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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.

We have a few 2015 Calendars left of our HART Alums !

Get your copy at the shelter, or at one of our craft fairs, or adoption events.

The price has been reduced to 7.00 per calendar.

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


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!!"

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, with more expected to come in during the next several weeks. 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 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!

Snip, Snip Hooray!

Community Spay-Neuter Clinic has opened at Freeport Outlet, 475 US Route 1 (just south of exit 20, Route 295). This new 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 now open at the North Yarmouth Congregational Church on Saturday mornings from 10:30-12:00 for people who are experiencing financial issues. They have food, supplies and vouchers for Ames Farm Center.

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




Gabriel- Adult male

Gabriel is a sweet cat who is affectionate and friendly and he loves to play. When he was surrendered, we were told that he was abused in the past, but we do not know the circumstances of the abuse. We have noticed that Gabriel gets nervous with quick hand movements, but overall he seems calm and laid-back with people. Gabriel co-exists with the other cats in his room, but he can be a little bossy and we feel he should the only cat in his new home. He was briefly adopted a few months ago, but he was introduced to the other cat in the home much too quickly and Gabriel was aggressive toward the other cat. We do not know what Gabriel thinks of dogs.
Gabriel is hoping for a relaxed home where he can take his time to settle in. This sweet, handsome boy is looking for someone who will give him lots of play time (he loves wand toys and laser lights) and make him feel safe and loved. Are you his person?



Please come to meet this nice kity who wants nothing more than to be in his forever home soon!

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 at the open house. If you are interested in adopting a kitten, please email our kitten adoption coordinator, Suellen Clark . Also check below to find an adoption 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.


Bake Sales


HART volunteers will be at the following locations on the dates shown selling yummy homemade treats and creative crafts from 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Apr 25

WalMart - Gallery Blvd, Scarborough

May 30

Shaws - Route 1, Falmouth ... and drawing for quilt raffle

Sep 12

Shaws - Route 1, Falmouth

Oct 3

WalMart - Gallery Blvd, Scarborough

We are always in need of bakers and people to make crafts to sell. if you can help please contact Sharon Lewis

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.

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 (info@hartofme.com).


Maine Community FoundationThank You to our Grantors

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

Advocating for the Cats

Tim Sample takes on the role of "cat spokesperson" for the new Spay Maine ad campaign. The goal is to increase the status of Maine's cats, encourage shelter adoption, reduce relinquishments and encourage spay/neuter. This is the first "cats only" ad in Maine. View it here, share it on your facebook page and help spread the word!

HART Webcam

A webcam was installed in one room at HART so you can peek in on the kitties any time, day or night! Simply click this webcam link then select Mode 2 - unless you're using Internet Explorer, in which case select Mode 1. When prompted, enter hart as the username and password.

Raising Money (and Awareness too)

When you have a minute, visit Erin Cully's blog for entertaining and informative short articles on all things CAT! As a shelter volunteer and fellow cat-lover, Erin has a personal goal of raising $10,000 for HART. 100% of all donations received through the "chip in" button on her blog go directly to HART. Thank you ... and Erin!



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




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


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