About HART

Adoption Center and Shelter for Cats in Cumberland, Maine

About HART

The Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART) is a shelter and adoption center for cats in Cumberland, Maine. We provide refuge, comfort, and medical attention to cats and kittens that have been surrendered, abandoned, injured, or abused, and find loving homes to adopt them. HART is an all-volunteer organization. The people who help do so knowing that their generosity and kindness make a difference in the lives of many animals.

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How  is HART run?

HART is mostly staffed by a committed group of volunteers who are dedicated to the well being of the shelter residents. These volunteers have built a solid base of community support, engaged a committed network of veterinarians to provide discounted medical services, and steadily raised funds from individuals and foundations to provide the animals in our care with food, medicine, and a secure, comfortable environment. 


HART began in a renovated barn in 1997 and our shelter building was constructed in 2004. It was custom designed for cat sheltering and offers our residents an open environment that allows the cats the freedom to run, play, and form bonds with one another. All of our animals receive lots of love and attention as well as expert veterinary care.


HART is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation licensed by the State of Maine. We are a member of the American Humane Association, the American Partnership for Pets and the New England Federation of Humane Societies.


HART offers its services to people who can no longer provide the ideal home for their pets and to animals that may have never had a home to call their own.

Did you know?

Every cat that comes to HART is tested for FIV and leukemia, treated for parasites, vaccinated, and spayed/neutered. And this is only the beginning! Many cats, especially strays, need medication and treatment for illness or injury. All of this is in addition to the basics - food, litter, and shelter. Only the love lavished upon them by our caring volunteers comes free of charge!


The following chart lists the minimum medical care administered to every cat/kitten that arrives at HART along with the the price you could expect to pay your local veterinarian for the same service*.

Medical Service


Neuter (male) Spay (female)



FeLV/FIV testing   $58

Rabies vaccination   $26

Distemper vaccination    $26

Defleaing (Revolution)   $20

Deworming (Profender)   $20​

Microchip   $45​

Total Cost: $367-$407


*HART is fortunate to work with local veterinarians who offer us these services at a reduced rate.

How is HART funded?

HART receives no public funding of any kind. We are supported entirely by the generosity of individual donors, foundations, and businesses. Please lend your support by donating online or mailing a tax-deductible donation to: 



PO Box 351

Cumberland, ME 04021

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We Couldn't Do It Without You!

HART thanks all who help make the shelter a success. We especially appreciate the volunteers who do the daily cleaning, which is a huge job and places those who tackle all those litter boxes in a league of their own. We are also indebted to the veterinarians whose services help all the residents of the shelter get the care they deserve. Cumberland and the surrounding communities, their youths and businesses, deserve a special thanks for offering their support to this unique shelter for cats.

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

  • Elmina B. Sewall Foundation

  • Maine Community Foundation - Belvedere Animal Welfare Fund

  • The Gwendolyn Elwell Flanagan Foundation

  • Narragansett Number One Foundation

  • Allagash Brewing Company

  • LoveAnimals.org

  • Mary Wheeler Dewart Fund

  • Doree Taylor Charitable Foundation