Volunteer Profile: Barbara I

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

I took in an old feral tom then got interested in helping other homeless cats.

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

Colony coordinator and occasional fostering.

chillin' at foster mom Barbara's

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

I have fostered several former street cats who were very scared of me, and people in general. Eventually they became my love bugs – such a great turn-around.

Why do you think people should volunteer with ACR?

Because helping homeless cats to find a better life is so rewarding.

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

Taking cats off the streets and finding them homes, and the Trap/Neuter/Return program (both).

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

Teach art history.

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

No “hobbies” but interested in visual arts, music, theatre and travel.

Barbara's babies

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

My ACR cats were all fosters who became adopted. Pippi and Solange have been here since 2002. Shandy and Nel came in 2006. Coal and Pickles were left here as kittens by a former ACR volunteer who was supposed to find homes for them and didn’t. That was in 2009. Neither of them are adoptable (too feral). Charlemagne came a couple of years ago, rescued from the Chinatown route after many years as a street cat. He’s my darling boy.

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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