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No one is really sure why cats purr, except that it seems, in part at least, to be one way of showing that they feel very strongly about us. We do not fully understand what constitutes "intensity" in a cat’s mind, or even how, what, and to what degree cats think . . . . but they do indeed think . . . that much we know, and we’d like to believe that they think good things about us.

They certainly purr when they are around us. They apparently like us as much as we like them.

The affection and respect for animals that many people share resulted in the formation of The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in 1866. The ASPCA is the oldest humane society, whose purpose, as stated by its founder, Henry Bergh, is "to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States."

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Today, more than 125 years later, the ASPCA continues its work by operating shelters and an animal hospital in New York City. Authorized as "peace officers," its Humane Law Enforcement agents continue Bergh’s work by investigating instances of cruelty to animals. The ASPCA’s educational and legislative programs reach millions of people across the country each year.

Many of the problems that all humane societies across the country are forced to deal with are the result of uncaring, irresponsible, or simply poor-informed pet owners. Education plays an integral role in correcting and preventing these problems by providing people with the information they need to care for their companion pets in a humane and responsible fashion.

Cats now out-number dogs. They are the most popular pets in America, living in over 30 percent of households. Unfortunately, not every cat has the good fortune of living with a caring, knowledgeable owner.

Each year, millions of cats die as a result of neglect, cruelty, for want of good homes . . . and sometimes through sheer ignorance. This Web Site contains valuable information that anyone sharing a home with a Ragdoll cat can use to provide the best care possible. Such information can only result in good things for your cat, and for you, as you enrich each other’s lives.

Cats have been domesticated for roughly 4,000 years. Ragdolls are relatively new to the pedigree cat world. Thankfully, today Ragdolls stand on solid ground due to the efforts of key people such as Denny Dayton, Laura Dayton and many caring breeders working to perfect the breed.

We love all cats here, at the Ragdoll Connection Network - we simply love Ragdolls more! We support and commend all the endeavors set forth by the ASPCA because sometimes we can have too much of a good thing.

Right now, there are many more cats being born every day than there are good homes available. Spaying and neutering your pet will not only satisfy most breeders’ requirements, but will help keep your cat healthy and happy for years to come, as well as safeguard against the over-population of unwanted cats in the United States.

For more information about the ASPCA, and to learn how you can support their efforts, write to them directly at:

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
441 East 92nd Street
New York, N.Y. 10028

ASPCA's Web Page-Click Here!