Cat Sanctuary on Hawaiian Island

Lana`i Animal Rescue Center - an open-air cat sanctuary with a prrrr-pulation of some 340 felines. Located just outside Lana'i City, Lanai, in Maui County, Hawaii, the 501(c)(3) non-profit community service organisation recently changed its name from Lana`i Animal Rescue Center to Lana`i Cat Sanctuary - a more accurate reflection of their raison d'etre. The sanctuary is dedicated to spaying and neutering homeless cats and providing compassionate care for them in an outdoor cageless sanctuary for the rest of their lives, or until they can find homes for them. Their efforts also help protect native birds, by reducing the population of roaming cats and relocating the cats to the sanctuary. It all started in 2004, when a small team of volunteers started Lana`i's first spay/neuter program for homeless cats. In 2006, a colony of Hawaiian Petrels, an endangered seabird, was discovered on Lana`i. After this discovery, Lana`i Cat Sanctuary reconsidered its approach of releasing cats after they were spayed and neutered. The concept of an outdoor, cageless cat sanctuary was inspired by wildlife parks, budget realities, and Lanai's near-perfect weather. They incorporated as a community service organization in 2007, obtained non-profit status in 2008, created a temporary sanctuary in 2008, and have been in their current location since 2009. In their own words: "We believe native birds and cats can co-exist in harmony through intervention, collaboration and management. From the mountains to the sea, cats found island wide are brought to live in our sanctuary where they enjoy life as one family, to ensure the perpetuation of the island's endangered birds. Our efforts have made a positive difference for cats, birds and our community. "Lana`i serves as a model for stewardship and responsible management that inspires others to consider innovative solutions for helping homeless cats in their communities. "We invite cat lovers to visit the sanctuary (open daily - Hawaii, United States - Monday 24th August 2015 (5 Pictures)


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