Small Town In Russia Hires Cat Chief To Care For Local Stray Cats
It was an unusual job advert. Wanted: Cat chief. Location: Zelenogradsk, Russia: Duties: Tending to the town's approximately 70 stray cats. Some 80 applicants applied for the new role with the municipality in the small Kaliningrad town, which has also erected a cat statue and added a feline to its emblem in a bid to rebrand itself as Russia's foremost cat-loving community.
The lucky chosen candidate is Svetlana Logunova
The position pays 5,700 roubles (about $85) a month and includes some pretty snazzy perks. She not only gets a bike to help her get around to her wards, the job comes with a bright green blazer, bow tie, and stylish top hat, all as part of her uniform.
As to the town itself, for those who know about Zelenogradsk, it probably comes as no surprise that there is a collective love of cats among residents.
Cat statues, artwork, and the like are all part of the local scene. In fact, their central park features sculptures of stray cats and a big feeding dish. They are hoping their cats may become an attraction for visitors.
70 stray cats is a big job
Logunova is ready to take on the job, but knows it will take a lot more hands than just hers to look after the 70 or so cats about town. "I alone cannot care for every single one and a helping hand would go a long way," she told Times of India. We're sure some of the other city residens will offer to come by and help out.
Take a look at her daily routine:
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