Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary

Our mission is to advocate for the welfare of all cats by being a model cage-free sanctuary and no-kill shelter. 

Our vision is for all cats to have permanent, loving homes and euthanasia of convenience be non-existent. 

Our core values: Love | Integrity | Transparency | Leadership | Compassion | Collaboration

The Hermitage

The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary has been a refuge for at-risk cats and kittens since 1965. We are dedicated to the shelter, protection and care of all cats in need and 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 a few shelters in the entire U.S. serving as a sanctuary for cats with FIV (Feline Immune Deficiency Virus), and FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus).


Our 9,000 square foot, cage-free shelter houses 200+ cats at any given time and we rescue over 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 and loving home for as long as they need it. 


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

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The oldest known pet cat existed 9,500 years ago!

Cats spend 70% of their lives sleeping!

A cat was the Mayor of an Alaskan town for 20 years!

The record for the longest cat ever is 48.5 inches!

Ancient Egyptians would shave off their eyebrows when their cats died!

The oldest cat in the world was 38 years old!

In 1963, a French cat named Félicette was launched 100 miles above Earth aboard a rocket

House cats share 95.6% of their genetic makeup with tigers.

Cats can spend up to a third of their waking hours grooming.

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