"The Cat House on the Hill"

If you love and know animals specialy cats than this is the place (shelter) for you. I have + 60 adopted cats, all in good condition, sterile and no flees. I also have 2 dogs and horses here at the property all of them where once "thrown away animals" yes also the horses. The cats are the most difficult to take care of as they live more are less in 4 groups but can mixe up. 2 cats live in an other house here on the land around the main house an other shy cat has her own room where she can go in and out whenever she wants. If you are interested I will explain more about the care taking.
Beside work we have beautiful beaches here and the nearest beach is at 10 minutes walking from the house. This is a place for nature lovers as it is quiet and peaceful (as long as the cats behave well). Town is at a 30 minute walk along the ocean where you can find little supermarkets (so they call themselves), restaurants, bars etc.
You can find the place on google maps with the name "La Hacienda Hostel".

"The Cat House on the Hill" is owned by me Karin (Belgium) who has lived in Las Galeras for almost 20 years. I have 9 horses and do customized educational horse trips for small groups in order to maintain the animals. The hostel is a big house with dorm rooms and two private rooms which I prefere to rent now on long term, myself I live on the first floor. For now 1 or 2 volunteers can sleep in a room shared with sometimes a traveler or an other volunteer. I don't cook for volunteers and you will have to buy your own groceries. Fruits most of the time available from the garden and drinkingwater is always in the comunal kitchen. What volunteers need to understand that this place is not a business but works on order to maintain the animals and pay the bills. The work starts at 7 in the morning 4 hours a day 5 days a week. Most of the work is feeding the cats, cleaning there bowls and the cathouse itself. It would be nice that some days you work a few hours in the morning and than go back in the afternoon for some work around the cathouse as weeding and cleaning up what cats leave behind to avoid nuisance odors and flies Very important is that you have to love cats and animals in general. Don't come over if it is only for having a place to stay in exchange for some work. What we do here it is with our hart.


Avaliações

4.5
8 avaliações8

Anfitrião & Equipe

4.5

Horas & Atividades

4.5

Hostel

4.5

Aprendizado & Diversão

4.5

Estados Unidos

5

For my first trip ever, I was blown away by my experience. Karin is one of the kindest and most genuine people I have met. She made me feel welcome from my first step inside and it was clear that she deeply loves her animals and gives them an amazing life. I loved spending my mornings working with the cats and taking short breaks to cuddle up with them. I will miss them all dearly, but especially Julio, Stevie, Kitty, Lilith, Melanie, Charlie, Bobby, Tigre and Mona Lisa. The hostel itself is absolutely beautiful and truly felt like a home away from home for me. Thank you for everything Karin!

1 mês atrás


karin respondeu

Thank you Paige.
We also miss you a lot. It was a real plesure having you here. Come back when ever you feel as.

Reino Unido

4

This was a great experience! Karin was so welcoming and she has the most amazing cats! The work is simple but can be hard work and time consuming especially in the heat and it can be difficult to do a good job as the standards are held high. The accommodation was great in a beautiful quiet part of the Dominican Republic with an amazing beach not far from the property.

3 meses atrás


karin respondeu

Thank you Tabitha.
You have been a great help. Lively person and very independent. Sorry that i was to late for the review but know that you have 5 stars for everything.

França

5

This volunteering was simply incredible, we enjoyed our experience a lot and miss Karin, the cats and the place so much. Karin is someone truly kind, adorable and careful. The work she asked to do is simple, we had to clean the cat house, change their waters, and pet them. The cats are so cute, we liked to work by their side !! We honestly recommend this volunteering to you because the place and landcape are amazing, locals are so friendly and we enjoyed the culture there. It was a great experience, we hope our future volunteering will be as good as this one ! Thanks for all Karin 😊

4 meses atrás


karin respondeu

Girls you where amazing. 2 sun in the house. I loved it having you both around and you took so good care of the Cathouse and the cats. Yes the cats also did miss you that was clear. I have been so lucky with having both of you here.
Hope one day to see you showing up at the gate.
But i'm very sorry...Bobby he is not available for adoption. Take care and don't change.
Abrazo

França

5

Our experience was incredible, it was our first volunteering and we enjoyed a lot ! Karin is a lovely woman, very kind. The hacienda is pleasant, situated 10 minutes walks from the sea. It’s 40 minutes walk to go to Las Galeras but when Karin goes, she suggests that we come. The job with cats it’s simple, we have to clean the house, change their waters, take care and pet them. Thank you so much Karin, we already miss you and the hacienda, we come back to France with beautiful memories.

4 meses atrás


karin respondeu

Girls you where amazing. 2 sun in the house. I loved it having you both around and you took so good care of the Cathouse and the cats. Yes the cats also did miss you that was clear. I have been so lucky with having both of you here.
Hope one day to see you showing up at the gate.
But i'm very sorry...Bobby he is not available for adoption. Take care and don't change.
Abrazo

Reino Unido

4

Daily tasks (about 7 - 10:30): sweeping & mopping the cathouse, cleaning the bowls and emptying & cleaning litter trays. The work isn’t difficult but you need to take your time and do it thoroughly.

Accommodation: * Basic small 3 bed shared dorm in hostel with fan (can be quite hot) * Interesting visitors: spiders, cockroaches, centipedes *15 min walk to a beautiful beach, 50 min walk to small town/closest shop.

I would recommend to anyone who is a thorough cleaner & loves cats but also someone who doesn’t mind insects & is happy living a quiet lifestyle away from the town/activity

7 meses atrás


karin respondeu

Charlotte i agree about the dorm room but how many times i offered you to go in to a private room...and you didn't want so don't complain about the room as it was your own choise to stay there😉
But know....you were one of the best volunteers i ever had what made it so mutch easier for me. Now it's me who is sweating, mopping and cleaning bowls (don't talk about colecting poop) every morning. Thanks a lot Charlotte i realy appreciate all the work you have done for the cats. Because it is not for me that i want people doing this it is for helping cats. Take care.


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