I first met Shea in 2004 when I was a volunteer at QAS (the orange tabby in the picture). He had been returned to the shelter (he was previously adopted out as a kitten back in 2002). He was quite scared at the shelter and as a result was being passed over for adoption. I volunteered to foster him to see if he would come out of his shell, but sadly after 5 months of fostering him he still hadn’t been adopted. At that point I made the decision to adopt him myself and he has been with my family for the last 12 years. He never fully came out of his shell, however, he has been a welcomed part of our family over the years. This past year he has suffered through a myriad of health problems as a result of aging, one of which is renal failure. Sadly, we had to make the decision to put him to rest today as we felt his quality of life had greatly diminished and we did not want him to suffer. My family will forever remember all of the years we had with him and are greatly for QAS for rescuing him, not once, but twice and allowing me the opportunity to bring him into our family.
– Jill McGrath