In our way of thinking, as a human, we think she had a miserable life. In her way of thinking...she had a loving Mom and sister. Sure she couldn't walk well, but she knew no other way....to her, it was normal. All she knew is that her Mom loved her, cleaned her, purred with her, and gave her great moments of comfort....to your little kitty...that was what her life was all about.
A shelter couldn't make her walk better, they couldn't replace the love she felt from her Mom and sister. She would have been separated from them and put in a cage. At least in the garage, she could snuggle and be warm.
In this site, there is a part called The Rainbow Bridge.....please go look it up and read about where all cats go. I have three of my cats there. It is sad knowing that they aren't with me....but I plan on meeting them again.
Cry all you want....I still cry about my cats because I still miss them. I love the ones I have and still love the ones that are at The Rainbow Bridge. You will be comforted to read about where she has gone. Trust me!http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=19
I hope this link works..it will take you to the Rainbow Bridge section.