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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.


Coathook Fundraiser
The inventors of the CoatHook - a unique and great new pet comb design made here in Maine - are donating $5 to HART for every CoatHook purchased through our dedicated fundraising page: www.thecoathook.com/products/a-coathook-to-benefit-hart-homeless-animal-rescue-team.

Please visit our page and buy a CoatHook to support HART!



                                  Adoption fees waived on all of our diabetic cats!


HART is collecting gently used shoes for ShoeBox Recycling. Please bring your lightly worn shoes to the shelter, and help us fill a box that will provide shoes to those in need. It also helps to creates job, keeps the non biodegradable materials out of landfills, and is a fund raiser for HART. All proceeds from the collection will benefit HART cats and kittens.


Please do not bring in Work Boots, Flip Flops, Roller Skates or Blades, Slippers or Single shoes



Recycle your shoes, Find your SoleMate


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!!"

Volunteers Needed

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. 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 made securely online using the Donate button at the top of this page (or on our Support HART page), or 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!

HART will be closed to all adoptions and surrenders for the foreseeable future.

We are still battling ringworm at HART. This has been a very long and frustrating process for the cats, volunteers, and potential adopters. We want our cats to be able to find their forever homes quickly, but at this time we are unable to provide 100% assurance to adopters that the cats in our general (non-isolated) population will not have been exposed to ringworm before leaving the shelter. We will announce our reopening once we are confident that every cat room is clear of ringworm and any lingering threat is contained in our isolation area.

During this time that the shelter is closed we do have some adult cats that are being fostered in homes and have not been exposed to the ringworm outbreak .


Calendar of Events





HART Shelter - 302 Range Road, Cumberland
1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.-Temporarily Closed
11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m Temporarily Closed

Please note that all HART cats need to leave the shelter or adoption event in a carrier. We do have some for sale at the shelter.



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 during our open hours. If you are interested in adopting a kitten, please email our kitten adoption coordinator, Suellen Clark. Also check below to find an adoption (tabling) 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 .


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 (the links are further down on this page) 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.



Apr 29

Stone's Cafe - 424 Walnut Hill Road, North Yarmouth
Join us for a delicious 4 course dinner to benefit HART! Seating is at 6:00 pm and tickets must be purchased in advance. Dinner consists of appetizer, salad, main course (choice of: Prime Rib, Baked Stuffed Haddock or vegetarian Garden Trifle) and dessert. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased by emailing Sharon Lewis (indicate main course selection) or by calling 846-3038 or 829-4116, or purchase online using the "Buy Now" button found in the left column of this page (Note: a $2 per ticket fee is applied to online purchases).

May 14

Skillins Greenhouse - Rt 88, Falmouth
Bake & craft sale 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

June 11

100 Commercial Street-Portland

Bake & craft sale 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Aug. 18-21

Cumberland Fairgrounds - 197 Blanchard Road, Cumberland

HART'S Annual Yard Sale : Thurs. and -Fri: 8-6, Sat: 8-4, and Sunday 10-noon

We need lots of volunteers to make this a success. Please do your spring cleaning and think of us- clean out your attics and basements- we know there are some treasures lurking under the dust!. For more information please contact Joann Wallace


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.


Ink Catridges and Toners


HART - 302 Range Road, Cumberland

Please help us earn rebates at Staples by dropping your ink cartridges and toner off at the shelter to recycle.

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 at info@hartofme.com.


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 Follow 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 instagram Visit us on Instagram to see some of our feline friends.


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 published three times a year. Click to view the most recent issue (PDF format) or send us an 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.

Take a Peek!

Webcams are installed in four rooms at HART so you can peek in on the kitties any time, day or night! Click any of the rooms below to view using a desktop or laptop computer; to view on a mobile device, download the free MeShare app (available for iOS and Android) and sign up for a free account. Once logged in, search on the Discover tab for the animal cams.

MeShare Animal Cam ProgramLive streaming powered by MeShare Animal Cam Program

Maine Community FoundationThank You to our Grantors

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


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


Snip, Snip Hooray!

Community Spay-Neuter Clinic has opened at Freeport Outlet, 475 US Route 1 (just south of exit 20, Route 295). This 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 open at the North Yarmouth Congregational Church for pet owners experiencing financial issues. They have pet food, supplies and vouchers for Ames Farm Center. Visit their website for more information.


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


American Humane Association Member

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