Guardian Angel Program


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.

HART is a no-kill shelter committed to rescuing and caring for homeless animals in need. We will never turn away an animal because of sickness or age. Your support, no matter how small, has a significant impact. GA funds save lives - together, we can make a difference!
Click on the DONATE button below to make a credit card donation to HART’s Guardian Angel Fund. The donation will be processed by PayPal Giving which transfers monies to HART free of service charges. If you prefer to make a direct credit card payment, click HERE.  HART is an IRS-registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and donations are eligible to be tax deductible
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H.A.R.T. is currently home to a larger than normal number of older kitties who are in need of medical care. In order to improve their comfort and quality of life they require procedures such as lab work, x-rays/ultrasound, dental care and medications.

The GA Fund pays for non-routine and major medical expenses not covered by the HART General Fund. This year we were not able to conduct our main fundraising event (the Annual Cause for Paws Raffle) -- so we need your financial help more than ever.

Please consider making a donation to the H.A.R.T. Guardian Angel fund.
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Thank you for your donations to the HART Guardian Angel Program which helps provide life-changing care for HART cats in need. One of those cats is Peety, who came to HART with serious fur matts and obvious problems with his eyes. The mats were removed and he was taken to the vet for an examination. The exam determined that Peety had an inflammation of the inner eye of both eyes and so he was started on treatments. His eyes were bulging, which would be consistent with Glaucoma, but his initial eye pressure was within normal levels. HART was referred to a veterinary ophthalmologist, in Arroyo Grande, who determined Peety did have Glaucoma after all. The inflammation had masked the presence of the Glaucoma. Peety doesn't have any vision in his left eye and only perception of light in the right eye. The Glaucoma is advanced and is very painful for Peety, so it was decided that the best action would be to remove both eyes. The surgery is scheduled for the end of this week. Best wishes Peety!

As you can imagine, a surgery of this nature will be life-changing for Peety, ending the pain that he has been enduring. And hopefully getting him ready to find a forever home. It also means that we need to work hard to replenish the Guardian Angel Fund, so that we can help more cats in the future. We appreciate donations of any amount. You can make donations online at:

or call HART and let them know you’d like to make a donation to the GA Fund via credit card, or mail or drop off a check to the HART GA Fund. Thank you so much for your ongoing support!
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Midnight sends his thanks to all of you who have supported the HART Guardian Angel Program.  The Guardian Angel fund paid for his life-saving surgery that corrected a urinary blockage.

When the HART Guardian Angel (GA) Program learned about Midnight, he had been relinquished to a veterinarian who had been directed to euthanize him, because his family was unable to pay for his surgery.  Your donations to GA saved this very sweet and calm 5 year old boy!  Thank YOU!


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 download and fill in the Guardian Angel Membership form below. You can email it to or mail it to 2638 Main st., Cambria, Ca 93428

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, please call 805-927-7377 with any questions.

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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.
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Guardian Angel Graduates

Thanks to the generous donations from all Guardian Angel donors, the following kitties have "graduated" from the Guardian Angel program and are incredible examples of what can be accomplished. Below are stories of just a few of the many cats whose medical care was paid for by the Guardian Angel Fund. THANK YOU!
Mr. Kitters suffered from a severe skin infection with hair-loss, scabs & raw skin areas. He needed cultures done to help find an effective antibiotic, and then treatment including steroids and medicated baths. Even though his illness was itchy and very uncomfortable, Mr. Kitters was a trooper throughout treatment. Finding the right medication including a special diet, Mr. Kitters is now in a permanent and loving forever home!
While at HART, Sherman had bloodwork done to manage he is hyperthyroidism and receive the necessary, yet costly dental surgery to relieve his tooth pain. Soon after, Sherman was adopted into his loving forever home at 11-years-old!  Thanks to donations to the Guardian Angel program, he gets to have a pain-free future that every cat deserves!
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.
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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.