All of my animals have been shelter pets ever since I was little. My first cat was a kitten and when we went back to the shelter to get her a friend my mother fell in love with this 1 year old cat we named Samantha. On her cage was note saying that she was to be euthanized within 5 days. She became a member of our family. Those two cats are now in heaven, but they lived a long happy healthy life in our home.