There was something about that cat.
There was one feline who stood out.
"When Lucinda ambled out of her kitty tent she began rubbing against my leg imploring me to choose her." Anderson said.
And so Anderson did. Lucinda ended up becoming a great comfort to Sam in his last days and could often be found lying near him.
"It warmed my sad heart," said Anderson.
Lucinda even took on the responsibility of filling the hole left in the family after Sam passed away.
Anderson submitted her heart-warming tale for a nationwide contest sponsored by HIll's Pet Nutrition, and ended up winning $10,000 for the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society.
The shelter recently received the money, which will help find homes for many pets in the East Bay.
Anderson and Lucinda, whom Anderson calls the "backbone of the family," also received a trip to New York City for a professional photo shoot.