Hermitage No Kill Cat Shelter

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Basic Information

Address: 5278 E. 21st Street Tucson, AZ 85711
Phone Number: 520-571-7839
Fax Number: 520-269-7810
Director: Lee Bucyk

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Animal Rescue
Background Check: Yes
Ages for Volunteer: Must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian if under 16 years old
Mission Statement:

Founded in 1965, The Hermitage Cat Shelter is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization supported entirely by donations. We are both an adoption facility and long-term sanctuary for felines considered “adoption-challenged,” including felines who are FIV+ or FeLV+, or have other types of chronic health issues. The Hermitage was accredited as a Sanctuary in 2013 by the American Sanctuary Society. All of our kitties roam free within 9,000 square feet of outdoor/indoor living space.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

For 50 years, The Hermitage has been 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.

At the Hermitage, we adhere to the principle of no-kill in that no cat in our care will ever be euthanized to make room for another, nor will any cat in our care ever be destroyed except in cases of terminal and painful illness or when compassion demands it because there is no reasonable alternative.

Additional Information:


One of the best ways to help The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter is through volunteering your time. Volunteers are critical to the work we do; we could not care for the number of cats we do without these dedicated individuals. Volunteer opportunities include: administration; socialization; special events; shelter maintenance; and more.

All volunteers are required to attend a one-hour orientation led by our Volunteer & Foster Coordinator. These orientations are held weekly for new volunteers. As a volunteer, we expect you to care about and have compassion for the many felines in our care. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age; or accompanied by a parent or guardian, if under the age of 16. Community service volunteers are welcomed as well, so long as there is no felony crime involved.

It is important that volunteers make a commitment to what they do here at the shelter. We look for volunteers who are engaged in the service they provide; possess a positive attitude; take direction; and demonstrate dedication to service. It is also important to work well with the public, as well as the Hermitage Team.

If you are interested in becoming a Hermitage volunteer, complete the volunteer application by clicking the link below.

For questions about volunteering, contact our Volunteer and Foster Care Coordinator, Karina Levine at 520-571-7839 or email Karina@hermitagecatshelter.org

For potential volunteers under age 16, a parent or guardian must complete the form below, listing all minor volunteers that parent or guardian will accompany under additional information.