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Hermitage Cat Shelter

5278 E 21st St.
Tucson, AZ 85711
(520) 571-7839

Cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Pima County, Tucson

About Our Shelter:

The Hermitage Cat Shelter, Tucson's only no-kill no-cage cat sanctuary and adoption center, is a non-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 currently provide care for about 190 cats and kittens in clean, yet homey conditions. About 50 of our cats are permanent residents due to medical or behavioral issues, while the others are waiting for their forever homes!

Our facility comprises approximately 4,000 square feet under roof, with an additional 4,000 square feet of entirely fenced-in outdoor areas. Our free-roaming felines have access to fresh air and sunlight without being in any danger from predators, vehicles, nasty people or other vagaries of civilization.

Areas in our shelter are devoted to various categories of residents:

* Eminently adoptable cats
* Shy cats
* Medically-challenged cats
* FIV+ cats
* FeLV+ cats

If you visit the shelter, you will get to meet our friendly feline and human residents. You will also get to see some of the innovations we have come up with to house this many cats in a healthy environment (Rube Goldberg, eat your heart out!). Yes, with a little imagination and a few willing and skilled workers, you can convert a storage closet to an isolation room!

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Come Meet our Pets:

We are open 10 am - 4 pm Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun. We are closed on New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our shelter is near Craycroft and 22nd, in a residential area.

Our website shows other events where you can see us, and often our kitties as well!

Please come by and meet all our feline darlings!

Our Adoption Process:

How does the adoption program work?

Come to the shelter between 10 am and 4 pm any day but Wednesday. (except New Year's, Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day).
You will fill out a comprehensive adoption application, this is more detailed than we have done in the past but we want to assure that our cats will be placed in the best home. You may download and print the application to fill out before coming to the shelter. We will ask about current and past pets, your current living situation and veterinary information. We also ask for references of people who know how you are with animals who will be willing to vouch for you.
You will be given a guided tour, during which you are introduced to the cats, and find one or 2 you bond with.
If you rent or lease, please bring a copy of your lease that shows you are allowed to have animals and proof of payment of required pet deposits/rent, or a note from your landlord and be ready to have us call the landlord for approval.
A background check will be run, persons with a history of violence will be denied for adoption.
Upon approval, the cat(s) will be put on a 24 hour hold, you will be given a packet of information to review, this will also allow you time to set up a "safe room" for the new cat to help him/her to adjust to the new home.
After the 24 hour hold is complete and you have reviewed and signed off on the materials provided, you may come in and pick up your new cat(s). At that time the adoption fee will be due.

You may also meet some of our adoptable cats at PETCO! Current locations are Wrightsown & Pantano; Broadway & Craycroft; and near The Tucson Mall . The staff at Petco will do the adoption paperwork and send it to the shelter, if during shelter hours we will review it immediately, following the steps above. If it is after hours we will review the next day and if approved the 24hr hold will start then.

Fees (non-refundable)

Kitten $85
or 2 for $125
Adult cat (over 1 year)
$65 or 2 for $95
Seniors for Seniors-
A Senior cat 7yrs+ can be adopted by Senior person 62yrs+ for $40.00
Diabetics for Diabetics -
A Diabetic person can adopt a Diabetic cat and have fee waived.
All special needs cat adoptions must be approved by Shelter Manager.

Our adoption fee only partially covers the routine cost of health care that we provide for each cat we take in. Depending on the age and state of health of the cat, the list of services below would typically cost $200 – $250 at a local veterinary clinic. What our adoption fee includes Your cat will be:

Spayed or neutered
Treated for internal and external parasites
Tested for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)
Tested for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
Vaccinated for Upper Respiratory Complex (RCP) (current for age)
Vaccinated for Rabies if older than 4 months
Micro-chipped for identification
Provided with a sturdy cardboard carrier upon request
Provided with a sample supply of Hills Science Diet Food

Your adoption packet will contain:

Medical records
Microchip information
Trial pet insurance
Cat Care Information

To the best of our knowledge, the cats who we adopt out are in good health. You receive full information about any treatments given to the cat(s) you adopt.

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a cat or kitten versus getting cats for sale or kittens for sale from a cat breeder? When someone is breeding kittens, they are creating new cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of cat or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a cat for sale from a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a cat or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.