The Cat’s Meow

October 21, 2013 |

The Cat’s Meow is Hermitage Cat Shelter’s annual fundraiser, but this year, the Cat’s Meow Goes international!

But wait, isn’t the shelter in Tucson? And the event typically held in Tucson? Yes! That’s right! You don’t have to travel far to enjoy some international tasty treats, cool cocktails and help fund-raise for some friendly felines.

“It’s out biggest event of the year,” said Lee Bucyk, executive assistant as Hermitage Cat Shelter.

The Hermitage Cat Shelter cares for more than 200 cats. They recently rescued about a dozen cats from the Pima Animal Care Center, which had reached capacity in their cat kennels are were forced to consider euthanizing older or sicker cats.

“We are a no kill shelter,” Bucyk said. “Even when we’re near capacity, we have foster families who will take cats until we have a spot for them.”

Bucyk is a cat lover herself, with five of her own at home.

“It’s amazing working here,” she said. “I just reached a point in my life where I wanted to do something with more meaning to it.”

The Cat’s Meow Goes International offers the same opportunity to the community – a chance for an enjoyable evening with an awesome reward.

The evening runs from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Scottish Rite Temple, 160 S. Scott Ave., and hosts silent and live auctions, entertainment and, of course, food. The dinner buffet will include everything from gazpacho, ceviche, quinoa, chicken mole and delectable deserts.

It is dinner and a show with local talent group, Cirque Roots performing as well. The circus-inspired dance troupe specializes in hoop-dancing, acrobatics, fire dancing, juggling and stilt walking.

The Hermitage Cat Shelter is a non-profit organization and runs entirely from donations. According to Bucyk, adoption rates have been going up during the past six months. This month, they’ve been running a “name you own price” adoption special.

“We screen our adoptions really well,” Bucyk said. “We do a really good job with our adoption areas.”

She explained that the shelter helps to match cat ages and personalities with the person or family who will be taking a cat home. Bucyk says that the shelter is expecting 150 to 200 guests at the Cat’s Meow Goes International event.

Ongoing events to help provide for the Hermitage Cat Shelter include Movies with the Cats. The shelter invites guests to enjoy movies, popcorn, soda and cats for a good cause.

Tickets for the Cat’s Meow Goes International are $45 for individuals, $85 for couples. Students and military personnel get in for $40. Tables for eight people can be purchased for $345. Tickets are available at the shelter, 5278 E. 21st St., by phone, (520) 571-7839, or online. For more information about upcoming events, The Cat’s Meow Goes International or the shelter, visit

Category: Community, DOWNTOWN / UNIVERSITY / 4TH AVE, Events