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Merlin's Safe Haven Cat Rescue

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Merlin's Safe Haven Cat Rescue has been established to provide for the rescue, care and placement of cats that have been abandoned, neglected, abused or which cannot be kept by their previous owner(s). Cats adopted through Merlin's Safe Haven Cat Rescue are placed exclusively as indoor family pets. All cats are altered and vaccinated prior to adoption. All cats are currently kept in foster homes; therefore, Merlin's Safe Haven Cat Rescue feels more knowledgeable about the cat and can help a prospective adopting family make the best decision adding a new family member for themselves as well as the cat.

Target demographics: Homeless and displaced cats and kittens find forever homes.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 70 cats/kittens

Geographic areas served: Western Pennsylvania

Programs: Adopting out cats and kittens, helping with TNR of feral cats, getting homeless/displaced cats off the streets and into homes, and educating owners on the importance of spay and neuter as well as vaccinating their pets.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Danielle Szarejko S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I reached out to Melin's to donate after seeing they were a rescue local to my hometown. I applied to foster soon after and ended up adopting my foster because we fell in love with him. While I was fostering they provided all the items the kitty needed and Sherry was available anytime I had any questions or advice I needed. Their network of volunteers is invaluable! I donate whenever possible, help out when I can and plan on taking in another foster in the future. Merlin's puts thought into each kitty they place whether it be to adopt or foster. I cannot put into words how awesome they are and I love knowing I'm a part of helping.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

My sister attempted to adopt a kitten through this rescue and had a terrible experience. No one shared with her the process of adoption through this rescue, they never explained the steps or provided time frames. While I understand a volunteer run organization, there has to be set expectations for all involved. After passing each step, another step was added. I have volunteered at 2 shelters, fostered pets, my husband is a veterinarian, and I've rescued cats of my own and never had a seen such a difficult process. There should be transparency, expectations, and information given from day 1 and there wasn't. When my sister attempted to ask clarifying questions from the volunteer (who told my sister to reach out to her) she was then scolded via email and still not provided with answers to her questions. Very disappointing.

Client Served

Rating: 1

I was very disappointed and learned a good deal about adoption of cats in the US. First of all you have to fill out an extensive application form and they do not volunteer much information on what you can expect from this process.
I personally value my privacy and was already not fond of the idea that a stranger would enter my house. But it never came to that anyway.
The first email exchange was rude and they did not volunteer any information but asking about my entire life. But fine. I understand they care for their cats.

Reading on the application that they only do indoor cats I did not think much about it since I believe a cat that sleeps inside and just goes outside occasionally if it wants is an inside cat.

Well, I was obviously wrong and they would rather not give a cat a great home then to ever give a cat to someone who believes a cat is allowed outside once in a while.

Funny enough, I find it pretty cruel not to allow your animal any sun light (If you live at a busy street, you can use a leash). And that's the common believe from where I am from... But different countries different ideas and I keep noticing that Americans rather give up freedom for security.... There is always a risk, but such risks exists for humans too and I would not want to be denied freedom. So I suppose we just really disagree on how a cat should be loved and cared for. Fair enough. I believe cats should live as natural as possible with claws, playmates, appropriate food and the chance to climb a tree once in a while.

So this difference aside, I would have expected them to clearly tell me the reasons for why they believe that a cat should be inside only instead of having me wait a couple of days and then send me a simple declination letter not even stating their reasons.... Well... I figured it out on my own and sent them back an angry email what I personally think about denying cats sunlight... However, if they had just told me on the phone interview I could have gone to the store sooner and my cats could have had a home sooner....

I of course still bought two cats from a store that live very happily with me but Merlins Rescue made sure I will never adopt, support or donate to an adoption agency.

Comments ( 1 )

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merlins 03/22/2019

We are sorry that you signed an adoption agreement as part of your application that clearly indicated the terms and conditions for adopting from us - first and foremost condition that adopted kitties are to remain indoors only. As was politely explained to you during your phone interview, what cats experience outdoor in Germany is far different from what cats in Pennsylvania experience. We can provide a multitude of first hand experiences that we have personally witnessed of outdoor cats being maimed, infected, losing limbs and eyes, attacked by predators and hit and killed by motor vehicles. We do not invest the time, money, and energy in saving the animals in our care, only to allow them to be thrown back outside into danger. Our terms and conditions were clearly stated on the app, we are sorry you chose not to read the application before you signed it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I completed an application for adoption for this ridiculous organization and was inundated with questions that went beyond the scope of their concern. I asked for information about the cat I was interested in adopting and someone from the organization responded very rudely! They expect applicants to answer too many questions after an application is completed, yet, they will not provide any information to applicants when asked! It seems very suspicious to me! I would be surprised if they ever actually placed any cats in adoptive homes!

1 Amanda C.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the best rescues around. They truly care about the cats and finding good homes!

1 Theresa H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is Meadow that I adopted from Merlins Safe Haven Rescue. She is such a sweetie and brings so much joy to our home. Merlins does such a great job rescuing homeless cats, getting them vaccinated and spay/neutered and getting them back to good health.

1 Janice M.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is Aries (use to be Sienna) she had a very difficult life prior to Merlin taking her in. I found her on their site and fell in love with her. My husband didn’t want another cat but the wonderful people at Merlin let us do a foster to adopt. My husband soon fell in love too. We have adopted and she is still a little skittish but she jumps on the couch with us now and lays with the other cats and dogs. She is such a sweetheart. Merlin did a wonderful job with her and does wonderful work with all their fosters. They are all angels to these cats and kittens!!!!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I used to foster for Merlin's until I found the cat hair affected my asthma. This rescue does a wonderful job with their cats. I've never seen a group of people with such big hearts to help these poor animals. Since I can no longer foster, I do what I can to help with donations...be it money or making crafts for them to sell. It's a very difficult job raising funds, so I'm glad I can help in that way! God bless all of the fosters and volunteers of this Rescue! Especially Sherry Huchko, it's founder!!!

1 Sherry S.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Merlin’s Safe Haven Cat Rescue was created to help the unwanted, the dumped-abused-neglected-lost. We all work together to give them a voice. We strive to do the best for each cat and their particular need. It’s all about them!! The wonderful board and volunteers are completely all in for the cats and what’s best for them. I could not ask for a better team of people to help me in the mission to save as many as we can. With your help- we can save even more.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The founder of this rescue, Sherry, has the biggest heart and truly is a champion for the kitties who otherwise have no one to speak for them. She graciously offered to help vet potential adopters for strays that were trapped in my area. Her values are evident in the values of the rescue. The focus is on the cats and what is in their best interest, and that is the number one priority within the organization. I would not have accepted a board position if this was not the case, nor would I have also opened my house to several Merlin's kitties to foster. If you are looking for a great organization to volunteer that puts the needs of the cats above everything else, Merlin's Safe Haven Cat Rescue is that organization!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I needed help with my feral cat colony, Merlin's was there. Didn't get much help from the more well known animal shelters. Every one is a volunteer, use their own resources, cars and money for the benefit of the kitties. They have done wonders for some of the cats who were touch and go. So many have gone to their forever homes! Truly a wonderful group of people. Their only means of funding is through events to raise money, like craft shows, bingo, online auctions and various other fundraisers throughout the year. You can be sure if you donate to this group, every penny goes to the care of these kitties. I was so impressed with them, that I joined the group!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was interested in fostering cats and reached out to several rescues. Merlin’s was the only one that seemed to treat the cats like a name and not a number.

The love and care for the cats in this rescue is astounding. The cats are treated like family, with volunteers often reaching into their own pockets to pay for things.

This rescue is run by honest hard working people, and you can be assured that your donation will be appreciated and will provide care to many cats and kittens in need.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Merlin's Safe Haven Cat Rescue is a great rescue! They put the cats first. The volunteers with this organization are amazing!! They all do what they can to help cats in need. The volunteers know each cats personality and what kind of home would suit them best. They have also pulled multiple cats from being put down at shelters because of health issues or being there too long.