HART has special events throughout the year. View current “HART Happenings” below.

Visit this page often to keep up-to-date on HART’s news and events.

Gift Shop- New Merchandise | Social Media Links | Newsletters

Cause for Paws Raffle | Foster Homes/Supplies for Orphans | Anniversary Celebration


Cat of the Month

From the moment Leah was surrendered to HART she has showcased her fabulous personality - she is cuddly, talkative, and full of kisses. Despite all of the big changes within her life in the past year, the loss of her owner and her transition to an indoor-outdoor lifestyle with dramatically less social interaction, Leah has risen above this adversity. Everyone that has met her is in love! This sweetie was brought to HART weighing 23.8 pounds - she is on a weight loss program to bring her weight down in a safe way. Since a dedicated foster family took her in and is able to give her the care she deserves, Leah has dropped down to 17lbs! Leah is on a restricted diet and receives at home physical rehabilitation exercises. Her foster family takes Leah on leash walks around their yard and she rewards them with endless cuddles and lots of kisses! She gets along fabulously with their dog and cats and loves being a part of their family, if only for the summer. Leah is still looking for her forever family who can continue being her weight loss cheerleader and best friends forever!


As Cat of the Month for September, Leah’s adoption fees are waived. HART is a cage-free, no-kill shelter located in lovely downtown Cambria. We love what we do - come on by to meet Leah and all of our other available cats and kittens at 2638 Main Street in Cambria, or call us at 805-927-7377 with any questions!


Cause for Paws Raffle

HART’s Guardian Angel program is sponsoring the annual CAUSE FOR PAWS fundraising raffle in September and October. 100% of the raffle proceeds will be used for medical care for the cats and kittens of HART.  70 Fantastic prizes, valued at over $7,000,  have been donated by local businesses and artists and HART supporters. THANK YOU prize donors, for making this important fundraiser possible! Click here to see the Donor and Prize List.


Purchase one raffle ticket for $10 or 3 tickets for $25. Raffle Tickets are on sale September 1st through October 26th.  They are available at the HART office and at at the Cambria Farmer’s Market (Friday afternoons during Sept./Oct.) .  Or call 805-927-7377 to purchase tickets by phone.


Winning tickets will be drawn on Saturday, October 26th and prize winners will be notified by phone and/or email.  You need not be present to win.  Please consider entering the raffle or making a donation to the HART Guardian Angel Fund.  Veterinary bills at HART are higher than ever, and the cats and kittens really need your help!


HART's Gift Shop for Cat Lovers

The gift shop is “Celebrating Harvest Time”. As summer comes to a close and autumn draws near, HART brings you a fresh selection of cat beds, totes, cardboard scratchers, new jewelry items, and other goodies in preparation of harvest time for you and your kitty. A large selection of T-shirts, prices starting at $7.99 and all small framed pictures are on sale for 1/2 price until September 21st.

We continue to stock our competitively priced Science Diet kibbles and other necessities like litter boxes, scoops and cat flaps.


New items for September include festive cat themed jewelry handcrafted by our very own shelter assistant and HART volunteer, Cathy Wedel. Exclusive to our gift shop, we are now featuring Cathy’s Cat Creations. Your purchase at the gift shop goes directly to support the shelter. Many of our items are made by our volunteers. Come to HART to see scarecrows, dolls and Fall holiday items that are guaranteed to put you in the spirit of the season.


The Gift Shop is located at the

HART Shelter, 2638 Main St., Cambria,

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 12-5pm.


Canine corner...Books of interest...Cat beds and suppliesCathy jewelry, unique and fun to wear!So many unique choices and gift ideas1 - 5<>

Orphan Kittens Need Foster Homes and Supplies

Our ability to rescue kittens is highly dependent on the amount of foster homes we have available at any given time. Consider becoming a kitten hero, apply now to join our Foster Club. HART will provide all the food, supplies, medical care and support. All you need to provide is a warm home and plenty of TLC! Contact Brittany, HART Foster Coordinator at:

 foster-coordinator@slohart.org with any questions.


HART receives calls, texts and emails about kittens in need everyday throughout kitten season! We have been actively recruiting foster families and our goal is to never have to turn down a kitten in need, but in order to do that we need your help! With your support we can provide our kitten fosters with everything they need to provide life sustaining care to vulnerable kittens as well as items that will help turn them into highly adoptable pets. Please consider donating items from our Amazon wish list to help us with our life-saving efforts. Together we can save them all!


HART 36th Anniversary Open House

Under sunny, breezy skies and comfortable temperatures last Saturday, about 65–70 volunteers, members, neighbors, and tourists attended HART’s first open house in 12 years. Bottle feeding demonstrations in our newly updated Obso rooms were well-attended. Evelyn Zanella, the shelter medical director, dialed up the cute factor with tiny kittens on the feeding end of the bottle.


Pacific Wildlife Care (PWC) brought rescued wildlife—including Simon the opossum and Denali the horned owl—for "show and tell,” to the delight of fascinated attendees. This was PWC’s second showing at HART—their demonstrations never fail to entertain.


Located next to the PWC table was SLOBUNS, an organization in SLO dedicated to rescuing rabbits. While there were no live rabbits displayed—the bunny handler brought a toy bunny, however—plenty of interesting literature on Leporidae (rabbits) was available, including the charming children’s book, Bunnicula, a delightful read for young and old alike.


The Tortoise and Turtle Rescue organization displayed empty, yet intriguing, tortoise/turtle shells, as well as occupied ones in all colors and sizes, from tiny Box turtles to a large Sukata tortoise—no live bunny, so no opportunity to test out their racing abilities!


Cat-fancying guests from France, along with leaders of a new shelter in Coalinga, opted to walk through the shelter, guided by Mike Zarowitz and Mary Levkoff. The rest of us enjoyed a virtual tour that showcased recent upgrades to the facility, as well as current, adoptable cats and kittens. The video presentation, composed by our own shelter manager, Kellie Priebe, played periodically in the comfort of the conference room, where beverages and food, including an elaborately decorated, delicious anniversary cake, were available for guests.


HART awarded door prizes on the hour: wine, merchandise, and gift certificates, along with HART logo items, were featured. Two new members and several volunteers signed up, generous donations were received, and, judging from the feedback, a good time was had by all. Special thanks go to Sweet Offerings, The Cookie Crock Market, Melinda Britz, hard-working volunteers, and all the construction crew, including Bud and Ian Tanner and project manager Gary Swauger, for making it all happen.


Don’t miss some of our upcoming events:

-  Adoption Specials

CAUSE FOR PAWS fundraising raffle in September and October.

     Drawing on October 26.



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