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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

10 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.

Amanda C.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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!!!!

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!!!

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.