Help take care of rescue animals in Catalonia, Spain




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    We are an Irish couple who have been helping street cats in Spain for a number of years. Over the years we have operated our own trap, neuter and release program in the areas we have lived. Having feed and treated the cats some cats and kittens end up staying close to our home so we manage them as an in home colony in our garden and in parts of the house. We have 3 rescue dogs plus a rescue sheep.

    In addition to our own cats we also work with a local animal rescue as a foster home for kittens and cats. We work to socialize the cats and kittens as many are street cats so are not always able to initially interact with humans.

    We need experienced volunteers to help socialize the cats and kittens that come to us while also keeping the house and garden clean so we can all live in a healthy environment.

    Our pets are our family so the foster cats and our dogs are in the house daily. There will be cat and dog hair so you need to ensure you do not have any allergies to pets or pet hair.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We were both born in Ireland and have still have family living there. We originally lived in the South of Spain and have worked there and in Gibraltar. We love to pass on our knowledge, all that we have learned over the many years we have been helping street cats. We have stories of how they came to be with us, information on common illnesses and general tips on how they differ from domestic cats. It is always a pleasure for us to meet workawayers who are interested to know and learn more and we will do our best to teach them something new.

    We love to hear about differnt countries and ways of life, we enjoy the diversity and for us, as we do not get to travel very often due to our animals, it is like visiting a new country when we hear all about the home country and town of the workawayers, the places they have traveled to and the experiences they have had.

  • Help


    There are 2 areas where we need help.

    ROLE 1 : Workawayers for Animal Care

    We welcome workawayers who have previous experience with handling and caring for rescued cats and kittens. The work involves socializing street cats and kittens as well as pet and surrounding area clean and hygienic. Volunteers must have previous experience working and dealing with rescue pets and enjoy sharing a home with animals.

    You need to someone who just adores cats, kittens and other animals. If the idea of having cats and kittens crawling all over you all day long sounds like a dream come true, then this is the host home for you. Its 24/7 kittens and cats.

    Having cats and caring for cats are 2 different things, most of the cats have trouble being social and many have long term medical conditions. They are very different to domestic cats and need to be handled differently.

    We welcome need workawayers who are interesting in getting involved in the day to day care, recuperation and protection of these cats. You should be a person who is actively looking to further your existing experience with animal care to stay here. You daily tasks will involve feeding the cats, dogs and sheep, cleaning litter trays, assist with vet visits, dog walking and helping with treatment and medication, if needed. Some of the older rescues can be prone to incontinence, you will need to help clean up and deal with these cats.

    All our pets are rescues from the streets and some are under long term medical care. Volunteers need to be confident handling and dealing with animals, they need to be able to cope with illness in animals (minor and major) and help us with medication, treatment and care of sick animals, if needed (keep in mind these are not all tame cats). They should also be prepared to deal with the worst as not all illnesses in street cats are curable. You will be required to do 5 hours work per day, 5 days a week.

    Work hours :
    morning feeding between 8.30am - 9am
    Morning cleaning from 9am until 11am
    All other hours Interacting with animals/vet visits 11am - 1pm
    Evening feeding between 5.30pm - 6pm

    *Sunday is our day off, therefore you will be expected to work every Sunday.

    ROLE 2 : Workawayers for General House Cleaning.

    They will need to be willing to live with large numbers of pets. You will spend your work time cleaning the house and outside areas. The cats and kittens will want to be with you when your are going about your day. From "helping" with the moping and sweeping to being interested in what you are reading or doing on your mobile device. This would involve a maximum of 5 hours work per day, 5 days a week.

    Chores include daily cleaning of house and animals areas, changing and washing litter trays, food bowls,carry boxes and bedding, sweeping and mopping floors, general house cleaning, keeping outdoor areas and garden clean. You will also help with dog walking.

    You need to be able to live in a house that has several animals living with you, wanting to sit on your lap and interact with you. There is a lot of manual cleaning involved in the everyday chores.

    Daily Work Hours:
    9am - 2pm

    *Sunday is our day off, therefore you will be expected to work every Sunday.

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    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    Our home is in a very quiet urbanization situated on the outskirts of a small town just on the border between Barcelona and Tarragona. The town itself is approx 55 minutes train ride from Barcelona City. The train station is in the town which is about 5 kilometers walk away. There is a weekday bus service, the nearest bus stop to our house is about 2 kms away.

    You will have your own room which you may need to share with a rescue cat or a litter of kittens. You will have access to wifi.

    Volunteers prepare their own meals using local vegetarian ingredients provided. If we are home in the evenings volunteers can choose to share our evening meal with us (vegetarian) or they can cook for them selves using the local vegetarian ingredients we provided.

    We can accommodate up to 2 workawayers at a time, 1 for animal care and 1 for cleaning. From time to time we may need to be away overnight, in this situation all workawayers will need to cover the hours between them.

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    What else ...

    We are close to a national park with many hiking and cycling tracks to discover. There is a large lake just over 9 kms from the house. The Dorada Coast is just 5 kilometers from the house with a choice of blue flag beaches to visit.

    There is train service from the local town (5 kms away) direct to Barcelona city and there is a bus and train link from Barcelona Airport and a train link from Reus Airport. There are 2 local bus services to local train stations and villages. There is an hourly service which operated (weekday only, with the nearest bus stop 2 kms from the house. The other service comes to the urbanisation but only has 4 pickups daily. There are taxis in the local village from the train station.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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