In May of 2016, a local Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)
group began a large colony trapping project at a low-income
housing development in Fayetteville, Arkansas. A hoarder had
been evicted several months prior and the local shelter,
overwhelmed at the time, was unable to help. Over 20 cats
were simply released from a two bedroom apartment and left
to fend on their own.
When the call came in to the TNR group to help, over 30 cats
were initially identified. Many of the cats were found to be
friendly, and never returned to the property where they were
trapped. Instead, they were fully vetted and placed into
loving, adoptive homes.
In June of 2016, Cupcake showed up at the new caretaker's
apartment. She was emaciated and quite fearful, but quickly
made it known that she was not feral. Once her caretaker
assessed her, she realized she was missing one eye and knew
she would have a difficult time living on the streets. She
contacted the original TNR group asking for assistance for
this poor girl. By that time, she was plaintively 'mewing'
for attention, even going so far as to rub in and out of her
The text messages, emails, and phone calls flew from rescues
to shelters. She eventually arrived here at the Sanctuary
where we could give her all the love and patience to help
her come out of her shell. She is now a thriving little
beauty and has made many cat friends, especially with Jack
and Sushi, her big adopted brothers.