Cat Sanctuary in Popular Coastal Town
Hi, I'm Luci, and together with three others, I have set up a cat sanctuary in Sanlúcar de Barrameda. I was a teacher of English as a foreign language in this part of Spain for many years, but I had to relocate to the UK last year for family reasons. The three others have spent the year renovating a large part of the property which we hope to open as a guesthouse in time for next summer, but they too have now had to relocate to the UK, for work reasons. We are currently hoping to recruit two full-time volunteers to run the sanctuary and maintain the property, but we have a period of around a month which we need help with! And that's why we're looking for pet sitters!The sitters will be the only people present during the sit. So anyone who considers themselves a real cat lover, looking for the challenge of a cat sanctuary, who also wants to explore this beautiful part of one of the more authentic of Spain's southern coastlines should get in touch!
Our Home & Location
The property itself is in two parts. One part is dedicated to the cat sanctuary, but also contains a bedroom, bathroom, and a kitchen designed to enable a volunteer to live-in full time. The other part has been renovated into a fully functioning guesthouse (awaiting its license). It has three bedrooms (two doubles and a twin), a bathroom, a basic kitchen, and a spacious living room/dining room. Both parts of the house have access to roof terraces (the guesthouse terrace is pictured), and the parts are split by an inner open-air patio (also pictured).
The house is around a 20 min walk from town where you'll find plenty of bars, restaurants, and cafés, as well as historical and cultural sites. Additionally, you will have 2 supermarkets, a petrol station, pharmacy, tobacconist, corner-shop, 2 restaurants, and the beach all within a 5 min walking radius. For those wanting a taste of true Sanlúcar, there's also an excellent sherry bodega (brewery) about a 10 min walk away (Bodegas del Río)....
The town is known for its thriving Spanish tourism, history, gateway to the Doñana National Park, unique sherry, seafood, festivals, and famous horse races. It was voted into the Guardian’s Top Ten Best Beach Towns of Southern Europe, and it also has great transport links to historical and bustling cities such as Jerez (25 min), Cádiz (50 min), and Sevilla (90 min) – the latter was voted as Lonely Planet’s Number One city destination of 2018! There is a local bus service to get around town, as well as a central bus station to take you further afield. A bus to Jerez or Cádiz connects you via train to most of the rest of Andalucía! So not only is the house a great place to sit back and chill, but also a great base from which to explore the region! + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
As you can imagine, a house-turn-sanctuary with 17 cats doesn't keep itself clean. The following might sound a lot, but it's no more than a morning's work, and even a single person can easily be finished by lunchtime.
The living room and kitchen of the cat sanctuary must be swept and mopped every day, and exposed surfaces should also be wiped down daily. The protective blankets on the sofas and surfaces should be machine washed and renewed every 3-4 days, depending on condition....
The cats will require feeding twice a day (around 10 am and 7 pm). Their trays should be sieved every morning and litter changed over completely once a week. The feeding areas and litter tray areas should be swept briefly every day and washed down when the litter is changed over.
If any of them requires medical care, you will have to take them to our vet (details will be provided), who will instruct you on any further requirements. If there are any issues you can always contact us!
Other than that, the cats just require loving! They all have their own personalities: some shy, some attention seeking, all affectionate. Considering the number, they're relatively low maintenance and will occupy themselves and play with each other most of the time!
The only other request we have is that the plants (both inside and outside) are watered in the evening at least every couple of days. + More info