What’s your story? Why did you first get involved with ACR?
I got involved in 1998. I was looking for a way to help cats and heard about the group through an article I was writing for a newspaper.
How are you helping now? What volunteer position are you filling? What does your work involve?
Now I am feeding many feral routes, and working at fundraising events when I can. Tonight, for example, I fed several cats and groups of cats in Chinatown, which took about an hour and a quarter, and last weekend I worked at the Little Italy festival at our booth.
Describe a real winning moment for you as an ACR volunteer.
Too many to list, but certainly, the satisfaction of trapping a cat who was disabled, who was very difficult to trap, nonetheless, and for whom we had a terrific home lined up, was a very happy one. Also, when I was able to convince/educate some people who had been very against what we were doing in their neighbourhood, and gain their support, was a winning moment.
Why do you think people should volunteer with ACR?
If you’re an animal-lover, it is a way of helping that can be very hands-on, if you are doing trapping or feeding. You are able to see how you are improving things for cats in our city.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing that ACR does?
The TNR program, without a doubt, and after that I would say informing/educating.
What do you do when you aren’t volunteering with ACR? What’s your “real” job?
Journalist. Writer. Teacher.
Besides rescuing cats, what are some of your other hobbies?
Reading. Writing. Travel. Photography
Do you live with any ACR cats at the moment? Who and what is their back story?
Not now, no.
What cat do you dedicate your volunteer work to and why?
All of the ones with whom I have shared my life from childhood on — three, in particular. Also, some of the victims of abuse, some of the awful stories I have read about — those cats (and other animals) are always in my mind when I try to help others. I can’t stop their pain, or change it, but I can try to prevent similar happenings in future.
Photos: (top) Our two current residents at Bathurst-College, Tabby and Lilybelle (grey cat); (bottom) Black Fluffy (you can tell how fluffy she is in the photo) who is now gone, she lived to be about seven years old; Kensington (black and white cat), the cat I adopted after he was found eating with the colony.
The colony cat photos are by Rondi Adamson.