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Cat Protection Society announces official Cat Cuddlers

Three cat lovers embrace the world's greatest job: Cat Cuddler!

After being inundated with applications to fulfill the world’s greatest job as official ‘Cat Cuddler’, the Cat Protection Society of Victoria (CPSV) has announced three passionate cat owners as the successful candidates. Sarah Trezise, Lynn Cauchi and Pauline Turnbull have all opened their arms to fill the coveted position.

Volunteer and Community Outreach Manager, Georgie Marinucci, said it was too difficult to find one candidate to fill the role from the 200 applicants they received so they have selected three incredible winners.

“We are thrilled to have Sarah, Lynn and Pauline onboard as our official cat cuddlers. It was challenging to select one successful candidate from the amazing applications we received so we ended up selecting three. I’m sure our cats and kittens will enjoy three times the cuddles as they wait for their furever home,” Ms Marinucci said.

“Our new Cat Cuddlers will play an essential part of our Adoption Shelter, taking on the role of ensuring that the cats and kittens in our care feel safe and loved and are socialised and well prepared to be adopted,” she said.

Twenty-one year old Sarah Trezise from Craigieburn is currently studying Animal Science and she is very grateful to be taking on this new role.

“I used to volunteer at an Animal Shelter and we have fostered since I was about 12 and we’ve had some foster fails! I always liked working with the cats specifically as I love cats, so this new role is perfect for me,” she said.

“I have four cats, two of them are foster fails, one is an older boy we got when I was about nine and there is Phoebe. She follows me everywhere, she is my best friend, she was adopted from Pet Haven Animal Shelter when she was 6 months old and is now two.”

“Since I was as young as two I wanted to be a vet, I’ve always been an animal lover. I’ve just been passionate about helping animals. I thought being a vet would be a very rewarding career and would be perfect for me which is why I’m studying animal science.”

“Cats make me so happy I really enjoy helping them and I want to be a part of giving these cats a new home any way that I can. I am just so grateful for the opportunity,” Miss Trezise said.

Pauline Turnbull from Research who is a Primary School teacher and Lynn Cauchi from St Helena who retired four years ago after a twenty-two year career can’t wait for all the cuddles.

“I couldn’t believe that I’d been selected. It’s better than Tattslotto - I didn’t enter to win the $60 million jackpot, because I thought I’ve already won. 

I’m most looking forward to the opportunity to cuddle cats and trying to win over some of the shyer or more reserved ones!” said Ms Turnbull.

“It’s a really big thing for me, as I have a lot of cuddles to give. 

We adopted a cat from the CPSV about thirty-five years ago and ever since, all of our cats have come from there. 

In my role as Cat Cuddler, I’m looking forward to seeing how the Society operates, meeting all of the people, and giving cats a cuddle, which is very soothing,” said Ms Cauchi.

The new Cat Cuddlers will fill a three month volunteer role and the job will require them to visit the Adoption Shelter for a few hours one day per week. They will then be welcome to stay on as volunteers at the Society if they wish.

“Sarah, Lynn and Pauline join a team of approximately thirty volunteers who tirelessly help the Society predominately supporting the work of the adoption shelter team,” Ms Marinucci said.

“We couldn’t do our work without our amazing volunteers who generously support us in a wide range of ways to ultimately support the cats in our care. We can’t wait for our three new cat cuddlers to join this incredible team and spoil all the cats at the Shelter with lots of cuddles,” she said.

To learn more about The Cat Protection Society of Victoria, visit

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