Volunteer Role Description

Job Title/Role:                Cat Caretaker - Volunteer Centre

Role Description:        

Toronto Cat Rescue Volunteer Centre (VC) serves as an intake processing location where cats coming into our program are assessed medically and behaviourally before being placed in appropriate foster homes.  The role of Cat Caretaker is not about playing and snuggling with happy, healthy cat.  Rescue cats often have special medical and behavioural needs and are not quite ready to be your friend. This role involves hard work: a lot of cleaning, food preparation, filling forms, administering medication, scrubbing litter boxes, and keeping track of supplies. You need to be comfortable working and learning in a group environment. To be effective in this role you need to learn procedures, follow protocols and take part in regular training sessions. The well being of the cats must be your top priority and sometimes this involves being willing to go beyond the basic requirements of the role. This role is for those who like being helpful, are cooperative and enjoy working as part of a team. The reward is helping rehabilitate cats so they can go on to find forever homes.  


The Cat Caregiver is responsible for overseeing the well-being and medical care of the cats at the Volunteer Centre.

General Role Information:

Reports to:

Leslie Hurley


Volunteer Center, Intake

Hours per Week:

Minimum 3 hours per week

Volunteers are expected to work for the whole 3 hour shift


Set weekly 3 hour shifts
Hours of operation:

7 days per week
9am-12pm or 6pm-9pm

Work Location:

TCR Volunteer Centre

4229C Dundas St W

Etobicoke, ON

M8X 1Y3

Required Experience or Education:

Medicating cats

Handling aggressive, ill and injured cats

Knowledge of cat behaviour

System Access Required:

Google Docs


Other Job Requirements:

Must be able to perform strenuous physical activity

Core Responsibilities:

  • Provide care and handle cats who have significant behavioral issues such as shyness, fearfulness and aggression.
  • Provide care for animals who have minor medical issues.
  • Prepare meals.
  • Administer oral and topical medications.
  • Monitor cat eating and litter box habits
  • Maintain accurate, organized, up-to-date records
  • Check medical sheets to insure accuracy of medication and dosage, report error(s), and obtain correct medication.
  • Observe medical/behavioral issues and immediately report any changes, or concerns.
  • Perform basic grooming tasks, i.e. brushing, washing with pet wipes, etc.
  • Promote the physical and emotional well being of the cats through enrichment activities.
  • Clean in accordance with posted protocols, ie. Mopping floors, laundry, dishes, scrubbing litter boxes, cleaning cages, etc.
  • Keep intake assessment room supplied with all necessary cat food, medical supplies, and cleaning supplies.
  • Report maintenance/repair issues.
  • Work with foster parents and drivers who come to the VC to pick up and drop off cats.
  • Be willing to attend and participate in training sessions
  • Attend meetings.
  • Perform assigned duties.



Experience working with cats


Basic grooming experience


Experience dealing with cats who have health concerns and medical conditions


Thrive and remain calm in a fast paced environment


Meticulous attention to animal care, cleaning, sanitation


Excellent attendance, punctuality and time-management


Clear and concise verbal and writing skills


Basic knowledge of gmail, google calendar, google documents and Microsoft Office


Able to work on holidays when required


Create and encourage a positive work environment


Professionally advocate Toronto Cat Rescue’s position on issues


Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift 20 pounds
  • Must be able to perform strenuous physical activity on a daily basis, including, but not limited to: lifting and carrying, reaching, stooping, squatting, cleaning and bending.

Training new members of the intake team takes time.  As such, we ask that applicants be available to commit to at least 6 months of their time.

Please read the role description thoroughly before submitting your application


Thank you!