45 ragdoll cats surrendered to MSPCA after breeding operation grows out of control

The purebred ragdoll cats are in good health and have semi-long hair and bright blue eyes.
The purebred ragdoll cats are in good health and have semi-long hair and bright blue eyes. MSPCA

In the largest cat surrender to the MSPCA from a single home in at least five years, 45 purebred ragdoll cats were rescued from an overextended breeding operation in Central Massachusetts, the MSPCA announced Friday.

The cats were removed from a “dirty and overcrowded” home Tuesday after being voluntarily surrendered by a breeder “whose operation grew beyond her ability to sustain the cats’ care,” the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said in a statement.

Most of the 14 male and 31 female cats, ranging in age from 4 to 14, are in good health and very friendly despite their previous living conditions, the MSPCA said. However, at least half 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 for cats in these scenarios not to have serious health issues related to the conditions in which they are kept, but because these cats are healthy, and very friendly, we can start to move some of them into new homes right away,” Mike Keiley, director of adoption centers and programs at the MSPCA-Angell animal hospital, said in the statement.

“We’re committed to finding homes for every one 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, the cats will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. The total health care cost for the cats is expected to be at least $5,000, and the MSPCA is asking those who wish to offset that 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 semi-long, soft coats and docile temperaments. Because of high anticipated demand to adopt the purebred cats, the MSPCA is encouraging those interested in adoption to meet the cats at the MSPCA’s Jamaica Plain or Methuen adoption centers.

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