One of my cats came from a "sanctuary"....after having been deemed "unadoptable" by the group who initially rescued her . I fostered this tiny, pregnant, emaciated kitten in my home and cared for her and (later) her babies, who eventually went up for adoption. In the 6 weeks after she left my home and was taken there (when the place was shut down by law enforcement) she had lost two pounds...though she was underweight to begin with, had lost a canine tooth and had an upper respiratory infection. I drove the three hours down to get her back, brought her home and nursed her back to health....and otherwise left her to adjust on her own. Now, barely 18 months later, she is healthy and robust...and even allows me to pet her. She will never be a "lap cat", but I can live with that...just to see her thrive and be happy is good enough for me. And this story is just one of many....I am sure some sanctuarys are just that, but they are the exception, I fear!