Rescuers save dog trapped inside car engine — now she’s looking for a forever home

Sometimes dogs get themselves stuck in some pretty surprising places, and need a little human help getting free.

That was the case recently, when one dog was found trapped inside a car engine — and after being rescued, the dog is now up for adoption.

On January 19th, the Arizona Humane Society responded to the most unusual call: someone had found a two-year-old Weimaraner mix trapped inside the engine area of a ’67 Chevy Nova in Phoenix.

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According to a press release from AHS, the 49-pound female dog became trapped after chasing a cat into the small space.

Two Emergency Animal Medical Technicians arrived on the scene and got to work carefully removing the dog from the vehicle, making sure her limbs were all free. After about 15 minutes of work, the technicians pulled the dog to safety.

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The dog was named “Nova” after the car she was rescued from. Nova was very grateful for the helping hand and completely changed her demeanor after getting set free.

“Immediately after being freed, the initially scared pup turned into a wiggly, happy girl with endless tail wags,” the Arizona Humane Society wrote.

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It was a one-of-a-kind rescue and unbelievable sight. AHS’ Field Operations Manager Ruthie Jesus says she once pulled a puppy from a car engine, but never a fully-grown dog like Nova.

Nova was transported to AHS’ trauma hospital, where she was found to be in good health other than a few minor wounds on her ears. After a few days of observation and stray hold, Nova was spayed and placed up for adoption.

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Nova is still available at the shelter’s South Mountain Campus. As part of an ongoing promotion to help adult dogs find homes, Nova and all dogs over one year old are adoptable for only $49.

According to the press release, the Arizona Humane Society has about 160 pets currently available for adoption. They care for nearly 22,000 pets each year, and their field team responded to nearly 15,000 calls about sick, injured and abused pets last year.

If you are interested in adopting Nova or any of AHS’ many other dogs, you can visit their online adoption page for more info!

Thank you to everyone who saved Nova from this tight squeeze! We know she’s very happy to be out of that car engine, and we hope she finds her forever home soon!

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