Do you love cats?


Do you have a few hours to spare one or two mornings a week or every other week?

Is your significant other allergic to cats but you would love to spend time with some wonderfully friendly felines?

Are you retired and have some extra time on your hands?

Would you like to fulfill a passion that you have for animals?

Would you like to be part of a great volunteer organization and give back to the community?


...if so, HART needs your help!


Extra hands are always welcome at the shelter to help keep it clean and comfy for the cats.


If you're interested in volunteering at HART, please review our volunteer Code of Conduct then complete a volunteer application and return it to HART - attached in an email, mailed to PO Box 351 Cumberland, ME 04021, or faxed to (207) 829-6176. Volunteers who are between 9 and 15 years old must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or other designated adult while working at HART.  Unfortunately, due to safety concerns, we cannot allow children younger than 9 to work inside our shelter.

Special Volunteer Positions


Cat Caretakers


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.


Medication Techs


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.


Kitten Foster Homes


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 (.doc or .pdfif you are interested in becoming a kitten foster home for HART. For more information, contact our Kitten Team.


Medical Foster Homes


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 Medical Manager for more information and complete an application.


Transporters for Veterinary Appointments


Drivers are needed to transport our kitties to their veterinary appointments in the Greater Portland area. For more information, contact our Medical Manager.


Fundraising Events


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 bake sale questions or Debby Kropp for craft sale questions.


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.


What does a HART volunteer do?



Cat Caregivers

- Clean cat rooms, lobby areas, kitchen, supply room,

  & Medical Room 

- Feed cats

- Clean, dry and put away laundry & dishes

- Provide general playtime for resident cats

- Work with Medical Manager and program leaders to

  socialize cats

Adult Cat Adoption Team

- Prepare for and conduct Open House tours

- Conduct tours by appointment

- Process adoptions

Medical Team

          - Administer medications to cats

          - Transport cats to and from vet appointments

Various fundraising activities - new ideas always welcome!

- Write grants

- Volunteer at our Yard Sale

- Lead or work at other major fundraisers

- Bake for sales

- Make crafts for craft sales

Other In-Shelter Volunteer Opportunities

- Intake Coordinator

- Reception/Administrative work

Answering phones


Data Entry


Other duties

- Pickup and deliver food and various supplies to shelter

- Groom cats - brush, clip nails, clean brushes/utensils


Kitten Team Coordinator

- Kitten Team Admin

- Kitten Event Coordinator

- Kitten Foster Liaison

- Kitten Foster

Other Volunteer Opportunities

- Web Site 

Web Admin


- Public event attendants (representing HART by answering questions and handing out materials)

- Type and mail thank you letters

- Transport needed supplies to foster homes

- Marketing and Public Relations

Produce press releases & marketing to local papers, etc.

Create/maintain an organizational newsletter

...and lots more!

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