If you happen to visit Lana’i in Hawaii, you’ll come across an interesting sight – cats being well taken care of with food, water, and ample space to play around. The Lana’i Cat Rescue Center is home to approximately 600 cats of different breeds and sizes, where people can have a good time interacting with them. According to Keoni Vaughn, the center’s director, their mission is to value each cat’s life and recognize their significance.
Established in 2006, this non-profit organization was founded by a local resident named Kathy Carrol. The center was created to provide a safe haven for numerous stray cats on the island of Lana’i and to protect endangered birds. With only 3,000 inhabitants residing on the 362 km2 island, which is located approximately 14 km from Maui, Lana’i is the second largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. An astonishing 98% of the island is owned by billionaire Larry Ellison. The cat rescue area spans over 12,000 m2 of land, just 3 km from the airport, and is a serene and tranquil spot on this beautiful island.
The veterinary hospital at the center is designed to be mobile and fully equipped with all necessary health care equipment. The cats’ health is monitored twice a month by a doctor and two technicians, while a dedicated manager ensures their daily needs are met.
However, managing and maintaining such a facility can be a challenging and expensive task. The center’s location is convenient, allowing for faster delivery of supplies. These feline friends eat up to 34 kg of food every day, which costs $35,000 annually and is delivered weekly.
The center receives significant support from cat enthusiasts and tourists worldwide, with a vast majority of donations coming from non-residents of the island. Tourists from countries such as Japan, Australia, and India often visit the center, bringing food and spending quality time with the felines. Over the last year, the facility has welcomed close to 10,000 tourists. In addition to caring for stray cats, the center also organized a cat wedding in 2016, allowing cat-loving individuals to participate. Every year, about 200 new cats are brought to the center, where they receive a unique name, microchip, and photo. Male cats are neutered, and staff ensures that each animal is healthy before allowing guests to interact with them.
The center provides a safe haven for many cats, where they can receive ample food, water, rest, and affection from a loving family. Interested cat enthusiasts can select and adopt a feline companion. As part of their expansion plans, the center is developing a dedicated area for senior cats that offers a quieter and more secluded environment. Ultimately, Director Vaughn’s vision is to house all stray cats inside the center. The facility is open year-round and free for visitors to explore between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Come visit the center at 1 Kaupili Street in Lana’i City on Lana’i Island, Hawaii (USA).