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El Tour de Tucson is the place for great nonprofits like to come and get the word out and raise money for their causes. The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter and Sanctuary is one of those nonprofits.
El Tour has more than 30 nonprofits registered for this year’s ride in November – with more coming aboard.
“Because we are such a fixture in Tucson we’d like to be part of another fixture like El Tour,” said Allyson Israel, Development Coordinator for The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter and Sanctuary. “It’s really good to get our name out there and get people talking about us.”
The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter and Sanctuary is Arizona’s first no-kill animal shelter. It’s been a refuge for homeless cats and kittens, especially those considered unadoptable by other organizations, since 1965.
It became a sanctuary for cats in 2013, through the American Sanctuary Association.
“People in the cat community know about us,” said.
Israel said El Tour is a perfect place to get the word out. She knows firsthand given she’s a native Tucsonan “and El Tour has always been a part of the fabric of this community. When the opportunity came up – and I didn’t know El Tour did so much for nonprofits – we got involved.”
Volunteers spend more than 21,000 hours helping the shelter. But we’ve long known Tucson loves its Cats (University of Arizona and otherwise).
“We get a lot of adoptions and do a lot of rescuing,” she said.
Be on the lookout for some fundraisers from the shelter.