Maine Coon kittens are simply adorable and lovable and everything wonderful! There are a few “rescue” groups that specialize in Maine Coons. There are of course local shelters as well that may have mixed or older Coons available for adoption.
In most cases there will be some fee associated with the adoption process. You should also know that the shelters and the rescue groups that offer Maine Coon kittens for adoption have no way of guaranteeing that what you are getting is a full bred Maine Coon cat.
Usually these cats have been abandoned so the lineage is not known. Finding a pure bred Maine Coon kitten for free may be a rather impossible task.
Check With Your Local Shelters
If you know what the physical traits are for a Maine Coon cat you may get lucky by simply checking the local shelters and taking a look a their cat population. Shelter workers are not experts on cats so they very likely are not aware of the breeds that they currently have up for adoption.
The only way to know for sure whether they have a Maine Coon kitten among their population is to go take a look yourself. You may be pleasantly surprised to find a Maine Coon kitten for adoption.
Check With Groups and Organizations That Represent the Breed
There are rare cases when a breeder has to get rid of their cats and kittens so you should check with the local Coon cat organizations. Check with all the groups in your state and neighboring states to see if anyone has any kittens up for adoption.
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Browse online classifieds that list animals. There are plenty of online forums that are dedicated to the Maine Coon cat where you can find other like minded people that can help you to network and find opportunities to adopt.
You may not be able to find a kitten for free, but you can always find an older cat that is up for adoption. Kittens are very hard to come by for free in this breed because they are so popular, but with a little diligence and some research you may luck out.
Keep in mind that “free” is not exactly free when it comes to adoption, but it will be lower cost than actually purchasing a pure bred Maine Coon kitten outright!