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The Hermitage Cat Shelter

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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

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer, a foster parent, and a happy foster failure for eight kittens/cats from the Hermitage. Everyone there is hard working and absolutely dedicated to their jobs. These are people that put their hearts into everything they do for these felines. The shelter itself, though aging, shows the care put into it every day by it's maintenance group and the adoption staff is more than glad to walk you around and show you all the wonderful animals. Volunteering at the shelter is a wonderful practice and I recommend anyone in Tucson that wants to help a great cause, to not look any further.

2 Nicole98

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my two kitties from here, an elderly tabby lady and a young mama who is tabby and white, and they are the lights of my life! The hermitage took such good care of them and made sure that they didn't get overlooked even though they weren't kittens. Whenever I go there the hermitage is clean with lots of places for cats of all temperaments and abilities to be comfortable and safe-- it is truly a unique and wonderful place!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful staff that are very active in social networking to find homes for their cats. The care they take of their kitties (and the adopters as well) is fantastic. Their thrift store has a wonderful selection of cat and people things. I needed a replacement for my flat screen monitor and found one there at a very reasonable price. We got our current kitty from them and when we have more room, we'll be going back to them for another.

1 Erin66

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Hermitage was able to help me and my family out of a painful and difficult situation. I adopted my cat from a shelter and he was with me for about 5 years without any issues before he started acting out and urinating on things. Without going into a very long story that lasted years and cost many thousands of dollars, his problem got worse and worse. My husband and I tried every method that we could find including medication to get him to stop. We ended up with a completely ruined home and although we loved our cat, after I had our son, we had to make the difficult decision to find a new home for our cat. No one we knew would take him with his issue and the more I researched, the more I thought there was no hope. Euthanasia was not an option. When I first contacted The Hermitage, they were supportive. Although they had no room for him at that time, they said they would contact me if they did. I kept in contact with them and they made arangements to take him. We drove him almost 2 hours away to leave him there forever. Without the Hermitage and what they do, I'm not sure what we would have done. I will forever be grateful.

Chilly C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff is wonderful! They are very helpful and informative about the cats. They know their names and personalities. You are welcomed to a tour of the facility and meet each cat, to make the right choice for you and your new Buddie.

Sabrina A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Out family- traditional nuclear, adopted 2 kittens from this shelter. The kittens are great and came with antibiotic ointment for 1 as he had eye infection. Clean and loving staff- our family is really happy and kittens are doing great. Thanks!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter is an oasis of kindness in a world of cruelty and apathy. It is a critical animal care resource but also an incredible human resource that inspires everyone who visits it with the kindness and humanity that pervades the shelter.

The Hermitage is a wonderful, fun place from the moment you walk in. The cats roam around and lounge in comfort and the volunteers are always busy attending to them.

I love the Hermitage and their volunteers and staff for the kind and empathetic work they do- it goes well beyond helping cats. It restores faith in humanity, and that may be its most important role.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are great. The place is verry clean and all the kittys are well taken care of. The can we adopted is doing great and we love her very much. one of the things I love the most is how much they know about every individual cat personality.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Not only have I adopted from the Hermitage, but I used to volunteer for them too. There is something wonderful about a place where the animals come first, and it is the people who genuinely provide the care it takes to manage a no-kill, cage-free cat shelter where no matter what, every kitty has a home. I constantly recommend them to friends and family who are looking for pets, and to young people looking for a good way to support their community. I have always, and will always support The Hermitage, may it continue its existence for another 50 years!

Client Served

Rating: 5

In addition to visiting The Hermitage Cat Shelter as an adopter I also contributed to the shelter after seeing what an impressive facility it is. The shelter is very large and spacious and the cats enjoy free reign in open areas with plenty of places to climb, rest and play.

The staff genuinely love cats and do their work with pride and care. It is uplifting to see. This facility is a model for a cat sanctuary and a great place to adopt from and to offer support to.

The Hermitage Cat Shelter is a must-visit resource for cat and animal lovers. They do a wonderful job and I am very thankful for them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the experiences of working with the volunteers on the board, being a donor, an adoption recipient as well as having to use the shelters services for a family pet that was not able to remain in our home any longer. Throughout all of these circumstances the Hermitage Cat Shelter was amazing. They are dedicated to the welfare of saving, nurturing and loving the many cats that are desperate need. Making sure that none go over the rainbow bridge before their time. There should be more shelters like this in the world!

Client Served

Rating: 4

I first heard about the shelter after a friend passed and his family requested donations in lieu of flowers. As I researched Hermitage, I was quite impressed by their policies. Some months later, I was finally ready to adopt a new kitten and so went to Hermitage to visit. What a wonderful facility! The cats and kittens all looked so healthy and happy. No cages. Just cats lounging on cat trees. I petted and loved on many cats that day. One tiny kitten, however, won my heart and I has been with me for nearly 2 weeks now. He's healthy and happy and just want I needed in my life. I hope to not only continue supporting Hermitage with donations but find time to volunteer there. Everyone at the shelter was kind and cheerful. Cat lovers with big hearts.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Hermitage is such a wonderful place. I love cats and have always cared about their well being. All shelters try their best but the Hermitage has created an atmosphere that is centered around cats' needs. They are very caring, do their best to love the cats and keep them healthy. They take in unwanted cats and find adoptive homes for those who can be adopted. Those who are too sick get extra special care and the Hermitage is a no-kill shelter, so cats are taken care of no matter how sick or what type of behavioral problem. They understand cats, and do all they can for them. This is the main charity of have donated to over the years, and will continue to as I am able. This place is an inspiration to me and it blesses me to know about this place and the people who work and volunteer there.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Hermitage is a fantastic shelter and such a lovely place for all the kitties who live there long-term or short-term. I adopted my furry pal, Chester, from The Hermitage in September 2005. I was so happy to find this shelter while looking for a new kitty to share my life with. I would love to adopt another cat or two but I am not able to take care of more kitties at this time. One day maybe that will change! I also am not able to volunteer in person at the shelter due to my health situation, but I support it with donations of various sorts regularly and love keeping up with what is going on at The Hermitage. It's one of the most amazing places for cats I've ever seen and very deserving of everyone's consideration as the place to go for sponsoring and adopting cats, as well as supporting with monetary donations when possible. The staff and board members and volunteers are all to be commended for the good job they do and the loving care they provide for so many feline residents!

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was hard to choose just one "Role" above as I am a donor, volunteer, and I have been helped (immensely) by Hermitage. My relationship with them, however, started when I, as so many others, had a sad story to tell them. My sister died in June of 2011, leaving me to find another home for her senior, deaf cat. I already had two of my own and I knew from prior experience that my sister's cat and one of my own did not get along. I called Hermitage with no other options, and even though they were filled to capacity, they agreed to take her because she was deaf, and the family was willing to sponsor her. At that moment, I decided to volunteer. A short time later, my sister's cat was adopted into her new forever home. Finally, a little bit ago, someone left roughly 20 kitties on their front door and instead of doing anything else, they took them and asked for donations. I jumped at the chance; I only wish I could l do more. The people are caring, the place is clean, and the kitties are happy. Not only that, but they see countless examples of the WORST mankind has to offer the animal world, and they keep going every day. Hereos, that is what they are.

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.