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The Hermitage Cat Shelter

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Founded in 1965, The Hermitage Cat Shelter is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization supported entirely by donations. We are dedicated to the shelter, protection, and care of homeless cats, especially those that are often not considered adoptable by other organizations. We are both an adoption facility and long-term sanctuary for those felines who are “adoption-challenged,” including felines who are FIV or FeLV-positive, and other types of chronic health issues. We were awarded sanctuary designation in mid-2013, by the American Sanctuary Society. All of our kitties roam free within 9,000 sq. ft. of outdoor/indoor living space.

Results: 2013 was a banner year for The Hermitage; we rescued 800 kittens and cats, and found homes for over 600 of them! We also instituted our Lease for Life program, helping us find loving homes for over 75 special needs kitties since then. In 2014, while we only rescued 615 kittens and cats, we found homes for over 400! We're looking forward to celebrating out 50th birthday in 2015, and finding homes for many more kitties!

Target demographics: abandoned cats find their forever homes, as well as help families keep their pets during financial difficulties

Direct beneficiaries per year: find homes for almost 650 kitties, and provided food for over 60 families each month

Geographic areas served: Southern Arizona

Programs: Adoptions: our full service adoption facility rescues cats and kittens and gives them a second chance at a forever home! All our cats are altered, micro-chipped and vaccinated before they're ready for adoption. Lease for Life: a program created to find homes for our FIV and FeLV kitties! The adopter is responsible for core vaccinations, food and annual vet visits; The Hermitage covers medical costs resulting from their chronic health issues. Food For Peoples Pets- The Hermitage collects cat & dog food that is then distributed to food banks in Tucson to help people having trouble feeding their pets so that they can keep them and not turn them into shelters.

Community Stories

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been acquainted with the Hermitage for several years. We adopted a kitty from there and found it to be a wonderful place. Two of my kids volunteer there and I'm always so impressed with everything that is done to help so many cats! To all the staff and volunteers, keep up the magnificent work you do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After much research and some positive recommendations, I decided I was going to adopt a cat from the Hermitage. It had been a couple of years since I had a cat and was somewhat cautious about adopting from a shelter. All of my other cats have either been strays, given to me as kittens. When we visited all the cats appeared to be happy, well taken care of and doing their own things, except for the ones who wanted attention, which was funny. The volunteers put me at ease, they knew the cats, their names and most of their back-stories and personalities. Greta greeted me as she was the head honcho hanging out at the entrance. The next visit Greta not only greeted me, but jumped up on the sign in table and laid on the book, I took it as a sign and adopted this long haired feisty tortie. She has been a handful, but in a good way. I can say nothing but nice things as this organization really cares and brought me and my furry friend together. I highly recommend them.

Tabitha L.

Donor

Rating: 5

When my mother named me Tabitha, she knew she had a cat fan from a very young age. Tabi, Tabby, and Tabby cat are the only nicknames I remember as a child. So now, in my late 20's, I am the crazy cat lady. I know my limits, which is why the Hermitage is such a great place. I know I can't take care of 50 cats, but if I did, I would. Instead, I can go to a place like the Hermitage and know that these cats are well taken care of until their dying day. Even those that have FIV, or cancer, or something else that most people would put the animal down, these people at the Hermitage work day and night to make sure these 500+ cats are happy and healthy. What gets me is, if you take the tour of the place, every single volunteer there knows every cat's name. It's not just 'oh, that's fluffy'. It's 'there's Winston, waiting for his wet food' (I am Winston's sponsor). Anyone who asks me where to get a cat, immediately gets the Hermitage as a response. I've never seen a better place for a homeless cat to go.

Board Member

Rating: 4

I am a Board member for the Hermitage, but both my husband and I volunteer at the shelter. While we have not yet adopted a cat(s) from the shelter (we have four already), we certainly think every day about it!!. The staff and volunteers are terrific and very dedicated to the cats. All of the Board members spend considerably time in developing better ways to care for the cats and promote the shelter. I am proud to be involved with the Hermitage and look forward to many more years of helping the cats. Jean Getek

Rachel31

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at the Hermitage Cat Shelter and I love this place! The cats are very well taken care of by all of the staff. Each staff member and volunteer really has a heart for each of the cats and take the time to get to know the cats. The Hermitage has been making huge strides in getting the word out to people about their mission and have gotten hundreds of cats adopted out to good homes. The kitties have a wonderful home at the shelter before they get adopted!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Hermitage Cat Shelter is a wonderful organization of dedicated cat caregivers. We have been supporters ever since we moved to Tucson 9 years ago and discovered the shelter. We have not yet the opportunity to adopt a cat from the shelter as the cat we moved here with is comfortable only in a single cat household. However, we have no hesitation whatsoever in highly recommending the Hermitage Cat Shelter for anyone wishing to adopt a cat who needs a home. Even if you cannot adopt, please consider financially or otherwise supporting the Hermitage Cat Shelter for the wonderful work it does.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I LOVE Hermitage Cat Shelter and have adopted 3 cats from them. My first a beautiful little calico had been dumped on their steps on the coldest day of winter and was nearly frozen. The other 2 are brothers that were brought to Tucson from a kill shelter up north that was shutting it's doors and they shipped all the black cats to Hermitage. These boys are only distinquishable by the collar I try to keep on one of them and their very distinct lovable personalities. They both love to play and tease especially their sister cats and their two 8 lb terrier mix sisters who give them as good as they get. They do so much good work at Hermitage, that most of my donations go straight to them, including cans, linens, bowls and other items that most wouldn't think to donate they find a way to make it useful. They are doing so much good and it's nice to know that the anti-social and sick kitties have a place to call home and be safe.

1 Mary56

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had contact with the Hermitage on many occasions and under many different circumstances. I rescue and foster neurologically impaired cats as well as those who have other special needs or those who are elderly. Over the years I have fostered for, adopted from, donated, and volunteered for the Hermitage. On one occasion I needed assistance from them as well and they were quick to assist. Each time I have had an opportunity to interact with them the experience has been extremely positive. I enjoy visiting the kitties and plan on adopting from the Hermitage again in the future when an appropriate special needs cat is identified as needing a home such as I provide. It is a pleasure to spend time at the Hermitage and the staff works very hard to keep it clean and ready for visitors. The cats all seem so happy there and the cage free environment is a joy to see. I like that they have the ability to house so many different needs there. This is a worthwhile organization to support! Sincerely, Mary Barker