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Where to Find Free Maine Coon Kittens

Maine Coon kittens are irresistibly cute and extremely amusing. Their price, unfortunately, is very high. If you have your heart set on one of these kitties but your budget won’t stretch that far, what can you do?

This article describes where to find free Maine Coon kittens or how to at least pay a lot less.

Can you find free Maine Coon Kittens?

You can sometimes find free Maine Coon kittens ready for adoption at cat shelters, but you may have to wait for one to become available. You are usually asked to make a donation so technically the kitten is not really free but you will pay a fraction of the price you would to a breeder.

Adopting any kitten (or cat) from a shelter is the best thing you can ever do – and there is more about why a bit later.

When adopting a Maine Coon from anywhere other than a breeder you will probably forsake knowing its true lineage.

Where to find free Maine Coon kittens

But this really shouldn’t matter because it will be just as deserving of a loving home as a cat that is a proven purebred.

How To Find Free Maine Coon Kittens

There are several places you might locate free Maine Coon kittens including:

  • Specialist Maine Coon Adoption agencies
  • Cat shelters and rescue organizations
  • Cat cafes
  • Breeders
  • Private adverts
Where to find free Maine Coon kittens; 5 tabby Maine Coon kittens

Specialist Maine Coon Rescue Organizations

To find a Maine Coon Rescue group, enter ‘Maine Coon Shelter‘ into a search engine such as Google.

These are the top results:

  • allows you to search specifically for Maine Coons. If necessary, you can register to be alerted when any become available.
  • is a nationwide organization and its website fully explains the adoption process. You can see photographs of all cats currently hoping for loving homes.
  • has a map of states with the number of cats available in each. You can click on your chosen state to see photos and details.
Where to Find Free Maine Coon Kittens: black kitten

Cat Shelters

Enter ‘Cat shelters‘ into a search engine and a whole list should appear.

Here are a few examples:

There are many other shelters and you will have to take the time to look through each to see all the cats available.


Find all your local breeders and leave your name and number with them as someone who is willing to adopt a returned kitten.

Occasionally, purchasers return Maine Coons to breeders who will then rehome them, usually at a much lower price.

Cat Cafes

These are becoming more and more popular. We visited Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium in London and had afternoon tea with a room full of cats.

The cats are all rescued and the cafe’s entrance fee and other profits pay for their keep.

Some cats they keep but some are up for adoption. You may occasionally find a Maine Coon at a place like this – if not, another cat you’ll fall in love with.

Cat cafes are popping up all over the US. These are just a few:

  • Colony Cat Cafe, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Crumbs & Whiskers, Los Angeles, California
  • Denver Cat Company, Denver, Colorado
  • Eat, Purr, Love, Columbus, Ohio
  • Give Purrs a Chance, Berkley Springs, West Virginia
  • KitTea Cat Cafe, San Francisco, California
  • Koneko Cat Cafe, New York
  • Mauhaus Cat Cafe and Lounge, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Mewsic Kitty Cafe, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Pounce Cat Cafe and Wine Bar, Charleston, South Carolina

And in the UK:

  • Catisfaction, Hull
  • CatPawCino, Newcastle
  • Kitty Cafe, Leeds and Nottingham
  • Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, London
  • Maison de Moggy, Edinburgh
  • Pause Cat Cafe, Bournemouth
  • You and Meow, Bristol
Where to find free Maine Coon kittens: Two Maine Coon kittens play fighting

Private Adverts

Regularly scour local classified advertisements as now and then Maine Coons crop up for free or at low prices when their owners can no longer keep them.

Before adopting a kitten in this way, make sure to visit it and establish that it is healthy. Ask to see its paperwork, vaccination record and if you can speak to the vet it has been registered with.

Why Adopting a Maine Coon (or any cat) is The Best Thing You Can Do

Animal shelters are packed to the rafters with kittens and cats in desperate need of loving homes. Some have been surrendered by their owners, some have been abandoned and then rescued and some have been abused.

Statistics suggest that shelters receive between 3.2 and 3.4 million cats per year. About 1.25 million are lucky enough to be adopted.

Very few shelters have the facilities or resources to keep cats until they are adopted so heart-breakingly 1.4 million are euthanized – EVERY YEAR.

Here’s food for thought – for every cat sold by a breeder, a cat in a shelter loses its chance of being adopted and is as a high chance of being euthanized.

Therefore it could be said that breeders profit at the expense of the lives of other cats. In reality, it’s the backyard breeders who are really at fault.

Boycotting backyard breeders and rescuing cats from shelters is the best way to relieve this desperate situation.

Things to Consider Before Adopting a Free Maine Coon Kitten …

Ongoing Costs

You may be about to get a beautiful little kitten for free (or a small fee) but be aware that the costs of owning one soon mount up. You will need:

  • Pet carrier
  • Pet insurance
  • Annual health checks
  • Food and food dishes
  • Litter box and litter
  • Toys
  • Bed
  • Scratching posts
Where to find free Maine Coon kittens: Red tabby Maine Coon kitten


Make sure you are ready for the commitment required. Consider these things:

  • A healthy Maine Coon can live to 15 years and beyond. Make sure you are able to commit for this time.
  • Maine Coon kittens love to scratch things and you will have to patiently train yours to use scratching posts as opposed to your furniture. Are you prepared to overlook the odd scratch or ten! You can’t be too precious about your furniture when you own any cat. Declawing is not an option – see why here.
  • Maine Coon kittens like company and attention. Ideally, someone should be around for as much of the day as possible. If you possibly can, adopt two kittens at the same time to keep each other company. The more you socialize a kitten the more likely it is to grow into a confident and friendly adult Maine Coon.


A cute little Maine Coon kitten can grow into a beautiful large adult. My two Maine Coons are only 11 pounds and 13 pounds but some grow to well over 20 pounds. Make sure you are prepared for this.

Space and exercise

If your kitten is to live indoors, you should play with it every day for at least 15 minutes and keep this up even when it is an adult. Maine Coons remain playful all their lives.

You should also make sure your cat has room to run around and is not cooped up in a small space. Make sure its environment is stimulating to prevent it from becoming bored.

Where to find free Maine coon kittens: Maine Coon kitten with little girl

Maine Coon Kittens and Children

Maine Coon kittens are wonderful pets for children as they are naturally gentle and tolerant. It is important to teach children to treat kittens gently and kindly to be sure they don’t get scratched.

Also, a Maine Coon does have sharp claws and so children should be supervised carefully when playing with them.


I hope this has been helpful and wish you good luck in your search for a free Maine Coon kitten.

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