MHCR desperately needs foster homes for the many kitties that are being dumped at Texas shelters due to the economic situation. Please consider opening your home to one of these cats.
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Unable to adopt right now, but you'd still like to help? We are always in need of items that can be found on our Amazon Wish List. There's something in just about every price range, and as you can imagine, it will be gratefully put to good use. To see a list of items on Amazon, please click HERE.
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Who We Are
Merlin's Hope: Ragdoll and Maine Coon Rescue (MHCR) is named after a beloved 16-year-old Birman, Merlin, who was dumped at a humane society because his owners didn't want to pay for the medical care he needed. MHCR is a registered non-profit corporation with the State of Texas. We rescue Ragdolls, Maine Coons, and other long-haired cat breeds. We gladly accept donations, but are much more interested in finding quality foster homes to open spaces for the many cats currently on our waiting list.
Adopting a friend
MHCR requires an application, two personal references, and a vet reference. Adoption fees vary. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
Merlin's Hope does not do out-of-state adoptions except to those states bordering Texas (Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana). The adopter must be willing to drive and pick up the cat. MHCR does not ship cats under any circumstances nor provide any form of transportation.
Kitten Policy: Kittens (under the age of 8 months) must go into a home with another cat/kitten under the age of three or be adopted with a buddy. Special prices are made for buddy adoptions.
Come Visit Us!
MHCR does not have a physical location. Our cats are lodged in the homes of foster parents. Please call or contact us via e-mail, which is answered daily, to make an appointment.
Pet Adoption Contract
Ragdoll and Maine Coon Cat Rescue
This contract is between Merlinís Hope Cat Rescue (MHCR) and
The Adopter agrees to the following:
Adopter will keep this kitten/cat as long as he or she lives unless unforeseen circumstances prevent this. Adopter will make provisions (both written and oral) for the care and ownership of this kitten/cat should the Adopter become incapacitated or in the case of decease. If it becomes necessary for the Adopter to give up this kitten/cat, Adopter must contact MHCR who has the first option to take back the kitten/cat at no charge or to assist in finding another home for the kitten/cat. Under no circumstances will this kitten/cat EVER be put into an animal shelter or humane society or rescue group.
If the adopter must return this cat to MHCR, the adopter must contact the rescue and give two weeks time for the rescue to find a foster home. Additionally, the cat must be returned in good health. If the cat is not in good health, the adopter will be responsible for all medical bills resulting from any injury, illness, etc.
If the adopter chooses to return the cat, the adopter MUST provide return transportation.
Adopter is not adopting this kitten/cat for resale or as a gift or for another person. This cat/kitten must remain in possession of the adopter or the cat/kitten will be reclaimed by MHCR.
Adopter will Never DECLAW this kitten/cat. Any cat/kitten declawed after adoption will be in violation of this contract and will require the return of the cat.
Adopter will not allow this kitten/cat to run loose outdoors. Adopter understands that he/she is adopting an indoor-only kitten/cat and he/she will not allow this kitten/cat outdoors except in a carrier, on a lead or leash with a harness or in a fully enclosed outdoor run for the catís protection, safety and well-being. Any cat/kitten found running loose outside will require the return of the cat.
All cats coming into MHCR are FeLv/FIV tested and MHCR guarantees that to best of our knowledge that this cat or kitten is negative for FeLV and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV or Feline AIDS) at the time of adoption. If the kitten is under 12 weeks and cannot be tested for FIV/FeLV, this test must be done at the adopterís expense. If the kitten proves to be FIV or FeLV positive, the adopter MUST not euthanize the kitten. It should be returned to MHCR.
MHCR suggests the Adopter to have the cat or kitten examined by a licensed veterinarian within five days of adoption.
I understand that MHCR makes no guarantees and/or warranties regarding this animalís age, nature, temperament, physical condition, and/or health. All warranties, including implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, where they are applicable, are hereby specifically disclaimed. Although MHCR does all it can to guarantee the health of its cats/kittens, adopters need to keep in mind that cats from rescues often come into contact various illnesses, which may or may not affect their cat. MHCR cannot be held responsible for these illnesses nor any expense caused by these illnesses. For this reason, MHCR recommends that adopters take the first monthís free offer of Shelter Care pet insurance at http://www.sheltercare.com/. This service is not a part of MHCR and MHCR is no way affiliated with the Shelter Care service.
The Adopter should be aware that kittens often, during times of stress such as going to a new home, will exhibit temporary signs of illness including but not limited to sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, diarrhea or constipation. If it continues, please contact MHCR.
MHCR must notified if the adopterís address changes.
The adopter agrees to notify MHCR if anything happens to this cat: illness, death, etc.
MHCR requires that adopters not allow their veterinarians to give any cat/kitten adopted from MHCR an FIP shot, which has been shown to cause the disease itself. MHCR HIGHLY recommends that adopters, since all cats must be kept indoors, do not allow their veterinarians to give FIV or FeLV shots, which are largely unnecessary. MHCR also HIGHLY recommends that adopters not allow their veterinarians to give additional FVRCPC shots, unless a booster shot is required. Overvaccination is a serious danger to a cat/kitten.
MHCR does not refund adoption fees for any reason.
If I fail to comply with this contract, MHCR may choose to repossess my cat. I may also be sued for damages to the cat. In addition, I agree to pay all costs incurred in such repossession, including any and all legal costs.
This contract has hereby been made public and is binding for any application that has been approved.