Isa and Jennifer were visiting the shelter when they came across Duke, who had just been brought in, half-starved, from a feral cat colony.
"We went into the cage area and Duke was very smitten by my daughter. So I figured the cat couldn't be all that bad," she says with a laugh.
A couple days later, they came back to bring Duke home for good.
But first Jennifer had to explain to her little girl that a once-feral cat doesn't adjust right away to family life.
"You're not going to see Duke for a couple of days," she told her daughter. "He's going to find the nearest bed or piece of furniture and hide there."
But Duke had other ideas.
He sprang from his enclosure "and started surveilling the apartment like he already owned it," Jennifer says.