Volunteer with Us!

Join our passionate, dedicated volunteer team today – we would love to have you!

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 info@torontocatrescue.ca. 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.


Behaviour Counsellor 

Are an experienced cat owner? Do you have excellent conversational skills and enjoy speaking with people? If so, you might be the perfect addition to Toronto Cat Rescue’s Behaviour Counsellor team!

In this role you’ll provide guidance and advice to TCR adopters and foster parents who are struggling with behavioural issues with their cats. This volunteer role can be done from the convenience of your home and requires a commitment of about 6 hours a week, primarily spent on the phone and email. Training is provided. Read more and apply here.


General Volunteer (Volunteer Centre)

The Volunteer Centre (VC) is TCR’s main hub. It’s a whirlwind of activity with staff work spaces, cats being dropped off and picked up, cats being cared for at the centre or going to/coming from vet clinics or adoption events. We also hold volunteer meetings, training workshops and there are often donations being dropped off or members of the public coming by with questions.

As VC General Volunteer, you’ll need to be a “jack of all trades” and take initiative to ensure day-to-day operations flow smoothly. This includes cleaning and maintenance of the facility, preparing cats for pick-up and drop off to name a few.

Being willing to help, happy to cooperate and the ability to wear many hats are all great qualities to bring to this job.

Read more, and apply today – click here.


Adoption Administrator

Our open shifts are:
  • Thursday 3-9pm
  • Friday 3-9pm
  • Sunday 3-9pm

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 into our database (Smartsheet).
● Forwarding incoming messages to the adoption counsellor assigned to the
foster home the cat resides in.
● Gathering more information from potential adopters via phone or email if
required.
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.

Adoption Counsellor

The role is very demanding; however it is also one of the most rewarding roles in TCR.  The adoption counsellor (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.

Core Responsibilities:

  • 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 counsellor team up to date through group email

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

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.

If you want to help ensure new adopters are supported through the transition of their new cat coming home, please apply today!


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.

Driver Coordinator

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.


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.

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.

Please click here if you are interested in joining our team.


Cat Caretaker – Volunteer Centre

Toronto Cat Rescue is now recruiting cat caretakers for the Volunteer Centre located at Royal York and Dundas in the West end of Toronto.

This position requires prior experience dealing with stressed and sick cats. It’s a great opportunity for individuals who are pursuing careers in the veterinary field to gain hands-on experience with cats in need of extra care medically and behaviourally.

If you are interested in being a part of this amazing team of volunteers, please click on the link below to find out more and apply today.

Please click here if you are interested in joining our team.

Note: Your application will be reviewed and considered for the open position for which you have applied. Should your qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position, we will contact you for an interview. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.­


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.

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


Intake Database Administrator  

Toronto Cat Rescue is a largely volunteer driven organization. Our mission is to rescue and find homes for abandoned, sick or injured cats from situations of abuse, neglect or imminent euthanasia. Being a part of the Intake team means you are on the front lines, actively saving lives each day.

As the Intake Database Administrator you would:

  • Ensure that information is entered promptly and accurately into Smartsheet and Asana documents.
  • Enter all TCR cats and their pertinent information onto a google sheet document.
  • Work with Intake Coordinator to ensure that cat medical records are accurate and maintain up to date information on all active TCR cats.
  • To provide administrative backup for Intake Coordinators and the Intake Lead when required

More information, and the application for the role, click here.

Note: Your application will be reviewed and considered for the open position for which you have applied. Should your qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position, we will contact you for an interview. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Intake Coordinator  

Being a part of the Intake team means you are on the front lines, actively saving lives each day. This is a challenging role and the candidate needs to be strategic about cat placement in order to maximize the number of cats TCR can take, and making good judgement calls around which cats we are able to rescue.

TCR’s rescue mandate is to intake cats from the three Toronto Animal Services locations (East, West, North) and other shelter partners when space is available. We will accept kittens from the public under the Kitten Support Program (KSP). We do not take in stray cats or owner surrenders.

The role of the Intake Coordinator is to liaise with out of area (non-TAS) shelters, independent rescuers and TCR’s Kitten Support Program volunteers to coordinate the transfer of cats into the TCR program. Based on limited space, this role often requires saying no to challenging cases. 

As an Intake Coordinator you will:

  • Identify and rescue cats who are in need of TCR’s care and collaborate with Intake Lead to secure space for the transfer.  To offer advice and alternative solutions in situations where TCR is unable to intake the cat(s).

More information, and the application for the role, click here.

Note: Your application will be reviewed and considered for the open position for which you have applied. Should your qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position, we will contact you for an interview. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Intake Coordinator (Day Shift)

Being a part of the Intake team means you are on the front lines, actively saving lives each day. This role is as challenging as it is rewarding.

TCR’s rescue mandate is to intake cats from the three Toronto Animal Services locations (East, West, North) and other shelter partners when space is available. We will accept kittens from the public under the Kitten Support Program (KSP). N.B. We do not take in stray cats or owner surrenders

As a Daytime Intake Coordinator you will:

To support the Intake Lead with the incoming requests from TAS shelters during the hours of 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday. This may mean assisting in the intake of urgent requests of cats to vet clinics and/or foster homes.

More information, and the application for the role, click here.

Note: Your application will be reviewed and considered for the open position for which you have applied. Should your qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position, we will contact you for an interview. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.