The Best of Both Worlds
The benefits of adopting a rescued purebred cat.
If you’re thinking about adding a new kitten or cat to your life, an important consideration is whether you want to buy a purebred feline or adopt a rescued cat. Do you desire a cat with the distinctive look and personality of a particular breed? Or do you want to give a homeless pet a loving home and a second chance at life? Luckily, it’s not an either/or situation; you can get the cat of your dreams and still help an animal in need by adopting a rescued purebred cat.
Adopting from purebred rescue is a wonderful thing. These cats have gone through trauma, and it’s great for them to go to forever homes, says Linda Berg, president of Cat Fanciers’ Association’s Breeder Assistance and Breed Rescue, who runs a nationwide breed rescue and adoption program. There are more than 100 purebred rescue groups throughout the United States and hundreds of homeless cats of almost every breed that are up for adoption.
Rescue groups receive cats from a wide range of sources: from shelters where purebred cats have been surrendered, animal control officers who rescue cats from unfit breeding facilities and breeders who no longer can care for their catteries, which is occurring more frequently due to the mortgage crisis and struggling economy. Although not all breeders are involved in purebred rescue, those who are join other volunteers who foster rescued cats and help find them permanent homes.
Many people who adopt rescued purebreds feel that they’re getting the best of both worlds by providing a much-needed home to an animal in need while still getting the purebred qualities they love. Foster City, Calif., resident Maggi Goodman has owned a number of purebreds throughout her life and recently adopted a rescued Maine Coon.
“[My partner] wanted to buy a purebred cat, and I decided that I wanted a Maine Coon,” she says. She found a Maine Coon rescue organization online, which helped her find the new love of her life, Albert Einstein, who at the age of 6 weeks was abandoned and left starving by a roadside in Northern California.
”I’m happy that I found Albert,” Goodman says. “He’s brought so much joy into my life. It doesn’t matter to me that he doesn’t have [registration] papers; I love him, and that’s what matters.”
Cimeron Morrissey is a cat rescuer, award-winning writer and Animal Planet’s 2007 Cat Hero of the Year. She also is a member of the board of directors of Homeless Cat Network, a no-kill feline rescue organization in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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