Special Volunteer Positions

Cat Caretaker

We are always in need of help to keep our shelter clean and provide daily care for the cats. The cleaning teams work in the mornings, 7 days a week. For more information, contact us at volunteer@hartofme.org.

Medication Tech

A number of HART cats require medications. Our medication volunteers work two shifts a day, morning and evening, to make sure our cats get the medications that keep them as healthy as possible. We hope that anyone interested in this position be able to commit to the same day and shift each week. Our Medical Manager or another medication volunteer will help you train until you are comfortable working solo. For more information, contact our Medical Manager at b.dobbs@hartofme.org.

Publicity/Community Outreach

Broaden awareness of HART's work in Greater Portland through communication with schools, animal welfare groups, community agencies, and the media. Strong writing and communication skills needed. For more information, contact Lisa Gamage at lgamage@hartofme.org.


We hold several bake and craft sales each year, in addition to other special fundraising opportunities. If you're interested in learning more about these events and/or want to get involved, please contact Cathy Furness for our bake sales and Debby Kropp for our craft sales.  You can reach them by emailing info@hartofme.org.

Kitten Foster

We are always looking for more local foster homes that are willing to open their hearts and homes to pregnant cats, moms with babies, and orphaned kittens. Families are needed to provide a temporary, loving home to our kittens. Socialization is very important to a kitten's development and eventual readiness for adoption. This is a very fun and rewarding experience for the entire family. Please complete an application (.pdf) if you are interested in becoming a kitten foster home for HART. For more information, contact our Kitten Team at kitten.team@hartofme.org.


Drivers are needed to transport our kitties to their veterinary appointments in the Greater Portland area. For more information, contact our Medical Manager at b.dobbs@hartofme.org.

Medical Foster

We often have a few cats at the shelter that have medical needs that would best be treated in a home environment, away from the stress of the shelter. Occasionally we have a need for short-term fosters, but usually these cats are unlikely to be adopted because of their medical issues and the foster placement would ideally be for life. Sometimes we have cats facing end-of-life illnesses and their foster placement would be for hospice care. Our Medical Manager will work with these local foster families to make sure they have all the skills and support they need to care for their special cat. If you are interested in becoming a medical foster home, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@hartofme.org for more information and complete an application.



We'd love your help!  Get in touch to learn more by emailing us

at volunteer@hartofme.org.