Hay Megan, Don't feel bad, I feel the same way w/ pets. You know it's for you, when you make that connection. When we walked into the Humane Center a few yrs ago, we had been to others and had not made any connection w what we saw. Then when we stopped in one, pow, I knew I didn't want a boy but he just sat at my feet letting me pick up the others. When I'd go back to him, he would purr and I'd put him down and do it again. He just kept up doing the same. I had to take him and it hasn't been a mistake. He's been a perfect angel, say I'm cruel, but I had him declawed and he doesn't go out. And I don't regret it at all. He's not interested in going out so it works out great for us. I have had cats out and lost them to animals. DD has shoveled up remains and we said no more. They stay inside and my vet was very happy w/ that. So chin up, you to will find a pet. But aren't you going to college? Would it be left alone?