The old cat weighed just 3.6 pounds when she was found, her fur severely matted, in the parking lot of a hotel.
Last November, a good Samaritan brought the 13-year-old Persian mix to San Diego Humane Society's Oceanside campus in California. Rescuers named her Joyce, shaved down her matted fur and started her on her road to recovery in cozy sweaters.
Despite the way she had been abandoned, Joyce still had affection to give.
"She instantly became a staff favorite with her sweet demeanor," Tanessa Higgs, guest relations manager at the San Diego Humane Society, told The Dodo.
Joyce was quickly diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, a hormone disorder that speeds up the metabolism and causes rapid weight loss.