Volunteer Profile: Alaina V

What’s your story? Why did you first get involved with ACR?

My mum fosters in Ottawa and after seeing her successfully find homes, I wanted to do the same.

How are you helping now? What volunteer position are you filling? What does your work involve?

Fostering: helping rehabilitate a cat/kitten into a family situation. Involves a lot of love and patience and play!

Describe a real winning moment for you as an ACR volunteer.

When I heart-wrenchingly gave over Theo and Charlie to their new family. It took me 1 month just for them to come out from under the bed. I was SO happy when on the 3rd day in their new home I heard that they were sleeping with their new mum!

Why do you think people should volunteer with ACR?

It is extremely satisfying because you get out of it what you put in!  

In your opinion, what is the most important thing that ACR does?

Saves cats’ lives and helps keep the outdoor Toronto cat population managed. 

What do you do when you aren’t volunteering with ACR? What’s your “real” job?

I’m an Opera Stage Director and Production Manager with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Besides rescuing cats, what are some of your other hobbies?

Running, cycling and travelling.

Boing Boing

Do you live with any ACR cats at the moment? Who and what is their back story?

Yes! Boing. Boing has been with me for a few months and is a sweetie!

What cat do you dedicate your volunteer work to and why?

Our family cat Malka who was actually my mum’s cat. She was a nurse cat who always came and found me when I was sick or sad or crying in my room. She gave our family so much love and care. I always want to provide that for other cats.

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