Though HEART Animal Rescue and Adoption Team Inc. is currently caring for nearly 200 cats, Sharon Gorman, vice president and rescue coordinator of the non-profit organization, can identify most of them by name, personality and the story of how they came to HEART.
Gorman does not have a photographic memory, rather, getting to know the strays on an individual level is typical of HEART volunteers.
“We care about our animals so much,” said Gorman.
In October, the pet adoption center moved to 48 Buffalo St. in Hamburg, allowing its cats more room to stretch, roam and play.
“We absolutely love it here,” said Gorman, who keeps around 15 cats at the site at a time, and shelters the rest in foster homes and stores such as PetSmart.
The no-kill organization also takes in stray dogs and other domestic animals, such as rabbits. However, while it pains volunteers turn an animal away, HEART only accepts injured and sick animals in need of emergency care.