Touched. Blown away. Inspired. Recharged. These are the common thoughts visitors have upon leaving the Lana’i Cat Sanctuary. No, there are no lions or tigers, but this little-known haven on the island is a must-see — barring allergies.
The outdoor enclosure is home to 400 of the island’s feral cats. It’s been this way since 2008, when Kathy Carroll founded the sanctuary with the mission of protecting the native birds, the community, and the cats themselves.
Members of the sanctuary gather the homeless cats on the island, spay and neuter, vaccinate, and then relocate them to the 15,000 square foot facility where they can live for the rest of their lives, or until they are adopted.
It is a serene setup, and the cats seem to appreciate how well they have it. They are well behaved, don’t fight, and are always welcoming of visitors. The facility is equipped with natural litter boxes made from local pine trees, so the place doesn’t smell at all (serious!), and the cats are flea-treated once a month, making this place a cat lover’s heaven.