God's Little People Cat Rescue
For the last 8 years Joan Bowell assisted by her husband Richard have offered a sanctuary to cats on the Greek island of Syros. In early August, Joan offered a job opportunity to someone who might want to take over the running of the sanctuary on her FB page.
As the word got around the post went viral. CNN, BBC, NBC, Fox News, many of the major newspapers (The Telegraph, The Sun, The Guardian) national newspapers from Austria to Peru to Australia to Canada and the US!
We have now had more than 35,000 applications and the FB page heading to 50,000 ‘likes’ and we have been propelled forward to answer the most asked question of all:
What are we planning to do next?
We want to rededicate ourselves to the cause in a bigger way to show the world that have shown us, that cats count and that the way we treat them reflects something of our own humanity! Our Greek sanctuary can't take more cats and which is heartbreaking, so we need to move on. We have already identified some worthy causes in the Manhattan and greater NY area where cats desperately need help and it - and for a long time it's been Joan's dream to help cats in America.
We are seeking 200,000$ to establish the Gods Little People Cat Rescue in a farm setting upstate New York.
Richard works for a not for profit in New York to do with ‘establishing peaceful societies’:
- and next to running the cat charity, Joan is an artist (find her on Etsy): https://www.etsy.com/shop/GodsLittlePeople)
Together they have supported the first phase of this project in Greece for 8 years.
The 200,000$ covers legal costs the cost of the farm for two years, food & health care, setting up the charity in the US, some moving costs for 20 of the cats – and as we move out of our home on the Greek islands, the house we lived in can contribute to making the Greek sanctuary a completely self-sufficient sanctuary.
Some of the links to TV press:
https://edition.cnn.com/ travel/article/greek-island- cat-job/index.html
http://time.com/5362807/cat- greek-island/?xid=time_ socialflow_facebook&utm_ medium=social&utm_campaign= time&utm_source=facebook.com
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/ news/2018/08/12/greek-cat- sanctuary-overwhelmed-emails- advertising-paid-job/
https://www.theguardian.com/ world/2018/aug/12/smitten- with-kittens-advert-for-cat- caring-job-on-greek-isle- brings-deluge-of-candidates
https://eu.usatoday.com/story/ news/world/2018/08/13/cat- sanctuary-greek-island-syros- job/975089002/
https://www.thecut.com/2018/ 08/greek-island-cat-sanctuary- job.html?utm_source=fb&utm_ medium=s1&utm_campaign=nym
https://www.mnn.com/earth- matters/animals/blogs/wanted- someone-live-greek-island-55- cats
https://globalnews.ca/news/ 4384527/cat-island-greece- free-house-job?utm_medium= Facebook&utm_source=GlobalNews
https://www.francetvinfo.fr/ monde/europe/vivre-avec-plus- de-50-chats-sur-une-ile- paradisiaque-l-offre- allechante-d-un-refuge-pour- animaux-en-grece_2894823.html? utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_ medium=Social&utm_source= Facebook&Echobox=1534176783# xtor=CS1-746
Joan & Richard, I wish you all the very best, I can imagine how difficult it can be in Greece, where cats and other animals are often viewed as unimportant...it's a shame, but I hope through younger generations, this mindset can change, perhaps through education programs in schools? It's having an impact in countries such as Romania (RAR). We can only hope.
Dishonest campaign with small donations now being used for euphoric vacation and potential not understanding incoming caretakers about to inherit a mess. Monies should be going towards neutering of the endless incoming of cats which are being filmed for emotional fundraising reasons and which current owners . simply cannot handle... Messy affair that will end up hurting all the animals. Shame... ottercreekanimalsanctuaryandshelter.com