UCF professor Steven Collins woke up Monday thinking it was going to be just another day of a 45-minute commute to the UCF main campus from Winter Garden. Little did he know, a small kitten was trapped under the hood of his Honda CRV for the ride.

Collins, area coordinator for the Nicholson School of Communication's journalism program, drove onto campus around 9 a.m. and was stopped at a red light when he thought he heard a cat's meow. He rolled down his window and didn't see or hear anything else, so he proceeded to the parking lot. By the time Collins got to his office, he received a call from UCF Police saying that a student had called reporting cat-like sounds coming from Collins' car.

"So I go running out, and a colleague is out there, and the student is out there and UCF PD are on their way. They get there, we struggle for a second, pop the hood and we can hear this cat. It would whine a little bit then it would stop," Collins said.

Collins said the first officer on the scene, officer Ben Lewis, said this is a common occurrence, but the results aren't always a positive outcome.

"I had already decided that, if we got her out alive, she's my cat," Collins said.

UCF Police Cpl. Lashinsky arrived and was able to rescue the little, furry feline from under the hood. Collins said the cat was immediately taken to the vet, who said she was about 6 weeks old and was given a clean bill of health.

The cat — appropriately named Honda — will now have a new home with Collins and his 12-year-old cat, Cocoa.


Paige Wilson is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @ByPaigeWilson or email her at

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