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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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Hermitage is, and has been for nearly 50 years, the go-to shelter for people who want to adopt a homeless cat in Tucson. Every cat at the shelter is valued as a worthwhile creature, deserving of the most simple qualities of life: love and a home. None of our cats are considered disposable; each and every one will live their life at the shelter until we are able to locate for them their perfect home outside the shelter. If this does not happen, then they will stay with us permanently, lovingly cared for by our devoted staff and volunteers.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a donor to The Hermitage for about 10 years and a Board member for 4 years. I continue to be impressed by the care the staff give the cats. They know the cats' names and their stories. I'm especially proud that the shelter provides a home for "special needs" cats, with medical or physical disabilities. These cats would not do well in another type of shelter.


Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the shelter for over two years now and became Board President last year. Shelter staff and the Board work hard to make the Hermitage "The Best Little Cathouse in Tucson" Our cats are well cared for and loved.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I became a donor to The Hermitage in 1998, soon after moving to Tucson. In 2002, after my 20-year old cat died, my adopted son and I went to The Hermitage to find a kitten for him and an older (preferably tortoiseshell) cat for my husband and me. My son picked out a wonderful grey tabby kitten and I found a crazy half-Siamese tortie. They are wonderful cats. Three years ago, I joined the Board of Directors and have been impressed by the care the staff members and other board members show to the cats. I'm pleased that the shelter limits the number of cats to about 200, as that permits better care for the cats. The board members and staff are committed to serving the cats who are permanent residents due to medical conditions, and finding forever homes for the others. The Hermitage also has a Trap-Neuter-Release program to reduce the number of feral cats in Tucson, which is a great community service.

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