About The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter

photo of Sister Seraphim with cats

♥ Our History ♥

The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter has been a sanctuary for the abandoned and unwanted cats and kittens in Southern Arizona since 1965. We were founded as the Arizona Animal Anti-Cruelty League by Sister Theresa Seraphim, a Russian Orthodox nun from England. Sister Seraphim moved to Tucson in 1969 and lived at this location until she passed away in 1990. During her tenure at The Hermitage, Sister rescued not only cats, but chickens and guinea hens, peacocks, a handful of dogs and a donkey.

♥ Our Mission Statement ♥

Advocating for animal rights and ending needless euthanasia of at-risk felines through protection, adoption, and sanctuary.

♥ What Makes Us Special ♥

For over 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 a long-term sanctuary. In addition, The Hermitage has its own medical suite where we are able to provide state-of-the-art care for our cats. Providing in-house medical care greatly reduces the stress on the cats and improves their overall well-being.

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