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The late actor Betty White was adored by so many people, both for her long and memorable career in show business, as well as for her love of and advocacy for animals. And at nearly 100 years old, she was an inspiring example of living life to the fullest, with generosity, humor, and style. Thus, it's no wonder that social media is all abuzz with the #BettyWhiteChallenge movement calling for folks to donate to their favorite animal rescue groups and shelters in her honor. We thought we'd join in on the fun, spread the word, and invite you to come along!


This gorgeous senior girl is Schenectady, we call her Teddy.  

She is a beautiful, 12 year-old lady who was surrendered to HART in 2020 when her family had to move and couldn't take her with them.  She was confused and scared when she arrived at the shelter as you can imagine.  She went to one of our foster homes and has since done very well.  She has become a loving girl and is looking for a quiet home where she can enjoy her retirement years.  

Welcome to HART!

Our Mission
To provide refuge, comfort, and medical attention to cats that have been surrendered, abandoned, injured, or abused – and to find permanent loving homes to adopt them.

HART is a mostly volunteer run 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.


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. We maintain an average population of about 85 cats at the shelter and have some cats who stay with us for months or years. We also rely on local foster homes to care for some of our cats - hundreds of kittens every year as well as a small number of senior and special needs adults.

Donate Today

HART receives no public funding of any kind. We are supported entirely by the generosity of individual donors, foundations, and businesses. Please make a tax-deductible donation today. 

Volunteer With Us

HART volunteers are an incredible group of people who are enthusiastic about cats and dedicated to their care. We are always looking for more people to join our team. Opportunities exist in a wide variety of programs both inside and outside the shelter.