Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter

We believe all cats deserve permanent, loving homes and euthanasia of convenience should be non-existent.

Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter

Our Mission: To advocate for the welfare of cats by being a model cage-free sanctuary and no-kill shelter.


What Makes Us Special?

For more than 55 years, The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter and Sanctuary has been dedicated to the shelter, protection, and care of cats in need. We believe every cat is adoptable and deserves a chance at a happy, healthy life. We were the first no-kill animal shelter in Arizona and in 2013, through the American Sanctuary Association, our cage-free shelter became an accredited sanctuary. We remain the only accredited cat sanctuary in Arizona and one of very few shelters in the entire U.S. which serves as a sanctuary for cats with FIV (Feline Immune Deficiency Virus), and FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus).


Our 9,000 sq-ft, cage-free shelter houses 200+ cats at any time and we rescue about 700 cats annually. Cage-free is just what it sounds like - all our cats roam freely in their designated sections of the shelter, including outdoor, enclosed ‘catios’. Our goal is to find the perfect adopter for every cat, but, following a no-kill philosophy, we provide cats with a safe home for as long as they need it.


At The Hermitage, we ensure every cat who enters our shelter is given the best in medical and physical care, including affection. Here, each cat is treated as an amazing, individual being.

If you have any questions, let us know!

Recent News & Education

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