We may have just discovered the ultimate dream job for cat-lovers

The unusual advert and the adorable pictures of the rescue cats attracted a lot of applicants.

The job takes about four hours a day of work and involves feeding, cleaning up after, medicating and loving the 55 cats at the sanctuary.

The God's Little People Cat Rescue on Syros now cares for 55 stray and feral cats, but the couple who now run the sanctuary are moving on.

"As part of the job you'll have a fully paid (incl. water & electricity) semi-detached modern tiny house with it's own garden (direct view to the Aegean Sea!) plus a salary".

They say: "From experience the job is most suitable for someone who is responsible, reliable, honest, practically inclined - and really, with a heart of gold!" "You will at times be expected to trap or handle a feral or non-sociable, so cat whispering skills should come natural to you".

It would be a long-term employment, requiring a minimum of six months as well as a volunteer period at the start.

More than 20,000 people have commented on the Facebook post since it was uploaded a week ago and The Telegraph reports 3000 applications have been sent in.

All expenses for the cats will also be paid for.

At first the couple just tried to find homes for stray cats, but in the following years (having raised money through donations) they have been backing a sterilisation project, funded dental operations and nursed motherless kittens. Today, the sanctuary is home to between 55 and 70 cats.

Bowell, 51, has now received so many messages from candidates that on Sunday night she was forced to post a follow-up notice pleading for interested parties to follow her guidelines and "only write if making life better for Greek rescue cats is your burning desire!" The couple is looking for someone to take their place, as Mr Bowell is due to go to NY for his work commitments with the United Nations.