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 fill out the form below (please limit your choices to 1 or 2 roles), or call the TCR Hotline at 416-538-8592 and leave a message, or email email@example.com. We look forward to working alongside you!
Please see below our form for more details on key volunteer roles. If you would like to Foster for TCR, please see our Foster Homes page for more information & the Foster Form.
Have some questions? This may help: Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions.
Are you a student? Are you looking for volunteer hours or how to help TCR? Please see our “For Students Only” volunteer roles. Note: The other roles listed outside of this section are not suitable for people under the age of 18 years.
Examples of Our Volunteer Needs:
Drivers are needed to pick up cats from foster homes and drive them to and from vet appointments, foster homes, etc… We also require drivers periodically for various other reasons including picking up carriers/cat food/other supplies. Please specify if you are available weekdays, evenings, or weekends.
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. Various locations, including Toronto, Brampton, Vaughan and Kitchener.
Toronto Cat Rescue is looking for volunteers who are interested in applying for grants. Many corporations give out grants to animal welfare groups and we know the money is out there but we are in need of volunteers who are able to help with these applications. Guidance and training will be provided. Remember, the more money we are able to raise, the more cats that we’ll be able to help. Let’s work together to help give cats a second chance at happiness. If you would be interested in helping us raise money for Toronto Cat Rescue.
TCR is looking for stray/feral assessors. You don’t need to be very experienced with feral cats, but will be trained on TCR policies and our rescue philosophy. You will be asked by the Stray/Feral Foster Coordinator to go case by case to assess cats that are potentially entering the TCR foster system as we need to know what their personalities are like. Usually this will require meeting current caregivers at their place of residence to see the cats in their current environment. We try to keep our assessors local to where they live and you will be provided more information on how to do an assessment once you email your interest.
We encourage the public to keep the feral cat population under control in a humane way through TNR (Trap/Neuter/Release). We receive many calls from people needing help trapping stray or feral cats. We currently do not have the manpower to help these people in need.
Feral Cat Recovery Homes
Recovering feral cats is a short-term and easy way to make a big difference. Trapping the cats and getting them to a spay/neuter clinic is only half the work. These cats also need to be recovered post-surgery before being returned to their colonies. Recovery time ranges depending on factors such as the cat’s stress level, their health, and the weather – however a general rule is that males need to be recovered for 3-4 days, and females for 5-7 days. Feral cats are unsocialized and handling them is therefore equivalent to dealing with a wild animal. Read more on what to expect: Step By Step Guide to Recovering Feral Cats.
If you have fantastic ideas and/or connections to help us raise money for cats in need, please volunteer with TCR to see your ideas come to fruition. If there is a specific program you would like to do an event for (ex. spay/neuter, a cat featured on our homepage) or if you would like to be part of our ongoing fundraising committee plan events like our Bowl-a-thon or Furball.