People Travel to This Idyllic Cat Sanctuary in Hawaii to Play with 500 Freely Roaming Felines

Nestled on the small Hawaiian island of Lanai is a feline oasis that’s home to nearly 500 cats. Known as the Lanai Cat Sanctuary, it provides food, shelter, adoption, healthcare, and spay/neuter services for the cats that roam the land. The spacious, 25,000 square-foot-enclosure features things that felines love—there are cubicles for sleeping, “pallet palaces” for hiding, large irrigation pipes for playing, as well as kitty-climbing jungle gyms. Accompanying the man-made additions are bushes, long grasses, and plenty of trees for the cats to exercise their basic instincts.

This feline paradise—which has appropriately earned the nickname the “Furr Seasons”—is open to the public daily and welcomes visitors from around the world. You can feed, cuddle, and brush the cats, although that could prove hard—so many of them want your attention! The adorable four-legged residents are available for either foster or adoption, but if that doesn’t occur, they’re free to spend the rest of their lives at the sanctuary.

Above photo credit: Svetlana C. via TripAdvisor

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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