Volunteer Profile: Tanya M

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

I got involved at the beginning of 2015. I was living alone and missed having a pet. I knew that where I lived was going to be temporary, so getting a permanent cat was not an option at the time. Becoming a foster ‘parent’ was one of the best things I got involved with!

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

Right now I’m not involved as I am out of the city house-sitting and will soon be out of the country for a month. That is the beauty of ACR. They are not only highly concerned for the cat’s needs, but of the foster parents as well!

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

Seeing a feral cat gaining trust in me and allowing me to be part of their lives! It’s an amazing feeling!Mimo

Why do you think people should volunteer with ACR?

It’s such a great way to give back to the community and help control the feral cat population… and ultimately save their lives! ACR is a wonderful, truly committed organization that ensures healthy environments to the cats they take in and do their utmost to create good matches between the cats and those who do the fostering! 

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

Creates great quality of life to unwanted and/or abused cats and the feral cat colonies!

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

I’m an RMT and just finished a diploma program in social services work. Cats love to get massaged!!

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

Love bike riding, yoga and travelling… which I’ll be doing soon!

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

Unfortunately I’m not with an ACR cat at the moment because of current living environment and the fact that I’ll be out of the country for a while. Hope to be involved again in the fall when I’m settled back in Toronto! I miss my foster cat Mimo very much and if someone doesn’t scoop up (adopt) this wonderfully unusual cat (extra digits on his paws), I may just scoop him up myself and STILL continue fostering other cats in need! 

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Mimo was adopted!)

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