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



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HART's Policies

Surrender Policy

HART will accept the surrender of any cat into the shelter that we are able to physically and medically assist. If HART is not able to take a cat into the shelter, our volunteers will make suggestions and referrals to surrendering owners to help them find a way to either maintain their pet(s) in their home or find a suitable, long-term home for their pet(s). HART does not turn away animals due to their owner's age, ethnicity, or financial circumstances.  


Adoption Policy

HART'S requirements are:

  •  Completed application
  •  Thorough reference check
  •  Indoor-only homes
  •  Adoption counseling
  •  Completed adoption contract
  •  Adoption fee of  $125.00 for kittens
  • Adoption fee of $75.00 for adult cats
  • Adoption fee of $50.00 for adults over 10 years of age and Special Needs Adults

HART retains the right to refuse adoption based on falsification or omission of the required information. We also reserve the right to confiscate any animal that is being treated inhumanely or not within the guidelines of our contract. HART volunteers make every effort to make new pet owners aware of the responsibilities and costs of having and caring for their companion animals

Indoor Policy

HART believes that indoor cats are much safer and live longer.  Outdoor cats must deal with vehicles, dogs, bad weather, wildlife, parasites, spoiled food, dangers of getting lost, chased, trapped, or being taken to a shelter.  The ASPCA states that outdoor cats live only an average of 2 years while in that situation.  Indoor cats can live to be 20.

Outdoor cats can be mistaken for strays.  Unfortunately many pet owners don’t tag their animals and it’s hard to determine if it’s a stray.  American Humane states that millions of animals are euthanized yearly.  Many cats simply get lost...don’t let this happen to your cat.  To assure that your cat remains safe, keep it indoors.  They are equally happy inside if you provide climbing posts, toys, bird feeders, daily play, and provide love.  There is no doubt---indoors is safest.  HART adopts its cats with the understanding that the cats will remain indoor cats so that they may live long, happy lives!

For more information on why inside is best, check out this link:  The Great Outdoors is No Place for Cats.

Euthanasia Policy

All of the animals in our care are provided with the best possible medical treatment and rehabilitation. We will not euthanize any animal for reasons of age, deformity, behavior, appearance, or convenience. If an animal is euthanized, it is due to the severity of an illness or injury and the resulting lack of quality of life.

We will euthanize FELV+ (leukemia positive) cats, unless the cat is asymptomatic and there is a qualified foster home available, preferably with one of our own volunteers. We will attempt to place FIV+ (feline AIDS) cats, providing they are asymptomatic. Euthanized animals are never sold and/or used for research for any reason .


Wildlife Rehabilitation

HART does not rehabilitate injured or abandoned wildlife, but can provide a list of state wildlife rehabilitators in response to inquiries.

Should You Let Your Cat Go Outdoors?

Jacque Lynn Schultz, CPDT, Companion Animal Programs Adviser, National Outreach, ASPCA

Thanks to the creation and marketing of cat litter since the mid 1940s, more and more cats are staying in -- becoming indoors-only pets, that is. As such, cats are generally leading longer, healthier lives. The average indoor cat lives to be ten to twelve years old, and many of us know felines who are older than twenty. Conversely, outdoor-only cats survive for an average of two years in that situation. Our homes offer a safer, healthier environment than life on the street. read more...