3000 clawing for job running cat rescue on Greek island

13 August 2018
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The job? Caring for up to 70 cats, amounting to four hours of work a day. Nearly 1000 Britons have applied for the role after the announcement posted on Facebook last week by Joan Bowell, owner of the God’s Little People Cat Rescue, went viral.

“We were doing a quiet thing on a Greek island – but no more,” Bowell’s husband, Richard, 65, told London’s Telegraph.

Mrs Boswell, a Briton, and Mr Boswell, Dutch, moved to Syros seven years ago. They found kittens thrown away in garbage cans, bony cats relying on scraps, and injured cats that needed care. The couple began taking in strays and working with local vets to improve the health of the village cat colony and the overall island population. They backed a sterilisation project, funded dental operations, had diseased eyes removed, and nursed motherless kittens through the night.

“Now you hardly see distressed cats on Syros,” Mr Bowell said. “It all started here.” Today, the sanctuary is home to between 55 and 70 cats.

In the autumn, the couple plan to return New York, where Mr Bowell has work commitments with the United Nations. They have now drafted five volunteers to narrow down the 3000 applications from people offering to take their place to a pool of 50-100.

The position comes with a salary up to €600 ($937) a month, with bills, housing and veterinary expenses paid, starting November 1, after a voluntary two-week transition period in October.

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