TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter and Sanctuary has been in Tucson for 49 years, but they need donations now to keep from closing its doors, something it doesn't want to do.
The shelter saves hundreds of cats per year from being euthanized and takes in rescues, in turn they adopt out hundreds of cats as well. In the past year, they have had more than 600 adoptions according to Lee Bucyk, executive director at the shelter.
"We want to rescue these animals, these abandoned pets, and find forever homes for them," said Bucyk.
However, right now the shelter is in a financial situation they have never been in during their almost half-century existence.
"We're hoping to get some donations and stay for another 49 years," Bucyk said.
The executive director says their shelter is worth adopting from. They let their felines roam free which they say helps their cats become well socialized. Many of the cats also do well with other pets.
"We know exactly which cats are dog friendly and which ones aren't," said Bucyk.
Nine On Your Side was at the shelter this morning, and since then, the shelter received $600 in donations. Bucyk says they are grateful for the donations, but that only covers a fraction of their operating budget. Some of that goes to programs helping people take care of their pets financially.
"We have a lease for life program which essential covers the medical costs of any cat here," said Bucyk.
This afternoon, the shelter also held a "Happy Hour" adoption event which helped them adopt out 9 animals today.
Here is a link to their website with more information about their Happy Hour and how to donate.