Toronto Cat Rescue is 100% volunteer, with no paid employees (even the Executive members are volunteers!). Join our passionate, dedicated team today!
There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities with Toronto Cat Rescue! If you are interested in volunteering with TCR in any capacity we would love to hear from you! Most of our volunteer roles are for adults 18 years or older. If you would like more information, please check out our Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions, call the TCR Hotline at 416-538-8592 and leave a message, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to working alongside you!
We have the following volunteer opportunities available. If you would like to foster for TCR, please see our Foster Homes page for more information.
Drivers are essential to our life saving efforts. We rescue ill, injured, orphaned, petrified and geriatric cats from Toronto shelters daily. Without volunteer drivers, we could not save thousands of lives each year. Drivers are also needed to pick up cats from foster homes and drive them to and from vet appointments, retail adoption locations, other foster homes, etc. We also require drivers periodically for various other reasons including picking up carriers/cat food/other supplies. Unfortunately we are not able to provide reimbursement for gas, but tax receipts can be provided based on numbers of kilometers driven. Please click here if you are interested in joining our team of kitty chauffeurs.
TCR has wonderful affiliated store foster locations for our kitties while they wait for their forever families to adopt them. We are currently seeking volunteers to visit the cats in-store to make sure they have fresh food and water, clean bedding, dishes and litter boxes, as well as spend time cuddling and playing with the cats. There are various locations, including Toronto, Brampton, Vaughan and Kitchener. Please click here if you are interested in becoming a store volunteer.
Our adoption lines are busy – some months handling more than 500 inquiries. We are looking to recruit a team of administrative superstars to keep our adoption counsellors organized and free up their time to get our cats matched up with their new families.
Each adoption administrator will be assigned a specific weekly shift. It is not a role that could be performed effectively from a smart phone, so desktop or laptop computers are required. The role is performed from your home using your internet and phone, and would include some of the following duties:
- Checking voicemail and email messages periodically throughout your assigned shift.
- Logging inquiries in to our database (Smartsheet).
- Forwarding incoming messages to the adoption counselor assigned to the foster home the cat resides in.
- Gathering more information from potential adopters via phone or email if required.
General Inquiries Line Coordinator
TCR receives daily calls and emails from the public. These can vary from media interview requests, requests for information, interest in volunteering, offering donations, etc. Each volunteer is assigned a specific day of the week. We are looking for an individual who is familiar with TCR’s programs and services to lead the General Inquiries team.
- Maintain volunteer schedule and arrange coverage for vacation, illness, etc.
- Maintain accurate and up to date volunteer records
- Liaise with the volunteer recruitment team about volunteer needs when necessary
- Orient and train all new volunteers to the role
- Provide ongoing mentorship and support to team members
- Revise and update the General Inquiries Line training manual as required
Feral Cat Recovery Centre General Volunteer
In 2010, the Toronto Feral Cat Coalition was formed to improve the lives of feral cats through strategic Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs and to address the number of homeless and feral cats living on the streets.
In December 2012, the Feral Cat Recovery Centre (RC) was opened in a City of Toronto complex close to the Scarborough Town Centre to provide post-surgical recovery space for feral cats that are being returned to their colony. The RC is a joint project between all members of the coalition and relies on donations and volunteers to operate. Toronto Cat Rescue has recently taken over the volunteer coordination for the RC and is looking for volunteers to assist with general administrative and light cleaning/organizing duties at the facility.
- General administrative duties as required, including printing, filing, data entry. etc.
- Facilitate trap rentals to members of the public
- Represent TCR and the RC to members of the public dropping off food and supply donations
- Answer telephone and email inquiries as required
- Keep facility clean and organized through light cleaning duties such as dishes, laundry, putting items away, sweeping, etc.
- Assisting feral cat recovery volunteers by ensuring supplies and items used are replenished and readily available
- Other tasks as required
Toronto Cat Rescue is seeking some individuals to help with coordinating adoption events. Our mission is to become a city in which no adoptable cat is killed and the best way we can do so is maximize the exposure our cats get through adoption events.
Adoptathon coordinators will see an event through start to finish. Depending on the event, tasks may vary, but in general adaptation coordinators will be expected to:
- Obtain and organize supplies required for the event
- Confirm event details such as dates, times, number of adoption cages, etc.
- Liaise with foster coordinators, event screener coordinator, driver coordinator, store coordinator and other stakeholders
- Create volunteer schedule and ensure there is adequate volunteer coverage for the event
- Prepare adoption paperwork, cat biographies, etc
- Ensure event supplies are dropped off at the store location
- Set up event prior to arrival of cats and tear down event after departure of the cats
- Clean items used at the event such as food bowls, bedding, litter boxes, etc
- Ensure all items are stored in an organized manner and ready for the next event
- Troubleshoot and resolve any issues before, during and after the event.
Applicants must have access to a car, be willing to transport supplies to and from the event, and be able to lift 20lbs.