If Hawaii’s sun-kissed beaches, warm tropical climate or world famous prime surfing spots don’t take your fancy, perhaps a visit to this popular cat sanctuary will make you want to say “Aloha” to the islands.
The Lanai Cat Sanctuary in Lanai city is home to nearly 500 cats and has proven to be a popular destination for animal-loving travellers from all over the world.
Their mission is to assist cats on the island by providing sustenance, foster homes, shelter, adoptions and veterinary care whenever possible.
First opened in October 2009, the centre is a non-profit organisation and relies on donations to make the lifelong care of the kitties possible.
It features a spacious, open-air 25,000 square foot enclosure for the cats to enjoy and is complete with cubicles for sleeping, “pallet palaces” for hiding and large 8-foot-long irrigation pipes for them to play in.
The enclosure also contains a selection of grasses, bushes and trees for the animals to interact with.
The sanctuary is listed as the top island attraction on many travel sites, with volunteers and visitors flocking to the grounds to see the “Lanai Lions” as they are affectionately called.
There is a Pet-n-Purr Open House every day from 10 am to 3 pm which is open to everyone wishing to meet the cats.
More information is available on the Lanai Cat Sanctuary website, where anyone wishing to support the sanctuary in their work can donate.