How one little kitten found her lucky break

Published: Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 11:02 a.m.

“Home at Last: Tales of Rescue,” coordinated by Hilary Hynes at Alachua County Animal Services, profiles the success stories of families and their rescue pets.

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Three-year-old Gabrielle and her adopted cat, Anna.

Photo courtesy of Jackie Mann


Haile's Angels Pet Rescue is sponsored by Haile Plantation Animal Clinic, 5231 SW 91st Drive, Gainesville, (352)505-0302

No one knows how this one little kitten ended up wandering alone on Newberry Road, where she was hit by a car. But luckily for her, she was soon rescued by a good Samaritan and taken to Haile's Angels Pet Rescue.

At first, things didn't look promising for the 8-week-old.

When Dr. Diane Fletcher, a veterinarian at Haile Plantation Animal Clinic, examined her, she could see at once the tiny kitten's injuries were extensive: Two fractures to her right front leg, another to her right hind leg and a major skin wound on her left rear leg.

But with seven weeks of treatment by chief veterinarian Dr. Linda McCollough, owner of the clinic and founder and president of Haile's Angels, and staff, the kitten slowly recovered and was given a new name: Anna.

And a new home. Jackie Mann, staff member at the clinic, fell in love with what she calls Anna's sweet and calming demeanor.

Mann saw how tolerant Anna was of cast changes, medications and laser treatments. And the feelings were reciprocated: Mann would visit the little kitten often, and Anna would begin purring as soon as she heard Mann approach. Little Anna appeared grateful for the attention.

Today, Anna is happily at home with Jackie Mann and her family — fiancÚ Jacob Umpleby and daughter, 3-year-old Gabrielle. Anna joined a household of two dogs and one other cat. When Anna first came home, the larger dog, an Akita mix, immediately took on a caregiving role and cared for her as if she were her own pup.

But Anna's best friend, reports Jackie Mann, is Gabby; the kitten and the little girl play together during the day and sleep together at night.


Anna is one of the many animals that find their way into animal shelters and pet rescues across the country. It takes only a few minutes to visit your local animal shelter or rescue group. That visit could save a life. There are many ways to look for your new four-legged family companion. Petfinder online or Pet Harbor online are two. Alachua County Animal Services is always here to help. For more information on adoption, stop by.

— Hilary Hynes, public education program coordinator, Canine Good Citizen evaluator, Alachua County Animal Services, 3400 NE 53rd Ave., Gainesville, 264-6881, 213-1241, heh@alachuacounty.us.

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