Cat Sanctuary On Stunning Greek Island Posts Dream Job Caretaker Position

Published August 15, 2018

This is a paid opportunity that also includes free rent in a house with a view of the Aegean Sea.

Syros Cat Sanctuary

God’s Little People Cat Rescue/FacebookSome of the 55 cats at the sanctuary.

Have you ever fantasized about leaving your old life behind and starting over on an idyllic island? Well, now is your chance. But there’s one catch: You have to be a cat person.

God’s Little People Cat Rescue, a privately-funded charitable organization devoted to caring for cats, is seeking a new recruit to take over the care of 55 cats on the “small paradise” Greek island of Syros. This is a paid opportunity that also includes free rent in a house with a view of the Aegean Sea, plus they’ve even thrown in water and electricity for free.

Cat On Ledge

God’s Little People Cat Rescue/Facebook

According to the BBC, the sanctuary’s owner, Joan Bowell, is looking for a candidate who is over the age of 45, and who is “responsible, reliable, honest, practically inclined – and really, with a heart of gold.” Also, most important of all, you must love cats.

The job post says that they are seeking “a mature and genuinely passionate cat lover who knows how to handle many cats and would love their company.” And, unsurprisingly, the description also says that “cat-whispering skills should come natural” to the ideal candidate.

Cats Outside Sanctuary

God’s Little People Cat Rescue/FacebookSome of the cats that need to be looked after at the sanctuary.

However, this dream job might not be the right fit for someone who is a people person.

“You’ll no doubt thrive best if you are the type of person who appreciates nature and likes tranquility – and rest comfortably in your own company,” the job description reads. “That said, you’ll never feel lonely in the company of the cats and you’ll be expected to live with a small handful of cats in your house.”

The candidate also needs to know a bit about cat psychology and will have to be able to drive a stick-shift car, just in case one of the cats needs to be taken to the vet. Those who are trained veterinarian nurses will also receive special consideration if they apply for the position.

Cat Standing On Ledge

God’s Little People Cat Rescue/Facebook

The person accepted will be taking a long-term position for a minimum of six months and would be filling in for Bowell, an artist, while she is away.

Since it was posted earlier this month, the post has been shared more than 32,000 times on Facebook and more than 200 people have expressed their interest to Bowell, according to the BBC.

Greek Island Syros

God’s Little People Cat Rescue/FacebookThe Greek island of Syros.

And this dream job isn’t the only one of this sort to make the rounds on the internet. In Jan. 2018, a veterinary clinic in Ireland was looking for a professional cat cuddler who could “pet cats for long periods of time, speak softly and can understand the different types of purring.”

Don’t worry dog people, there are plenty of opportunities for your dream job as well. In April 2018, The Points Guy made waves when they announced an opening for an intern position whose main duties included taking Instagram photos of cute dogs.

If you are an animal lover, you might want to start updating your resume in preparation for the next dream job posting.


Now that you’ve finished reading about a cat lover’s dream job, check out the unbelievable C.I.A. project called Acoustic Kitty that intended to use cats outfitted with microphones to spy on the Soviets. Then discover the island of Aoshima, Japan, which is completely dominated by feral cats.

Caroline Redmond
Caroline is a writer and Florida-transplant currently living in New York City.
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