What’s your story? Why did you first get involved with ACR?
I’ve been volunteering with ACR for 4.5 years. I joined because I was tired of seeing all the bad that happens in the world and wanted to do my part to make something good. The whole “Think globally, act locally” thing. I had just moved back from Los Angeles and had 2 former street cats as pets and know that they need help.
How are you helping now? What volunteer position are you filling? What does your work involve?
I’m a colony feeder. Amazingly, my route is mostly along the street I’ve lived on for the past few years. I had a great view of some of our cats from my windows, and it was always nice to be able to report back to the group about the various sightings.
On feeding nights I take one of those canvas grocery buggies around to the various feeding stations and leave food and water. Hopefully the cats are there but there’s no guarantees. Cats answer to no people.
Describe a real winning moment for you as an ACR volunteer.
The best part is when the cats start to know you and are waiting for you. Our old colony cats China and Felicity made the route worth it because they came running when they saw me. It was a great feeling knowing that we’d developed a relationship, and that they trusted me. Watching them eat is always a great feeling.
Also I discovered a colony in need at Richmond and Bathurst and was able to get ACR to step in and help the few residents who were struggling to maintain the colony. Because of me noticing some kittens and making a call to ACR a lot of cats were trapped and neutered. I feel good that I wasn’t afraid to walk down a dark alley in pursuit of kittens, which probably sounds unsafe, but it worked out ok.
Why do you think people should volunteer with ACR?
It makes you feel good, it feels proactive. The cats appreciate you!
In your opinion, what is the most important thing that ACR does?
ACR helps all cats, on and off the street.
What do you do when you aren’t volunteering with ACR? What’s your “real” job?
I’m an actor.
Besides rescuing cats, what are some of your other hobbies?
Reading, movies, running.
Do you live with any ACR cats at the moment? Who and what is their back story?
I’m a foster home at the moment to ACR cat Oz, aka Simba. He’s been with me since December, when the office he was living in decided he couldn’t stay. He’s semi feral but we’re working on socialization and he’s coming along well! He was found living in a woman’s yard in Collingwood and she fed him for about three years but was unable to take him in. Through her efforts he found me and the office where I worked. He lived there for a year, and when they asked me to re-home him I took him (and left the job).
What cat do you dedicate your volunteer work to and why?
My beloved cat Spartacus passed in September. I found him at three weeks old under a bush near an old apartment. A few weeks later I found one of his litter mates but she was too sick to save, and I realized how lucky he got in crawling out of that bush that day. He always was good at demanding food though.
I learned so much from him: bottle feeding, patience, how to snuggle, patience, how to live on no sleep, patience. He was with me for 16 years and I miss him every day.