Adopt  COVID -19 Process

Are you ready to bring a new cat or kitten into your home?

During the response to COVID-19 and to help us to maintain social distancing, adoptions are only occurring by appointment.  It is helpful if you have selected a cat before arriving, but we understand that you may just have to find the right cat OR the kitty must find you! 

ADULT CATS (6 months and older) AT THE SHELTER

Here is some information about your adoption appointment:

  • Please complete our online application  prior to your arrival.  This doesn't commit you to adopting, but allows us to approve your application and gives you more time to spend finding the right cat for you and your family.  

  • Appointments are Monday - Friday for Adult cats.  The first appointment each day begins at 12:00 PM to give our cleaners time to finish their work.  Appointments are available in the afternoons and evenings.


  • Each appointment is 90 minutes

  • Appointments are first-come, first-served.

  • At this time, except in the case of a HART related delay, we are unable to place a cat on hold.

Special Note for adopters outside of Maine

Currently, outside of the state of Maine, we are allowing adoptions only to residents of New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, & Rhode Island.  As travel restrictions are changed, we will update our policies.  We appreciate your understanding during these difficult times. 


Kittens do not live at the shelter. If you are interested in adopting a kitten, please submit our online kitten adoption application or email our kitten adoption team.

PLEASE NOTE: With the COVID-19 crisis, we are seeing an enormous increase in the number of applications... but our supply of kittens has not grown to match! At this time, we will not be posting adoptable kittens on this page. Approved adopters will be contacted when we find a kitten that matches your interests, and as best we can, we will serve adopters in the order their applications were received. Submit your application today! 

For the health and safety of our cats and kittens, they are adopted to indoor-only homes.

All of our cats are spayed or neutered, current on rabies and distemper vaccines, and tested for Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) prior to going to their new home. HART provides a 7-day health guarantee.

Please be aware that all HART cats must leave the shelter or adoption location in a carrier. Please be prepared to take your cat home with you the day of your appointment.  We occasionally have some for sale at the shelter.

After Adopting

Many veterinarian offices offer a free or reduced cost post-adoption well-pet visit for animals adopted from local shelters. Please contact your veterinarian for specifics.

We want every adoption to be for life, but sometimes situations change. Whether the adoption happened days, weeks, or years ago, if you can no longer keep your HART cat, we want it to come back to HART.

Meet our Cats and Kittens

Effective February 1, 2021


  • $200 Kittens up to 6 months 

  • $125 Young adults 7 months up to 2 years

  • $95 Adults 3 years up to 10 years

  • $50 Seniors 10 years up to 15 years and special needs adults

  • Seniors 15 years and older: donation appreciated

  • The adoption fee is non-refundable

Adoption Application


If you're thinking about adopting a cat or kitten from HART, even if you're unsure which lucky feline you would like to bring home with you, we suggest you complete an adoption application. Having a completed application on file with HART will speed up the process of taking your kitty home once your decision is made.