The Dodo
June 17, 2014 9:21 am

This post was written by Stephen Messenger on The Dodo.

A Florida man is being hailed as a hero for going above and beyond to save a distressed kitten — even though it meant slicing a hole into the side of his vehicle.

Errand Frazier of Vero Beach had been out fishing late last month when he heard the faint sound of a kitten crying out. He recalled for a moment that he’d heard a cat in the woods near his house a few days earlier, but got in his truck and continued on his way.

After he arrived to his destination, Errand heard that same meowing there, too. That’s when he decided to take a closer look, discovering that the sound was actually emanating from behind one of his truck’s side panels. Not wanting to risk injuring the mysterious animal by yanking it out or risk having it fall on a drive to get help, Errand did something remarkable to make sure its predicament ended without delay.

“I had some sheet metal shears behind the seat of my truck, so I started cutting a hole and peeling back the metal. Sure enough, there was a kitten in there,” he says. “I seen this little rascal peeking at me. I said, ‘What in the world? You hitched a ride!'”

With the kitten stowaway safely rescued and in his hands, Errand then hopped into the cosmetically-damaged vehicle and drove straight to the Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County. The kitty, given the name Megan was assessed by staff and was found to be in good health despite her ordeal.

“What a relief,” said Errand. “Fortunately, I had taken her to the right place because the Humane Society has the facilities to help in a situation like this one.”

While the little cat’s okay, Errand’s truck was another story — but he still doesn’t regret a thing.

“You can’t believe how good it feels to have helped little Megan,” he says. “Believe me, I would chop my truck into a million pieces if that’s what it took to save an animal’s life.”

Fortunately, Megan has since been adopted into a forever home. Meanwhile, the Humane Society has started “The Kitty Truck Fund” for those who might like to pitch in to help Errand repair his vehicle.