This was the case for little Trigger, who got a tough start in life.
But one couple was determined to change his fate around.
When Trigg was born, it quickly became clear that his biological parents would be unable to care for him - they therefore decided to put him up for adoption.
And Trigg was lucky to end up in the Langstraat family home, who decided initially to serve as his foster parents.
The Langstraats planned to simply foster Trigg for a short time, but the whole family, Drew and Stacey, along with their three daughters, quickly fell in love with Trigg.
Two and a half years later, the adoption process was finally complete and Trigg could permanently remain with his foster parents, now his legal custodians.