On the island of Lana’i “herding cats” is common place – and the volunteers of Lana’i Animal Rescue Center (LARC) make it look simple.
Co-founder Kathy Carroll led Michaela (fellow cat lover!) and me through the shelter and explained the history. The sanctuary was opened in October 2009 and currently is home to 380 cats. It was created in an effort to control the growing cat population on Lana’i. A spay/neuter program was started to reduce future cat over-population, with over 1000 cats going through the program on Lana’i. In cases where the cats cannot be returned to their original location (due to endangered bird populations or other concerns), they are moved to the Sanctuary to live out a pretty posh existence.
The sanctuary has everything a cat would ever dream of! Spacious cubicles for sleeping,a catfurteria, ”pallet palaces” for hiding, and large 8-foot long irrigation pipes for hiding in or chasing each other through and kitty-climbing jungle gyms. The enclosure also boasts long grasses for catching zzzzz’s under and trees for climbing (sadly there are no firemen though).
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