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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.
Toronto Cat Rescue is a volunteer driven organization without a shelter or physical location. The majority of the cats in our program originate from the three Toronto Animal Services shelters. They are located in foster homes, our Volunteer Centre facility in west Toronto, at Veterinary clinics in the GTA, or at our retail adoption centre locations. The transportation of the cats between these sites is covered by volunteer drivers. Our volunteer drivers are vital to day-to-day needs of our rescue cats.
We are seeking a Driver Coordinator to secure and coordinate volunteer drivers for the transportation of cats between shelters in the West End, East End and North end of Toronto, our Volunteer Centre as well as foster homes and veterinary clinics throughout the GTA. Although not mandatory, recruiting more volunteer drivers would be an asset in this role. Read more, and apply here.
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.
Retail Store Coordinator
Toronto Cat Rescue does not have a shelter or physical location. All the cats in our program are located in foster homes or at our retail adoption partnership locations, such as PetValu, Petsmart and smaller independent shops throughout Toronto, the GTA and Kitchener-Waterloo area.
We are looking for a reliable and highly organized candidate to take on a leadership role managing the relationship between TCR and the store. With the goal of maximizing the number of cats adopted from our retail store locations by facilitating a strong relationship between TCR and our partner retail adoption locations. Read more, and apply here.
PetSmart Store Coordinator (Cambridge)
Overview: Toronto Cat Rescue has partnered with several Petsmart stores to showcase adoptable cats. Volunteers go in daily to care for the cats, clean the cages and provide mental and physical stimulation to the cats through interactive play and petting.
The store coordinator is responsible for the keeping up to date documentation on current cats in store, ensuring the store is stocked with essential paperwork, be a central contact person between staff/store management, Jennifer Cave and Volunteer Coordinator as well as assist with special store events, such as adoptathons.
Goals: Ensure that the cats in the retail adoption program are happy, healthy and well taken care of through superior volunteer support.
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 counselors
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
● Logging inquiries into 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
The ideal volunteer will have the following skill sets and experience:
● Highly organized and able to handle multiple inquiries at a time
● Strong computer skills, specifically relating to Gmail, Google Docs, internet
searches, data entry and spreadsheet s
● Attention to detail and accuracy
● Strong written and oral communication skills
● Ability to work independently with little supervision
● Ability to troubleshoot problems quickly and professionally
● Accountable and able to meet strict deadlines
● Reliable and able to commit to a weekly 6 hr shift for a minimum of 6 months
Please click here if you would like to join our adoption administration team.
The role is very demanding; however it is also one of the most rewarding roles in TCR. The adoption counselor (AC) role is performed from your home, using your home computer and phone. You will be assigned a group of specific fosters homes for which you will be responsible for screening any adoption applications that come in for cats in those homes. Adoption inquiries are picked up from our voicemail and email lines throughout the day by our adoption administration team and upon receipt will be forwarded to you for handling. You will need to check your email account at least daily, as initial contact with potential adopters is expected to be made within 24hrs. However you will be arranging screening conversations based on your schedule and that of the potential adopter.
- Receiving, reviewing and responding to adoption inquiries within 24hrs
- Conduct screening conversations with applicants
- Match and/or suggest cat(s) to applicants based on specific wants and desires
- Make adoption referrals to send applicants to view cats
- Follow up with referrals to determine outcome
- Keep up to date and accurate records of all cases in Smartsheet
- Keep adoption counselor team up to date through group email
Post Adoption Counsellor
TCR prides itself on its successful adoption program. As part of this program, we offer advice to our adopters about issues they may be having with their newly adopted TCR cat including health issues, issues with medical records or pet insurance registration, etc. We also take any cats that have been adopted from us back into the program if their owner is no longer able to keep them for any reason.
We are looking for a customer-service oriented volunteers to join our Post Adoption team to help provide this kind of support to adopters. Training materials will be provided, however ideal candidates will have familiarity with basic cat medical issues and experience in a customer service role. This role requires approximately 3-4 hrs per week.
Cat Caretaker – Volunteer Centre
The complete role description and link to apply can be found here.
Volunteer Centre: General Volunteer
Are you interested in volunteering at TCR’s Volunteer Centre (VC)? We have a team of general volunteers that are responsible for a variety of tasks. Volunteers will be assigned a set weekly 4hr shift. The VC’s location is 4229C Dundas St West.
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
- Updating a merchandise sale log when a purchase is made
- 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
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.
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 duties, cleaning/organizing, and caring for the cats at the facility.
Goals: Contribute to the successful operation of the facility by providing additional support and resources necessary for expanding our services.