Volunteer Profile: Anna-Marie J

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

I got involved with ACR after I adopted my Buttons in 2006! Buttons was two years old then and had been dumped. Because of the kindness of a woman who cared so much about cats and the support of ACR, Buttons was rescued, spayed and given her shots. Buttons came home with me to share her life with an angora bunny named Gizmo, which I had adopted a few years earlier. Buttons was a perfect friend for him and it is because the foster mom knew Buttons so well, she could recommend her! I thoroughly enjoy being at special events with the ACR to support such a fabulous cat rescue group. The group sells crafts such as catnip beds, catnip sausages, t-shirts and other items, with the proceeds going to support the rescued cats! I love talking with people and hearing their pet stories – all are unique! It is a pleasure to help ACR knowing how they cared for my Buttons and many other homeless cats and kittens!

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

I continue to help out at special events – last event was the Annex Street Festival, this past June 2015. Also, will help with the crafts by stuffing some of the toys, pricing, etc. As well, I post ACR flyer at nearby health food store bulletin board.

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

The real winning moment was when I adopted Buttons who led me to becoming a volunteer. Every time I talk with people at the events is a winning moment for me as well. People are interested in knowing how ACR helps homeless cats. Additionally, I love selling the crafts and knowing the proceeds go to help the cats. What is really a winining moment is when some of the people want to buy a cat bed, for example, he/she will ask which one I like. Of course, it is their choice but because they ask, I will let him/her know my preference.  Many a time, that is the item that is sold. Because of that item being sold, another cat is helped!

Why do you think people should volunteer with ACR?

Volunteering with a group like ACR is an excellent way to give a voice to those that cannot speak for themselves. It is also helping the community.

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

ACR does a lot to help the plight of homeless cats and kittens that it just is impossible to mention one thing. From helping feral cats, rescuing cats and kittens, special events to educate the public – it’s all good and needed so much!

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

Currently, I am a full time student.

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

My main hobby is providing a loving home to Buttons and my other rescued cat, Gidget. Love learning, reading, music and walking in nature.

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

As previously mentioned, I have Buttons (through ACR) – since 2006. She shares her life with my other rescued cat, Gidget – Gidget arrived in 2009 when she was 8 months old. Gizmo, the bunny who shared his life with Buttons, went to Rainbow Bridge. He lived a happy, long, long life – he would have been 12 years old. Buttons and Gidget have bonded and are very good friends.

Buttons and Gidget


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

Buttons is my ACR rescue and I dedicate my volunteer work for her and to Gidget and bunny Gizmo who is now at Rainbow Bridge!

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