I too would like to encourage people to adopt from a shelter but I have a word of warning.( and this comes from experience) Be carefull when adopting from a shelter. Many things can go wrong. Check to make sure the shelter is doing what they are supposed to be doing for the animals. For example, we just recently adopted a kitten from the SPCA in our area. We had read an article in the local paper that told of how the shelter was in need of more funding to keep afloat and that they had an influx of new animals to the shelter and were becoming overcrowded, so we thought we would help out by donating blankets/towels/food and also a monetary donation plus pay the fees for adopting a new cat. All was good, until we took the animal home. After a few days , the kitten seemed "off" somehow, just didn't act like a normal kitten. So it was off to the vet, besides a mild sickness, which would pass, the kitten had FLEAS. So because the kitten had fleas, now we have to treat ALL our other cats for fleas at a cost of about 100 bucks a month- per cat, for four months. (we had three others). About four or five days later, My favorite cat Ellie-May dies from some kind of Toxic poisioning. Possibly the flea medication. Then the other two cats BOTH get a throat infection brought to them via the kitten, so the vet says. So now , hopefully , everyone is settling down and things are getting better but meanwhile , my wife and I are really disappointed with our local SPCA because they didn't release the animal with all the proper procedures followed through. The animal (according to their own rules and regulations) was supposed to have it's first shots, be de-wormed and de-flea'd, Prior to adoption. It wasn't and now the organization we were trying to help out is now responsible for us having to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on things we shouldn't have to. But now that things are a little better, we really are enjoying our new family member. We're just lucky we could afford all this extra expence. For some , it might not be so easy so please be carefull, It could end up costing you a fortune.