God’s Little People Cat Sanctuary, a privately funded shelter located on the Greek island of Syros, was looking for someone to take over their cat duties.
Two years ago a Facebook page posted an intriguing advertisement tempting cat lovers to leave everything behind and rush towards a sanctuary located in Greece. God’s Little People Cat Sanctuary, a privately funded shelter located on the Greek island of Syros, was looking for someone to take over their cat duties. Joan Bowell who runs the non-profit along with her husband, Richard, wanted a much-needed break and in their absence, they were seeking someone who could take care of 55 cats that she had rescued over the years, reports Insider. This is genuine and NOT a joke – friends, please feel free to verify! she wrote on Facebook.
Boswell, who is an artist and former businesswoman, and her husband were looking for an ideal candidate who was "a mature and genuinely passionate cat lover who knows how to handle many cats and would love their company," and specialized in "cat-whispering" skills. A very special position and living circumstance on offer on a little Greek island called Syros (a small paradise no less!) for a mature and genuinely passionate cat lover who knows how to handle many cats and would love their company!! I am looking for someone who can take over the daily running of my Greek cat sanctuary in my absence. You will have 55 cats in your care and need to be able to overview them all + feed and medicate (big added bonus if you’re trained vet. nurse!), said the advertisement.
Apart from getting the opportunity of staying in the paradise-like island, the perks involved " a fully paid (incl. water & electricity) semidetached modern tiny house with its own garden (direct view to the Aegean Sea!) plus a salary." The daily hours is that of a part time job (approx. 4 hours) and the salary reflects the fact that you get the house for free (with everything paid). All expenses for the cats will of course be paid incl. all veterinary care. You will be expected to take the cat to the vet in case of illness and therefore will need to be able to drive a manual car, revealed the post.
They were specifically looking for someone who was "45+ years of age, who’s responsible, reliable, honest, practically inclined - and really, with a heart of gold!." Most importantly, the ideal candidate had to shower "heaps of love and attention" on the cats. Soon the offer went viral and the Bowells ended up receiving 1,000 to 1,600 emails every day for months. Joan emphasized that the job wasn't exactly a "dream job" as it required cleaning poop, vomit and making distressing decisions about gravely injured or sick cats. But the applications continued pouring in and Bowell had to assign half dozen friends to help her review them and choose the one perfect for the job.
62-year-old Jeffyne Telson from California was one of the finalists who was shortlisted from over 30,000 applicants, reports the Washington Post. It was Telson's husband who forwarded her the ad and said," Jeffyne, this job has you written all over it. Are you going to wait until you’re too old to try to access your dream?" Telson's impressive 21-year experience of running REQCATS in Santa Barbara, which only takes in strays, didn't go unnoticed by the Bowells. "I didn’t do all the tourist stuff on the Greek islands. I separated myself from the tourists and walked up and down the streets looking for the kitties," revealed Telson. "I thought, 'There’s just so much to be done here.'"
In a letter to the Bowells, Telson explained how she had placed 3,000 cats and kittens in homes and those who were too sick or antisocial were adopted by her and kept in her sanctuary. It included four leukemia patients as well because "I believe that every life is precious and worth saving," wrote Telson. Her submission stood out and the Bowells traveled to Santa Barbara to meet Telson. "There was an instant connection between Joan and Jeffyne — and the other way around," said Richard. Just like Bowell Telson too was an artist and both never had any children. "It was just a match made in heaven," said Telson.