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“Lanai's Hawai'ian Lions!”

Lanai Cat Sanctuary
Ranked #1 of 33 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 young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed May 19, 2013

My husband and I have been living on Maui for nearly a year-and-a half, and took our first long-awaited excursion to Lana'i. The highlight of our day was the Lana'i Animal Rescue Center. Kathy Carroll, the center's Executive Director, was good enough to pick us up in Lana'i City and take us to the cat sanctuary. Upon arrival my husband and I were immediately greeted at the entry gate by a throng of healthy and playful kitties! Kathy stayed with us the entire time--about two hours, showing us the facility, introducing us to all of the kitties (everyone has a name tag, is microchipped, and spayed or neutered), and sharing many kitty stories. We were very impressed with the various "transition" areas set aside for kittens and new additions who need some TLC before being introduced to the colony. The sanctuary currently houses about 360 cats, and everyone has plenty of room to roam, climb ladders up into trees, nest in straw laden wooden cubicles, hide up high on rafters while keeping a watchful eye on other cats and humans (for those shy ones), and to get out of the weather in a three-sided "barn," if need be. The amount of thought and love that has gone into creating and maintaining this facility is clearly evident. Although the LARC limits its population to Lana'i cats, the LARC represents a wonderful model for the other islands as to how such a facility should and can be run, with primary consideration to the health and welfare of the cats. Volunteers take meticulous care in washing the feeding trays, mopping down the feeding platforms, keeping the "latrines" clean and of course, interacting with the kitties. The LARC also has a brilliant program that allows for the adoption of a cat "in place." In other words, if you cannot have a cat at home (allergies, too many cats already), you can select a kitty (or kitties!), to adopt/sponsor on paper for $20 per month unless, and until, that particular kitty is adopted by someone to take home! Before we left we adopted a sweet, tiny, extremely friendly female named "Joy" (we already have three indoor cats), who was being temporarily housed with a new resident, "Spud," to assist with his transition. Spud's next door neighbor, "Resurrection," is also a kitty in transition. Apparently, Resurrection must eat a specific (expensive) cat food due to allergies. The LARC is so committed to the well-being of Resurrection that, upon adoption, it will continue to pay for Resurrection's food for the rest of her life! While it is easy to feel a sense of relief that these kitties are safe in the sanctuary where they can live out the rest of their lives, they would be much better off in forever homes. We were fortunate to meet "Emilio," a beautiful long-haired, red-headed kitty, who was getting ready to leave for his forever home in Northern California after living at the sanctuary a few years. I wish that all of the LARC's "lions" will have such a happy opportunity. In the meantime, I pray that Kathy will be able to continue with her labor of love in caring for these sweet creatures; that every kitty will be adopted in place; and, that each and every one of them will find forever homes with wonderful and loving families. I, for one, will make sure that all of my guests that visit Lana'i make their first stop the LARC. It will be impossible to leave without at least adopting one of these little ones in place! Kathy, many, many mahalos for all that you do for these sweet fur babies!

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Reviewed May 9, 2013

Upon arriving at the front door of this outdoor cat sanctuary, you will be greeted at the door by several adorable cats. These are some of the friendliest cats you will ever meet and they love to be petted! My husband and I took the ferry over from Maui and from there, a shuttle took us to Lanai city. Kathy will meet you there and drive you the short distance to the rescue center. This is such a unique animal shelter where the cats roam free and they have many areas to nap, play and even climb trees! Kathy is a wonderful person and very welcoming. Its amazing how she knows the names of all the cats and how they were rescued. Thank you Kathy for all you do for the kitties! We had a great time and definitely want to come back and visit again.

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Reviewed May 8, 2013

My wife and I are on Lanai for a week, and we wanted to do something different. So, at the recommendation fo the concierge at the Four Seasons, we visited the LARC.

It was wonderful! We brought joy to some 100+ cats, petting and brushing them, and showing them some love. Kathy, the owner, is a very nice lady who was truly pleased that we took time to tour her place. Donations are strictly optional, but we wanted to help this lady with her endeavor, and gladly made a donation to help feed and care for the cats.

If your love cats, spend an hour or more here!

Thank 82-Ag
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

We recently visited Lanai from Maui for a few days of golf and fun. We had the pleasure of visiting the Lanai Animal Rescue Center before heading back to Maui and it is certainly a Kitty Paradise! There are over 380 feline friends there to get acquainted to and you are overwhelmed with furry love the minute you step into their world.

As with all cats, each has a different personality and its amazing to sit and watch them either biding for your attention or doing what cats do best.......looking adorable. I love to take pictures and had plenty of subjects to pose for me while other kitties sat on my lap for pets.

It's totally amazing what Kathy Carroll has created for these kitties and what all the volunteers (Lynn and others) are doing to tend to all of them. Way to go everyone!

Definitely worth a visit and a donation would be greatly appreciated as it costs a lot to take care of so many cats. Will be back again in the future. Aloha! Beth Thompson

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Reviewed April 10, 2013

We visited Lanai with our family in February and we found this cat rescue center on TA. Our cat-loving family wanted to visit this amazing place! Wow! Hawaiian Paradise for cats of all ages! There were about 370 rescued cats living in this beautiful outdoor sanctuary and the people taking care of these cats know each and every cat by name! Kathy, the founder, arranged rides for our family of 5 and we spent over 2 hours at LARC petting, brushing and playing with the cats. This truly was the highlight of our trip to Lanai and we still talk about this wonderful place and the dedicated and caring people (Kathy, Lynn and Amanda) who care for all these precious kitties! These kitties have a great life in paradise! We will definitely be visiting this amazing place for cats when we return to Lanai!!!! Thank you!

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