Floppycats is not a Ragdoll Rescue - however, we know many people find this page needing help to locate a Ragdoll cat rescue. This page is intended to list resources to help people looking for a Ragdoll cat in need of rescue.
- Ragdoll Cat Rescue
- Websites to Help You in the Ragdoll Cat Adoption Process
- Retired Ragdolls for Sale
- How to Find Ragdoll Rescues Online
- How to Transport Ragdoll Rescue Cats
- Pet Rescue and Transportation Groups
- Ad Analysis - How to Avoid Scams
- Caring for a Rescued Cat
- In Conclusion
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Ragdoll Cat Rescue
When available and when possible, we do list Ragdolls needing re-homing routinely on our Facebook page. Adopting a Ragdoll can be a lot of work, but it will be well worth your effort! If you want to adopt a Ragdoll, it'll be a search because there is no one Ragdoll Cat Adoption center.
Below is a list of resources online that might have Ragdolls.
Make sure you check out all the possible Ragdoll cat rescue homes because if there is a cat that you are interested in, but is not in your area, sometimes arrangements can be made to get that feline to you through RESCUE AND TRANSPORTATION GROUPS.
Also, please be aware that most shelters list Ragdolls erroneously under Himalayan or Siamese since Ragdolls are still not a well-known breed of cat in many circles.
Here is a quick list of other excellent resources for finding a purebred Ragdoll cat for sale is to search in your home to your hometown or surrounding areas:
If you are thinking about Ragdoll Cat adoption, there are a lot of Ragdolls that might be a mix of or listed as a Himalayan or Siamese.
When searching on Craig's list , it is vital to be careful with the transaction as there are a plethora of scammers on Craig's List.
You want to:
- Meet in a public place.
- Exchange cash only.
- Be very careful that you're not being scammed or robbed.
It is possible to find a Ragdoll listed for rehoming by an individual on Craig's List or even sometimes you can find Ragdoll kittens for sale through a rehoming as well.
Websites to Help You in the Ragdoll Cat Adoption Process
- AdoptaPet.com - This nonprofit lists pets from over seventeen thousand shelters throughout the United States - it also has pets in North America. The website lets you filter by breed, age, and location if you want Ragdoll Cat Adoption.
- Purebreds Plus Rescue
- Merlin's Hope: A Ragdoll and Maine Coon Rescue – Located in Ennis, TX and serving TX and nearby states if you come to them! They also do courtesy posts of Ragdolls in need on their Facebook page. Merlin's Hope Ragdoll Rescue works in the area of Ennis in Texas. It looks after Maine Coons as well as the Ragdoll cats. However, you must understand that Merlin's Hope works with a small number of states. You may choose this rescue house and look for cool Ragdoll cats or kittens if you are from:
- New Mexico
- Ragdoll Rescue on Rescueme.org – Ragdoll cat rescue group is the most popular Ragdoll Rescue, which works well all over Canada and the United States. This organization aims to gather cats of this breed from different shelters and Ragdoll adoption. Ragdoll Rescue keeps both unregistered and registered Ragdoll Cats. Therefore if you are trying to find a new friend and use their Facebook page or website, search for Ragdolls in your area. Phone (rescue emergencies only please): (888) 303-9454 [toll free]
- Ragdoll International Rescue
- Pet Finder
- Craigslist.org – Craigslist is a US classified ads website. Craigslist is a site for posting and viewing ads. Be sure to read about scams on Craig's List if you think about a Ragdoll Cat Adoption.
- Overstock.com Pet Rescue
Retired Ragdolls for Sale
Whether the Ragdoll cat price is too much or if you are wanting to find a rescue, many people opt to find a Ragdoll needing rehoming or look for a retired breeder for sale.
These people search for a retired Ragdoll cat for sale in various Ragdoll catteries. You can find reputable, legitimate breeders who are looking to find forever homes for retired Ragdoll breeders. This is a great option because they are usually quite a bit less than a kitten and the retired Ragdoll cat will get a caring and loving home.
Also, a Ragdoll cattery in Rhode Island, for example, might have a cat that they sold to someone, who now needs to rehome it because of an illness, a family move or other circumstances. Many breeders state in their contracts that if you are unable to keep their kitten or adult cat, they are to be notified to help the owner find a new home.
Ragdoll Cat adoption has advantages over adopting a kitten. Younger cats require more:
This can be a problem for some cat owners. Getting an adult cat means that you can get an accurate description of the cat's personality to see if it's the right fit for you and your family.
Just make sure the cat is healthy and not carrying any pathogens that can be transmitted to others. A visit to the vet for a health checkup before inclusion to the pet family is highly recommended.
How to Find Ragdoll Rescues Online
Your search for Ragdoll rescue centers and Ragdoll cat adoption centers will most likely begin online. It is very important that you target your search because this will give you the most relevant results.
One element you should always include in your search query is your location.
For instance, googling "ragdoll cat rescue" will lead you to a long list of Ragdoll cat resources, most of which might be far away. Moreover, the ones in your area might be on the 3rd page in search, which you are probably not going to reach.
If you try "ragdoll cat rescue Florida" or "Ragdoll Cat Adoption Florida" instead, you will get all the rescue centers in Florida listed first. This will help you get the information you need, and it will save you a lot of time sorting through data you do not need.
Different places are known for rescuing and adopting "unwanted" Ragdoll cats.
Such organizations provide a home for the homeless Ragdoll kittens and cats and aim to find caring owners for these cats. Thus, the following organizations are suitable for Ragdoll Cat adoption.
Being a non-commercial organization, Ragdolls Rescue USA protects retired Ragdoll cats for re-homing and interacts with those who would like and are willing to become good cat owners. However, the main focus is on the Ragdoll breed.
Another organization that promotes the Ragdoll Cat Adoption and supports the Ragdoll cat breeders to rescue these lovely Ragdoll cats is Ragdoll International.
It helps Ragdoll cats find new loving homes all around the United States. When you visit the Ragdoll International website, you will see all of the available felines of the Ragdoll breed.
Ragdoll-Specific Centers Might Be More Difficult to Find
If you are looking for Ragdoll Cat adoption, you should start with Ragdoll-specific rescue and Ragdoll Cat adoption centers, but you shouldn't stop there. Due to the immense popularity of the breed, there are centers dedicated to rescuing Ragdolls alone.
However, these are not the only places where you can find a Ragdoll cat in need of a home. Take your time and search.
There are several places to find Ragdoll cats seeking a new home. These are some of the best choices for Ragdoll Cat adoption such as:
Cat Breeders for Ragdoll Cat Adoption
Ragdoll Cat Breeders often state inside their agreement that the cats, no matter how old they are, must be returned for re-homing. Watch their Facebook pages and internet sites for available Ragdolls that need re-homing.
Facebook Groups for Ragdoll Cat Adoption
Look for Ragdoll Cat on Facebook, and you will develop heaps of Facebook Groups throughout the world, specifically for Ragdolls. You will usually find posts from people in the group who require re-home their Ragdoll Cat.
Take Your Time with the Search
There are a lot of Ragdoll cats in need of rescue out there, but adopting one is a long-term commitment. You should feel a connection to the cat, so keep looking until you find that cat with that story that triggers something in you.
Ragdoll cat adoption is not easy. So there is no need to hurry. You can take as much time as you want.
You'll know it when it happens, so take your time. Look at the pictures, read the stories, and, hopefully, you will find different Ragdoll Cat adoption options.
Learn more about cats and Ragdolls from these articles:
How to Transport Ragdoll Rescue Cats
Need help getting a kitty to you? Or want to help transport a kitty?
Here's an extensive list of RESCUE AND TRANSPORTATION GROUPS.
Pilots and Paws is 501c3 organization wherein pilots volunteer their time and airplanes to fly animals in need from place to place.
Sometimes it's to rescue.
Sometimes it's to their forever homes.
When the hurricane hit Houston many years ago, pilots flew en masse to empty the shelters to shelters further away so that animals displaced by the storm would have somewhere to go.
Anyone can request a rescue flight. Just register on the website and put the need up. Planes have much longer legs than cars, so even cross-country trips can be arranged. Because the time is so much less, the stress on the animals is much less too.
Pet Rescue and Transportation Groups
Whether you are looking for Ragdoll Cat Adoption or rescue a kitty from another state or if you are looking to help a kitty get to its new home, you may be curious to know more about Rescue and Transportation Groups.
Amanda, a Floppycats' reader, spoke about two groups the other day on a Facebook post, and I wanted to share them here.
Underground Railroad Rescued Kitty Network URRKN and Imagine home are both transport groups that utilize a volunteer driver network to move cats from one location to another. Generally, it's rescued cats, but they have also taken a soldier's cat to his mother and will return the kitty to him when he returns to the US.
URRKN has a pretty extensive list of RESCUE AND TRANSPORTATION GROUPS.
Ragdoll Cat Adoption: A Reader's Experience With Transportation
Amanda commented on her experience with them:
I've done a trip for each of them, so they are very efficient and very successful.
The cat's FELV/FIV status is irrelevant, they are all eligible for transport. Where the trip would take them over 10 hours travel in a day, they ask for kitty B&Bs for overnight stops before resuming the next day. This allows the kitties to go eat, potty and settle for the night while not in a moving vehicle.
Very often there are multiple kitties in one transport if they are following the same route, but when the routes diverge the drivers meet in safe spots.
While these two organisations do NOT ever pull kitties from shelters and arrange temporary fostering until transport can be arranged, both of their facebook pages have links to people that do.
Routes between east and west Texas are sparsely tended so if the kitty must pass through this route then the kitty adopter may need to allow more time with a foster family.Amanda
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Animal Transportation helps reduce animals' euthanasia (mercy killing). The ASPCA helps move and transport from highly crowded cat shelters to those with enough space and available resources.
Wings of Rescue is another best volunteer organization to move a lot of cats and dogs to safety. This transportation group is moving/transporting healthy cats and dogs and pregnant moms with newborn cats/dogs with recent surgical operations.
Wings of Rescue fly such valuable travelers in private planes towards their forever homes and rescue organizations along the west coast in:
- Beaver State
- Canada, and even
Wings of Rescue has moved about 60,000 cats and dogs to secure new homes. As yet, in 2022, Wing of Rescue has flown about three hundred pets to safety. However, this incredible rescue and transportation group has rescued many cats to provide veterinary aid!
Ad Analysis - How to Avoid Scams
Ragdoll Cat adoption can be a scam. This breed is very popular; it is also expensive. But Ragdoll Cat adoption is possible, and there are plenty of success stories out there. However, there are also quite a few scams because some people try to make money in the process.
If your search has led you to Craigslist, then you are dealing with individual ads.
You have to keep an eye out for scams when looking for Ragdoll Cat adoption on Craigslist or similar platforms. But how can you tell if an ad is a scam or not?
While there is no foolproof method, a few key elements might help. Keep in mind that when people put in the effort of fostering a cat or helping it find a home, they become invested in the process.
Many people like looking at Ragdoll Cat adoption advertisements to get a new cat. However, you need to be very careful when you select this way because, regrettably, there are lots of scams on the internet. When they write about the cat, you can almost always tell that they care about the cat.
The pictures in the ad must be real.
Try doing a Google image search on each of the images in the ad. If you find them on other sites or connected to ads about another cat, then you might be dealing with a scam.
If there are several pictures in the ad, look closely to see if all the pictures are of the same cat. Be sure to get several pics of the Ragdoll kitten or Ragdoll cat as you possibly can. This will demonstrate that the cat is real.
If the article's tone is correct, the pictures are unique, and the financial request is reasonable, you can go to the next step of Ragdoll cat adoption.
Talking to a person might reveal more helpful information.
If everything seems right after this, you should set a meeting. Make sure that this is in a public place, for your safety. If possible, take somebody with you to the meeting. Do not hesitate to ask the individual's contact number who advertises the Ragdoll cat.
If that person doesn't provide his contact number or the number is not registered from the US, make sure this advertisement is a scam.
Keep in mind that going to a meeting to see a cat does not mean that you must go through with the Ragdoll Cat Adoption. You should mention this when you talk to the person. If they are truly invested in the cat's wellbeing, they will understand why you need to see the cat before you can make a decision.
Do not ever send money to the person who advertises the Ragdoll cat and requests you for help because the cat is in a specific state.
Overlook the advertisements if the seller does not live in the United States. If you see the advertisement from the Ragdoll breeder, find out about the Ragdoll breeder registration particulars to make sure who this man is.
Caring for a Rescued Cat
Right after your Ragdoll cat adoption, you might check out a list of names for your kitty if you don't think the name she or he was given at the shelter was appropriate for her or his personality.
It might take the cat a bit to get used to the new name, but it will answer to it in a few weeks. Remember to be persistent with the new name.
Try petting the cat and calling it by its new name. This way, it will associate the name with a pleasant experience. This will be an excellent way to ease into its new identity.
Also, a reader once told me about this book – Starting from Scratch – which offers great insight into strange cat behaviors.
Whenever you are going to foster a rescued Ragdoll cat, you aren't just saving the life of this cat; you're also the person that accounts for the rehab of this feline.
It is essential to know that several Ragdoll cats come from caring families.
However, for several reasons, they are in a shelter (although these felines are well-socialized). Some other Ragdoll Cats might have a few issues with socialization due to insufficient care, love, or even ill-treatment. You need to socialize with your newer rescued cat in cases like this.
When purchasing a Ragdoll cat from a cat breeder, it may affect your budget; you might adopt a Ragdoll for a bit of a fraction of the cost. Rescue centers often have cats of this breed, and you may purchase a cat for 80 to 100 dollars.
You can get Ragdoll mixes in rescue centers, such as Ragdoll Munchkin mixes. Additionally, you might get lucky to find cats that are now retired from breeding and therefore are looking for owners and new homes.
Socializing the Cat
If you currently have a resident kitty for who you are thinking about finding a friend, be sure to read our How to Introduce New Cats to Your Household page. The cat will need some time to get used to its new surroundings, so you should expect it to be a bit edgy for the first week or so.
The first day will be the hardest, but it will get easier each day.
An important milestone is when the cat finds a spot in the house where it feels safe and comfortable. When this happens, let the cat settle in on its own, and then, gradually, you can start connecting with it in the place of your choice.
As for the members of your family, the cat should meet them one by one.
Everybody will be excited to meet the cat, but since this is a stressful situation for it, keep in mind that it is best to take turns in the beginning. If everybody goes to pet the cat at the same time, then it might feel stressed out, which will make the adjustment process more difficult.
Adopted cats can be more difficult to socialize with.
Depending on where they came from and how their previous owners treated them, the cats might be dealing with stress or even traumas. Hopefully, you can get information about this from the person giving the cat up for adoption.
Below are some valuable tips for better socialization of your Ragdoll cat:
- Help your Ragdoll cat adapt to the new environment. Provide your Ragdoll cat in your favorite room. Introduce its home with a single room, and it'll be an excellent start for your cat.
- Never scold your Ragdoll due to toilet problems. It will be best to place 2 or 3 toilet trays or cat boxes for your little friend whenever it adapts. Keep your cat's litter box thoroughly clean. Cats have ideas about bathroom cleanliness, plus a clean cat litter box will keep the cat's hair clean. Remember that a cat breed such as the Ragdoll requires a large litter box for getting sufficient space to turn around.
- Opt for a quiet place to set food bowls and water for your Ragdoll cat.
- Don't forget; your cat wants you to be well-socialized properly. After Ragdoll Cat Adoption, spend some time with your cat and adequately groom your cat and spend as much time as possible with it.
- Your rescued Ragdoll cat might be scared of anything initially, and you need to have patience. Be sure to understand your new cat, and very soon, it'll come out and adjust to its new home.
The Medical Checkup
A rescued cat is most likely not a kitten anymore. When you adopt an adult cat, you should get a clear idea about its health. Some illnesses may not be visible because there could be no symptoms to notice. The very first you should do is take the cat to a veterinarian.
It should get a detailed check-up and a general blood work panel.
This will relay if there are any underlying issues you should be aware of. For instance, a cat with kidney problems might not display symptoms, but it does need a special diet and close monitoring.
If you have access to the cat's medical history, then it is extremely important that you pass this information on to the doctor. If the cat does have any issues, then the doctor will prescribe a treatment. Another important aspect is the cat’s vaccinations. If you have access to the cat's medical records, then the doctor can check when its last vaccination was.
Based on this, the vet will determine when its next vaccination should be. Together with the doctor, you can also find out what the cat's diet should be. This must include all the nutrients that the cat needs and it should be adapted to the cat's breed, age, and medical background.
Prepare yourself that your new Ragdoll cat will be scared of veterinarians.
However, it'll adjust with time. Consider that it's an important measure that will enable you to check the cat's health condition.
Some of them might need a bit more time to adjust to their new surroundings, but when they do, you are sure to feel their gratitude. Cats are very resilient animals, so with the love and care you provide, even those coming from problematic backgrounds, socialization will thrive.
Long-Term Cat Care
After a Ragdoll cat adoption, you have to be more responsible. Caring for a Ragdoll cat means:
- Spending time with it
- Giving it affection
- Giving it a proper diet
- Grooming it.
Long-haired cats must be groomed regularly to maintain a healthy coat. You have to get the right tools to groom your Ragdoll cat, and you have to put in the time. After a while, grooming will become bonding time between you and your new cat.
If you are interested in adopting a female or male Ragdoll cat and like long hair coats, make sure you won't be unhappy. Ragdoll Cat Adoption is suitable for those trying to find a faithful four-legged buddy.
Furthermore, caring Ragdoll cats get along properly with kids, plus they can certainly live with other cats and pets in one household.
After Ragdoll Cat Adoption, it is wise to keep your Ragdoll in your home to guard it against attacks by coyotes or dogs, illnesses spread through other felines, as well as other problems that kittens might experience when they play outside.
It is also essential to understand that your rescued Ragdoll cat might need proper long-term care.
Firstly, it could have severe health issues due to age, improper diet plan, and many others. For this reason, regular medical checkups are vital for your new Ragdoll cat.
Do not overlook the psychological state of the Ragdoll cat due to living in a cattery.
It will not be very simple to get back the trust in others and feel secure at a new caring/loving home. Moreover, you will need to take proper care of your cat's health along with its psychological wellbeing.
Ragdoll cats have gorgeous long hair coats; therefore, they need daily grooming.
Furthermore, choosing healthy food according to their requirements and medical condition is essential. You might opt for wet food, dry cat food, prepare cat treats on your own.
Beware of scams, though.
If you see cheap Ragdoll kittens for sale or $500 Ragdolls, be sure to read these first because Ragdoll Cat adoption isn't as easy.
Did you rescue a Ragdoll cat? How or where did you find your Ragdoll cat in need? How is your relationship with the cat? Have you been through a Ragdoll cat adoption process?
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