A New Path for Merlin’s Hope Ragdoll Rescue
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.–Frost
Merlin’s Hope Ragdoll Rescue has been rescuing cats from Texas and its surrounding states since 2008, and we will always continue to fulfill that duty, but we have a new mission.
Merlin’s Hope Ragdoll Rescue is a registered 501c3 organization with a mission to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome Ragdolls, both purebred and mixes. Over the years, we have rescued cats from all over Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Through the efforts of our sister rescue, South Texas Persian Rescue, we have come to learn that there are cats outside the United States who equally need our help.
Many cultures outside the United States consider cats nothing more than commodities to be bought, sold, and thrown in the trash when they are no longer wanted.
One of these countries is Kuwait, where the Friday Market exists. Here, puppy mills and kitten mills sell purebred animals for exorbitant prices, but if the animals are not adopted, then they are literally left by the walls to die.
I could but will not post actual pictures of the cats and dogs dead in piles by the wall. If you want to see the reality of this, please visit Facebook’s Friday Market Genocide page where you can view these disturbing images.
Others are bought and then thrown out onto the streets like so much trash. These cats are left to fend for themselves in a world that has absolutely no regard for them.
That leads us back to why we have made the decision to take that road less traveled and help these cats. This will not affect our local rescue efforts at all, but look at what rescuing these cats can do and then tell me we don’t have an obligation to help.
We have already committed to over 20 cats, but we need help to get these cats here safely to the United States where we can rehabilitate them. We already have 11 cats coming the first week of December. How can you help?
- TRAVEL: Can you help us transport cats? Do you travel? We desperately need people who are traveling to and from the Kuwaiti area to bring the cats to us.
- Funds: You can donate directly via Paypal to [email protected] We need funds for travel and will need help with vetting. Merlin’s Hope is a 501c3 rescue. Donations may be tax-deductible. We are happy to provide a receipt for all donations.
- Your support. You know our motto: “We cannot help the cats without your help.” So, please come with us on “the one less traveled” and help us help these cats in need.
–MeLinda Hughes, Director of Merlin’s Hope Ragdoll Rescue
Above are pictures from Kuwait Genocide (a facebook link run by a friend of mine, Leila). Leila has given me permission to use any pictures or videos I wish.
I promised to help the Kuwaiti rescuers anyway I could, including by bringing attention to their plight.