What’s your story? Why did you first get involved with ACR?
My stepmother volunteers with the Toronto Humane Society and has worked with volunteers from ACR in TNR clinics, etc. She recommended the organization as a great place to volunteer. I am a cat lover (of course) and grew up with cats. I currently have a rescue cat – Alfie – who is a wonderful member of the family.
How are you helping now? What volunteer position are you filling? What does your work involve?
I am a Feral Cat Feeder (Bloor and Ossington). Around dusk every other Monday my husband and I feed feral cats at two locations in the Bloor and Ossington area. It is a very small time commitment and does not cost a lot – just the cost of cat kibble.
Describe a real winning moment for you as an ACR volunteer.
Sometimes, if we are lucky, the cats are waiting for us at the feeding spots and we know that they will get the food and water we provide. It is very rewarding.
Why do you think people should volunteer with ACR?
ACR is a volunteer-based organized – without volunteers, the work that ACR does wouldn’t be accomplished. There would be more cats without homes struggling to live on the streets.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing that ACR does?
The trap, neuter, release program is extremely important in controlling the number of feral cats.
What do you do when you aren’t volunteering with ACR? What’s your “real” job?
I am a fundraiser at a college in the GTA.
Besides rescuing cats, what are some of your other hobbies?
Reading, crocheting, going to concerts, galleries/museums, theatre and other cultural events.
Do you live with any ACR cats at the moment? Who and what is their back story?
One cat – Alfie – rescued from a cat colony in Scarborough. He was brought in to the Toronto Humane Society through their trap, neuter, release program. It was very clear that he was not a feral cat and that someone had dumped him on the street. Alfie is extremely affectionate and quirky. He follows my husband and I everywhere around the house and has a very fixed routine. He likes belly rubs – which is unusual for a cat.
What cat do you dedicate your volunteer work to and why?
The cats in the colonies at Bloor and Ossington and my rescue cat Alfie, of course!