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



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About HART

The Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART) is a shelter and adoption center for cats that has operated in Cumberland, Maine since 1997. We provide refuge, comfort, and medical attention to cats and kittens that have been surrendered, abandoned, injured, or abused, and find loving homes to adopt them.


HART is staffed entirely by volunteers who are dedicated to the well being of the shelter residents. We care for pets that would otherwise be out on the street, assuring their safety, health, and comfort.

Our new shelter building was constructed in 2004. It was custom designed for cat sheltering and offers our residents an open environment, with climbing structures and lots of comfy beds. This environment allows the cats the freedom to play, nest, and hide, as well as form bonds with one another. All of our animals receive lots of love and attention, as well as expert veterinary care.

HART is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation licensed by the State of Maine. We are a member of the American Humane Association, the American Partnership for Pets and the New England Federation of Humane Societies.

How is HART funded?

HART receives no public funding of any kind. We are supported entirely by the generosity of individual donors, foundations, and businesses. Please lend your support by sending a donation to:  HART, P.O. Box 351, Cumberland, Maine 04021.  All contributions are tax deductible. 

How is HART run?

HART is an all-volunteer organization. The people who help do so knowing that their generosity and kindness make a difference in the lives of many animals. (We can always use more volunteer help, so if you love cats and can spare some time, please let us know!)

HART offers its services to people who can no longer provide the ideal home for their pets and to animals that may have never had a home to call their own.

HART is proud of its vaccination policies and the care that its residents receive. When they arrive at the shelter, all cats are tested for feline leukemia (FELV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). Prior to adoption, all cats are spayed or neutered and current on their rabies and distemper vaccinations

The History of HART

HART was founded in 1997 by Eileen Smith. She renovated a barn on her property in Cumberland to establish the shelter and, over time, volunteers joined to help her with the animals. In April, 1999, Ms. Smith relocated out-of-state, but she allowed HART to continue operating the shelter from her property. After her departure, HART's volunteers took on the responsibility of running the shelter and we officially reorganized, becoming a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

Today HART is a respected private shelter and adoption center licensed by the state of Maine. We have a committed group of approximately 80 volunteers who have built a solid base of community support, engaged a committed network of veterinarians to provide discounted medical services, and steadily raised funds from individuals and foundations to provide the animals in our care with food, medicine, and a secure, comfortable environment. A member of the American Partnership for Pets and the New England Federation of Humane Societies, HART plays an active role in promoting spaying and neutering as the solution to the problem of pet overpopulation.

HART selected Shelter of the Year!

HART was selected by the Maine Animal Control Association as Shelter of the Year for 2006! Receiving this award was truly an honor. The award recognizes the dedication of all of our volunteers who work tirelessly for the well being of our cats and the operation of our shelter!

Joann Wallace, a HART volunteer, Treasurer, and member of the Board of Directors, was chosen as Shelter Worker of the Year for 2006 by MACA. Joann performs a multitude of tasks for HART, from Treasurer of the Board to fund-raising coordinator to foster parent for many of our cats and kittens. We congratulate and thank Joann for her endless hours of contribution and devotion!

Chuck Burnie, Animal Control Officer for Cumberland and Falmouth, presented the annual awards on behalf of the Maine Animal Control Association at a ceremony in the shelter on April 25, 2007.

Board of Directors

Sarah McNamara, President
Sharon Bushey, Vice President
Joann Wallace, Treasurer
Caryn Prudente, Secretary
Teresa Blanchard
Suellen Clark
Roberta-Jo Dobbs
Laura Edgar
Carmen Girard
Sharon Lewis
Andrea Morin
Gretchen Sigler

See our Stars!

Watch this great piece about HART airing now on FOX23's Your Hometown, hosted by Amie Marzen. A few of our marvelous volunteers and several of our not-camera-shy kitties share a well deserved moment in the spotlight!


HART's mission is to provide refuge, comfort, and medical attention to cats and kittens that have been surrendered, abandoned, injured, or abused, and to place them in loving, carefully-chosen homes.


Our cats are not confined in cages, but live in an open environment where they are free to play, climb, nest, and form bonds with one another.


Did you know...?

Every cat that comes to HART is tested for FelV and FIV, receives their rabies and distemper vaccinations, is treated for parasites and is spayed/neutered (if applicable). And this is only the beginning! Many cats, especially strays, need medication and treatment for illness or injury. Pregnant moms, litters, overweight cats and others require special diets. All of this, of course, is in addition to the basics - food, litter(!) and shelter. Only the oodles of love lavished upon them by our wonderfully caring volunteers comes free of charge!

The following chart lists the minimum medical care administered to every cat/kitten that arrives at HART along with the the price you could expect to pay your local veterinarian for the same service*. 

Medical Service
What You'd Pay
Neuter (male) / Spay (female)
$92 / $200
FelV/FIV testing
Rabies vaccination
Distemper vaccination (1 shot)
Revolution (fleas & ear mites)
Pyrantel (hook & round worms)
Droncit (tapeworm)
Total Cost:
$225 / $333

*HART is fortunate to work with local veterinarians who offer us these services at a reduced rate.

For inquiries about adoption, to make a donation, or to volunteer, please:

Call 207.829.4116

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Write to info@hartofme.com


Homeless Animal Rescue Team
P.O. Box 351
Cumberland, ME 04021

HART is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all donations are tax deductible


We Couldn't Do It Without You!

HART thanks all who help make the shelter a success. We especially appreciate the volunteers who do the daily cleaning, which is one huge job and places those who tackle all those litter boxes in a league of their own. We are also indebted to the veterinarians whose services help all the residents of the shelter get the care they deserve. Cumberland and the surrounding communities, their youths and businesses deserve a special thanks for offering their support to this unique home.

A Room with a View...

After a receiving a donation designated specifically for this purpose, windows were installed between a few rooms at the shelter. This allows the cats to look into an adjoining cat room to see what's going on.  As you can see, the cats are loving it!

Joann and Copper with a meeting of the minds!