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



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HART is growing, and with the new building, we need many more volunteers.  Extra hands are always welcome at the shelter to help keep it clean and comfy for the cats.

If you're interested in volunteering your time to HART, please review our volunteer Code of Conduct then complete a volunteer application and return it to HART. Call us at 829-4116 or send us an e-mail to further discuss our volunteer opportunities. 

To obtain a volunteer application, select the link below::
    Volunteer Application - Microsoft Word  (for updating and emailing)

Do you love kittens? Are you interested in providing them with a safe and loving home until they are adopted? We are always looking for more foster homes that are willing to open their hearts and homes to orphaned kittens, pregnant cats, and moms with young litters. Please use the links below to find out more about our program, and an application to complete if you are interested in becoming a foster home for HART.




HART’s Community Service Volunteer Policy

HART’s Community Service Volunteer (CSV) program is designed for individuals who are seeking short-term volunteer opportunities (court-ordered, educational, etc).

Applicants will be placed according to shelter needs. Volunteer activities may include cleaning cat rooms or common areas, laundry, dishes, yard work, and other general shelter upkeep tasks.

Community Service for Students:

Volunteers in this category generally have a small amount of community service hours they must obtain to satisfy educational requirements. Students 16 years or older can apply, but must have parent/guardian approval. An adult must accompany student volunteers between the ages of 13 and 16 while they are at the shelter.

Court-Mandated Community Service:

Volunteers required to satisfy a specific number of community service hours according to a court mandate must be 18 years or older. In order to apply for a community service volunteer position at HART, the offense(s) must not pertain to theft, animal abuse, sexual offense, or violence. A copy of court documentation of the offense(s) must be provided and each application is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Community Service Volunteer applicants must fill out a volunteer application and meet with a CSV program coordinator. References on the applicant’s behalf may be requested. Completing an application does not guarantee placement.

If you are interested in a volunteer opportunity -either short or long term at HART -please contact the email below


Return completed application to info@hartofme.com or mail to:

P.O. Box 351
Cumberland, ME  04021

Volunteer Positions Open

We are looking for people to fill the following special positions. If you have the skills to perform the following roles and want to volunteer, please call or e-mail the contact person listed.

Publicity/community outreach - Broaden awareness of HART's work in Greater Portland through communication with schools, animal welfare groups, community agencies, and the media. Strong writing and communication skills needed. For more information, contact: Joann Wallace.

Transporters for spay/neuter appointments: Drivers are needed to transport our kitties to their veterinary appointments in the Greater Portland area. For more information, contact: Sharon Lewis.

Shelter cleaners: We are always in need of help to keep our shelter clean and to put ample food and water down for the kitties. The cleaning teams work mornings, 7 days a week. For more information, contact: Sharon Lewis or Laura Edgar (829-4116).

Foster families for kittens: Families are needed to provide a temporary, loving home to our kittens. Socialization is very important to their development and eventual readiness for adoption.  Kitten season has grown to last all year long. This is a very fun and rewarding experience for the entire family. For more information, contact: Joann Wallace .

Fundraising events: We are continually staging events to raise funds in order to maintain our "friendships" with all our wonderful vets. If you're interested in learning more about these events and/or want to get involved, please contact Sharon Lewis.


Foster Application

Click here for our foster application.

A sampling of various tasks that volunteers here at HART handle include the following:

  • Clean the shelter - cat rooms, lobby areas, kitchen, supply room
  • Scoop litter boxes
  • Transport cats to and from vet appointments
  • Various fundraising activities – new ideas welcomed!
  • Produce press releases & marketing to local papers, etc.
  • catsTabling with kittens – display kittens and introduce HART to the public
  • Bake for sales
  • Prepare for and conduct Open House tours
  • Conduct tours by appointment
  • Process adoptions
  • Write grants
  • Retrieve phone messages and distribute to appropriate people
  • Type and mail thank-you letters
  • Maintain mailing list for fundraisers
  • Administer medications to cats
  • Data entry into shelter manager software
  • Foster kittens and their moms
  • Transport needed supplies to foster homes
  • Maintain HART's website and Petfinder pages
  • Transport collected cans and bottles to Clynk
  • Redeem collected toner cartridges for rebate
  • Pickup and deliver food and various supplies to shelter
  • Various office functions - filing, ordering office and cleaning supplies, etc.
  • Administer cat vaccinations and FIV/FLV tests
  • Groom cats - brush, clip nails, clean brushes/utensils
  • Wash, dry & fold laundry
  • Wash and dry dishes
  • Produce/contribute to periodic Newsletters
  • Weigh cats and update health records
  • Photograph cats for inventory books and website
  • Process cat surrenders
  • Maintain cat inventory books - pictures & biography form
  • Carpentry work (minor) and miscellaneous shelter upkeep
  • Install, clean and remove air conditioners/purifiers
  • and lots, lots more...!