Here’s a destination all cat-lovers should add to the top of their dream holiday list, and you might never have heard of it.

On the small island of Lanai, a little-known slice of feline heaven called the Lanai Cat Sanctuary is home to 495 cats. People fly from all over the world just to hang out with them.

Though there’s a boundary surrounding the 25,000 square foot property, there are no cages within the main area of the sanctuary. The cats ― or “Hawaiian Lions,” as the sanctuary calls them ― have large huts and trees to climb on, patches of grass on which to sun themselves and all the human attention they could ever want.

“I call it the ‘Furr Seasons,’” executive director Keoni Vaughn told The Huffington Post. “It’s 25,000 square feet of open-aired space for the cats to run around and play in, so they’re just kind of relaxing and chilling.”

The sanctuary is open to the public for a few hours every day, and it has become a tourist destination in its own right. For humans with an affinity for felines, it’s worth a trip to Lanai in and of itself.

Visitors can even adopt or foster if they fall in love with a cat, and the sanctuary helps to facilitate adoptions for Hawaii locals and out-of-state visitors alike. Even if you can’t visit the sanctuary, they have an “adopt in place” program so anyone from anywhere in the world can sponsor a Hawaiian Lion.

If a cat is never adopted, however, it can live out its entire life in the sanctuary.


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