This is HEAVEN ON EARTH!!! There is no charge to go visit. They do ask for donations. On entering, they give you treats to feed all the kitties. There are separate enclosures for the senior kitties , young kitties and special needs kitties. You will want to take them all home with you, I did! You can adopt the cats or sponsor them, donate food or just enjoy . Some follow you around and want love while others just want to bask in the sunshine. They have the cleanest bathrooms you will ever use. This was beyond amazing to experience. There is no smell with how well it is kept. You don't have to love cats to have a wonderful time here.... loving cats just makes it that much better!!
Let's start by saying that the people that work here are saints!
This place is absolutely amazing in their quest to feed, house, adapt/adopt, and overall love these kitties.
We will visit again, but in the meantime, we will be donating more money & food, blankets, etc. to this noble operation! I suggest you visit them, and you will feel the same!
Is this paradise? Yes? No? Meow? THIS WAS SIMPLY AMAZING. WOW. Okay so first of all, I love cats. I might be biased, but this was an incredible experience. Also, Lana'i Cat Sanctuary is home to around 700 cats and I'm surprised how well taken care of each and every cat appeared. You'd also think it'd smell quite a bit like poop but it did not!! Of course with any animal you will get a whiff of their poo/pee if you're near the potty area, but considering the amount of cats, it was extremely clean.
We were informed each cat was microchipped, had a name, and was neutered/spayed. This was absolutely wonderful to hear how responsible the sanctuary handled their cats! Additionally, sooo many were very well socialized. The minute you walked in, multiple came to greet newcomers with little mews and a whole lot of head bumping. As soon as I sat down, a lap cat snuggled onto my lap and purred. Granted, I was also holding a bag of treats, but even after the treats were finished the lap cat stayed!
They had an array of cats, from the classic tabby to midnight black, some calico, and even a ginger. They also had a tuxedo cat that reminded me of our late family cat named Samuel.
All-in-all, an awesome experience with a bunch of adoptable fur babies that deserve all the love and pets the world has to offer!
Island Scene: Lanai’s Feline Paradise
American Lifestyle: Kingdom of the Cats
Star Advertiser: Lanai Cat Sanctuary hopes to reopen soon since closing in March
Costco Connections (Page 16): Cat Sanctuary – Purradise Found
KITV: Lanai Cat Sanctuary fights COVID-19 isolation with yoga with 650 cats
Biz Journals: Virtual cat yoga classes generate donations for Lanai Cat Sanctuary during closure
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The Conscious Cat: The Lanai Cat Sanctuary: Combining Nature and Nurture
Oprah Magazine: Vacation Nation – Kitties Corner
L.A. Times: Missing your cat while you’re in Hawaii? Lanai’s sanctuary lets you cuddle up
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Mental Floss article & on MSN: This Hawaii Cat Sanctuary Is Home to More Than 600 Kitties
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The Culture Trip: Inside Lanai Cat Sanctuary: Hawaii’s Feline Rescue Program
CBS Sunday Morning: Purr-adise: Hawaii’s cat sanctuary
CNN: These 600 Hawaiian cats have a better life than you
Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Heroes Next Door
Petco: Welcome to Cat Island
Cosmopolitan: There’s a Sanctuary Where You Can
Lad Bible: Welcome to Cat Heaven!
Country Living: Cat Lovers Need to Visit!
Atlas Obscura: The island of Lanai in Hawaii is a paradise for cats and cat lovers
Huffington Post: Cuddle 500 Kitties At This Heavenly Cat Sanctuary
Los Angeles Times: TripAdvisor users pick ‘Fur Seasons’ and its 500 cats
Afar magazine: This Hawaiian sanctuary is a paradise for cat lovers
Hawaii magazine: Hawaii’s most surprising travel destination
Bored Panda: People Come From All Over The World To Cuddle 500 Kitties
United Press International: Open-air Hawaiian sanctuary home to 370 cats
Cosmopolitan Magazine: Cuddle Hundreds of Fluffy Cats
Civil Beat: Some People Fly To Lanai Just To Visit A Cat Sanctuary
The Purrington Post: 2,000 Paws in Paradise
KITV4 Island News: Couple gets married at cat sanctuary on Lanai
Hawaii News Now: In a first, couple weds at Hawaii sanctuary for cats
Vet Street: A Surprising Hawaiian Treasure: Lāna‘i Animal Rescue Center
SF Gate: Lanai’s ‘kitty Shangri-La’ delights visitors
CatChannel.com: Cat Rescue Center in Hawaii Thrives
theplanetD.com: Animal Rescue – Cat Heaven in Lanai
KITV4 News Lanai Cat Shelter Turns Into Cat Sanctuary
December 2019 – Feeling the Love
August 2019 – Loving Every Day on Lanai
June 2019 – Charity Walk Shows love for Lanai cats
May 2019 – Saying Goodbye to Old Guy
April 2019 – Spring into new beginnings
February 2019 – 2019 brings a blast of fresh air
December 2018 – Sunny days ahead in 2019
October 2018 – Weathering storms with great gusto
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Stargazing with cats
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We Were Featured in Island Scene!
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Yoga with 650 Cats
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Your Donation is Matched!
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10th Anniversary Party- Free Food, Music & Fun – Nov 2nd
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Special-needs kittens get adopted
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Pantry stocked by friends of felines
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Loving Every Day on Lanai
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Charity Walk was a huge success!
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Springing into new beginnings
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Sunny days ahead in 2019
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Weathering storms with great gusto
October 16, 2018 – By the grace of Mother Nature, Hurricane Lane and Tropical Storm Olivia passed us by [...]
Dr. Dave’s legacy provides for the old
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