About Our Dedicated

Cat Loving Team

Award Winning Cat Boarding Cattery

Established in 2010, Divine Creatures was the original Sydney Luxury cat boarding with unique rooms and jungle gym. Voted the best cat boarding facility for outstanding cat care.

Divine Creatures has also won The Local Business Awards alongside being a finalist several years in a row in the NSW Telstra Business Awards which is a testament to the unique way in which we run our cat boarding facility. We know cats, we know that cats don’t lie and we are confident that your cat will return from its holidays at Divine Creatures relaxed and content. Located in Willoughby on Sydney’s lower north shore, Divine Creatures is truly a luxury cattery like no other.

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Pet Shop

Divine Creatures also offers a deluxe pet boutique. We have carefully chosen toys to ensure they are safe, affordable and will enrich the lives of your companion friend. With our qualified staff on duty, be sure to ask for their expertise to help choose the right toys and products that best match your dog or cats personality. Whether it be a bed fit for a queen, or a toy for the toughest dog, you can either shop in-store or shop from the comfort of your home via our online pet shop.

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Cat Psychology

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Jules dos Santos obtained her Level 4 Diploma as a Cat Psychologist with distinctions and has successfully rehabilitated many troubled cats and restored many cat-owner relationships over the years.

Almost 75% of cats who are surrendered to the pounds are surrendered due to undesirable behaviours. With 130,000 cats euthanized in Australia every year, it is devastating that for a small fee of employing a Cat Psychologist, these numbers could be greatly reduced and even eliminated.

Cat behaviour problems can have a catastrophic impact on the family. Jules can assist in the modification of the cat behaviour problems and help their owners have a fulfilling and loving relationship.

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Our Team

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Jules dos Santos

founder, cat whisperer, veterinary nurse

Growing up with animals Jules’ passion for animals began when she was a toddler! Desperate to work with animals she volunteered at her local veterinary hospital when she was just 14 years old. In 1998 Jules qualified as a veterinary nurse shortly after starting her career as a GP nurse and later became the head specialist surgical nurse at a surgical specialist centre. Jules found her love in emergency and critical care nursing in 2003 where she later became the manager of the emergency department of the renowned Veterinary Specialist Centre.

Jules spent several years working as a volunteer with her Border Collie as a pet therapy dog and also has a particular interest in tigers, donating generously to WWF sponsoring tigers, as well as many other animal charity groups. After many years working in emergency Jules nursed many cats who became sick after boarding in sub-standard facilities. It was evident that the standards were appalling and so the concept of a luxury cat hotel started. Divine Creatures was created in 2010 with one aim: to provide the very best care and accommodation away from home for our feline friends!

In 2020 Jules excellence in Cat Boarding was recognised by the Pet Industry Association and was appointed as the Director for Boarding and Pet Care Services for the Pet Industry Association. She hopes to use her term in the association to raise the standards of pet boarding and pet care services across Australia.

Jules is also a qualified cat psychologist obtaining her Diploma in Advance Feline Behaviour and Cat Psychology. Jules also has a deep passion for animal welfare and animal rights and is one of Oscar’s Law advocates, promoting the ‘Adopt Don’t Shop’. In 2021 Jules followed her passion for rescue and founded Ninth Life Foundation, a charity dedicated to rescuing senior or high care cats.

Jules sits on the subcommittee for Skills Impact, a government advisory body for Animal Industry Skills as well as advisory group for the Animal Justice Party.

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Lillie

Primary Cat Carer

Lillie has always had a passion for animals and a dream to work with them, which led her to pursue a Certificate III in Animal Studies. Through the course she began volunteering at Divine Creatures a year ago and is now an official animal attendant. She loves the work she does and can’t wait to continue working with the amazing staff and animals!

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Robyn

Primary Cat Carer

Robyn is back….

I have always been focused in my passion for cats & animal welfare & I just couldn’t stay away.

With 16 years experience in the animal industry mainly working with cats I have learnt a lot. I completed my animal studies cert II & cert III with distinctions & have also completed a certificate in Feline Behaviour & Feline Behaviour & Psychology. I have an absolute lovefor grooming the cats & making them look beautiful, so I am happy to try & accommodate any needs they may have to look Pawfect…..

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Bec

Cat Cuddler

Bec grew up in a house with cats, dogs, birds and fish.

She has from a very young age had a passion to care for all domesticated animals, especially cats. She has a fascination to find out why cats behaviour the way they do. Think like a cat, you might say

 

After school Bec, started a career in Banking and finance, which she stayed for 30 years. Progressing from Customer Service, Cashier, Administration and then Management.

While working in Banking she studied part time, Certificate II in Animal studies and Certificate III in Captive animals. Almost 2-year volunteers work, as an assistant Ranger at Australian Walk About Park, Calga NSW on the weekends

With the hands of time ticking away, she decided now was the time to Follow her Dream to work in the animal industry fulltime.

Bec doesn’t know when to go home, she is dedicated to each and every cat and ensures they have received the best possible care before she leaves to go home to her own fur family. Again, she won’t rest at night until each cat, dog, chicken and fish have a full tummy and is fast asleep.

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Rose

Cat Hotel Manager

When Rose first set eyes on her rescue kitten as a young child she was fascinated with felines. She read books about cats, watched movies about cats, dressed up as a cat and had countless cat related accessories and toys.

After school Rose completed a Bachelor of Communications at university but in 2016 decided that the calling towards an animal-based career was stronger. This led to completing a Certificate 2 in Animal Studies and a role in a veterinary hospital.

As the years progressed Rose transitioned again, this time to the travel industry and a role with a different kind of cat obsession.

Before joining Divine Creatures, Rose managed a small team that organised 5 star luxury safaris all over Africa so she could share the incredible experience of witnessing a big cat in the wild with others.

Rose has a fur family of four at home and a genuine love for all animals big and small.

As Cat Hotel Manager Rose looks after customer bookings across both Divine Creatures & Luxury Cat Lodge to ensure guests have a holiday to remember.

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Yvonne Van der Veek

emergency & critical care affiliated veterinarian

Yvonne volunteers her services to Divine Creatures and provides veterinary advice to the company when required. From a very young age Yvonne always wanted to work with animals. After working as a veterinary nurse and animal care taker for a few years she pursues further studies and went to vet school. After graduating from her veterinary degree from The University of Utrecht in 2000, Yvonne worked in general practice in the United Kingdom for 3 years. She moved to Australia in 2004 and worked in general practice for 4 years before venturing into Critical Care and Emergency Medicine. She currently works at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital in North Ryde. Yvonne is also passionate about teaching and is involved with the training of veterinarians and veterinary nurses. Yvonne lives in the Blue Mountains with her husband, her adorable cats Jip and Janneke (who do not like having their picture taken) and a beautiful Kelpie x called Bow.

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Laura

supported volunteer

Beautiful Laura started volunteering with us in 2013.

We pride ourselves on equal opportunities in the workplace and Laura is an absolute asset to our growing team. Her duties include vacuuming, mopping, folding the many piles of washing and giving cats some cuddles in the gym.

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Emily

supported volunteer

Emily is a supported volunteer at Divine Creatures.

We pride ourselves on equal opportunities in the workplace and Emily is an absolute asset to our growing team. Her duties include vacuuming, mopping, folding the many piles of washing and giving cats some cuddles in the gym. Her carer Tara is also an extremely valuable member of the Divine Creatures team bringing nurturing and love to our felines.

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Mark

Cat Cuddler

Mark has a deep affection for all creatures, first expressed by becoming a volunteer at Blacktown Animal Holding Facility in 2019. Here he assisted in socialising and exercising the dogs and cats waiting for their forever home. From there, Mark decided that he would like to pursue a full time career with animals. He completed the Certificate II Animal studies in 2020, has almost completed the Certificate III Animal Studies and would like to further expand his skills by undertaking a pet grooming course.

 

Mark has a sweet and cuddly Labrador at home. Although he cannot own his own cat for the time being, Mark greatly enjoys pampering and playing with the beautiful cats on holiday at Divine Creatures!

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