A tumor claimed the life of my 14-year-old Jack Russell Terrier in 2015, and I swore I’d never bring home another pet to love. In 2019, my heart shattered when my 23-year-old cockatiel died after surgery was performed to remove a fatty tumor from his wing. One minute the doctor called to say he was fine and in recovery. A few hours later she called to say he was gone. Adoption was the last thing on my mind.