On Monday we said goodbye to our dear Mabel, age about 11, deaf from birth and adopted on vacation. I volunteered at this shelter in the mornings cleaning cat cages, and when the time came, we couldn't leave her behind. She's been in the shelter 2 years, and no one was going to take her. Sh lived with us 1 day short of a year before liver cancer got the best of her, but she was symptom free almost the entire time, and was never in pain. When she couldn't keep food down and stopped eating, we took her in the next day to put her down. There hadn't been any real treatment options since she was diagnosed, so we just had to decide when it was time, and i know that we took care of her in a timely way so she didn't feel pain. She was tired but relaxed and went gently. When we got her home we treated her for ear mites, stomatitis with 2 dental extractions, the 2nd one leaving her toothless, and a long term gall bladder infection. Despite all that she was a happy girl! She was a very sweet very gentle girl who loved food! The 2 photos of her on the bed show her expression when she saw the ocean for the first time, this was on a vacation we took with her last august. She loved the beach and would go out there supervised with out other cats. Her first view of the ocean last summer on vacation. The ocean in front of her. In the shelter before adoption.