If you are looking for an unusual and very rewarding non-touristy experience on Lanai, make time to visit the LARC cat sanctuary to play with the kitties. This outdoor sanctuary is home to more than 350 cats, mostly feral but that seem to love human company. They line up to greet you when you arrive and follow you around, anxious to play. We visited in mid September, picked up at our hotel by the spunky and lovely Amanda. She gave us a tour of the sanctuary, which is very clean and has a beautiful distant view of the ocean. We spent close to 2 hours playing with cats, brushing cats, and just sitting quietly with cats. Some immediately climbed into our lap when we sat down, others crowded around just happy to have us close. Visitors are a part of a program to help socialize the cats, both to improve their chances of getting adopted and to simply improve their quality of life. They definitely love visitors and are free and easy with purrs, churrs, and flop-and-rolls. The sanctuary is a true labor of love, built by volunteers. The health and contentment of the kitty herd speaks volumes, truly exemplifying the passion that these volunteers have for the cats.
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