About two weeks ago, Little Dude’s family of about a decade took him to WAGS Pet Adoption, a no-kill shelter in Westminster. The owners told shelter workers that the family’s apartment complex had implemented a pet rent that they could not afford, said Cortney Dorney, WAGS’ shelter coordinator. The cat’s primary caretaker, an older man, likely subscribed to a “food is love” philosophy, allowing Little Dude unfettered access to snacks without giving him much exercise, Dorney said. “They said, ‘We tried the diet food, but he loves to eat,'” she said. Big cats (in girth, not stature) don’t do well in the shelter environment, Dorney said. They tend to get stressed, which can cause their livers to start to shut down. He’s just a big love bug. – Angela Jackson-Brunning, Costa Mesa resident So when Dorney met Little Dude, the heftiest cat she’s seen in her 20 years associating with shelters, she knew she had to get him into a foster home quickly.