Volunteer Profile: Brianna G

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

After moving to Toronto and adopting “Mr. Handsome Pants” from THS, I wanted to help other cats in need and found ACR. Through ACR I found out that there are over 100,000 homeless cats in TO! At the time, ACR was doing a partnership with THS and the Atkinson Co-op to spay and neuter not only colony cats, but cats from the Co-op as well. I began there, helping with the intake then later on became an adoption facilitator. After a couple years of helping with adoptions, I became the blog coordinator and also had the amazing opportunity to assist as Secretary for the Board. I’ve also fostered a few felines throughout the years which was a wonderful experience.

Mr Handsome Pants

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

Currently I coordinate the “Happy Tails”, a weekly blog which is posted on the ACR website. I work with a group of wonderful volunteer copywriters who write adoption success stories of previous foster cats. As well, each month I compile current content to appear in ACR’s newsletter such as upcoming events, featured stories and behaviour tips.

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

I’ve had many moments with ACR that really impacted me in a positive way. Amongst them, the most memorable are my experiences of fostering. Shelters are very important, simply because of the sheer number of homeless animals. However, allowing cats to grow in a home environment makes a huge difference, for them and for the adoption process. It’s interesting to realize the number of people that have their hands in getting a cat off the streets, into foster, and finally into their forever home. It’s really a remarkable process and a lucky journey for the cat. I’m actually still good friends with one family who adopted one of my fosters – I hope they adopt me if I ever come back as a cat!

Why do you think people should volunteer with ACR?

It’s amazing and rewarding. There’s so much people can help with in accordance with their skills, as well encounter many great opportunities to learn new ones! Simply put, ACR is an organization where you can see first-hand the impact you have on an animals life and how beneficial your help is.

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

That’s a tough one, ACR is a large connected web. There’s such a large amount of colony cats helped not only with TNR, but medical aid and getting the tame felines into foster homes to be adopted. Also, a lot of people have homeless cats in their backyard and don’t know what to do or what resources are available for them. ACR really is there for the community to provide support and to empower people to not feel helpless.

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

I work as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic – so I pretty much eat sleep and breathe cats!

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

Anything that gets me outside – I love jogs through Sherwood Park. As well, as a recent vegan I’ve been experimenting with new recipes for me and boyfriend to try which has proven challenging at times as as he’s not naturally a huge fan of fruits, vegetables or anything that looks remotely healthy ;-)

Rosie and Josie

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

We do have a couple “foster successes”. Sassy Josie was merely 6 weeks old when she and her two brothers were scooped from a colony. If a volunteer didn’t do that, she very well may have died as many outdoor kittens do. Now she calls the shots, arguing with us if we don’t brush her every morning in her ‘Jacuzzi’ which is our bathroom sink – she is a character. And sweet Rosie, who was a surrender to TAS before coming into ACR’s foster program. She wouldn’t have survived or been deemed ‘adoptable’ in a shelter setting. She was so extremely frightened that it took her almost a year for her sweet personality to really shine through. Now she basks in her window bed, head-butts our other cats with affection and has high-speed chases with Josie… all through the night! Yay.

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

Tomkins, my first feral. He was an old Tom who came in from the cold and lived with me till he died.

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