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HART is a no kill shelter and adoption center for cats. We are a member of the American Humane Association, the American Partnership for Pets and the New England Federation of Humane Societies. HART is staffed mostly by volunteers who are dedicated to the well being of the shelter residents. We care for pets that would otherwise be out on the street, assuring their safety, health, and comfort. Our shelter building was constructed in 2004. It was custom designed for cat sheltering and offers our residents an open environment, with climbing structures and lots of comfy beds. This environment allows the cats the freedom to play, nest, and hide, as well as form bonds with one another. All of our animals receive lots of love and attention, as well as expert veterinary care.

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302 Range Rd



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Maine Region:

Portland and Casco Bay

How to Donate Your Time!

Volunteers Needed?

Age Requirement:



Volunteer  Requirement:

Info. on Donating Time:

To volunteer with HART, you must love cats! No experience is required for most positions, we will provide any necessary training. If you have specific skills (carpentry/electrical/plumbing, grant writing, admin/clerical, etc) please let us know!

Volunteers under 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or other designated adult while working at HART.

How to Donate Your Stuff!

Material Donations Accepted?


Info. on Donating Goods:

Information on donating material goods:

Some of the stuff we need!

Donations can be dropped off at our shelter or shipped to us. Packages can be shipped to us at our physical address, 302 Range Rd, Cumberland, ME 04021.

canned cat food, Science Diet adult dry cat food, puppy pads, new cat toys, dish soap, laundry soap, 30 gallon trash bags, kitchen garbage bags, litter box scoops, white copy paper (8 1/2 x 11)

How to Donate Your Money!

Monetary Donations Accepted?


Info. on Donating Money:

What do the donations help fund?

HART depends on the generosity and support of people like you who believe that the animals we rescue and shelter deserve loving care in a safe, secure and healing environment. Your donations also help support our efforts to build a “community of kindness” by promoting spaying/neutering of companion animals, educating the public about responsible pet care, and promoting the humane treatment of all animals.

We are a private, mostly volunteer-run shelter and do not receive government funding of any kind, so we rely entirely on the support of individuals, businesses and foundations. HART is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so all contributions are tax deductible as provided by law.

All links lead to a secure off-site page for making a donation.  Aside from providing a link, How to Help in Maine does not participate in the transaction in any way.  Most of the charities are 501(c)(3) and therefore tax deductible

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