The Homeless Animal Rescue Team has a mission of rescuing and caring for kittens and cats in need and placing cats and kittens in caring, permanent homes. Thus we will always do our best to help any animal in need of rehoming or rescuing.

We understand life brings unexpected challenges that may force us into difficult decisions. Please know we will always take back a former H.A.R.T. cat or kitten. We ask that you always return a former H.A.R.T. cat or kitten back to our shelter unless you have a safe and stable home to place your animal into with someone you trust. If you previously adopted from the Homeless Animal Rescue Team and are no longer able to care for your adopted feline, please contact H.A.R.T. at (805) 927-7377 to arrange for the return of your cat to our shelter.

If you are considering surrendering your cat or kitten…
Please complete our Relinquishment Request Form and email or call (805) 927-7377 for more information on surrendering a cat or kitten. Our ability to take in animals is dependent on our current cat population. We are always happy to add your animal to our wait-list or refer you to additional rescue organizations until space becomes available. 
Relinquishment Fee
Previous H.A.R.T. Cat/Kitten………………………………….. $0
All other Cats/Kittens…………………………………………….. $50
Spay & Neuter - Save Lives
The Homeless Animal Rescue Team has a mission to reduce feline overpopulation with an active spay/neuter program for felines. We also have an active trap-neuter-return (TNR) program for feral cats. Please join us by spaying/neutering your pets, local strays, and contacting shelters to learn more about their local TNR programs for feral cats. Please contact H.A.R.T for information on low-cost vet clinics, help with trapping, or to borrow a trap from H.A.R.T. Both stray and feral cats and kittens need to be spayed/neutered. Stray cats have been socialized with humans and have the possibility of being adopted once altered whereas feral cats have not been socialized and will do best being released back out once being altered. Check out for more information on the difference between stray and feral cats.