I am currently “mom” to three cats and one gerbil. My kitties were all “rescues” from acquaintances that had failed to spay their own cats or who could no longer care for their pets. My gerbil came from a teenage girl who was breeding gerbils for an advanced placement science project on genetics. I have had three other gerbils as well, all rescues. I’ve also been mom to four rabbits in the past. All but one are shelter pets that were rescued from the local animal shelter.