Volunteer Profile: Heather L

Heather L at the Zoomer Show

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

I enjoyed taking my cat to cat shows and they have a Household Pet category. My cat didn’t like going any more so I decided to ask the Annex Cat rescue if they would like to try and enter a cat and I would try and get them into the Exhibition to put up a booth. Annex Cat Rescue had been trying for years but once I spoke to the show manager, I managed to get them in. After the EX I decided to get involved with Annex Cat Rescue. I felt they were a very good rescue and helped feral cats. I started feral feeding and fostering cats. I did that for a few years and then went on to helping at the booth at different venues and making cat toys. I love doing what I can to help the feral cats out. I have shown a few cats at the cat shows with much success in letting people know more about us and that the cat I am showing is up for adoption.

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

I like to work the booth at different venues and I make cat toys to sell at the booth. We have gained many repeat customers at different venues that come to us to get their cat supplies for themselves or friends’ cats. I enjoy chatting to them.

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

Surprisingly my winning moment would be kind of a sad moment. It was a blizzard outside and I was feral feeding that night. I stopped at my favourite stop where two cats were always there to greet me. I know they counted on me for a nice meal. One of them had already passed away but the other still came and she looked so cold and miserable as I fed her. I stood there and cried and wished I could take her home to the warmth of my apartment but I knew that wouldn’t be. So I stood there and talked to her as she ate her meal. I had no idea where she hid for shelter because there was so much construction around her. I just prayed she found a warm spot for the night.

Why do you think people should volunteer with ACR?

We help so many cats in our colonies when we TNR the cats and bring them back to their colony. We also manage to save the kittens they have and find them nice homes. It is great being a foster parent and know you’re finding a good home for these little ones that have had a tough start in life.

It is also great work educating people about feral cats and the work we do. Many people don’t know what to do when they find a cat with kittens. People look to us for guidance.

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

It is all about the cats!! ACR does everything for the cats and we are all volunteers.

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

I don’t have a “real” job any more. I am on disability.

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

Sewing, painting, cat shows.

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

No I don’t have any ACR cats at the moment.

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

I dedicate my volunteer work to all the cats! They all need our help and I do what I can to achieve that.

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