Ragdoll breed

45 ragdoll cats turn themselves in to MSPCA after breeding operation spirals out of control

In the largest cat surrender to the MSPCA for a single home in at least five years, 45 purebred ragdoll cats have been rescued from a bloated breeding operation in central Massachusetts, the MSPCA announced Friday.

The cats were removed from a ‘dirty and overcrowded’ home on Tuesday after being voluntarily abandoned by a breeder ‘whose operation exceeded his capacity to maintain the care of the cats,’ the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty said. to Animals in a statement.

Most of the 14 male cats and 31 female cats, ages 4 to 14, are healthy and very friendly despite their previous living conditions, the MSPCA said. However, at least half of the cats will need extensive dental work and three will require treatment for mammary tumors, one of which will require surgery.

“It’s almost unheard of that the cats in these scenarios don’t have serious health issues related to the conditions they’re kept in, but because these cats are healthy and very friendly, we can start moving some of them around. them into new homes right away,” Mike Keiley, director of adoption centers and programs at MSPCA-Angell Animal Hospital, said in the statement.

“We are committed to finding homes for each of these cats – and that’s music to the ears of their former owner, who only wanted the best for them,” Keiley said.

No charges have been filed against the owner, the MSPCA said.

Before being put up for adoption, cats will be neutered or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. The total healthcare cost for cats should be at least $5,000, and the MSPCA is asking those who wish to offset this cost to donate to Spike’s Fund. This fund supports health care services for rescued animals before they are put up for adoption.

Ragdoll cats are known for their medium-long, soft coats and docile temperaments. Due to the expected high demand for adopting the purebred cats, the MSPCA encourages those interested in adoption to meet the cats at the MSPCA Jamaica Plain or Methuen adoption centers.

Maria Lovato can be contacted at maria.lovato@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @maria_lovato99.