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Planned Giving

If you or someone you know would like to make a gift of equities, real estate, life insurance, retirement funds, charitable annuity or other planned giving, please email Joann Wallace at Making a bequest in a will is a wonderful way to assure support for HART in the future.



HART is a charitable tax exempt organization qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  As such, gifts to HART may be deductible on your income tax return or otherwise provide favorable tax results depending upon your personal situation.  Here are some examples:

  • You can make gifts to HART of appreciated assets held for at least one year without triggering capital gain tax. You may also get an additional benefit if you itemize your deductions by using the income tax charitable deduction based on the full value of your appreciated assets. 

  • If you are required to take minimum distributions annually from your IRA or other retirement plan, you can make a direct transfer of your "Required Minimum Distribution" to HART of up to $100,000. You will avoid all income tax on your withdrawal, even if you don’t itemize.

  • If you have sufficient assets and may be subject to estate tax, please consider a gift to HART from your will, trust, or other estate planning documents. Such a gift will reduce your estate tax burden. 

  • Assets in your IRA, 401(k), or other qualified retirement plan may be subject to income tax when distributed to heirs. Making HART a beneficiary of a portion or all of your retirement plan will avoid the income tax that might otherwise be due from your heirs.  


If any of these options might apply to you, please consult with your attorney, financial advisor or tax preparer to determine what is right for you.

Our HART kitties are very grateful for your support.

Other Options to Help HART

Printer and Toner Cartridge Redemption


Instead of tossing your empty printer and toner cartridges in the trash and hurting the environment, bring them to HART and we will turn them into cash for the shelter.  ALL brands are accepted, but the original manufacturer's label must still be on the cartridge and it must not have been previously recycled. Cartridges of most sizes are welcome.  We can no longer accept the larger laser printer toner cartridges due to storage constraints at our shelter.  Please call our shelter at 207-829-4116 or email us at with questions.


Clynk Bottle Redemption


HART will turn your Maine returnable bottles and cans into cash for the shelter. Pick up a CLYNK bag at the shelter or from one of our off-site events, fill the bag with returnables, and drop off at your local Hannaford Supermarket. We also accept returnables not in CLYNK bags dropped off at the shelter - we can take care of the rest.​

Finally, If you are willing to purchase the Clynk bags, we are happy to mail Clynk labels to you directly!  Please email us at or call us at the shelter at 207-829-4116 and provide us with your name, mailing address and the number of labels you would like.  We are happy to provide these in groups of 5. Rescue Referral Program

First time shopper? Follow this link and place your order, and HART will get a $20 donation! Already shop at Tell your friends!

The CoatHook


The inventors of the CoatHook - a unique and great new pet comb design made here in Maine - are donating $5 to HART for every CoatHook purchased at this website​

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Send your donation and make checks payable to:

HART of Maine
PO Box 351
Cumberland, ME 04021

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