We welcome volunteers - singles or couples, who are fit, mature, healthy and independent and would like to come for a minimum of a month to help with all aspects of cat care.
We offer bed, breakfast and utilities, in exchange for about five hours work a day on five days a week. If you have training or experience as a veterinary nurse, or feral cat experience, you'd be particularly welcome, but we're happy to take any cat lovers, so long as you are prepared to get your hands dirty, be reliable, self-sufficient and can turn up on time.
We're looking for helpers who already have some work experience. If you're under twenty-five, it's unlikely you'd be able to demonstrate the level of self-sufficiency and initiative that we need.
We usually have about four volunteers at any one time, often from very different backgrounds and all parts of the world and you need to be tolerant and accepting of differences in customs, race, gender and belief, that you may encounter here and in Greece.
You will have basic accommodation on our campus, with en-suite facilities and simple cooking arrangements, or you may be in the main house, where you'd have your own bedroom, but share a kitchen and bathroom.
If you'd like to apply, fill out the enquiry form and tell us when you'd like to come, along with a summary of your work and any relevant cat care experience.
Volunteers are responsible for getting here at their own expense and will need to purchase their food for the duration of their stay.
If you have a non-EU passport, Schengen rules apply - only stays of ninety days in each six months permitted for the whole of the Schengen zone.
If you don't have EU health cover, you should purchase travel insurance.
Digital nomads are welcome, but you need to be able to work flexibly on-line, as our hours and shifts are at fixed times. We specially welcome volunteers who are prepared to stay for longer periods but regret we cannot accommodate children or pets.
There will be sick cats that need cuddles, cats that need playing with or socialising. Help might be needed with trips to the vet. There’s always gardening to do, we need to keep weeds down as they harbour ticks and mosquitos. If you have craft skills, there is always sewing to be done or jewellery to make, or other products we can sell. Let us know if you have a special skill.
We always need nice pictures for social media, but our situation is not always straightforward as laws in Greece are strict, so please talk to us before posting anything, especially about adoptions. We are not allowed to call our place a shelter! Which has a different meaning in Greek.
We welcome visitors, so please be ready to engage with them and show them round.
It’s not OK to pick up sick or damaged cats without checking with us first. Sometimes they are already being looked after and we have to be careful how we introduce new cats, especially if they are unvaccinated and might be sick.
If you are around in the day, please check outside water bowls. Our cats are on dried food and need plenty of water to digest it. Also, they drink a lot when it’s hot.
There may also be rescuing, trapping and neutering requirements.
Please note we have delicate drains. Don’t put coffee grounds or anything else down the sink. You can put small amounts of loo paper in the toilet, but please nothing else.
Our water is metered, so please conserve as much as possible. Use plugs in the sink to wash dishes and put used water on the plants.
Please also be careful with electricity. It’s expensive here and wiring is not as efficient as you may be used to. The house and storage area water is solar heated, please ask if you need to boost on a cloudy day. Don’t go out and leave heaters, air conditioners or water heaters on, it’s likely to blow the power and everyone will be without electricity! Any money we spend on electricity equals sick cats we may not be able to help or feed!
Please wear gloves when cleaning litter trays and be careful if handling sick cats, not to transfer infection. Wash your hands often.
We have scorpions here and snakes, they can give a nasty sting and bite, so please wear shoes and be mindful if moving stones or gardening. Wear gloves. Cats have 'sharp bits, ask if you need assistance.
If you are a mosquito or bug magnet get some repellant spray and use regularly. Houses are netted, so keep doors closed to keep unwanted bugs out.
Whilst we make every effort to keep our premises and grounds safe, we would like to make clear, that volunteers and visitors come at their own risk. This is a farm type environment and as such can be unpredictable. Volunteers will get a health and safety briefing on arrival and should not take on tasks they do not feel comfortable with. We rescue feral cats, who are not always grateful!
We expect all volunteers and visitors to be respectful of others that they meet here and tolerant of differences in age, gender, ethnicity, ability, culture and belief.