Current Volunteer Openings

Assessment Homes

This is a key role within ACR. All incoming cats and kittens over 12 weeks of age must go to an ACR assessment home (after initial vetting and before going to a longer term foster home). Yet, ACR never has enough assessment homes. The role of the assessment home is to get to know the cat and see if he/she is socializable. Sometimes just providing a safe indoor space, steady food and regular interaction will be enough to reveal the cat as very workable within a few weeks. Sometimes he will need a lot more time or we will decide to return him to his colony. Usually in this role, you would have the cat or kitten for about a month and then he would move to a regular foster home. We can help you with a large cage and supplies. Read more here about what is involved in being an Assessment Home with Annex Cat Rescue.
Apply to be an Assessment home

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Socialization and Medical Foster Homes

We urgently need foster parents with experience building trust again in shy, traumatized cats or working with cats with special behavioural or medical needs. These are the most critical types of foster homes we need.
Apply to be a Socialization or Medical Foster Home

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Colony Feeders

Please read this page before applying so you have some idea of what to expect.

Gerrard/Greenwood colony: 2 feeders, one for alternate Tuesdays and one for alternate Fridays. Please note: this is one of our larger colonies with 10 cats to feed.
Apply to help with this colony.

Pape & Gerrard: 1 feeder for a weekday morning shift. One of our smaller colonies with 2 cats to feed.
Apply to help with this colony.

Coin Box Coordinator

Annex Cat Rescue has donation boxes (some with catnip toys) in various locations throughout the city. Each location has a volunteer who collects the money, remits it to ACR and replenishes catnip toy stock as needed.

We are looking for a Coinbox Coordinator, duties to include:
-Liasing with existing volunteers to ensure the coinboxes are checked and monies collected and remitted and catnip toys replenished.
-Assist in finding new locations for coinboxes and coaching volunteers to maintain them.
-Regularly checking coinbox email and answering inquiries.
-Maintaining records (basic spreadsheet skills suitable)
-Time commitment: 1-2 hours a week
Apply to be the Coin box coordinator

Feral/Stray Line Monitor

Love cats and kittens? Want to make a huge difference in your community? Consider volunteering with Annex Cat Rescue’s Feral/Stray Line. A few hours per week could vastly improve the life of a vulnerable community cat…

What Is It? Founded in 2011, the Feral/Stray Line (F/S) was launched to help members of the community deal with sick, lost, abandoned, pregnant and injured cats and kittens through education, referral and/or direct action. Sometimes that means alerting members of the public to services offered by Toronto Animal Services or the Toronto Humane Society. Other times, it means helping to organize a trap. Every case is unique.

What’s Required? Monitoring ACR’s shared F/S email account one day a week (answering emails) while keeping track of requests in our shared spreadsheet. Communication with ACR’s foster department, board of directors, and assessment coordinator may be required. Typically, the time commitment is one-to-two hours per shift but that’s not guaranteed. Busy days could be more, quiet days could be less. We also hope to train volunteers as backups for when regular F/S volunteers are unavailable.

Who We Need? Someone who genuinely loves cats and kittens and understands that many cats face perilous situations through no fault of their own. You are organized, dependable, comfortable communicating with members of the public and the ACR volunteer team via email. A working knowledge of cat and kitten health and behaviour is a huge asset, as is familiarity with various local organizations (THS, TAS, TCR etc) who might be cited as referrals.

As a 100% volunteer-run charity, Annex Cat Rescue depends wholly on the time and efforts of its volunteers to do the crucial (sometimes heartbreaking) work that we do. The successful candidates will receive up-front and ongoing training and support from our F/S team and ACR’s board of directors, and immensely good karma from the universe.
Apply to be a feral/stray line monitor


Drivers

We also need drivers to help us transfer cats and kittens from vet clinics to fosters. If you can help with driving, PLEASE let us know as soon as possible – we are paying boarding charges for many kittens right now simply because we can’t find drivers, and their new foster parents can’t pick them up!
Apply to help with transporting cats and kittens.

 

(last updated December 2nd, 2018)

Coordinators, if you need volunteers, please email the Volunteer Coordinator and it will appear here.

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