Cats can make good pets in Maine if they match your IifestyIe. Domestic Cats have been intriguing companions for humans since ancient times. Worldwide, cats are even more popular than dogs as pets. Sadly, huge numbers of cats are in need of adoption and care. A cat owner who no longer wants the cat, or is no longer able to care for a cat, may drop the cat off at a shelter or simply abandon it. Overcrowding in shelters, along with too few adoptive families for the cats, leads to many wonderful pets having to be euthanized. Abandoned cats fend for themselves and breed in the wild, forming colonies of feral cats. Feral cats have such a difficult existence that they typically only live an average of two years, whereas domestic cats can live an average of twelve years with proper care. Organizations exist that can catch and tame feral kittens, and then place them in a home, but adult ferals can rarely be socialized to trust humans. Meanwhile, many prospective cat owners choose to purchase a kitten from a pet store or breeder, and may not know that even purebred cats and kittens are often available for adoption.
Once someone is ready for the responsibility of caring for a cat, adoption can be an incredibly rewarding decision. Adoption benefits cats, owners, and society alike. Adopting a cat is typically much less expensive than purchasing one. Shelters often have a wide selection of very sweet, friendly cats and kittens, including purebreds. Adoptive owners enjoy bonding with their pets, and have the extra satisfaction of knowing they have rescued a wonderful companion from a hard existence. Every cat adopted means one less cat has to be euthanized. Every kitten purchased new results in one less opportunity for adoption to take place. If you are ready for a pet cat, please consider adoption!
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|lnteresting Cat Trivia
||Low-Cost Maine Spay & Neuter Clinics
| All domestic cats are descended from African wild cats. The cats in the Broadway show, Cats, were inspired by feral cats in London made famous as T.S. Eliot's Jellicle Cats. The largest domestic cat ever weighed was about 46 pounds!
Maine Animal Rescue
(Sorted by Zip Code.)
York County - W Kennebunk, ME 04094
Animal Welfare Society 207-985-3244
Cumberland County - Portland 04101
Friends of Feral Felines 207-797-3014
Androscoggin County - Auburn, ME 04210
Greater Androscoggin Humane Society 207-783-2311
Oxford County - Rumford Center, Maine 04278
Maine Veterinary Association 207-364-8660
Kennebec County - Augusta, ME 04330
Kennebec Valley Humane Society/Pet Haven 207-626-3491
Penobscot County - Bangor, ME 04401
Bangor Humane Society 207-942-8902
Hancock County - Prospect Harbor, Maine 04669
Aroostook County - Houlton, ME 04730
Houlton Humane Society Animal Shelter 207-532-2862
Aroostook County - Mapleton 04757
Aroostook Animal Welfare Group 207-227-5056
Kennebec County - Waterville, ME 04901
Humane Society Waterville 207-873-2430
If you find any of the above spay/neuter information is incorrect,
or if you know another low-cost clinic to recommend, please
call Rescue Me! at 1-800-800-2099 with this information.