Sanctuary supervisor Yu joined the team in March 2018 as a veterinary assistant for sick and elderly cats. She believes her recent move to supervisor puts her in the best position to help staff grow while ensuring the cats are getting the best possible care each day.
Yu loves the outdoors, animals and the happiness that the Sanctuary offers to guests. She also enjoys talking to the people from all over the world about the great work we and she is a superstar ambassador. While she loves all the Lanai Lions, she has a few that she adores. “Precious is a chubby, 8 year-old cat with short legs that I adore. I also love Charms, a 2 year-old, long hair cat from the main area that has finally warmed up to me.”
Yu didn’t always dream of a career with cats. She moved to Hawaii island from Okinawa to major in environmental studies and went on to research invasive insects like the coffee berry borer, coconut rhino beetle and fire ants for the USDA. She moved to Lanai in 2017, married, started working at the Lanai Cat Sanctuary and has never looked back.