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Cumberland, ME  04021



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If you want to welcome a lifelong companion into your home, call the shelter (207-829-4116) to make an appointment to visit and find the one that is right for you.  All of our cats are tested for feline leukemia (FELV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), are current on their rabies and distemper vaccinations and are spayed/neutered prior to going to their new home.  HART's adoption fee is as follows: $125 for Kittens up to 6 months of age; $75 for Kittens over 6 months and Adults up to 10 years of age; $50 for Adults over 10 years of age and Special Needs Adults. 

Click here for our adoption application, then fax (207-772-6177) or mail (see application for address) your completed application to us.  If you prefer to email your application, click here for an adoption application in Microsoft Word format.  After entering your information, save the document and attach it in an email to info@hartofme.com.

Please note that HART maintains a strict indoor-only policy for all adoptions. Read this informative article.

Sponsor a Cat

HART accepts sponsorship for any of our over 100 shelter residents for as little as $15.00 a month. This is a great opportunity to support the shelter and have a direct impact on the life of a kitty of your choice. Please click the following link for more information: HART's Sponsorship Program


Special Cats Seeking Special Owners!

At HART, we consider all of our cats to be "special", but the cats on this page need special owners.  Some of these cats require medication, others would prefer a home without children or other pets and still others need an owner with extra patience as they adjust to their new home.  All of these cats need someone who can see their potential as loyal, loving companions despite the little extra care they might require.  Are you one of the exceptional people who can find a place in their hearts and homes for one of these cats?  If so, contact the shelter (207-829-4116; email: info@hartofme.com) to make an appointment to visit or stop in to our open house on Wednesdays1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Medical considerations...

Each cat listed in this section has a medical condition such as diabetes, kidney issues, limb impairments, blindness, or other diagnosis. All are in good health and, with proper care, have positive prognosis for a full life. HART is committed to educating prospective owners about these conditions and the care they require. Please don't overlook these deserving kitties - you'll be surprised to learn just how normal they are and how minimal their care can be!

Here are a few Feline Diabetes resources...

Saks - Adult Male

Saks was transferred to HART after his time was up in a Kansas shelter. He is diabetic, currently on insulin, but well on his way to becoming diet controlled. He tolerates other cats but would much prefer to be king of the jungle. He is a sweet loving boy to his people.


Adoption fees waived on all of our diabetic cats!

Ruby - Adult Female

Ruby is a pretty Ragdoll kitty who has Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Ruby is a diva, and proud of it. Shelter life is causing her too much stress to show what a sweet and affectionate kitty she really can be. Ruby will flourish in the right home - one where she can be the center of attention (no other pets, please) and rule the house from a sunny window seat. She needs a daily medication and limited ingredient grain-free food to manage her IBD - less stress would help a lot too. Ruby would prefer a quieter home without young children.

We want to find a medical foster home for Ruby - the goal is a lifetime placement. We would need you to live within a reasonable distance to the shelter in Cumberland, Maine. HART will cover all veterinary costs and provide food, litter, and all medications. You will work closely with Teresa, our Medical Manager, to provide Ruby with appropriate medical care.

For more information, please contact Teresa at info@hartofme.com or call HART at (207) 829-4116.

Abby- Senior female 

Abby was originally surrendered to another shelter in April 2014. Her family could not afford the care needed for her diabetes, so she didn't get any. Because she urinated so much, they kept her caged for months before finally surrendering her. Unlike HART, the other shelter does not have space to devote to diabetic cats and their special diets, so they must keep diabetic cats caged. Abby was very fearful in a cage, and she gained a lot of weight during her time there. A diabetic-friendly foster home gave her a break from the shelter, and her foster mom couldn't bear the thought of Abby returning to a cage at the shelter. HART was able to offer Abby a place in our diabetic room.

Because she spent such a long time with limited mobility in a cage, Abby has painful hips and knees. We have had her evaluated by an orthopedic vet, and surgery is not indicated but weight loss is. Abby weighs about 15 pounds and she needs to get down to 10. It hurts to move, so Abby is going to need a lot of love and encouragement to become more active and shed the weight that will ultimately make her joints feel so much better. Abby currently requires insulin shots for her diabetes.

         Adoption fees waived on all of our diabetic cats!

Roxy - Senior Female (medical foster)

Roxy is a very affectionate kitty who has had a tough few years. Surrendered because her owner could not afford to treat her diabetes, she has since battled bladder cancer and now has kidney failure. Through it all, Roxy has maintained a sunny disposition and loves to be petted. Roxy's diabetes is now diet-controlled on a low-carb canned food diet. Roxy also requires subcutaneous fluids to manage her renal failure.

We want to find a medical foster home for Roxy - the goal is a lifetime placement. We would need you to live within a reasonable distance to the shelter in Cumberland, Maine. HART will cover all veterinary costs and provide food, litter, and all medications. You will work closely with Teresa, our Medical Manager, to provide Roxy with appropriate medical care. You do not need any prior medical training to care for a cat like Roxy - we will teach you how to give SQ fluids and do blood sugar checks.

For more information, please contact Teresa at info@hartofme.com or call HART at (207) 829-4116.


Colin- Adult male

Colin is one lucky cat. He was within hours of being euthanized at a Maryland shelter, simply because he was found to be diabetic, when a special group of people came together to save his life and get him to HART. By the time Colin arrived to HART, he no longer needed insulin. He is doing wonderfully on our canned food diet and his blood sugar is under great control. Colin is a super cat who is very affectionate and loves attention. He gets along with other cats and he should have no trouble settling in to a new home.


     Adoption fees waived on all of our diabetic cats!

Shark- Senior male

If you’re looking for a laid-back buddy, Shark is your guy!  He came to us in early 2014 because his owner couldn’t take care of his diabetes. Shark is friendly, sweet and very calm.  He loves rubbing up against your legs and taking long catnaps - solo or with a companion.  He gets along very well with his roommates, and he is the first one to welcome a new arrival. He would do well in most households, as nothing seems to faze this handsome fellow.  Thanks to our low carb diet, we have been able to decrease Shark's insulin dose, and he may be able to come off insulin completely in the right environment (like his very own home!).

           Adoption fees waived on all of our diabetic cats!

Gibson-Adult male

Gibson is a very sweet boy whose family moved to a remote area of Alaska. They knew they would no longer be able to properly care for him as a diabetic, so they made the difficult decision to surrender Gibson to HART. Gibson had a tough time adjusting to the shelter at first, but now he is out and about in his room and loves attention. He enjoys his Fancy Feast diet and no longer requires any insulin-and this is likely to be the case -especially in a lower-stress environment like his very own home!

     Adoption fees waived on all of our diabetic cats!

Louie- Adult male

Louie is a fabulous cat, but he has special needs that significantly limit his adoption prospects. In January 2012, Louie was hit by a car, and the damage to his rear end was severe. His tail had to be amputated and he has enough nerve damage that he has some bowel and bladder issues. Louie wants to make it to the litter box, but sometimes accidents happen. A diaper could be an option for an adopter. Louie needs help cleaning up his backside a few times a week. He has no trouble walking or jumping.

Louie adores getting attention from all of his fans and he will follow you around the room so you can pet him again and again. Louie also gets along very well with his roommates. We expect our boy will wind up spending his life at HART, but even though we think we do a great job at HART, a shelter is still not a home. We know there aren't many homes that can accommodate Louis' special needs, but if you are interested in learning more, we would love to talk to you!

Star- Adult female

Star came to HART in December 2013 as a sickly stray. We found out she is diabetic and her health improved dramatically with proper treatment. This pretty Maine Coon mix was adopted in the summer of 2014 but recently returned because of a new health issue. Star had fur loss around her tail and she got a steroid injection. She started having trouble breathing, which may have been a reaction to the injection. The vet suspected cardiac trouble and wanted to do more testing but the owner elected to euthanize instead. We convinced the owner to surrender Star and began a medical workup right away. Tests showed some fluid around her heart and lungs, but she responded quickly to medication to remove the fluid. We think that after a short course of that medication she will not need it anymore. Star does not require insulin injections any any more for her diabetes. This sweet, friendly girl deserves another chance at a forever home.

                                      And remember:

           Adoption fees waived on all of our diabetic cats!


Sasha- adult female

Sasha was diagnosed with diabetes shortly before being surrendered, and we are still working on her treatment. Her owner could no longer keep her when she moved into assisted living. At this point, she requires insulin shots. This pretty orange tiger girl is sweet and affectionate and would appreciate a quiet home. She previously lived with a single, senior woman so we do not know what Sasha would think of dogs or children.

   Adoption fees waived on all of our diabetic cats!


Sass - Senior Female
Sass is a sweet older lady who was recently diagnosed with diabetes and it was too much for her owner to handle right now. She is not currently on insulin and we are hopeful we will be able to control her diabetes with diet alone. Sass is easygoing and does not mind having her blood sugar checked



         Adoption fees waived on all of our diabetic cats!


Kolfax - Senior Male
Kolfax is an older guy whose family felt they could no longer manage his diabetes. He isn't happy about moving to the shelter but we know he is a sweet kitty who is just overwhelmed. We do not currently have Kolfax on insulin and we are hopeful that we will be able to manage his diabetes with diet alone.



Adoption fees waived on all of our diabetic cats!

FIV Positive...

A few important facts about Feline Immunodeficiency Virus:

• FIV cannot be transmitted to humans
• infected cats can live a long, healthy life
• no special medication is required
• care simply involves providing a sound diet (NO raw foods), routine veterinary exams and protection against secondary infection
(i.e., vaccinate against other viral diseases; control parasites - fleas/worms/mites; keep indoors and away from other cats)

Check out this informative article, Five Things You Might Not Know About Cats and FIV and take a minute to watch this video for more information about feline FIV.



Sweetie Pie- Adult female

This pretty little tortie lady has the perfect name. She is one sweet kitty! She was brought up from New Jersey so that she would have a chance at a new home once she was discovered to be FIV+. Sweetie Pie has beautiful tortoiseshell coloring and a heart of gold. She is loving and friendly- to other cats as well as to humans She is only a couple of years old, and still really enjoys playing. Doesn't that expression just say "Take me home"! Sweetie Pie and Bess are great friends and would love to go home together!

Bess- Adult female Behavior Modification Program Behavior Modification Program Behavior Modification Program
Bess is a 4 year old girl who is very timid. She was surrendered by her owner who had to move, and is still adjusting to shelter life. Bess is FIV+. She has lived peacefully in an active family with other cats and dogs, and kids. Bess is a pretty gray and white girl with short hair. She is becoming less scared but doesn't trust new people yet. She would really blossom in her new home if she went with her BFF, Sweetie Pie!


Harrison Ford- Adult male  Temporary Medical hold

Harrison Ford is one cool dude with unique salt-and-pepper fur. He was a stray and he is FIV+, and because of this the shelter who had him first was going to euthanize him (they do not have the capacity to house FIV+ cats like HART does). We were able to help and Harrison Ford has now been with us since November 2013, waiting for his new home. He is a laid back boy who enjoys attention. He generally gets along with his feline roommates, but he might do best as an only cat. We have seen him pick on cats he perceives as weaker than he is - he spent all those years trying to survive on the streets and fend for himself, so we can't blame him for learning that behavior!


Paulie- Young male

Paulie came to HART in August, all the way from Maryland. He was a stray and a kind man took him into his home, but the resident cats would not accept the newcomer. FIV+ cats often meet a sad fate in shelters and HART is happy to help when we can.
Paulie is a sweet boy and very laid back. As you can see, after a long day of lounging and relaxing, he was far too exhausted to pose for a photo. Paulie gets along with his roommates, but occasionally there are disagreements - FIV is most common among stray male cats, a population that is used to living alone and fending for themselves. Paulie deserves a loving home and family and we hope he won't have to wait much longer!

Calvin- Adult male

Calvin was brought to the shelter as as tray and was discovered to have AIDS.He is still quite timid, but is adjusting slowly to shelter life. He would need a quiet and patient home to allow him to adjust to a family life., but it certainly could be done. He would be a great companion kitty as he is used to other kitties


Slate- Adult male

Slate is a handsome boy with a plush gray coat. He was part of a group of feral cats being fed by a kind person. The cats in the group were trapped, fixed, and returned to their home area - this way they could continue to live their lives, but not add any more kittens to the colony. Slate tested positive for FIV, which is not surprising after his life outside, and his caretaker decided to bring him inside to help him stay healthy. Slate was originally very shy, but he began to warm up to the people who cared for him. Slate came to HART from a small rescue group up north. He is just a little reserved, but he is calm and relaxed, and happy to be petted. Our medical team would be happy to tell you more about FIV. With proper management (really, just routine vet care) FIV+ cats will live just as long as cats who don't have the virus

Clyde- Adult male

Clyde was rescued from the South, where he faced certain death in a shelter because he is FIV+. Clyde is a sweet kitty who is still shy, so he is looking for a home where he can have plenty of time to settle in and feel comfortable.



Teto- Adult 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!

Bill- Adult male

Bill came to HART in March 2015 with a group of kittens and young cats transported from the South. Bill is FIV+, and while the virus is really not a big deal, testing positive in an overcrowded southern kill shelter is an immediate death sentence unless a rescue group can step in. Bill is a bit shy but he does seem to enjoy being petted. He feels safest when other cats are around. As soon as Bill was brought into our FIV room, he climbed into an occupied box and snuggled in with the other kitty. Bill is a sweet young boy in search of a family who will be patient and kind while he learns to trust.

River- Adult male

River was a stray who tested positive for FIV. He is a sweet, shy cat who is not too sure about his new home. River is gentle and laid back, so we feel he could live with non-FIV+ cats of a similar temperament, as long as his adopter is comfortable. Please come and meet this big guy - he might just be the man of your dreams!


Senior cats...

If you're looking to adopt a cat, why not consider adopting an older cat? Senior cats have several positive qualities that a younger kitten might have yet to
develop. According to the Humane Society, qualities that make senior animals excellent companions include:

• Older animals already know the ropes. Many are patient and wise, making it easier to assimilate them into a new home.
• Mature animals often give you some time to yourself, as their physical demands are not as high.
• Older animals can learn quickly.  Their ability to focus can be leaps and bounds ahead of impetuous kittens.

So, take a look at some of our "veterans" and see if there's one meant for you!

Denny- Senior male

Denny is a sweet, gentle, old man cat. He is a diet controlled diabetic and also hyperthyroid. He has never needed insulin at HART, and he takes his thyroid medication easily. He originally came to HART way back in December 2011. He was adopted for a few months in early 2014, but he was urinating outside the box and his adopter decided he couldn't stay. There have been no signs of inappropriate urination back at the shelter though. We know the right home is waiting for Denny - he is a wonderful lap cat and he would love to keep you warm all winter. Do you have the quiet, relaxed home that would make his senior years shine

  Adoption fees waived on all of our diabetic cats!

Simon-Senior male

Simon is a very handsome Bluepoint Ragdoll who was surrendered through a local vet office because his family could no longer provide the care he needed. The family had asked the vet to euthanize Simon, but the vet was able to convince them to allow transfer to HART instead. He is hyperthyroid and requires daily medication, but it is a medication that is inexpensive, and could be compounded into several different forms that make it easy to give.

Simon has developed some bowel issues since coming to HART, and we believe it is Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Simon now lives in our lobby with the other IBD cats and is doing better on our limited ingredient grain free food. Simon does not much care for one feline roommate in particular, and there have been some territorial issues. We think Simon would be happiest if he could be the only cat at his new house.

Dasiy- Senior female

Daisy is a sweet girl who was returned from her long term home over the winter, and then again from an adoption that did not work out. Daisy lived with her adopter for a few weeks, and the adopter reported that Daisy hid all the time and urinated around the house. We have learned that Daisy has always had a shy personality and there may have been some urination issues before her first surrender. Daisy has hyperthyroidism and she is now well regulated on twice a day medication.

We have not observed a single instance of Daisy urinating outside the litter box, but we have noticed that she does not tuck her hind end into the box very well and tends to urinate over the edge. This could be solved by getting Daisy a box with very high sides or a cover. Daisy is seeking a very quiet home where she can be the only pet and be allowed to settle in at her own slow pace. She may always prefer to hide, but she is really a sweet girl who appreciates attention and she would be ever so glad to leave the shelter environment one last time

Max- Adult male

Max was not a happy camper when he came to HART in May 2014 - his owners moved and he was quite unhappy with his new life in a shelter.  He has mellowed considerably, and he really is a sweet guy. It sounds like he was a bit of a bully toward his sister in their former home, and he can be an alpha cat in his room at HART. He prefers to keep to himself rather than interacting with his roommates, and he's told us he would really prefer to be the only pet in his new home (no dogs either). He would be ok with children who are old enough to respect his boundaries - he likes to be petted, but on his terms. Max is front declawed

Jimmi - Senior Female
Jimmi came to HART when her owner had to move to assisted living. She lived with another cat, but the other cat tended to boss Jimmi around so we have placed them in separate rooms. Jimmi is a sweet older lady who would love for a gentle soul to scoop her up and take her home. She is a lap cat and a snuggler. Jimmi might be ok with another cat if it has a personality similar to hers, but she does not want to live with another bossy cat or any dogs.

Lulu - Senior Female
Lulu's owner had to move to assisted living, and cats were unfortunately not welcome. Lulu is very affectionate and loves to be petted. She has settled into one of our cat rooms but she is not happy to have so many feline roommates. Lulu came in with another cat, but their owner reported that Lulu was not nice to her. Lulu is a sweet girl who prefers dogs over kitties and is great with people. She enjoys attention and would be a great companion kitty.

Spencer- Senior male

Spencer was adopted as a kitten but it seems he never felt comfortable in his home. The people who surrendered him said Spencer spent all his time in the basement and he rarely if ever saw a vet because no one was able to touch him. Spencer was vocal and very unhappy for a few days at HART, but he quickly calmed and quieted. He remains shy, but he is friendly and allows volunteers to pet him. Spencer is looking for a quiet home where a patient adopter will give him love and attention but also allow him to settle in at his own pace.

Bo- Senior Male

Bo is a laid back tabby boy who was surrendered because a child in the home developed allergies. Bo is sad to lose the only home he ever knew, but hopefully this wonderful boy won't have to wait long for someone to come scoop him up and welcome him into a new home.

Souris - Senior Female
Souris' owners surrendered her to HART because of GI issues. She experienced loose stools and had trouble cleaning herself, so there were some messes around the house. We are feeding Souris grain-free food and monitoring the results. She is getting a long-overdue dental cleaning and will be shaved to remove many painful mats. Souris is a sweet kitty with a grumpy face. She loves attention and will be a wonderful companion.

Georgie - Senior Male
Georgie was happy in his home until his owner required a service dog. He had been fine with the small dog already in the home but he was afraid of the new dog (a large German Shepard) and began to act out. Georgie is a sweet lap cat who just wants as much love and attention as he can get.

Ginger - Senior Female
Ginger's owner had to move to a nursing home, so Ginger was surrendered to the shelter. Ginger does not want to share her home with cats, dogs, or children. She knows she is a beautiful princess and deserves the royal treatment. Ginger is declawed.

Bob- Senior male

Bob is a super friendly boy who has from a chronic upper respiratory condition that requires frequent antibiotic treatments. He also has a history of urinary crystals so he needs to eat only wet food. He is a wonderful companion and so worth a little extra effort.

Sawyer- Senior male

Sawyer is an older flame point Siamese who doesn't let anything slow him down. His teeth were in very bad condition so he recently had them all removed - now he is feeling good and letting it show. Sawyer is playful and loves everyone he meets.

Jazzy- Senior female

This stunning pure bred Himmie was surrendered by her owner -sadly because she could not take Jazzy with her when being placed in a nursing home.Jazzy is a bit confused by what has happened to her. She is used to one person and is not a fan of other pets. Jazzy would do best in a quiet home with no other animals. Won't you give this lovely lady a loving home and family where she can live out her golden years in the pampered comfort that she deserves? Jazzy is currently in foster care in a home very close to the shelter.

Valentino - Senior Male
Valentino came to us as a stray but it seems perhaps Fate had a hand since he has an upside down heart on his face. We wonder if maybe we can turn that heart right side up when we find this sweet senior a fur-ever home!

Baxter - Senior Male
Baxter is a great cat who would prefer a home with only adults. He is a talkative friendly boy who would like to be your buddy. Baxter loves to give hugs


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