UPDATE: We've now found a great family to look after our tribe for the first 3 months of winter. Still looking for somone to take over from them from end of Jan until hopefully early May.
Hello! We've been the Crazy Cat Couple of Leros for 15yrs or so. Our tribe is around 20 or so cats; some are longterm loves who have been with us since kittens; others are drop-ins to the garden for free food :).
Our long time winter sitters have recently left Leros for the UK, and our furry family need a new auntie and uncle to look after them over the winter (we have business obligations overseas).
A few of our regular cats are "indoor outdoor" but the rest stay out. We have remodeled an historic villa just outside of Lakki Harbour, the main town on Leros. It's in a rural setting, but town is very close by. Our renovations have been going on longer than we care to think about, and we're still not entirely finished; but we're done enough for it to be a very comfortable house, which will be all yours to make your home-from-home.
Do be aware that the Greek islands are not all picture postcard blue skies in winter ! It does get chilly in the winter and it does rain sometimes, but the sun shines more than it does not. Daytimes can be quite warm, nights get progressively colder from about mid December on; rains increase around the beginning of February but no two years are alike. We have a great island vet who has worked with us for years to neuter as many cats as possible, and take care of them. Sadly a lot of people dump their unwanted kittens on our doorstep, and we're too much "softies" to turn them away, so we never know exactly how many there will be. Most of them are very loving, friendly cats - appreciative of their good luck in ending up at the Crazy Cat House! Our neighbours look after the garden and stand in as "cat feeders" at times , so there is some backup on a short term basis; they are sweeties and would become your own adopted Greek uncle and auntie:).
The island of Leros with no tourists in the winter is a small community; people are very friendly, but it's not the place for someone who's looking for a happenin' social life ! It's quiet and peaceful, although there are some unexpected bonus things like yoga classes (who'd ever have thought on a tiny Greek island ??). Our business here is running a yacht charter business; so anyone into sailing .... there's a small "ex-pat yachtie" community on your doorstep!
Our house being an old building (1899!) , it could use someone who is at least handy with a screwdriver, to keep on top of little maintenance bits n' bobs. We do have a local guy who would be available for any major issues, but in general, there's no "instant handyman service". Our garden is huge, and grows lots of fruit n' veg - someone with an interest in keeping this under control would be great too.
Our car would be available for you to use; we also have a couple of bicycles which are great for getting around town.