dinky’s left rear leg had to be amputated, and her right leg had to have a plate inserted. Vets weren’t sure that Dinky would ever be able to walk again, but she made a full recovery as a happy tripod! Dinky was then adopted into a loving home with another cat, and her adopter even became a volunteer for Kitten Rescue.


From the beginning, the Kitten Rescue family has put the wellbeing of their cats first.

When Sue Romaine founded Los Angeles’ Kitten Rescue in 1997, it wasn’t because she had planned to open a shelter. Sue had been volunteering at a different shelter and was having a hard time dealing with the harsh realities of population control by euthanasia. One day she encountered a man trying to bring in a stray kitten, and she knew that its fate at the shelter would not be a good one, so she kept the kitten and as many others from the shelter as possible. From that day, the sanctuary was born.

Since then, Kitten Rescue has made it their mission to provide a home to as many kittens, special-needs and otherwise helpless or unadoptable cats as possible. They offer a lifetime return policy to guarantee these felines will never be without a home or a community to support and care for them.

Sandra Harrison, Director of Development at Kitten Rescue, says, “Knowing that our organization stands behind these cats for life is what makes working here so special.”


Over the past 20 years, Kitten Rescue has rescued over 17,000 kittens and made a difference in each and every one of their lives. On average, they rescue about 1,000 felines a year and have around 110 cats in the shelter at any given time. Every year, Kitten Rescue organizes a team of around 100 people to run in the LA Marathon on behalf of Kitten Rescue. They also host an annual Fur Ball Gala. This year’s gala will be a special event, as it marks Kitten Rescue’s 20th year of rescuing cats.

There are two different aspects to Kitten Rescue: their kitten nursery and their cat sanctuary. The kitten nursery requires staff to be present 24 hours a day to bottle-feed kittens until they are ready to be fostered. The cat sanctuary is for cats that are difficult to adopt, like those with medical issues and special needs.

Another reason the shelter is #ALitterBitAmazing? “All cats at our shelter are free-roaming. We do not like to put cats in cages, and the only time they will be isolated is if they are under medical treatment or need isolation when first getting integrated into the shelter,” says Nina Borg, manager of the sanctuary at Kitten Rescue. “We see our facility as a sanctuary, rather than shelter, and try to make it a peaceful and happy place for the cats to live.”

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