I'm a huge advocate of adopting rescue animals from shelters, these pets are not defective instead most often they just need some love and a permanemt home. Take Big Boy for instance, he was dumped off at a shelter at 2 years old because they no longer wanted a cat. I was volunteer with a rescue group and he was a big loveable guy just wanting some attention. he was adopted out and within a month, 2 days before Christmas I got a call from his new family to come and get him, they didn't want him anymore. I went to pick him up and they had him housed in a spare bathroom, window open, litter box overflowing and he was skin and bones. I wrapped him in a blanket, put him in a crate and rushed him home. Immediately the next morning he was taken to a vet, put on IV and the prognosis wasn't good, he was emaciated, dehydrated, his kidneys were shutting down and he had lost all hope.
After a week at the vets, I took him home and fed him through a tube in his stomach for a month. He was a stubborn guy, pulling out the tube at least once a week, it was a war of the wills but in the end, we were both winners. I was fostering him while he put on weight and gained his health back and eventually adopting him - how could I not? How could I resist...just look at those beautiful green eyes.
(He has a nice fluffy cozy bed but he still prefers a box. Silly cat)
11 years later he is still a loveable guy, he thinks he is a dog and he is a constant companion. He thumps up and down the stairs, he starts meowing loudly at 6am, meows when he can't find me in the house, he's a little piggy and begs for food and he is absotutely perfect!
I have had a couple rescue cats in my life, sad beginnings and happy endings. Next time you are considering adding a furry family member, cat, dog, rabbit, or hamster please think long term, are you ready for the commitment are you ready to fall in love? Consider a rescue, they need love the most. :)