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Our mission is to engage in activities that curb overpopulation, impede the feral cat cycle, 

Resources courtesy of
H.A.R.T. ~ Homeless Animals Rescue Team
P.O. Box 606
Mesa, AZ  85211-0606

Below are some links for helpful community related resources.

They live in the shadows—the alleyways, empty lots and condemned buildings—of almost every neighborhood. Their lives are short and usually harsh. They struggle to find food and water in an environment filled with the constant threats of disease, starvation, cruelty and predation. They are the abandoned, the lost and the wild—and they need our help.      

The number of feral cats in the U.S. is estimated to be in the tens of millions.  Sadly, many communities still opt to control populations using outdated methods, including lethal elimination or relocation. Not only are some of these methods horribly cruel…. they are also highly ineffective. It’s time to focus on feral cats in the fight to end animal cruelty.          

The ASPCA endorses Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) as the only proven humane and effective method to manage feral cat colonies.”                          
                              ......Statement from the ASPCA (THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS)


Maricopa County is estimated to have 350,000 feral and free-roaming homeless cats living on the streets.  Rescue groups and shelters cannot keep up with the number of calls they receive from people in the community requesting help with litters that have been found.  Even if shelters could take in all the kittens, that would not solve the problem.  We are enamored by the adorable little fur balls that we find and want to help them get into rescue so that they can find homes.  We feel a sense of relief to be able to place the kittens into rescue, but must not forget about the moms and dads who will continue the cycle of breeding unless we intervene.  A female cat can go into heat 3 times a year.  If nothing is done, they will continue to breed, litter after litter.  Don’t wait for someone else to solve the problem.  Be part of the solution.  

What is a feral cat?

A feral cat is a descendant of a domesticated cat that has returned to the wild.  It is distinguished from a stray cat, which is a pet cat that has been lost or abandoned. While feral cats are born in the wild, the offspring of a stray cat can be considered feral if born in the wild.  In many parts of the world, feral cats are descendants of domestic cats that were left behind and abandoned by their owners.

Whose fault is it?

Many people blame the cats for fighting, yowling, spraying, breeding and filling the community with unwanted litters of feral cats.  These negative behaviors are common amongst unaltered cats.  The problem begins when people do not spay and neuter their pets.  Low cost and free spay neuter options are available, yet many people still fail to spay and neuter their pets.  Be part of the solution by having your pets spayed and neutered, and encourage others to do the same.

They aren’t MY  cats!

Do you have free-roaming feral or stray cats in your neighborhood?  You don’t have to look far to find them.  They are in every neighborhood, local parks, and industrial business complexes.  Many people turn their eyes and refuse to acknowledge the problem or help to resolve it because these cats don't belong to them.  The over-population of homeless cats is a community problem, and must be solved through a community effort.  If everyone would take responsibility for the cats that they find where they live and work, together we could make a huge difference to help end the suffering and save lives!  Be part of the solution by volunteering to Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) the cats in your neighborhood and work place.  Please don't wait for someone else to do it! 

If you are feeding feral or stray cats that you cannot catch, please call: 
The Spay Neuter Hotline – 602-265-SPAY (7729) 


 Altered Tails – 602-943-SPAY (7729)

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H.A.R.T. is a non profit organization registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) status #800726587 and also with the State of Arizona as a not-for-profit charity. 

HART is NOT a shelter for homeless animals and does NOT accept intakes from the public. 
Please read our Community Resources Page for humane and legal options for the feral and stray cats in your neighborhood.  HART is a Best Friends Animal Society's "No More Homeless Pets" Network Partner!