In early November, Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou officially adopted a stray kitten named Calypso from the island of Karpathos, making the tiny feline the very first stray cat ever adopted by a Greek President while in office.
Sakellaropoulou first met the tiny kitten in October, when she made an official visit to Karpathos, the second largest island in the Dodecanese archipelago, to celebrate the 76th anniversary of the island’s liberation from the Italians during World War II.
While on the beautiful island, rich with history and local tradition, Sakellaropoulou toured museums, cultural centers, and the town hall, and met with residents of Karpathos.
On October 4, World Animal Day, Sakellaropoulou made a stop at the Animal Welfare Organization of Karpathos, where she expressed her love for animals and her dedication to animal rights and the fight against animal abuse.
While there, she laid eyes on the adorable kitten, Calypso and was reportedly instantly smitten with her. According to an official press release by the Office of the President, Sakellaropoulou expressed her serious wish to adopt Calypso while she was visiting the island.
The head of the Animal Welfare Organization of Karpathos, Sophia Hiras-Mikros, formalized the adoption of the lucky kitten by President Sakellaropoulou during a visit to the Presidential Mansion in Athens in early November, and Calypso has been a resident of the Greek Presidential Mansion ever since.