Cuddle 500 kItties At This Cat Sanctuary in Hawaii
If you’re planning a holiday to Hawaii and you love cats then you might want to pay a visit to the Lanai Cat Sanctuary. People from all over the world are visiting this heavenly place and it’s easy to see why when you look at the pictures of all the kitties.
Located on the small Hawaiian island of Lanai, the sanctuary covers 25,000 square foot and is home to almost 500 cats. No need for cages here, the cats are allowed to roam and explore at their leisure and at visiting time get all the human attention they could ever want.
The cats or “Hawaiian Lions,” as the sanctuary calls them, have large huts and trees to climb on, and plenty of grass on which to sun themselves, no wonder the sanctuary’s executive director refers to it as the “Furr” Seasons!
All of the cats are available for either foster or adoption, and any cat that doesn’t find a home is allowed to spend the rest of its life at the sanctuary. The lucky things!
The Lanai Cat Sanctuary was founded by Lanai resident and cat lover Kathy Carroll and is home to nearly 600 cats!
The story goes that cats used to help control the rat population back when Lanai was a leading producer of pineapple.
The rats were big pineapple fans! However, Hawaii stopped producing the pineapple many years ago, the rat population declined, but the cats remained, thus leaving a kitty population problem!
Plus cats were a threat to Hawaii’s Ua’u, native flightless birds. A big NO-NO!
This is when Kathy Carroll stepped in. She had no vet, animal shelter, or program in place but Kathy organized a sterilization, vaccination and housing program.
Over the last 10 years, Kathy has created a stable home for cats that provides lifelong housing, veterinary care, and lots of hugs!
Surprisingly, It’s also become a tourist attraction, as visitors will come to visit the Sanctuary and spend the day with the cats on the island. The sanctuary’s goal is is to eliminate cat overpopulation on the island. To this day they are still actively rescuing cats, especially from the protected areas where the native endangered bird’s nest.
Funding for this kitty paradise comes from the visitors to the sanctuary. Each visitor leaves a donation that helps support this kitty mission.
It’s a large area spanning over 25,000 square feet. It provides shelter, food, and a playground for the cats to live and grow in.