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P.O. Box 351
302 Range Road
Cumberland, ME  04021



HART is an all-volunteer organization that provides a safe refuge to hundreds of homeless cats each year. We rely on the support of individual donors to help us rescue and provide shelter for these innocent animals. Please consider supporting our efforts with a tax deductible donation.

HART's 9th Annual Litterbox auction was a resounding success - many thanks to all of the volunteers, donors, attendees and winning bidders!





December craft fair


HART 2015 Calendars are here!

Get your copy at the shelter, or at one of our craft fairs, or adoption events.

The price is 14.00 per calendar.

Volunteers Needed

HART Cookbook Now On Sale!

Cookbooks - $15.00 
Custom HART aprons also available - $10.00

"I have just perused the HART Cookbook in detail. It is absolutely wonderful!! Very professional, great yummy recipes (will even inspire me to cook!), photos of kitties are adorable and the quotes are beautiful! And the information at the end (e.g. food quantities, cooking terms, etc.) is a great addition. I can't say enough good things about this cookbook - extremely well done!!"

A Balancing Act...

As you may have seen on the news, HART is facing an incredible overpopulation situation. There are currently more than 100 kittens in foster care and 130 cats residing at the shelter, with more expected to come in during the next several weeks. As a no-kill shelter with limited space, we must carefully balance how many cats we can accept while at the same time providing the best environment for the cats that are already in our care. Please consider making a financial donation to support the care we provide to these homeless cats and kittens. Donations may be mailed to HART P.O. Box 351 Cumberland, ME 04021.

partnersWays YOU Can Help HART!  

Visit our support us page to learn about all the easy ways you can help us to help the cats.


Seeking Volunteers

  • Do you love cats?
  • Do you have a few hours to spare one or two mornings a week or every other week?
  • Is your significant other allergic to cats, but you’d would love to spend time with some wonderful, beautiful, friendly felines?
  • Are you retired and have some extra time on your hands?
  • Would you like to fulfill a passion that you have for animals?
  • Would you like to be part of a great volunteer organization and give something back to the community?

If so, HART needs your help!!!  Visit our volunteer page to learn about all of our volunteer opportunities or send us an e-mail any time!

Stay Informed

Want to know what's happening at HART? In addition to regularly checking our website for updates, there are several other ways to keep in-touch:

follow us on facebook Visit us on Facebook to see featured kitties and other news. If you've adopted from HART, we'd love to have you upload a recent picture of your furry friend to our Facebook page!

follow us on twitter @HARTofMaineFollow us on Twitter (@HARTofMaine) for the latest news, updates and kitties available for adoption.


follow us on twitter @HARTofMaineBrowse our videos on YouTube for an inside glimpse of life within the shelter and at various HART events.

Check out HART's free newsletter Messages from the HART, published three times a year. Click to view the most recent issue (PDF format) or send us an e-mail and we'll add you to our mailing list. Be sure to include your full e-mail and/or mailing address and we'll send you our next issue.

Snip, Snip Hooray!

Community Spay-Neuter Clinic has opened at Freeport Outlet, 475 US Route 1 (just south of exit 20, Route 295). This new clinic provides quality surgery at low cost for low income households. Visit their website or call them at (207) 865-0772 or 865-0775 to make an appointment.

"There is no disease or condition of companion animals that takes as many of their lives as euthanasia." ~Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, Associate Professor Of Epidemiology at Cornell University

Pet Pantry

There is a Pet Pantry now open at the North Yarmouth Congregational Church on Saturday mornings from 10:30-12:00 for people who are experiencing financial issues. They have food, supplies and vouchers for Ames Farm Center.



Minerva- Adult Female

Minerva is a sweet girl, but she is having a very tough time at the shelter. She loves people, but she does not get along with other cats at all - this is really difficult in our open environment! She has bounced around to several homes in her life, and she is desperately seeking a home that she can call her own, forever. Minerva loves to play and she is affectionate - on her terms. She enjoys sitting next to you and keeping you company, and she likes to be petted on her head and under her chin. Minerva would love it if her new home had lots of nice high perches, where she can watch the world go by as she settles in.
Minerva does not show well at all in our shelter environment, because of her dislike of other cats. She has all her paws crossed that there is someone out there who will take on faith all the nice things we are telling you about her, and adopt her soon!

Calendar of Events


The Shelter has New ADOPTION HOURS


HART Shelter - 302 Range Road, Cumberland
1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.- note later hours!
11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

HART will be closed on Wednesday November 26th.
We will be open as usual on Saturday November 29th.
We are happy to make individual appointments for adoptions this week, call 829-4116 or email info@hartofme.com


The shelter is open for drop-in tours and adult adoptions on the days listed above. Please come by with your friends and family to tour the facility and meet our adult cats. If these times are not convenient, give us a call to arrange for a private tour. See Contact Us for directions to the shelter.

Please Note: Kittens do not live at the shelter and therefore are not available to be seen at the open house. If you are interested in adopting a kitten, please email our kitten adoption coordinator, Suellen Clark . Also check below to find an adoption event in one of our area pet stores where kittens will be shown and available for adoption.
If you need to surrender a litter of kittens, please contact Joann Wallace .



Tabling with Kittens

Are you looking for a cute and cuddly little kitten to call your very own? HART has many adorable babies that will be ready for their new homes soon. Please complete an application or contact Suellen Clark for more information. 

Our adorable kittens will be at the following locations on the dates listed. Representatives from HART will also be on hand to assist you with the application process and to help you select the purrfect kitten for your family.


Nov. 29

Pet Life- Portland -North Gate Shopping Plaza
9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

After you have had your turkey, and done your Black Friday shopping- come and meet some adorable furry friends!  

  Bake and Craft Sales

Dec. 6

North Yarmouth Academy, 148 Main Street, Yarmouth
Holiday Craft Fair
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Please help the HART kitties by purchasing some hand made crafts and yummy treats made by our volunteers.
We would love to have some new crafts to sell - Christmas, cat related or other!
For more information about the bake sales and to donate food or craft items please contacts Sharon Lewis.


Bottle Redemption Drive


HART - 302 Range Road, Cumberland
Please help us by dropping your returnable cans and bottles in the collection bins located outside the HART shelter, on the left side of the building.

Adoption Application

If you're thinking about adopting a cat or kitten from HART, even if you're unsure which lucky companion you'd like to take home with you, we suggest you complete an adoption application. Having a completed application on file with HART will quicken the process of taking your kitty home once your decision is made.

Select from one of the following formats to complete an adoption application:


pdf - print the form and complete by hand, then fax to 207-772-6177 or mail to HART at the address listed on the application; OR...


Microsoft Word - enter your information, save the document then attach it in an email to HART (info@hartofme.com).

Maine Community FoundationThank You to our Grantors

We thank the following foundations for their generosity in awarding grant money to HART in support of ourmission.


Advocating for the Cats

Tim Sample takes on the role of "cat spokesperson" for the new Spay Maine ad campaign. The goal is to increase the status of Maine's cats, encourage shelter adoption, reduce relinquishments and encourage spay/neuter. This is the first "cats only" ad in Maine. View it here, share it on your facebook page and help spread the word!

HART Webcam

A webcam was installed in one room at HART so you can peek in on the kitties any time, day or night! Simply click this webcam link then select Mode 2 - unless you're using Internet Explorer, in which case select Mode 1. When prompted, enter hart as the username and password.

Raising Money (and Awareness too)

When you have a minute, visit Erin Cully's blog for entertaining and informative short articles on all things CAT! As a shelter volunteer and fellow cat-lover, Erin has a personal goal of raising $10,000 for HART. 100% of all donations received through the "chip in" button on her blog go directly to HART. Thank you ... and Erin!



support maine shelters license plate

Maine's colorful new animal welfare license plate, that will help fund Help Fix ME and the Animal Welfare Program, is now available. The plate graphically depicts Maine's love of animals and helps fight animal abuse and promote shelter animal adoption. If you did not pre-purchase a plate, you can purchase one wherever you register your car, even if it isn't time for your renewal.

By buying and proudly displaying this plate you will help Maine's companion animals in three ways:
1. $5.00 from the sale of each plate will help fund the Help Fix ME spay/neuter program.
2. $5.00 from the sale of each plate will also help fund the Animal Welfare Program's response to the hundreds of animal neglect and cruelty complaints it receives every year.
3. You will be promoting shelter and rescue group animal adoption by displaying the plate on your car.



Help Fix Me Tax Check-Off


Low Cost Spay/Neuter in Southern Maine

  • Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, Westbrook: 854-9771
  • Animal Welfare Society, West Kennebunk: 985-3244
  • Community Spay/Neuter Clinic, Freeport: 865-0772
  • South Portland Veterinary Hospital, So. Portland: 767-7784 (cats: no income requirements)

Spaying and neutering saves lives. Period.
Best to spay/neuter before 5 months.

For more information visit www.spaymaine.org


adopt a cat for $75 or an adult pair for $125


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