Welcoming a Lanai lion to share your life is best when it’s a thoughtful decision so we encourage you to take your time. Your local shelter seeks adoptive families for house cats that have spent their lives in domestic bliss. 95% of cats at Lanai Cat Sanctuary were born in the wild and are painfully shy. Over time, about 40% of cats become friendly extroverts who are suitable for adoption. If you are interested in adoption, please contact us.

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Connection & Counseling

Adopters must spend quality time and bond with the kitty. Ponder your lifestyle, pets at home and time constraints to see if you are truly ready for a lifetime commitment.  It’s important that cats are kept indoors to protect themselves and to ensure they don’t harm other animals.

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Health Assessment

While every cat is microchipped, vaccinated, spayed/neutered, our veterinary team shares everything we know but we don’t have a crystal ball. Some illnesses are undetectable or latent.

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Dr. Ako visits twice a month. He’ll perform a basic health exam that is required by all airlines for pets leaving Hawaii. Sanctuary manager Joe will do the research to find out how much it will cost to get kitty to you. You are responsible for covering these costs: health check, paperwork, travel carrier/supplies, ferry to Maui, rental car to airport, overnight stay on Maui if required due to flight time. While we don’t charge an adoption fee, donations cover our staff’s time for this effort and so we welcome donations to make this possible.

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Sending Cats Back

Getting pets to the mainland is a lot easier than getting them back into Hawaii. We are the only place in the world besides Australia without rabies. As a result, Hawaii has very strict quarantine laws. If for any reason it doesn’t work out with your Lanai lion, find a home for him/her. If you are unable to find a new home, we would ask that you contact us to help with a solution. Returning a pet to Lanai Cat Sanctuary averages a cost of $1,500 and requires up to 120 days of quarantine and blood work for re-entry.

Canʻt Adopt? Sponsor a cat through our Adopt in Place program!

For less than a $1 a day you can sponsor a “Lanai Lion.” Adopting in place is a popular option for those who can’t take a cat home but still want to help. You’ll receive an adoption certificate and periodic photo updates on how your adopted cat is doing. Your gift will support everything needed for your cat’s health and happiness, including doctor’s visits.

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