ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - A man in Ruckersville got quite the surprise on a recent trip to COSTCO in Albemarle County. He heard meowing, popped the hood, found a very frightened kitten and promptly took the little guy to the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.

Luckily the kitten, named Engine, was not hurt but animals can be injured or even killed this way. The SPCA says finding a cat hiding in your car engine is common this time of year as the weather gets colder and animals try to find a warm spot to get cozy in. The SPCA has already found Engine a loving foster family.

"Sometimes there can be injuries when they are stuck in the engine so it is very important to make sure that there’s no kitten or cats hanging out. They like to try and find warmth so that's what I think this little one was trying to do and luckily he made his way here,” said Linda Batten, clinic services coordinator.

Batten recommends that you beat on your hood, listen out for any meows before you leave and check your tires for cats and kittens.