Board of directors and volunteers

The purpose of this publication is to keep the volunteers of Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue informed. It will highlight important items discussed during the Board of Directors Meeting.

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Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue Board of Directors

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David Smythe


My business (Out of This World Home Services) has and continues to support many local animal rescues since it's inception in 2004. My wife and I have been sponsoring and volunteering for OSCATR events for 5+ years. Currently I have 8 cats and 2 dogs at home and 3 cats at work- all of whom create much pleasure and reduce any stress through cuddles and play. My first advocation for a cat (when I was 8!) was putting forward a case to pay for medical treatment rather than euthanizing our home pet after an incident with a car taking its nose off. I am happy to be the president of such a cooperative, caring and adaptive organization.

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Sara Collins


I have been volunteering with OSCatR since 2012.  Over the years, I have assumed many different roles and undertaken a variety of tasks including acting as the volunteer coordinator, fostering, setting-up and running the barn program, organizing large scale multi-rescue fundraisers, organizing and administering online auctions, volunteering at events, and other odds and ends such as picking-up donations and baking for bake sales.  I am the co-owner of two local animal hospitals that support many local rescues, including OSCatR, through the provision of veterinary care at substantially reduced prices.  The hospitals also regularly foster OSCatR cats and support the rescue in many other ways.  Professionally, I work as a lawyer, having been licenced to practice law since 2007.  It is an honour to serve as a Director for an organization that reflects my values and saves lives every single day.

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Katie Jones

Vice President

After volunteering with a few different rescue organizations as a young adult, I founded OSCatR in 2011.  My objective was to create an organization that would focus on the most vulnerable cats – those living out in the elements without homes.  In the early days, rescue tasks consumed my day-to-day life.  Fortunately, over the years the organization grew to the point where it is now made up of team of dedicated coordinators and volunteers, each managing different responsibilities.  I currently manage daily operations for the rescue as part of this incredible team.  Professionally, I have been a veterinarian since 2004 and currently own two local hospitals which are both highly supportive of OSCatR.  In my spare time, I enjoy providing pro-bono services to rescue organizations like OSCatR.  I feel immensely proud to serve as the Vice President for an organization I have been with since its inception.

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Charlene Morris


I have volunteered with OSCatR since October 2015 as a foster parent. In that time, I have fostered over 110 cats. I have 3 cats of my own, Darwin, Mobius and Lester, who is an OSCatR foster fail. Professionally I work as a Investment Advisor.

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Linda Marcoux


I have been with OSCATR since 2017 doing the finances and working mostly behind the scenes, but have fostered 22 cats and kittens and foster failed 2: Bobbi and McGee. Work as an Accountant with CUPE.


Jan 1 2020 - Dec 31 2020

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Thank you to those of you who took the time to submit a survey monkey feedback form. We have included below answers to some questions we received and links to a few resources that you may find beneficial.

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What does the Board of Directors do?

"What does the Board of Directors do?"


The board of directors meets four time a year to discuss and manage the affairs of the rescue including, but not limited to, reviewing financials, allocating resources and keeping the public and volunteers of OSCATR aware of the objectives and work of OSCATR

When a person fosters for us, what are they provided with or what does OSCAtr cover while the cat is in care?

"When a person fosters for us, what are they provided with or what does OSCatR cover while the cat is in care?"


Foster parents provide all food (unless medically prescribed), litter, toys, treats etc. Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue pays for all the medical care for the cats under our care through our veterinarian’s clinic. We sometimes receive donations of food, litter, toys, litter boxes, cat trees, etc. When we can, we will provide these to our fosterers.

We have included the OSCATR Foster Manual and Frequently Asked Questions below under resources.

Don't forget to visit the fostering section of our OSCatR website.


Members' Roles

Vet Partners

OSCatR Constitution

Foster Manual and Q&A


Thank you!

Thank You to all of our volunteers for the hard work you do everyday. We truly couldn’t do it without you. We look forward to hearing from you.