What’s your story? Why did you first get involved with ACR?
My son (at the tender age of 13) got me involved in the beginning. He thought it would be a great idea to feed stray cats around our neighbourhood after seeing what he thought was one. Thankfully, it was a neighbourhood cat, with a collar, that had a home, but it got us thinking that there may be strays somewhere that needed feeding. I didn’t know before I googled the “topic” what a crisis there is in Toronto with homeless, feral cats and the multitude of colonies that exist. We found ACR online from researching, and there began the amazing adventure of helping to feed the Chester Colony. Unfortunately, as my son got into the teen years, even though he still loved our Chester kitties, (and our two guys at home) other “teenage” things took priority. That’s when my husband and I took over together. We have loved getting to know the Chester cats over the last 5 years and it’s been so rewarding over time to have them come to trust us, or at least be excited when they hear our car drive up into the alley way. It’s amazing that they recognize the sound and are already sticking their sweet heads outside the fence hole before we have even gotten out of the car. We’re so happy to make their lives a little happier by providing food and treats!!
Why do you think people should volunteer with ACR?
Volunteering with ACR is so rewarding! We get to see the impact of helping first hand by feeding the colony and seeing them happily chow down but we also know that we are doing a small part to help in the much bigger picture of addressing the issue of homeless cats.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing that ACR does?
ACR does so many important things – raise awareness, raise funds, coordinate spay and neutering to combat overpopulation, take care of sick animals, foster, and provide forever homes. There isn’t just one important thing… there’s a whole list.
What do you do when you aren’t volunteering with ACR? What’s your “real” job?
I’m a marketing research consultant and my husband is involved in research into alternate energy sources.
Our guys are Buddy and Chip, who look almost identical. Buddy has more white on his belly than Chip. We adopted them from the Toronto Humane Society before we knew that ACR existed. They are amazing!!