I have never gotten an animal directly from a shelter, but I have adopted animals from familes who didnt want them. I also volunteered in an animal shelter, that was such an awesome experience. My dog came from a family who couldn't keep the puppies her dog just had, and he wasn't bought by anyone he was the last on left. I got 2 mice from a friend who no longer had the time to take care of them, those 2 mice (male and female) went on to have a little of babies(3) and I kept them until they all died(<3) I now have my 2 bunnies(and still my gorgeous dog of course) which i got from a guy who would've ended up giving them to a pet store to sell.
Rufus being a goof=)