Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue is an organization made up entirely of volunteers, and its ability to continue helping stray cats is dependent on the strength of the volunteer team. There is no commitment required to volunteer with OSCatR. Some volunteers are consistently helping out, while others contribute less frequently and as they are able. Every contribution is appreciated.
In addition to helping save the lives of homeless cats, volunteering can be a rewarding experience for any individual. Volunteering is an excellent way to learn new skills and get work experience. Opportunities are available to coordinate events, work with a team, manage paperwork, manage media and databases, assist with finances, and learn new skills. Volunteering letters are provided which are useful when applying for employment.
Volunteering is a great way to meet people that share the same passions and interests. You can make lifelong friends, all while making a difference in the lives of cats in need and having a sense of satisfaction knowing that lives were saved.
In short, volunteers are the heart and soul of the rescue organization. By volunteering with OSCatR, you can make a big difference in the lives of stray cats in the community, while enjoying an enriching personal experience.
Volunteers can help in many ways including:
Assisting with the TNR program
Making crafts and baking
assisting with events
Providing specialized expertise such as technical assistance with our multimedia, accounting assistance with our finances, and photographers
We need volunteers to drive cats to and from veterinary appointments and adoption
events. We also need donations picked up around the city from pet stores and other
donors. Occasionally, we need supplies dropped off to our foster families throughout the city.
Assisting with the TNR Program
There are several colonies of feral cats living in and around the city who need care. We rely on volunteers to feed these cats, monitor their health, assist with trapping them, and occasionally, to foster them for a short period while they recover from surgeries, etc.
Making crafts and baking
We regularly need volunteers to make crafts
such as cat mats and cat toys which we sell at
fundraising events. This can be done
individually as time permits, or you can join
the group for one of our craft days where you
can learn from others. We also need people to
bake for adoption events and other special
Assisting with Events
We need volunteers to represent the rescue at local events such as pet store adoption days, community awareness events, and various fundraisers including barbeques, yard sales, craft and bake sales, cat and pet shows, and other larger events conducted in conjunction with other charitable organizations.
We sometimes have coordinator or management type positions which need to be filled. Depending on the availability of volunteers, we aim to have coordinators responsible for the TNR program, events, fundraising, volunteers, fostering, adoptions, donations, media, education, etc. These positions are reserved for volunteers who have been with us for a sufficient amount of time to allow them to have some experience, as well as a solid knowledge of our policies and procedures.
Volunteers are always needed on our
fundraising committee. We regularly hold
bottle drives, online auctions, Canadian Tire
money drives, and various other community
There are so many other ways volunteers can make a contribution. For instance, we
occasionally need technical assistance with our multimedia, accounting assistance,
photographers to take pictures of our adoptable cats or at events, handy workers to assist in
the construction of small shelters for stray cats and enclosures for our adoptable cats to be
displayed at events, volunteers to assist with cleaning crates used in the TNR program, etc.
We can't say it enough.... volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization. By volunteering with us you can help make a difference in the lives of stray cats in our community, while enjoying an enriching personal experience. If you’re interested in joining our team, please complete the application at the link below and our volunteer coordinator will contact you to discuss ways that you can get involved.