I think adopting pets from shelters is the way to go, and I'm sure that I won't regret adopting this cat. However, the shelter makes no effort to check the health of the animals before adopting them out. I adopted a cat from the Garland Animal Shelter and noticed over the next 24 hours that she was in very poor health. That first day, we discovered fleas, even though we were specifically told that she didn't have any. She also hasn't peed, pooped, eaten or had but a fluid ounce of water to drink in 24 hours. The fact that she hasn't pooped or peed, tells me that she wasn't eating or drinking at the shelter either, and that they just failed to mention that or more likely, didn't notice it. It should be fairly obvious during the daily cleanings if an animal is not eating, drinking or using the litter box. She also seems to have a respiratory infection, as she sneezes every 5 minutes. When we called the shelter to tell them this, and ask if there was anything they could do, the man on the phone laughed and said, "You signed all the paperwork. She's your problem now."
On the plus side, the facility was nice, and the animals get to spend a little time in open areas getting exercise. The people who showed us around were nice, but were completely unaware of her condition.