Video: Cat Rescue Center in Hawaii Thrives

On Lana`i, a former pineapple plantation houses a stray cat sanctuary, thanks to one couple. See photos and videos of cats on the island!

By BowTie Editors | Posted: September 7, 2012, 10 a.m. EST

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On the Hawaiian island of Lana`i, one couple made a home on a former pineapple plantation — not only for themselves but for the many free-roaming cats they found there. Kathy and Mike Carroll founded the Lana`i Animal Rescue Center in 2001 and have grown their pet shelter into a successful haven for feral cats over the past 11 years. See their cat video and pictures of cats below, and read the November 2012 issue of CAT FANCY for more on their heartwarming story.

Kitty Camp on Lana`i
The entryway to Kitty Kamp Courtesy of Matt Glickstein

Cats at Lana`i Cat Shelter
A typical serene scene at Kitty Kamp Courtesy of Kathy Carroll
Cat at Lana`i Cat Shelter
Volunteers at Lana`i Cat Rescue
Razzle demonstrates his ladder-climbing abilities at the tri-level dining area at LARC's “catfurteria.” Courtesy of Kathy Carroll

Kitty Crew: (Left to right) Lynn Stubbart, Amanda Shimokawa, Kathy Carroll, Jocelyn Taal and Becky Myers with Kitty Kamp “residents” Ebony, Mochi, Loreto and friends Courtesy of  Barb McIntyre
Junior Cat Rescue Volunteer Cat Shelter Volunteer and Cat
Kami, one of LARC's junior volunteer “cat whisperers,” with her furry fan club Courtesy of  Amanda Shimokawa

Jocelyn Taal, who was born and raised on Lanai, is one of LARC's “cat whisperers.” She found Bella Mia, a tiny blind kitten, wandering outside the sanctuary and scooped her up and adopted her. They are now inseparable. Courtesy of Kathy Carroll
Voluntourism on Lana`i for Cat Rescue
Cats at Lana`i Shelter
Four Seasons Lanai hosts “voluntourism” opportunities at LARC's Kitty Kamp. Guests Terr-Lynn and Ed Cousley pitch in. Courtesy of Kathy Carroll

Goober and Louis Lanai “help” with chores Courtesy of Kathy Carroll
Cherry plum flowers Kathy Carroll's artist husband, Mike, with the just-completed portrait of Kathy at the sanctuary. The portrait was juried into the prestigious statewide Schaefer Portrait Challenge. Courtesy of Kathy Carroll
 Kathy and Mike Carroll in front of Mike's art gallery
Kathy and Mike Carroll in front of Mike's art gallery Courtesy of Ron Dahlquist

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Bonnie    Potosi, WI

2/23/2013 8:31:20 AM

I love cats and what you are doing is great

Cherie and Stan    Klamath Falls, OR

10/25/2012 2:20:35 PM

Awesome place for cats....wish our three cats got along as well as all of these kitties

Walt    Ludowici, FL

10/4/2012 9:12:55 AM


Jennifer    Norfolk, VA

10/3/2012 9:40:32 PM

Awesome work and dedication.

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