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      Purebred Rescues by Breed

      Breed Rescue & Copycats | Goals | Caring | Help Rescue | Facts
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      Cat Breed Rescue Abyssinian
      Cat Breed Rescue
      American Bobtail
      Cat Breed Rescue American Curl
      Cat Breed Rescue American Shorthair
      Cat Breed Rescue American Wirehair
      Cat Breed Rescue Anatolian
      Cat Breed Rescue Balinese
      Cat Breed Rescue Bengal
      Cat Breed Rescue Birman
      Cat Breed Rescue Bombay
      Cat Breed Rescue British Shorthair
      Cat Breed Rescue Burmese
      Cat Breed Rescue Chartreux
      Cat Breed Rescue Chausies
      Cat Breed Rescue Colorpoint Shorthair
      Cat Breed Rescue Cornish Rex
      Cat Breed Rescue Devon Rex
      Cat Breed Rescue Don Hairless
      Cat Breed Rescue Egyptian Mau
      Cat Breed Rescue European Burmese
      Cat Breed Rescue Exotic
      Cat Breed Rescue Havana Brown
      Cat Breed Rescue Himalayan
      Cat Breed Rescue Japanese Bobtail
      Cat Breed Rescue Javanese
      Cat Breed Rescue Korat
      Cat Breed Rescue Maine Coon
      Cat Breed Rescue Manx
      Cat Breed Rescue Munchkin
      Cat Breed Rescue Norwegian Forest Cat
      Cat Breed Rescue La Perm
      Cat Breed Rescue Ocicat
      Cat Breed Rescue Oriental
      Cat Breed Rescue Persian
      Cat Breed Rescue
      Cat Breed Rescue PixieBob
      Cat Breed Rescue Ragdoll
      Cat Breed Rescue Russian Blue
      Cat Breed Rescue Scottish Fold
      Cat Breed Rescue Selkirk Rex
      Cat Breed Rescue Siamese
      Cat Breed Rescue Siberian
      Cat Breed Rescue Singapura
      Cat Breed Rescue Savannah
      Cat Breed Rescue Snowshoe
      Cat Breed Rescue Somali
      Cat Breed Rescue Sphynx
      Cat Breed Rescue Tonkinese
      Cat Breed Rescue Turkish Angora
      Cat Breed Rescue Turkish Van


      If you have a pedigreed cat that needs rescue and cannot find help at one of the rescues listed on the links above, please tell us about it on the FRN Message Board and we'll try to help you find a purebred rescuer or a placement.

      Rescues that deal with all felines or more than one breed may be found in ALLBREED RESCUES.

      Breed rescue  involves the rescue of both pedigreed cats and "copycats". "Breed copycats" are possible purebred mixes or mutations within the stray population that produce a cat which looks like a pedigreed animal to some extent. Purebred rescue organizations are usually composed of people who are expert in identifying the various breeds of cat. Sometimes the physical characteristics that are elements of a breed are also found in randombred cats. For instance, the gene that causes the distinctive "pointed" pattern in the Siamese or Himalayan, is also present in the randombred population; the genetic mutation that causes total or partial lack of a tail is also common and not confined only to Manx and Japanese Bobtails. Since most animals in rescue do not come with their registration papers and pedigrees, many Breed Rescuers often are called upon to make a close determination. In more cases than not, they will give the benefit of doubt to the cat, accepting what may be a "copycat" (though unlikely pedigreed or pedigree related) in order to assure that they find a home. These cat may come from Animal Shelters, Humane Societies and sometimes from individuals that have no other resort than to relinquish their pet. Rescues take these cats and have them vet checked for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Infection, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, wormed and groomed. Rescues provide temporary homes for such cats. In those cases where the rescued cat has previously acquired any problematic attitude or behavior, Rescues work with the animal to correct these problems before placement.

      Goals of Breed Rescue:

        to educate current and future cat owners regarding purebred cats,  including care and maintenance  
        to promote and improve communication and networking between Rescue organizations and involved individuals and those seeking cat adoption
        to provide information regarding Rescue organizations and cats in need of rescue
        to attempt to assure loving homes for all rescued cats by providing communication between individuals who would like to  adopt a rescued cat and rescue organizations and involved individuals

        to promote animal welfare and related animal advocacy as compared to animal rights philosophy

      In far too many cases, people give up animals because they do not understand animals basic behaviors and needs or because of "lifestyle" changes that are beyond their control.  Please do help educate others about each species or breed BEFORE they get a pet and caution them to ONLY get a pet if they can honestly commit to that responsibility for the lifetime of the animal. If they are considering buying a whole animal as a pet, please tell them the advantages of spaying or neutering that pet. Only a very few purebred cats, as identified by knowledgeable breeders, are likely to contribute to their breed's important health, beauty and temperament characteristics. It is a rare cat that is qualified for a responsible, pedigreed breeding program! If a person is not ready to undertake the increased level of commitment to a breed which that entails, then other options are available that will still allow them the enjoyment of their chosen breed. Please ask them to consider the neutered or spayed rescue cat as one of those options!

      If you are interested  in helping foster or providing a permanent home for a rescued cat, or in other ways supporting or participating in  Purebred Rescue efforts, please join us posting on the FRN Message Board or join the email list for All Breed Rescue communication, the Purebred Rescue and Relocation Society (Pu_R_R_S) Email List. There are also some specific purebred breed rescue email lists you may want to join and contact.  Please note that many of the members of the Pu_R_R_S list are cat breeders who care deeply not only for their own breed, but for all breeds and for the randombred cats as well. Rescued cats are NOT used for breeding nor are they available for breeding.


          Total U.S. owned cat population – 71 million (1)
          Of the 71 million, 87% are already neutered or spayed by their caring owners (2)
          Total unowned/feral cat population – est. 25-40 million (3)
          Number of cats *and dogs* entering shelters annually – 8.3 million (4)
          More than half of cats entering shelters are relinquished by their owners for reasons such as: a) moving b) landlord won’t allow pet; c) too many animals in household; d) cost of pet maintenance; e) owner’s personal problems; etc. (5)
          Approximately half of the cats entering shelters are unadoptable because they are too old, sick, have serious behavior problems, or are unweaned litters of unowned/feral cats.(6)
          Less than 1% of cats entering shelters are purebred (7)

      Breeders and cat fanciers are uniquely qualified to rehome the relatively few purebred cats that enter shelters, and many work very hard to accomplish this, both as individual and as club or group efforts. The low incidence of purebreds entering shelters can be attributed to the cat fancy’s dedication to good breeding principles, careful screening of kitten purchasers, and to the principle that only the very best representatives of breeds should be bred. The vast majority of pedigreed kittens are either sold with a neuter/spay agreement or sterilized before going to their new homes. Responsible breeders involved with purebred rescue exercise the same exceptional care in rehoming rescued cats that they do with placing their own kittens.

      Are you interested in cat adoption? If so,  a list of your local rescues is provided below so you can easily find out if there is cat waiting for you.

      Thank you for caring!


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      1.  The Pet Food Institute 1999 survey.
      2.  Five studies:
                    85% San Diego 1994 NPA Report
                    87% Santa Clara Cty, CA NPA 1993 
                    83% Las Vegas, NV 1981; R. Nassar; Am J Vet Res 1984;45
                    91% Tufts Univ. 4 Mass Towns 1991; A. Rowen; Anthrozoos
                              1992, vol 5,3
                    87 % MSPCA 1991 (Dorr Research for MSPCA - report) - 87%
      3.  National Pet Alliance studies of "back door fed cats".
      4.  Study by Phil Arkow, referenced in _Companion Animal Demographics for Communities and Shelters_, 1997,  Rowan and Patronek, editors
      5.  National Council on Pet Population and Policy study, 1999
      6. Reports of shelter personnel & NPA study on Euthanasia
      7. American Humane Association Shelter Reporting Study and various purebred cat rescue organizations



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