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, 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.
- 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.
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.
Seeking coverage for Sundays (9am – 3pm)
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 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.
Please click here if you would like to join our adoption administration team.
Overview: The Workshop Coordinator is responsible for developing, organizing and managing all aspects of Toronto Cat Rescue’s workshop program at the new Volunteer Centre in Etobicoke.
Goals: Successfully implement a program that delivers quality educational, interesting and relevant workshops to Toronto Cat Rescue volunteers and members of the public.
- Coordinate all aspects of workshops held at the Toronto Cat Rescue Volunteer Centre
- Act as primary contact and liaison with workshop facilitators
- Ensure workshop material is educational, informative, interesting and adheres to TCR’s philosophy and mandate
- Preparation of workshop materials such as badges, handouts, forms, posters etc.
- Prepare advertising and promotional materials
- Liaise with website and social media team to advertise the event
- Manage workshop budgets
- Manage workshop schedules
- Manage workshop registration and attendance
- Attend each workshop to support facilitators and provide onsite organization
- Arrange refreshments or catering when required
- Process reimbursement requests and other payments
- Compile reports, including participant statistics and workshop budgets
- Work with the Executive Director to identify new workshop topics and seek out presenters.
The full role description and information on how to apply can be found here.
Courtesy Adoption Posting Program Lead
The Toronto Cat Rescue Courtesy Adoption Posting Program allows the public the use of our volunteers and our website to assist them in their efforts of finding their cat a new home. Cats participating in the program are not Toronto Cat Rescue cats. The cat will remain in their home and be posted on the Available Cats section of our website, and on websites we are affiliated with (ie. PetFinder.com and AdoptAPet.com). Toronto Cat Rescue volunteers will provide guidance on how to write a compelling bio, take attractive pictures and provide tools to Assist in screening potential adopters and selecting the right new home.
Members of the public that would like to post their cat(s) for adoption on TCR’s website are required to fill in the application form found on our website. Completed form submissions are sent directly to the Courtesy Adoption Posting Coordinator’s email account for processing.
- Receiving, reviewing and responding to courtesy adoption posting inquiries within 48hrs
- Reviewing submitted applications for completeness, compliance to program requirements and suitability for program
- Collecting required documentation, including medical records
- Reviewing medical records to ensure vaccines are current and the cat is spayed/neutered
- Submitting approved applications to website team for posting on adoption sites
- Liaising with adoptions team as required
- Communicating with owners
- Keeping up to date and accurate records of all cases in Google Docs spreadsheet
- Performing routine follow up with owners about the rehoming status of their cat.
Please see detailed role description for more information and link to apply.