It all started here...

Some evening back in early September of last year I was greeted by these little faces. It was the usual story of someone haven discarded them. Them were all completely tame. Unfortunately (at that point after four years of Greek cat rescue) with 40+ cats I simply didn't have the capacity to rescue these little guys off the street. I have lost count of how many kittens and young cats I've witnessed dying here. Either being run over, dying from a flu or respiratory infections, poisoning or otherwise vanishing into thin air. And no... believe me, people don't just pick kittens or cats off from the street here. No one wants to know of them! So this was not an easy situation for me. During the last couple of years I've actually learnt to cut off emotionally from new cats and especially kittens arriving here (those with a feral cat mamma). When you've had your fair share of being directly involved in the misery of seeing them die you have to cut off for the sake of self preservation. It has honestly left me so brokenhearted so many times. 

But... with these four I simply couldn't cut off. They were tame and so sweet. So once again I found myself caught up in praying and hoping each day for their safety and that they would all turn up each day when I came to feed them among the other cats living by the dumpster. Because I've witnessed so many young cats die here I knew I had to make an effort to try and get them all vaccinated... that would at least give them some chance of survival. So I raised the funds via donations and many kindhearted people chipped in to ensure they could have their double vaccinations and be treated for parasites. 

After four months of them living by the dumpster and surviving a very unusual Greek spell of a snowstorm and a windchill of down to -20 °C (I believe that's -4 F, they survived the cold by seeking shelter in these polystyrene boxes which I set up for them) I knew it was time to have them all spayed and neutered to avoid the misery of three girls having litters of kittens and the boy getting himself badly wounded because of fights (the stray males inflicts horrible wounds to each other). So once again, with the amazing kindness of some wonderful people, I collected the funds to have them all fixed. But I knew I had the biggest hurdle ahead of me. After them recovering with me at home - how was I going to be able to release them back in the field by the dumpster!?? In the image below, that's them recovering with me at home after them being spayed/neutered. 

After four months surviving on the street and in the wild they were as sweet and tame as it comes. It's tough accepting any cat having to make it in the wild on their own, but it's a different thing when you have four tame young cats that someone once lovingly cared for when they were small kittens and then discarded them when they thought they were old enough to fend for themselves! 

Well, I was amazingly lucky. My dear friend Natalie, who recently adopted the three ginger girls (discarded by the exact same dumpster exactly one year earlier!) reached out to me and the four cats. She offered to foster them and help find new homes for them in Canada! We talked about helping each other posting about raising funds for them to be able to have their rabies shots, microchips, passports, transport boxes and their flight fare. Knowing the costs from before, we knew we would have to raise 1,500 euros or $1,700. BUT... Natalie's offer of helping didn't stop there. Her and her husband wowed to match each donated dollar with $1. An absolutely outstanding offer of generosity!! Right now a BIG fundraising is underway for these four and so far we've collected it the range of $570. We still have some way to go (and I would love for Natalie and her husband not to have to chip in - they've done so much already, and just read her blog and see the beautiful life they provide, not just for cats, but other rescue animals too) so I am asking if you would like to donate towards these four being able to start a new life in loving homes in Canada instead of being released back to a life by the dumpster. Any donation - big and small - will help these four make it to a new life in loving homes. Donations can be send to my Paypal account: 
You can also use the DONATE button on the right side of my blog. Please make sure to tick the donation as a gift - that way we avoid any fee!

We are also looking for their forever loving homes (after they have been fostered by Natalie) so if you live in Canada or the US and would like to either adopt or help find them loving homes, please contact Natalie by email: or me

Here they are...

Girl: Annuk
Playful, sweet and inquisitive.

Boy: Archie
Playful, confident and cheeky 

Girl: Aggie (also named Luna by her kind sponsor)
Playful, smiling personality and cheeky 

Girl: Ambie (Amber)
Quiet, shy but gorgeous personality
She needs someone who will have patience with her. 
She is playful but needs a lot of reassurance. 

It would be a wonderful help if you would please help share their story. Thank you dear friends!


Ronna said…
Joan, You are so wonderful. I'm sure between Natalie, me and our friend Deb, we can find homes for these four wonders. I heard that someone already wants Mr. boy cat. You do such good in the world, makes my heart feel good.
Thanks so much Ronna! I hope there will be some loving homes waiting for all four. They're just gorgeous and they surely do not belong living by a dumpster. Thanks for your kind words. <3
Knatolee said…
Lovely post, Joan. I know we will find them the loving homes they deserve, but none of this would be happening were it not for your kind heart, and your decision to bring them in and have them cared for! xoxoxo
Betsy Brock said…
I hope you find homes for these little sweethearts! I've done the same kind of work in my neighborhood. I've rounded up 20 cats in the last three years and had them spayed and neutered.
They've gotten their shots and I've given them shelter and food. 14 still live with me....sweet and wonderful each one.
They're all so beautiful. I'm sharin' from here in Canada. Where in Canada will they be goin'?

Nissy, they're going to Montreal. Xo
Betsy, so nice to meet you! Sounds like you've done a wonderful job with the cats. So difficult to not scoop them all up and keep them, isn't it?!! Xo
Well Natalie, it's a joint effort. If you hadn't stepped forward with your exceptionally kind offer I'm honestly not sure what I would have done with them. You've got a very big heart!! Xoxo
Knatolee said…
Nerissa, I live an hour from Montreal, an hour from Ottawa, 4-1/2 hours from Toronto, and 30 minutes from the border crossing at Massena, NY/Cornwall, ON! :)
Knatolee said…
You too have an extremely large heart, my dear Joan!
Dearest Joan,
Lovely kittens again and let's hope you manage to find them a furever home!
I too have had to harden my heart, because there are so many stories of kitties who do not make it.. and there is only so much I can do

But these kitties have a chance.. and I am a firm believer in a dollar can make a huge difference, so I have donated four - one for each of them.

I wish you and them all the best..
Barbara said…
I hope you are able to find homes for them. They are precious!
I so wish I could adopt one :( I donated, wish I could do more
Linda said…
They are beautiful and sweet.
Knatolee said…
Came back to look at my babies! So glad I brought these four to Canada. Annuk and Archie have settled right into our place and I know Abbie and Amber are happy too!
505whimsygirl said…
Hi Joan,
I haven't been by in ages. It looks like you have returned to Greece; are you living in the same place?

The cats are so beautiful. They look so loved and healthy.

Taso said…
Do you spay and neuter your cats? Or, better yet, wouldn’t it be better if this cats were humanely put to sleep? Doesn’t Greece already have FAR too many feral and abandoned cats??!
Taso said…
PEOPLE are the same as CATS??!! THAT is truly SICK, Harvey!!!!
Unknown said…
I’m very interested in caring for the cats. I’m a 49 year old woman with lots of animal experience. Trained a seeing eye dog once and she’s now working with a blind woman. Just got diagnosed with rare breast cancer again. Would love to help with the cats! How do I learn more?
Thank you,
Unknown said…
Hey, I'm I saw a post on an app about; a job, in a wonderful place, to take care of one of my favorite animals. I need in on this. Is this actually something I could do?
Unknown said…
Hello Joan,

I too recently saw a post in regards to taking care of your cats, in which I would gladly do so. I recently graduated with my Associates in Science degree in paralegal studies also due to having Lupus I am currently on dialysis, taking a break from school as I await a kidney transplant. I love cats and have taken care of them since I was ten, I feel I'd be perfect for this job! :)
Unknown said…
To the comment above my name is Fatima and if you see fit you can reach me at: I live in the U.S.
Unknown said…
Wow I could t believe my eyes when I read about your sanctuary for cats what a truly remarkable thing you have done. My name is Terri I’m 50yrs old and have had cats for all those years . I currently have a mum and two sons who I adore, they all have their own unique personalities and I talk to them daily and I know they hear me for they respond back to me. One of the boys, Rocky sleeps with me he is so loving that he has to snuggle up next to me so he is touching me. I would love to be considered for the position you have available, I have no cat training other than 50yrs of loving, playing and enjoying these fluffy felines.
Mr email is
I really hope you will be able to contact me
Best wishes
Oceanbee510 said…
Some people said some awful things about putting the animals to sleep. If we educate people to be kind to animals, then we could make a difference. I know there are a lot of cruel people out there who need to stop!

“There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness and misery.” – Charles Darwin
Unknown said…
A winter away from the great white north(Canada) looking after kittens/cats is right up my ally. Pet sitter/20yrs/cat kennel 2 yrs/cat food sales 3yrs and have been owned by a number of cats for 35 yrs. please consider me now or in the future.
Unknown said…
Hola, soy una persona de México, vi su artículo sobre el ofrecimiento de vivir en Grecia cuidando los gatitos. Soy una persona mayor de edad y no tengo compromisos que me detengan en mi país. Me interesa su ofrecimiento, ¿ podrían darme mas detalles al respecto ?
En espera de su amable respuesta, me permito enviar a usted un cordial saludo.
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This comes in too late after your posts so your cats are probably in Canada by now but I just wanted to say that it's very traumatising for a cat to fly abroad if held in cargo and airlines only allow one cat er passenger in cabin. There's thousands of pets that die each year on airlines in cargo hold.
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