Volunteer

As a 100% Volunteer run organization with no office or shelter, the success of Annex Cat Rescue depends on the dedication of our volunteers — not just the foster homes, feral colony feeders and trappers who work hands-on, but also those who support ACR’s rescue work behind-the-scenes. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in becoming a volunteer, or expanding your work within the organization, please e-mail us or apply online.

We regret that we are unable to offer volunteer opportunities to those under the age of 18.

Here are some ways you can help. Our experienced volunteers are always there to support you, and even a few hours of your time every month can make a big difference.

  • Urgent: Socialization Homes URGENT: We need assessment/socialization homes for semi-feral cats. The role of the assessment home is to get to know the cat and see if he/she is socializable. Sometimes traumatized stray cats get into the mix and can need additional support as well. You would be helping the Foster team decide what sort of more long-term ...
  • Foster Homes We are always looking for new foster homes, especially for adult cats we have brought in off the street who need time and patience to recover and learn to trust people. We also have some cats who are looking for temporary shelter, when volunteers go on vacation. Can you help? If yes, please read ...
  • Morning Feeders Needed Feral cat feeders are needed to feed weekday mornings (day is flexible) at a colony in the east end (Carlaw area). We could use a couple of feeders, either once a week or every second week. Feeders supply their own wet and dry food for about 9-10 cats. Any help is appreciated! Find out more ...
  • Socialization Homes Annex Cat Rescue is currently looking for new people to provide socialization homes for cats coming in off the street. This is a hugely important role. If you’re an experienced cat-person, please consider fostering a frightened cat or kitten who needs to be socialized, or re-socialized, after a rough time. We also have “special needs” ...
  • Photographers We’re looking for a few photography volunteers to make a difference in our cats’ lives and to bring further awareness to the work we do. What you would be doing: – photographing specific cats in their foster homes to give them the best possible chance of being adopted – photographing events such as adopt-a-thons and community fairs – ...
  • Copywriters Annex Cat Rescue is looking for volunteers who would like to contribute stories regularly for our website. There’s some research involved with each article – such as interviewing one or two people to get a first person account of the story before you write it up and it’s important to submit it by the deadline ...
  • Craftmaking Do you have a craft you’d like to make for ACR? Creative people are needed who would like to make crafts that the Annex Cat Rescue can sell at the various events we attend. While we are always in need of crafts for cats such as knitted or crocheted items, catnip toys, felted balls  Amigurumi etc., ...
  • Foster Parenting Since the Annex Cat Rescue does not have an animal shelter, we use a network of foster homes to nurture, socialize, provide companionship, love, respect and temporary shelter for our kittens and cats on their journey to finding forever homes. Our foster parents pay for the food and other basic necessities, for which they can ...
  • Trapping An important part of ACR’s work is our Trap-Neuter/Spay-Return (TNR) program. This requires a network of volunteers to trap feral cats; transport them to and from the vets where they are neutered or spayed; provide them with recovery space, then returning them to their colonies. In this way, we help to curb overpopulation of the ...
  • Feral Colony Feeding As well as practicing TNR, Trap-Neuter/Spay-Return (TNR) and providing veterinary treatment for the sick and injured, Annex Cat Rescue has a number of routes we maintain through Feral Feeding. Feral Feeding is typically done once a week or once every two weeks for established cats along our Feeding routes (receipts for food can be exchanged ...
  • Transportation Do you have a vehicle and a couple of hours you can sometimes spare? Annex Cat Rescue is always looking for Volunteers with their own vehicle to help transport supplies to special events, collect and distribute donated food, pick up and drop off cats at the vets. This position does not require a set amount ...
  • Trap-Neuter-Return Recovery Homes We are in need of Recovery Homes for Feral Cats as part of our Trap-Neuter-Return Program. The cats will need to recover from their spay/neuter in a cage. You will need a small clean quiet secure room with a door, in which you will place the cage, as the cats will need a calm, quiet, ...
  • Adoption Screening Our counsellors retrieve messages from potential adopters from our phone line or our e-mail website; then they conduct phone interviews to screen out unsuitable callers as well as to match up successful candidates with possible adoptees for a home visit. Typically, this involves a weekly 3- to- 4-hour commitment, and counsellors must have access to ...
  • Donation Box Recruiter/Monitor The Annex Cat Rescue has ongoing Coinboxes and Catnip Toy Donation Baskets in stores and vet offices around the city. A network of ACR volunteers monitor these locations, which bring in the “bread and butter” income that ACR needs in order to care for our cats. We are currently looking for people who can ...
  • Special Events Each year the Annex Cat Rescue participates in a number of special events, such as street festivals and craft shows, in order to educate people about the plight of homeless cats in the GTA, to find homes for those who are adoptable, to collect donations and to sell our own crafts in order to pay ...
  • Postering/distributing brochures This is a simple yet crucial method of advertising our work and finding adopters. It’s a task in which a little time can go a long way.  Please help us by hanging our posters at your local pet store, vet office, grocery store, laundromat, office bulletin board etc.  They are available for download below in ...

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