2018 ANNUAL REPORT
THE HERMITAGE NO-KILL CAT SHELTER & SANCTUARY
A MESSAGE FROM OUR LEADERSHIP 2018 was another year of growth and change for The Hermitage. Some things stayed the same, such as our dedication to the cats, our community, and the commitment of our staff, volunteers, board, and supporters. And some things have changed. We added eight new cat-loving professionals as board members. We have more strategic partnerships working with other organizations to accomplish our mutual goals. We have worked diligently to spend less and bring in more funds. Our supporters were generous when we put out an appeal for help. We have also started strategic plans for grants, advertising and corporate sponsorships. It is expensive to run The Hermitage. Although our financial situation is more solid, we must constantly fundraise to guarantee the excellent care we provide for our cats, offering adoptions and sanctuary. We had over 640 adoptions in 2018! We have close to 200 cats in residence, plus up to another 150 in foster homes. Our beautiful cage-free shelter is now complete with a full medical center. We recently added a new KIA Sedona van which was provided by the generosity of our board. This is a demonstration of the commitment we feel towards The Hermitage and our belief in its importance. The Hermitage has been an important organization in our community for over 50 years and we are working to make sure that it will be here for another 50 more! Thank you all for your continuing support. We cannot do it without you. Sincerely,
Bonnie Kay President
Karen T. Baden, MBA, MSL Executive Director
HAPPY ENDINGS I first met Walter on a visit to The Hermitage with my Veterinary Assisting class from Pima Medical Institute. I have always had a soft spot for orange tabbies and when I saw a feisty looking orange kitty hanging out on the catwalk, I had to play with him. Another instructor and I played with Walter for almost 45 minutes. We could not stop laughing because Walter was being so silly. He wanted to play with us and he wanted to kill us at the same time. We immediately understood he was a “spicy” boy and we loved him all the more. We enjoyed time with Walter on subsequent visits as well, even in times when he had been quite naughty and was put in bite quarantine. Two of my fellow instructors told me Walter was not doing well in the General Population Room because he was becoming so easily over-stimulated. I decided to bring my husband in to meet Walter. We knew at that point that Walter would be coming home to live with us. Walter now lives a great life with us and his four canine brothers. He has his own private catio he can use any time he likes. Walter can be himself without the stress of being overstimulated. Walter is a wonderful addition to our family. I cannot imagine my day without Walter greeting me with his chirps and rubbing his nose across my hand. Many people are scared of cats that are considered “bad” because they don’t understand them. If you take the time to understand them, you will be amazed at the love these cats can show. Natalie M.
BY THE NUMBERS
TOTAL ADOPTIONS IN 2018: 643 KITTENS 376 ADULTS 171 SENIORS & SPECIAL NEEDS 96
TOTAL INTAKES IN 2018: 672
STRAY DROP-OFF 213 OTHER SHELTERS 194 OWNER SURRENDER 117 RETURN 80 BORN AT SHELTER 39 DUMPED ON PROPERY 24 TRAPPED ON SITE 5
TOTAL # IN FOSTER CARE IN 2018: 301 THE AVERAGE LENGTH OF STAY FOR ADOPTED CAT IN 2018 WAS 133 DAYS. The Hermitage collects and reports data based on the Asilomar Accords. **Compassionate Euthanasia: 30 **Passed in Care: 22
WAYS YOU CAN HELP SPONSOR A CAT: If you cannot adopt, you can sponsor. A monthly contribution of $25 ($330 annually), sponsors one of the many amazing cats in our shelter. You can choose a kitty, or have us choose one for you. Your sponsorship will cover the cost of food and litter for the year. All of our sponsors receive a note from one of the many “sponsor kitties” in our shelter, and can learn about each one of these great kitties. Sponsorships also make great gifts. Whether honoring your loved one by commemorating a birthday, anniversary or wedding, or as a thoughtful gift for the kitty lover in your life, your sponsorship will do more than give smiles—it gives life. PLANNED GIVING: By providing for The Hermitage in your will or trust, you can leave a legacy of compassion for animals who need your help. RECURRING GIFT: Giving monthly provides support and stability to our non-profit. It is a simple and amazingly effective way to ensure sustainability to our shelter. Growing our monthly support is crucial to the expansion of our rescue efforts and the progression of our community outreach. Monthly gifts ensure we can make a long-lasting difference to the cats in our care that are looking for their forever homes. Your consistent recurring donation will mean that together we can speak for those with no voice. DONATION IN HONOR OR MEMORY OF A LOVED ONE OR PET: With a donation, you can honor or memorialize your loved one or pet while providing funds for the continuing care of the cats at The Hermitage. MEMORIAL BRICKS: Leave a lasting legacy by paying tribute to a beloved pet or loved one with a classic clay brick to be installed in our memorial garden.
If you are interested in helping The Hermitage in any of these areas, please visit our website at www.hermitagecatshelter.org or call 520.571.7839 for more information.
HERMITAGE VOLUNTEERS CONTRIBUTED 17,715 HOURS OF VOLUNTEER TIME TO OUR CATS IN 2018 (THE EQUIVALENT OF 10 FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES)
THE HERMITAGE HAD 250 ACTIVE VOLUNTEERS IN 2018
VOLUNTEER GROUPS THAT SERVED IN 2018 AIM Achieve Builds Confidence Alpha Phi Omega The Beacon Group Boy Scout Troop 777 Dusenberry-River Library Girl Scout Troop 348 Khalsa Montessori Middle School Pima Prevention Partnership Rincon High School Sabino High School St. Michaelâ€™s Middle School TUSD ACT United Way Days of Caring University of Arizona Panhellnic Committee University of Arizona Pre-Vet Club Wildcats CARE WorkAbility
THE FINANCIAL PICTURE 2018 REVENUE
Adoptions - $44,337 Intakes - $31,370 General Donations - $443,305 Fundraisers - $10,390 Legacy/Bequests - $99,637 Events - $138,948 Grants - $11,500 Restricted - $39,029
TOTAL - $818,516
Adoptions/Animal Care - $532,278 Fundraising - $94,618 Mgmt/General Admin - $145,994 Restricted - $63,253
TOTAL - $836,143 Cash Assets - $189,052 Fixed/Other Asset - $1,617,248 Net Assets - $1,806,299 Liabilities - $44,575
DONATIONS The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary raised $818,516 in 2018. Thanks to the generosity of so many in our community, we were able to continue our mission to advocate for animal rights and end needless euthanasia of at-risk felines through protection, education, adoption, and sanctuary. The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary is a nonprofit corporation, as described in section 501c3 of IRS regulations. As such, any contributions to The Hermitage are tax deductible. All donations made to The Hermitage support our mission.
Individuals - $562,764 Trusts/Bequests - $99,637 Businesses - $41,598 Foundations - $86,994 Organizations - $27,523
OUR MEDICAL SUITE With the addition of a state-of-the-art medical suite, we now are able to perform spay/ neuter surgeries; dental procedures; preventative care; and more for our cats. Our ability to provide this comprehensive care greatly reduces the stress on the cats and improves their overall well-being. In addition, we have been able to reduce the costs incurred from sending cats to other veterinary practices.
# OF SURGERIES IN 2018 DENTAL PROCEDURES: 44 SINCE AUGUST 2018 SPAY/NEUTER PROCEDURES: 325 SINCE FEBRUARY 2018
SPECIALTY ROOMS The safety and comfort of our cats is a pivotal part of our mission. We take in animals regularly who have specific medical needs, and because of that, we have separate rooms for them. DIABETIC ROOM: Our Diabetic & Weight Management Room allows us to monitor the diets of our cats whose well-being depends on specialized food, medication, and portion control. FELV ROOM: FeLV, or Feline Leukemia Virus, is one of the most common viruses found among the cat population. Because it is easily transfered between cats through mutual grooming or bite wounds, it is important to give these cats a space where they can thrive without the risk of transfering the disease to other uninfected cats. FIV ROOM: FIV, or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, compromises a catâ€™s immune system, leaving the cat vulnerable to infections and diseases. FIV+ cats can lead happy, healthy lives with proper diet and veterinary care. The transmission of the disease to uninfected cats is less likely (occuring mostly through biting); however, in a shelter enviornment it is important that these cats have their own space to avoid accidental transmission. SENIOR ROOM: With age comes priviledge. Our Senior Room provides our older residents with an environment quieter than the usual hustle and bustle of our main shelter area. Whether itâ€™s a comfy cat bed inside or lounging in the sun puddles on the catio, our senior population can enjoy a serene, lazy day without the unwanted energy of their younger counterparts.
COMMUNITY PROGRAMS SNUGGLES FOR SENIORS
40 visits to 11 locations; 540 seniors served.
MEOWS FOR MILITARY
43 visits to the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System; 553 veterans served.
Over 150 participants in Cat Camp, Kids’ Club, and Read to a Cat.
FOOD FOR PEOPLE’S PETS
Distributed 15,000 lbs of dog food; 18,000 lbs of cat food; 2,115 lbs of other food. 2,040 clients served, for an average of 43 individuals per week.
77 TNR trap rentals to the public. We held seven TNR classes in 2018. The class teaches individuals how to control the unwanted cat population in their own communities.
CANS FOR CATS
This program helps the planet and our cats at the same time. We collect clean aluminum beverage & cat food cans to turn in for cash. In 2018, we made $2,000 from recycled cans.
OUR PEOPLE Our facilities and programs would not function without our team. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bonnie Kay - President
Robert Michael Hersch - Vice President
Cathy Peterson - Treasurer
Maggie Gilmer - Secretary
Dr. Lindsay McCrady - Director
Mary Davis - Director
Kristen Vann - Director
Katie Foust - Director
Natalie Meier - Director
Karen Baden, MBA, MSL - Executive Director
Dr. Beth Neumann, DVM - Shelter Veterinarian
Amber Nix - Executive Assistant to the Director
Holly Simon - Adoption Coordinator
Karina Levine - Volunteer Coordinator
Ashley Davis - Community Outreach & Foster Care Coordinator
Emma Crawford - Donor Relations & Program Coordinator
Rachel Broderick - Creative Marketing Specialist
Shannon Racadio - Certified Veterinary Technician
Desteny Flores - Veterinary Assistant
Rebekah Heaton - Veterinary Assistant
Nabeh Mixton - Veterinary Assistant
Advocating for animal rights and ending needless euthanasia of at-risk felines through protection, education, adoption, and sanctuary.
Arizona’s first no-kill shelter, The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary has been a sanctuary for 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 Seraphim rescued cats, as well as chickens, guinea hens, peacocks, a handful of dogs, and a donkey.
OUR NO-KILL PHILOSOPHY
The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary has long been an advocate for the no-kill philosophy. We were founded on the ideal that every animal is precious and should never be euthanized for the convenience of humanity. No animal is euthanized to make space, no animal is thrown away.
THE HERMITAGE NO-KILL CAT SHELTER & SANCTUARY 5278 E 21st St • Tucson, AZ 85711 520.571.7839 PO BOX 13508 • Tucson, AZ 85732 www.hermitagecatshelter.org
The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary's review of our activities, programs and finances from 2018.