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My name is Merlin!

Domestic Shorthair Cat for adoption in Durham, North Carolina - Merlin
Photo 1 - Domestic Shorthair Cat for adoption in Durham, North Carolina - Merlin
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I'm being cared for by:
Independent Animal Rescue, Inc

Facts about Merlin

  • Breed: Domestic Shorthair
  • Color: Gray Or Blue (Mostly)
  • Age: Young
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: C-16-236
  • Hair: Short

Description: Merlin is an adorable shorthaired kitten with soft gray fur mottled with white and white stocking feet.

Personality: Merlin is a whimsical little guy who has wisdom in his eyes beyond his years. When he is happy and relaxed he melts into your arms in a symphony of purrs. He may be part dog as he loves to roll onto his back to get his belly rubbed and wiggles back and forth with joy. He is an excellent little soccer player and also is learning to play fetch with a paper ball....well, he likes to chase the ball and carry it around in his mouth but he has not mastered bringing it back yet! He is amazingly gentle when he plays with people, hardly ever using his claws or teeth. Merlin is great friends with his foster siblings, Tavi, Arthur, and Juniper, and would love to be adopted with one (or both!) of them or another playful kitten. Merlin is shy in new situations and would prefer a household without dogs or young kids. Merlin is patiently waiting for the perfect person to see the magic in him. It will be the best decision of their life.

Animal History: Merlin and his foster siblings were rescues from the community

Read more about Merlin on the Independent Animal Resuce website.

Or, Apply Online to Adopt Merlin !

About Independent Animal Rescue, Inc

About Our Rescue Group...

IAR started with one woman's big dreams, a bigger heart, and a very distinctive purple pickup truck that helped her rescue countless numbers of unwanted, abused, and homeless Triangle pets. Originally founded in 1994, IAR earned an official 501 (c)(3) status in 1995. IAR is currently governed by a Board of Directors, managed by elected officers, and supported by over 100 unpaid volunteers. There are no paid positions within IAR, so 100% of all donations directly support animal care and rehabilitation.


Our mission is to rescue and provide safe and responsible care for homeless, abandoned, and abused animals. We shall strive to help all animals in need through our service programs. We will serve our communities through promotion of spay or neuter for all companion animals, and the education of children and adults in the humane care, respect and responsibility for animals on this earth.


At IAR, we believe that the welfare of animals is paramount. We feel that we can alleviate problems associated with animal overpopulation and abandonment using a 4-pronged approach: (1) Rescue and adoption of unwanted and abused animals; (2) funding of spay/neuter; (3) education and outreach on animal welfare to our youngest members of the community; and (4) legislation and lobbying efforts on behalf of animals.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Our wonderful IAR cats and kittens are out and about greeting folks at the Durham Petsmart (Patterson Place) and Petco (South Square) locations almost every Saturday and Sunday (1pm-5pm). In addition, some of our cats are housed at these stores for short durations. You can visit these kitties anytime during store hours! If you see a kitty that you'd like to meet and possibly adopt, please fill out an online application at www.animalrescue.net. We will be in touch shortly!

IAR dogs and puppies are available for "meet and greet" at the Durham Petsmart (Patterson Place) on the first and third Sundays each month (2pm-4pm). Please check our calendar for specific dates and locations where you may meet your new best friend!

Our Adoption Process...

Adoption Requirements

  • 20-year commitment to the animal

  • You may not be an undergraduate student or member of the military

  • You must be a US citizen

  • You must allow a home visit (an IAR volunteer to visit your home prior to adoption.)


Adoption Process

  • Fill out an adoption interest application HERE or call us at 919-403-2221. A volunteer will contact you shortly to discuss your application.

  • Our goal is finding lifelong, loving homes for our animals, so we try to find the best match between animal and adopter. We can help advise you on which animals to meet based on your situation.

  • You can meet some of our animals at our monthly adoption fairs, or we can arrange for a meeting in the foster home. If it’s a good match, the foster parent will come to visit your home in person. This is to make sure your home is safe and secure for a new companion animal.

  • Note: IAR makes every effort to please our adopters, but our first concern must be for the animal’s welfare. We reserve the right to deny any application.


Adoption Fees

Cat Adoption Fees

  • Cats and kittens: $100

  • Senior (7 years and older) and/or special needs cats: $50

  • Pairs of cats or kittens adopted together: $150 for the pair ($100 plus $50).

http://www.animalrescue.net/calendar
Dog Adoption Fees

  • Dogs and puppies: $150

  • Senior (7 years and older) and/or special needs dogs: $75

  • Pairs of dogs or puppies adopted together: $225 for the pair ($150 plus $75)