Paphos Cat Lady
Gaynor Georgiou has been spending hundreds of euros of her own money each month, feeding and caring for more than 160 stray cats living in the Old Town of Paphos. Before the beautiful modernisation and refurbishment of the newly pedestrianised Old Town, Gaynor’s work was appreciated by the tourists and the local community who basked in the Cyprus sunshine in the Coffee shops and restaurants around the town. Tourist buses would arrive daily in the centre of the town and tourists would watch as Gaynor was feeding and caring for the cats. They would give donations of food or money to Gaynor to support her hard work. However, when the modernisation started the cats needed to trust Gaynor to move them to a safe environment away from the bulldozers and machinery. They eventually found five places of safety but in areas that tourists do not frequent. Therefore, the donations Gaynor has received in the past are not as forthcoming. The care and attention that Gaynor lavishes on these Cyprus cats is evident, with each one having its own name and its plate to eat from. Gaynor’s day starts as early as five am, mixing the wet and dry food for all the cats, filling the water bottles and loading her car up before embarking on her daily rounds of checking and feeding each cat in each of the five areas.