We hope that this letter finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe.
Like all of you, the COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected our methods and abilities to care for cats in Maine. At HART, we are prioritizing the safety of our staff and volunteers by altering our operational protocols. We now provide personal protective equipment such as gloves and masks to all people who enter our facilities. Our once “open house” method of finding homes for our cats has since been limited to a strict “by appointment only” policy. These necessary safety precautions require even more time and energy of our hardworking HART family and have dramatically increased our expenses.
At HART, we continue to rescue and care for cats and kittens, as the need for our work does not pause during a global health and economic crisis. Cats from all over the region continue to come our way because we go above and beyond to provide the best love and care. Cats like Alexis, who requires surgery to remove a mass in her abdomen; Mr. Quinn, who needs a torn ligament repaired; Tootie, who needs a surgery to ease the pain in her hip; Dasha, who came to us with her litter of kittens and a broken foot; and Lou, who is in rabies quarantine and shows signs of being hit by a car.
To help pay for incurred expenses, HART normally relies on the generosity of our donors and the fundraising events that bring in thousands of much needed dollars to pay for veterinary care, medicines, food, and various other supplies. For the safety of our staff and future pet owners, we are unable to host fundraising events in the foreseeable future. This leaves us with our most important lifeline: you. Please consider this our emergency appeal.
Never in our history have we needed your help more than we do now. We understand that many folks are experiencing financial hardships, and charitable giving may be not be possible at this time. But if you are fortunate enough to maintain a steady income, and you find comfort in the purrs, head butts, and snuggles from your own beloved cat, please consider donating to HART and help us reach our $50,000 goal.
We are more appreciative than ever of your continuing support during these uncertain times, and we thank you for your commitment to our work and the hundreds of cats and kittens we rescue each year. We are in this together!
Wishing you and yours a safe summer,
Andy Hanna Sarah MacNamara
Operations Director Board President