Hopeful rabbit and cat cuddlers overwhelm City of Toronto with applications
Laura Dorle of St. Paul was among the lucky one who got to hold some of the kittens Tuesday, June 27, 2017, for Minneapolis Kitty Hall in the Minneapolis City Hall rotunda in Minneapolis, Minn. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, January 12, 2018 3:50PM EST
Last Updated Friday, January 12, 2018 4:06PM EST
Toronto Animal Services says it has been overwhelmed by responses to its call for rabbit and cat cuddlers and is no longer looking for volunteers -- for now.
The city has ongoing volunteer opportunities for cat and rabbit snugglers at three of its shelters, but was inundated with hundreds of people submitting applications for the position in the past week.
Mayor John Tory tweeted earlier this week that due to more than 900 responses, Toronto Animal Services has more than enough volunteers.
Mary Lou Leiher, program manager for animals services, says that doesn't mean they won't need more people in the future, but they are not currently accepting new applications.
She says the recent flood of applications appear to have spread after a volunteer reposted one of their calls for more animal snugglers on social media.
Leiher says the program helps socialize sheltered animals and also helps them get adopted.
"When animals are stressed, they get sick, so the volunteers help keep the animals less stressed," she said. "And it's good for the people, too -- spending time with a cat, rabbit or a pocket pet can be relaxing."