HART periodically rescues neglected, injured, or seriously ill cats and kittens. While the shelter’s general fund finances intake exams and typical medical necessities, that fund cannot also afford to cover extraordinary and expensive medical interventions.


That’s where the Guardian Angel (GA) program steps in. GA was formed by volunteers and supporters in 2012 to secure the funds for non-routine, costly medical treatments for HART’s felines. The GA program saves lives, ensures that cats and kittens are healthy and pain free, and improves their chances of finding good homes. As a restricted fund, GA proceeds are designated exclusively for special medical expenses.


GA fundraising efforts include:

  • The annual Cause for Paws Raffle
  • Guardian Angel Certificates (see below)
  • Special merchandise in HART’s gift shop


HART is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Federal ID 77-0018508).



This program is powered by your contributions.  To help with a one-time donation, please click the donate button. Help our Guardian Angel program all year round by becoming a Guardian Angel member today.  Please fill in the Guardian Angel Membership form.


You may also contribute by phone, by mail, or in person. When you donate, please specify that your donation goes to Guardian Angel—checks may be made payable to “HART Guardian Angel Fund.” At the HART office, we are always happy to answer your questions about the GA program.



Give a Special Occasion Gift & Help Save Lives


For the pet lover in your life, Guardian Angel Certificates are available to give as gifts. Extend a thank-you, or acknowledge a birthday, holiday, or special event with a GA certificate. Many supporters use these certificates to convey their condolences regarding the loss of a loved one or a beloved pet. For twenty dollars or more you can purchase a certificate at HART’s Gift Shop for Cat Lovers—or call the shelter to order one.



Below are stories of just a few of the many cats whose medical care was paid for by the Guardian Angel Fund.


Garfield arrived at HART needing dental and medical interventions to treat mouth lesions and bad teeth. The GA fund paid for multiple vet visits and medications to correct the conditions. Fully recovered, Garfield found a great home on a ranch in Cayucos.




Rufus was losing weight. Sore, reddened gums caused by tartar buildup proved to be the problem. Thanks to GA funding, Rufus received a full-mouth extraction and recovered nicely. Now comfortable and happy, he enjoys life in his new adoptive home.




Honey was born with a deformed, non-functional eye. To prevent additional infection or possible eye cancer, the vet recommended removal of her disfigured eye. Guardian Angels paid for the beneficial surgery, and now Honey is happily settled in a caring home, often acting as official greeter when friends come to the door.



Phoebe was born with a congenital defect involving her upper eyelids.  After two years of treatment, a veterinary ophthalmologist decided she needed cryosurgery to remove the hairs that were causing serious irritation.  Her GA-funded surgery was successful, and Phoebe was adopted by the warmhearted caregiver who fostered her during her recovery.


Only ten days old when they came to Hart, Yin and Yang had good appetites, as Yin clearly demonstrates. Both did well at first, but later developed diarrhea and began losing weight. At that point, GA stepped in to fund lab work and medications. The kittens soon began to prosper and, when ready for adoption, each found a new home.



Three-month-old Roger arrived at HART with a badly infected eye. Due to the infection, scar tissue formation made his right eye look much smaller than his left, reducing his chances of being adopted. GA financed successful scar-tissue-removal surgery and Roger was adopted just two weeks after his operation.




Thank You from HART and the many cats and kittens who received medical treatment paid for by donations to the Guardian Angel Fund.



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