When a group of kids found a kitten outside their apartment complex in Phoenix, Arizona, they knew something was terribly wrong.

“I’m sure they had no idea what to make of what they saw and they took her home to ask their parents what to do with her,” Kathy Hamel, director of Arizona Shih Tzu and Small Breed Rescue, said.

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The kids rushed the cat with two makeshift casts on her back legs into one of their apartments. To say their parents were shocked would be an understatement. No one understood what really happened to the cat or who abandoned her. The parents assumed that her legs were broken and immediately contacted Hamel in the hopes that she could help the small creature.

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“I knew the minute she arrived I would run her straight up to my vet,” Hamel said. “When she was brought to me, there was a little girl maybe 4 years old who was one of her finders. She had named her Cupcake and I told her that I loved the name and would keep it!”

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Getting the casts off her body took about half an hour. While one was easy to take off, the other was completely stuck because of the tightness it was wrapped with. Taking it off caused a lot of pain to the kitten but there was no other way. But the shock only came when they took off both the casts.

Neither of the kitten’s legs was broken.

While it was easily visible that someone had wrapped the poor kitten in the cast, it was not done in order to help her but to torture her instead.

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The vets discovered that the kitten weighed less than a pound and was around 6 weeks old. But what took them by surprise was how utterly adorable Cupcake was.

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“She is a tough little girl with a wonderful spirit,” Hamel said. “She has been so tolerant of all the pulling and washing and prodding and needles and thermometers and being handled by countless people, all who are only trying to help her. She purrs and craves attention and seems to hold no ill will towards humans for whatever they have done to her.”

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Since then, the little creature has had a marvelous recovery. While she’s still lacking in the weight department and can’t walk properly yet, she has proven herself to be a survivor. She’s also making a lot of friends.

“She pushes her head against your finger to make you rub on her and scratch her head,” Hamel said. “She loves to be petted but is so tiny you can only pet her with [a] finger or two and not a whole hand yet.”

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Once she has fully healed, a very nice family is going to adopt her. Right now, she is lined up for foster care and a full recovery.

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With spaying and vaccination on their way, Cupcake is on her way to receive a lot of love and attention from her new family. And deservedly so.

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