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“Great cat house”

Lanai Cat Sanctuary
Ranked #1 of 34 things to do in Lanai City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Longing for the cat you left at home? Don't miss Lanai`s open-air sanctuary, a happy haven for spayed and neutered cats. Imagine a large playground in paradise, where cats romp and play in Hawaii's sunshine, and snooze under shady trees. Purring cats of all shapes and sizes eagerly await your visit. Our caregivers, who joyfully care for the cats, would love to meet you too. If you're interested in adopting a cat, we love matchmaking!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great cat house”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013 via mobile

If you love cats or animals the rescue centre is worth the trip . We visited there were 350 cats housed , most were very good at working the human for treats and rubs . It is a worth while endeavour , a lot of feral cats now have a life long home and are out of the ecosystem . Great centre , staff are very accommodating with visitors and the cats love ya .

1 Thank M M
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“There are actually THREE five star hotels on Lanai... LARC being one of them!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

We went to Hawaii for our 20th wedding anniversary and the Lanai Animal Sanctuary was the highlight of our trip! We were greeted at the entrance by many kitties with tails sky high. The shelter is well designed and clean. There are many different areas for the kitties to chillax which is great because some are shy and there are some that are very friendly. They are a real cast of characters! I have traveled a lot and seen homeless cats (De Poezenboot in Amsterdam http://www.poezenboot.nl/ and the cats of the Recoleta Cemetary in Buenos Aires) and I must say, these cats are very well taken care of which is a reflection of the amount of care given by the Kathy, Amanda, the vets, volunteers and staff. I huge thank you to the land owners for allowing this WONDERFUL facility to exist. I think everyone wins here! I'm pretty sure this is the 3rd five star hotel on the island and possibly the best place on earth to be if you are a homeless kitty. My only regret is not spending enough time here and not taking Louie home. He is an absolute LOVE BUG! I have attached pictures of Pierre. The only thing missing on this guy is a little french beret and a loaf of bread in his hand. A picture of cats lined up to get on papa cat's lap. Take a number and get in line! Finally, a picture of LOUIE... who I can't stop thinking about... my new love! =^..^=

Visited January 2013
2 Thank FrenchieCat
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Olympia, Washington
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339 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
“A purrfect place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

We had a great visit to the Lanai Animal Rescue Center. It is amazing that these formally feral cats are now so friendly and excited to see visitors for petting and purring.
Many of these cats are more than ready to go to forever homes. Unfortunately, much of the housing on Lanai does not allow pets. Hopefully the landlord will change this policy SOON!
If you visit Mike Carroll's Gallery in Lanai City there are a number of things for sale that, when purchased, will benefit this shelter. In the alternative, visit the shelter website and make a donation.

Visited December 2012
1 Thank bczican
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Benicia, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A garden of cats!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

I first learned about the Lana'i Animal Rescue Center from reading the newsletter from Mike Carroll's gallery there in Lana'i City. But I had been aware of animal rescue efforts on Lana'i even before the founding of the center. Truly the center is the fruition of a lot of hard work and love by the founders. It's a large, beautiful garden-like enclosure with tons of room for the cats to roam, hide, perch high or sprawl on the grass in the sun. It could definitely be a model for other cat rescues on how to provide the most stimulating, yet stress-free environment for cats. And how the cats love receiving visitors! You'll be swarmed by sweet meows and gentle pawing as soon as you walk in the door. There's no way you can sit down without at least 3 or 4 kitties jumping into your lap or next to you. They love any attention you will give them!
We also had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Kathy, one of the founders. She's a lovely person who truly cares about the cats. She and the other founders are so serious about the center that they have worked with the venerable Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (Kanab, Utah) to learn all they need to be a successful rescue. We were definitely impressed.
My husband and I would have taken two kitties home with us right then and there, but we have an old, ornery girl back home who prefers a one cat house. We will certainly be back, when the time comes, to adopt our next cats from here!
Just like another poster stated, this was the highlight of our one-day visit to Lana'i as well!

Visited December 2012
1 Thank SteffiRon
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San Francisco, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“If you like cats”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2012

If you like cats, you will think this is heaven. Hard to believe that the hundreds of cats here, all roaming free in the confines of the center, were once feral. Now they just want to snuggle up with you and get some quality petting.

Visited December 2012
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