In an effort to reduce health risks to staff, volunteers and the general public, we are restricting public access to the shelter. We are open by APPOINTMENT ONLY Tuesday thru Saturday from 10AM to 5PM. We encourage potential adopters to fill out our online adoption application. After your application has been processed, our Adoption Coordinator will contact you to schedule an appointment for your shelter visit. We appreciate your patience and cooperation through this uncertain time. We will keep you updated with any changes to our hours.
Kittens: $115 (2 for $200)
Adults (1-9 years of age): $80 (2 for $130)
Seniors (10 & older) & Special Needs: $50
Seniors (60+) for Seniors (10+): $15
The Hermitage has so many amazing cats available for adoption! We are also working to find homes for our special needs cats, those with FIV, FeLV, diabetes and allergies and our senior cats. If you are interested in adopting one of our wonderful felines, please fill out our online Adoption Application. Our Adoptions Department will process it and contact you shortly. We will contact your references, and landlord (if applicable).
All cats/kittens adopted from The Hermitage have been spayed/neutered, are current on vaccinations and have been microchipped.
If you have questions about our adoption process or specific cats, please call Holly Simon at 520-571-7839 or email [email protected]
Our hours for adoption tours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10AM-5PM.
We also hold Adoption Events at a Petco location one Saturday a month. Check our Events Calendar for the schedule.
Information About FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)
FIV, or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, is a transmissible viral disease of cats where the immune system is suppressed and the cat becomes more susceptible to infections that most normal cats can resist. Like a person with HIV, a cat can be infected with FIV for quite some time and enjoy a good quality before, if ever, developing full-blown disease. A recent study even suggests that cats who are well cared for — providing them with consistent good nutrition, protection from stress and infectious disease, and routine veterinary care to manage secondary conditions — are likely to enjoy prolonged survival, even if infected with FIV.
The good news is that FIV is not very readily spread. The main route of transmission is through deep bites and NOT through casual contact. Transmission to kittens at time of birth has been experimentally reported, though in nature this appears to be extremely uncommon. Kittens born to FIV positive mothers are at low risk for infection, although they may test positive initially due to the presence of maternal antibodies. Similarly to FeLV, there is no cure for FIV, and cats with this disease are vulnerable to some secondary infections due to a suppressed immune system. One of the most common issues seen with FIV cats is stomatitis or oral inflammation. Stomatitis can be painful and often your veterinarian will recommend a thorough dental cleaning and the potential extraction of the teeth. While this may seem extreme, many cats improve significantly after this procedure.
As FIV is rarely spread through casual contact, cats may live together for years without transmitting the disease. However, care must be taken when a new cat is introduced due to the risk of bites. Introduction of an FIV positive cat to a household with FIV negative cats (or vice versa) therefore poses a moderate risk of disease transmission. Historically, FIV cats were separated from non-infected cats, newer approaches indicate that adopters may choose to house FIV-infected cats with uninfected cats if cats are neutered and show no signs of aggression since the risk of transmission appears to be very low.
A vaccine is available for FIV but it is not 100% effective and is not routinely administered. The vaccine is not recommended for cats that are at very low risk for contracting the disease, such as strictly indoor cats. Owners and their veterinarian should decide whether the vaccine is appropriate in each circumstance. (University of California Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program)
Information About FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus)
FeLV, or Feline Leukemia Virus, is a contagious, viral disease of cats. FeLV is most commonly spread via the saliva of infected cats, but can also be present in urine and feces. FeLV can be spread from mother to kitten during delivery, but spread via nursing or grooming is more common. Airborne transmission of the disease is not a concern. Blood tests are available for screening for FeLV. A cat may initially test positive for FeLV, and then recover and test negative at a later date. The good news is that in most healthy cat populations, FeLV is quite uncommon.
In addition to causing leukemia, as the name implies, FeLV has been associated with immune suppression leading to increased susceptibility to various infectious diseases and some cancers. Kittens are at significantly higher risk for contracting the disease than adult cats, which is why we test each Hermitage kitten for the virus. Infected kittens may have several years of good quality life before developing signs of disease, and some individual cats may live much longer. Treatment consists of good nourishment, routine veterinary care, and protection from infection/management of secondary conditions. There is no cure for FeLV, but with good care, some of these cats will beat the odds and lead long, healthy lives.
A vaccine is available for FeLV. The current recommendation is to vaccinate as kittens and then repeat at one year. The vaccine is not recommended for cats that are at very low risk for contracting the disease, such as strictly indoor cats. Owners and their veterinarian should decide whether the vaccine is appropriate in each circumstance. (University of California Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program)
How does the adoption program work?
Come to the shelter between 10AM and 5PM Tuesday-Saturday. (Except New Year’s, Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day).
You will fill out an adoption application. You may also fill out an application on line prior to visiting the shelter to expedite the application process. 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 have time to bond with them.
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, sexual abuse, and animal abuse will be denied for adoption.