When I operated a shelter, I got 100% of my cats from death row. These wwre all well socialized cats -= I went to the pound every day and "interviewed" all the available cats and as soon as they started showing the inevitable URI, I would buy them and take them to my medical facility, develop their social skills and rehome them. I did this at a cost of about $300 per cat.
I was accused by another rescue group of being "Hitler" because I chose only the cats that had the best social skills. My contention was/is that the ones with the best social skills are the ones easiest to ultimately find homes for. There was no way for me to take cats that might take years to socialize, I simply didn't have the resources.
If you, or anyone, obtains an animal that is damaged and chooses to invest the hundreds of hours and dollars that socialization requires, I salute you. What a noble thing to do. However, I wanted to save as many as practical and I could not practically make the investment of taking a socially damaged animal in priority over a socialized one.
If you did go to my website, you'll learn that the pound loves to kill animals and does so for the most arbitrary reasons. The ferals have no hope and never even make it to adoption section.
I'm not sure why I'm defending PETA. Hell, I don't know if I am defending PETA. I'm just saying that I understand there is no possible way to save all the lost and abandoned animals that these disgusting humans keep supplying by not fixing their pets or just leaving them when they move. Add to that the ones whose owners die or are arrested. There are MILLIONS of them.
I visit and donate to all the active low-kill shelters (no such thing as a no-kill) and the biggest one here has hundreds of cats living in squalor. So, it's a hard call to make sometimes.
The black one was a feral and it took me years to socialize him. The other 2 are death row cats.