"I just happened to go into the shelter that day just to look around and I saw this beautiful cat sitting there," she recalls. "He had been there for a while. Probably a good two months. It's a high-kill shelter and they felt sorry for him so they didn't put him down yet - they kind of kept him longer to give him extra time."
But all the care in the world, it seemed, couldn't put Apollo back together again. In fact, once home with Hutchinson, he developed an upper respiratory infection. And pneumonia. His eye became badly infected.
Veterinarians, medications ... nothing was working.
"The eye basically ruptured in his head," Hutchinson says.
And suddenly a senior - already a tough proposition to find a home for - became a senior cat with one eye.