Organization for the Rescue of Animals


 
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We wish to thank all our supporters whose financial contributions and make it possible to save and care for many animals in need.


ORA is entirely run by volunteers. Here are some of our most active members:

Claudia Vecchio
ORA Founder

Since her childhood, Claudia has shown a great love and compassion for all animals and a particular affection to cats. She had rescued stray and abandoned cats on her own for many years and in 2002, in order to be able to help more animals, Claudia founded ORA-Organization for the Rescue of Animals. ORA received charitable status in November 2002.

Claudia is a full time realtor for over 30 years. For more information about Claudia see http://www.homes4saleinthegta.com/about/

Her interests are to find homes for animals and people and she continues to personally care for a large number of older and special need cats.

Claudia’s dream is to create wildlife sanctuaries throughout Southern Ontario - oases where wildlife, endangered by urban sprawl, may find quiet and peaceful areas in which to live undisturbed. She hopes to realize this objective through the donation of land by private landowners. Landowners who wish to ensure that their land will be protected against logging, hunting and development at their death, can donate their land to ORA still retaining lifetime use and enjoying considerable tax benefits.

 

Corinne Thaw
Co-Founder

A native Torontonian, Corinne has rescued animals since her early childhood, bringing home and caring for many injured and sick animals. Corinne has been involved with Claudia in cat rescue for many years even before the creation of ORA. Graduated with a Bachelor of Art from the University of Toronto, after ORA was founded, she decided to take one year off from her real estate management business and to undertake post-graduate studies at Humber College in Fundraising and Volunteer Management, She still spends several hours a day volunteering for ORA and caring for several needy ORA’s dogs. Corinne’s favorite pastime is walking in the York Regional Forest with four or five dogs at the time. She enjoys the solitude and peace of the forest and the happiness of the dogs running and playing. Corinne has shown a great and instinctive ability in dealing with rescued dogs, helping them to overcome the trauma of abandonment and making them feel comfortable and loved.

Corinne’s favorite pastime is walking in the York regional forest with her three dogs and any other dogs she may be fostering at the time. She enjoys the solitude and peace of the forest and the happiness of the dogs running and playing. Corinne has also shown a great and instinctive ability in dealing with rescued dogs, helping them to overcome the trauma of abandonment and to feel comfortable and loved.


Edna Gharakhanian
Board Member

Edna is an ORA board member.

She has been supporting ORA for over a decade by helping as needed.

Edna is currently still providing a home for some of our loved older cats.


Cathy Dreksler and Joseph Dreksler
2018 Volunteers of the Year!

Cathy and Joseph have been assiduously and consistently volunteering for ORA for over 5 years.

They dedicate several hours a week, taking many ORA dogs for long forest walks twice a week and helping with many small and large chores.

They even take some of our dogs on much-appreciated holidays.


Rod Bemister
ORA’s Santa

Rod has been our Santa for over 8 years.

Every year he dedicates several week-ends in November and December to pose with hundreds of dogs and cats during the ORA Christmas Photos with Santa events, throughout the GTA.

Rod has an incredible ability to comfort and relax even the shyest of animals, and he accomplishes everything with a huge Santa smile. Rod is definitely the best Santa ever!


Tracy MacMaster
Santa’s Assistant

Tracy is our valid Santa’s assistant.

She dedicates several week-ends during the Christmas season.

She helps out in all tasks to ensure the Pet Photos event run smoothly and are enjoyable.


Frank Huntley
Webmaster

Frank is our newest volunteer, and is responsible for web initatives and maintenance.



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