What does your purrfect vacation look like? Purrhaps it would be a trip to Istanbul, the city of cats, or maybe it would be a trip to a real life cat village in Taiwan. But if these don't sound incredible to you, then perhaps it's time to take a trip to Syros, a Greek island that is home to an adorable cat sanctuary.
According to their website, "God's Little People Cat Rescue is a no-kill, no cage cat sanctuary and adoption center located in a stunning setting in a nature preserved bay on the Greek island of Syros. The sanctuary was started in 2010 when founder Joan Bowell and her husband had just finished building an estate of four houses on a beautiful hillside. Joan who'd already volunteered with cats in her native country of Denmark knew she wanted to do something to help Greek cats when they moved to Greece. Having witnessed the desperate plight of Greek cats from traveling around Greece for 35 years her heart and mind was made up. She just had no idea how quickly she'd be caught up in helping and rescuing Greek cats!"
On the Greek island of Syros, a couple named Richard and Joan Bowell have dedicated their lives to running sanctuary for stray cats.
What a beautiful location! This island is clearly a paradise, and the perfect place to build a sanctuary. Major kudos to Richard and Joan Bowell for dedicating their lives to this amazing and super wholesome project. You guys rock!
"Going to Greece originally on a trip that mixed work with pleasure, the Bowells attended a seminar in the same house where they live now. They later bought the property"
Imagine going on a work trip to a country, and then once you're there you end up deciding not only to stay there, but to buy property and build a cat sanctuary there to protect all of the stray cats! Really it's an amazing story, truly incredible!
According to Richard, "When we moved here, we were aware there was a problem, but we didn't immediately see the depth of it." "There are fifteen thousand cats on the island, they estimate, and there are thousands that haven't been neutered."
The couple recently put out a job offer for someone to live on the Greek island for a year and run the sanctuary for them while they are on sabbatical. They received over 40,000 applications, and the job has now been filled.