Are there any genuine Maine Coons at "Maine Coon Rescue" organisations?

I have just visited several online Maine Coon rescue organisations. They are charities run by volunteers and they are meant to be adopting out Maine Coon cats judging by the names of their charities. But when you visit these websites, you immediately notice that the cats advertised for adoption are either Maine Coon mix cats or they cannot vouch for the pedigree of the cats advertised for adoption. Or they are clearly random bred (mixed breed) cats as seen below.

Maine Coon mix at a Maine Coon cat rescue organisation online
Maine Coon mix at a Maine Coon cat rescue organisation online. A nice tabby moggie. By all means adopt the cat. You'll do well to but don't think you are adopting anything other than a tabby moggie. The rescue organisations are being less than honest.

I don't want to be mean-spirited or in any way undermine these cat rescue charities. They do great work. However, if a cat rescue organisation is advertising rescued Maine Coon cats for adoption, you expect them to be listing purebred Maine Coon cats. But they aren't. I couldn't see a single purebred Maine Coon on all the listings that I visited. 

When they say that they can't vouch for the pedigree of a cat it means that that you might as well be adopting a random-bed cat (a moggie). In fact, the cats look like tabby random bred cats to me. They don't even have the appearance of Maine Coon cats.

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I don't expect organisations which call themselves "Maine Coon Cat Rescue" to be able to constantly have for adoption genuine Maine Coon cats. That is because there aren't enough purebred Maine Coon cats without homes which need rehoming. 

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That being the case, the only solution is to change the name of the cat rescue organisation and to remove from the title the words 'Maine Coon'. What I am advocating is a more honest title to these organisations which doesn't inadvertently or deliberately mislead adopters. 

Perhaps they deliberately mislead adopters because they believe that the popularity of the Maine Coon cat will attract attention to their websites. If that is true it is a very cynical ploy. It may even be illegal (a misrepresentation) if an adopter fails to understand the bumf on their websites.

A lot of these adopters might believe that they are adopting a genuine Maine Coon cat because they don't know the difference between a tabby random bred cat and a purebred Maine Coon. But when you know about the appearance of the Maine Coon you immediately see this gulf in appearance.

The point then is that if you and are thinking of adopting a rescue Maine Coon from one of these organisations, don't go ahead. Change your mind and adopt a Maine Coon mix instead but know that the cat is technically a moggie like any other. The cat will have no Maine Coon genes.

This is because you will not find a genuine, purebred Maine Coon at one of these organisations unless you are very lucky. Even then they will not provide you with the documentary evidence that your cat is purebred. You'll need a pedigree and registration with cat association. You will not find this paperwork at these Maine Coon rescue organisations. So even if your cat is a genuine Maine Coon without documentary evidence you don't have a Maine Coon.

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