Volunteer Profile: Tess L.

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

Ok, confession time. I wasn’t even a cat lover a few short years ago… cats seemed to be these unpredictable moody creatures. Born and raised dog lover, that’s me or so I thought…

Anyway, I had just finished university, started a full-time job and got my first apartment – I felt very ‘adult’ and while I wanted a dog I knew I wasn’t ready for the commitment. So after a few months, I adopted my cat from the local SPCA. And I continued to be involved with that SPCA by visiting the shelter and dropping off donations. But when I moved back to Toronto, I wanted to be more involved with an animal rescue organization on a regular basis. I did some research and came across ACR and it was simply a great fit.

Volunteer Tess and Pancake

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

I’m a Social Media Community Manager, there are a few of us and we each take shifts throughout the week monitoring and engaging with folks over the various social media platforms. I quite enjoy it!

As a group we get to share happy stories about the cats that have found homes, let people know about which cats are looking for homes, and just share anything cat-related really. Which means it is my job to look at photos of cats and watch cat videos all day long.

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

Just recently ACR raised over $12,500 for the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon Charity Challenge! This is simply amazing, no doubt we’re going to have a lot of happy kitties.

Why do you think people should volunteer with ACR?

The most important aspect about volunteering is that you are doing it out of your heart. If you believe in second chances and are looking to help out a few cats and the community, you will meet a fantastic network of like-minded people at ACR.

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

While ACR is involved with TNR, fostering, adoptions and more, I believe feral colony feeding is very impactful to our communities.

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

I’m a Project Coordinator at a medical association and lead a program that connects physicians with various support providers throughout the province.

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

I am also a dog walker at the Toronto Humane Society, and I volunteer with a kids’ program at a community centre. But outside my volunteer activities, I quite enjoy sampling an array of desserts and making origami crafts.

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

Unfortunately not at the moment. We’re quite a houseful with a cat and the family dog.



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

My cat, Pancake. I rescued her as a tiny kitten. While she certainly can be unpredictable and moody, she’s also shown me how affectionate and intelligent cats are. It is truly an unconditional kind of love these creatures offer. And to think that there are hundreds of cats looking for their forever homes, I’m truly lucky to have her. She’s the reason I volunteer, to help and connect other humans with their feline mate(s).

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