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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 tcrvolunteering@gmail.com. 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

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.

Store Volunteers

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, GTA and Kitchener & Waterloo. Please click here if you are interested in becoming a store volunteer.

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.

Responsibilities

  • 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

Please click here for full role description and link to apply.

Adoptathon Coordinator

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.

Please click here for full role description and link to apply.

Cat Caretaker – Volunteer Centre

The new Volunteer Centre (VC) is getting ready to open its doors!  In addition to providing training and workshop space, the VC will also serve as an intake processing location.  Here, cats coming into our program will be assessed medically and behaviourally by volunteers before going to an appropriate foster home.  This role is not about playing and snuggling with happy and healthy cats.  Many of these cats have special medical and behavioural needs and are not quite ready to be your friend.  This role involves a lot of hard work.  There’s cleaning to be done (a lot of cleaning!), and food to prepare. There are forms to be filled out, laundry to be done, medications to administer, litter boxes to be scrubbed, and supplies to keep track of. You’ll need to be communicative: asking questions as you get the hang of how things are done, and letting someone know if you notice something like a change in a cat’s weight.  You must be willing to learn, follow protocols and procedures and take part in regular training activities. Being willing to help, happy to cooperate and easy to be around are all great qualities to bring to this job.

The Cat Caregiver is responsible for overseeing the health, well-being, and general care of the cats at the Volunteer Centre.

The complete role description and link to apply can be found here­.

General Volunteers – Volunteer Centre

Are you interested in volunteering at the new TCR Volunteer Centre (main intersection: Royal York and Dundas West).  We are starting to put together a team of general volunteers that will be responsible for a variety of tasks.

Volunteers will be assigned a set weekly 4hr shift.

Examples of Duties

  • Greeting volunteers and members of the public that come to the VC
  • General administrative tasks such as data entry, filing, printing, scanning, emailing, etc.
  • Answering an internal phone line and taking messages
  • General cleaning such as sweeping, mopping, laundry, dusting, etc
  • Assist in preparation of supplies for events, meetings, workshops, training sessions, etc.
  • Other duties as required

This role will be evolving over the next couple of months, so duties may change slightly.

The goal is to have at least one volunteer present at the VC during opening hours. Volunteers may be working alone at the location at times, so it is important to have reliable people that will show up for their shifts on time.

Please complete the following form if you are interested in the role and attending an orientation session.

Adopt-A-Thon Adoption Screeners

TCR participates in four national adopt-a-thon events at Pet Valu stores each year. We are putting together a pool of volunteer screeners who will  regularly work shifts at these events throughout the year. Whether you are already a trained screener or have no experience at all, we could use your help!

Sign-up to attend our September screener training session!

Store locations are outlined below. The next Pet Valu national adopt-a-thon that require screeners is October 21 to 23, 2016.

An advanced training session is scheduled for September 11 from 10 am to noon at the Volunteer Centre (Royal York & Dundas West).

All screeners will be required to purchase a $15 volunteer screener t-shirt at the time of training and will be asked to sign up for an on-the-job training shift alongside an experienced screener at the PetSmart adopt-a-thon on September 16 to 18.

As an adoption screener, your primary responsibility will be to interview prospective adopters, process adoption paperwork and act as matchmakers for the cats at the event.

Working closely with the adopt-a-thon planning team, you will:

  • Screen potential adopters during your 3-4 hour shift on a Saturday or Sunday
  • Complete adoption paperwork, collect adoption fees, and provide adopters with necessary paperwork to take home
  • Ensure the store has a proper inventory of contracts and brochures
  • Help receive cats from drivers and fosters and help them settle into their cages (during morning shifts)
  • Help disinfect and dismantle cages at the end of the event (on Sunday afternoon shifts)
  •  Liaise with the adopt-a-thon planning team leads about any adoptions that take place and to arrange the return of unadopted cats at the end of the event
  • Work with the adopt-a-thon planning team leads to troubleshoot unforeseen problems as they arise

Requirements and expectations:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must attend the training session on September 11 and receive one training shift at the Petsmart adopt-a-thon on September 16-18
  • Must be willing to commit to working a minimum of two events per year
  • Must sign up to be on a recruitment mailing list for the store that is most convenient for you
  • Must commit to at least one screener shift on the October 21 to 23 adopt-a-thon weekend
  • Must have excellent verbal communications skills
  • Must purchase a TCR volunteer t-shirt for $15
  • Customer service and/or interview experience an asset
  • Previous experience volunteering or adopting through TCR is valuable but not required
  • Access to a car is valuable but not required

Our Store Partners:

Pet Valu Bloor – 1660 Bloor Street West (Keele/Bloor)
Pet Valu College – 339 College Street (College/Spadina)
Pet Valu Galleria – 1245 Dupont Street (Dufferin/Bloor)
Pet Valu Kingsway – 4242 Dundas Street West (Royal York/Dundas)
Pet Valu Liberty – 1176 King Street West (Dufferin/King)

Upcoming Adopt-a-thon Dates:

Sept 16 – 18, 2016 – PetSmart training shift
Oct 21 to 23, 2016 – Pet Valu
February 2017 date TBA – Pet Valu
April 2017 date TBA – Pet Valu
June 2017 date TBA – Pet Valu
October 2017 date TBA – Pet Valu

Screener Training Session:

Sunday, September 11, 2016 at the Toronto Cat Rescue Volunteer Centre
10:00am – 12noon
4229C Dundas St. W, Etobicoke, ON, M8X 1Y3

To sign-up for the training session, please RSVP here: http://tcr-screener-training.eventbrite.ca.