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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 Annual Litterbox Auction is almost here!

Visit the HART Auction pages for a preview of the auction items or to purchase tickets, sponsor, advertise or donate.


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!!"

                    Adoption fees waived on all of our diabetic cats!

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.

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!

Our Featured Cat

Teto- FIV+ male

Teto was brought to our shelter by a kind person that had taken him in from his owner. Teto was a beloved member of that family, but the original owners had a lifestyle change and could no longer keep him with them since they traveled for work. Teto was an indoor outdoor kitty, and his second person decided he needed to be tested for AIDS and leukemia. He tested positive for FIV, so HART was asked to help. Many shelters do not have the ability to house these special cats. Teto had wounds on his side, probably from a run in with another animal, but they are all healed now. Teto is a good-natured boy who appreciates being petted and gets along with his roommates. He would be a great addition to a relaxed home. Our adoption team would be happy to teach you more about FIV+ cats!

Calendar of Events


The Shelter has New ADOPTION HOURS



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

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 .



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.

Oct. 17 Pet Life- Portland- Northgate Shopping Plaza
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 13
HART"s 10th Annual Litterbox Auction
Lucky's Night Out: "A Black Cat Affair"
Ocean Gateway, 14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland 
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Please join HART for this fun and important night of fundraising!  All proceeds go directly to care for HART’s beloved cats and kittens. Visit the HART Auction pages for a preview of the many varied items being auctioned or to purchase tickets, sponsor, advertise or donate. Hope to see you there!

If you’d like to help the auction team please contact Sue Cook at HARTLitterbox@gmail.com or call 207-400-9960. 


Annual Christmas Craft Fairs

We would love to have new crafts to sell for these two sales.

They do not have to be cat related, but are great if they are.

And new Christmas crafts are always welcome too!

Please contact Sharon Lewis if you can help make some crafts for these events that will benefit HART kitties.

Nov. 21 Greely High School, Main Street, Cumberland
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dec. 5 North Yarmouth Academy, Main Street, Yarmouth
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Bottle Redemption Drive