About Us

Our Mission

PURR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping the homeless, neglected and abused animals in the Philadelphia area. We are entirely operated and funded by volunteers.

We focus on funding life-saving surgeries, TNR (Trap Neuter Return) and providing a home for the cats that nobody else wants.

Spice Boy, the ambassador of our sanctuary.

Shauna Frye

For as long as she can remember, Shauna has been an avid animal lover and as she has gotten older she has become more and more involved in animal rescue. Although she loves every animal, she is particularly passionate about homeless cats and dedicating her efforts to reduce the suffering they endure. The feral/stray cat problem is a direct result of the irresponsibility of people and she is committed to helping with the plight of homeless cats through education and TNR efforts.

Shauna is excited to be a part of PURR - Philadelphia Urgent Rescue and Relief, an organization where she can use her passion and efforts to bring about change. She believes from the bottom of her heart that teaching compassion toward all animals is a great foundation in making a better world and eliminating the hate that is all too pervasive in our society.

Outside of her animal rescue efforts, Shauna practices yoga regularly, which provides amazing physical and mental benefits. She also works full-time and has an amazing husband, a 12 year old son, a dog and a few cats who bring her incredible joy!

Kyle Damken

A long time animal lover, Kyle always dreamed of owning cats but grew up only being allowed to have hermit crabs. In 2014, he was finally able to adopt two cute kittens and has been a crazy cat person ever since.

Early in 2019, Kyle discovered PURR - Philadelphia Urgent Rescue and Relief via a Facebook fundraiser. He noticed they didn't have much of a web presence, and reached out to see if he could help.

As a web developer, he was able to build them a website and help spruce up their social media accounts. Shortly after completing the site he joined the team as the first member of their board of directors.

Outside of his involvement with PURR, Kyle enjoys hiking, making music and playing board games. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two cats.

Brenda Holtzapfel

Brenda has always been an animal lover and her list of pets has included cats, dogs, horses, and even a couple of pot-bellied pigs. It’s not surprising to learn that she started capturing kittens in vacant lots and dilapidated parking garages near her job working for Drexel University in Philadelphia.

From there she expanded her rescue efforts to homes, farms, and barns where owners were overwhelmed with their cat and kitten population. It was on one of these rescues that she met the wonderful people at PURR who came to her rescue to assist her and to teach her the TNR process.

In her 20+ years of rescuing animals, Brenda has been personally responsible for the successful spay/neuter over 75 animals and is excited to see that number grow with her work with PURR. Brenda hopes to make a difference enhancing the lives of cats and kittens!

Rosemarie Bradley Koch

Writing and cats! Two of the things that have kept Rose up all night (the other was a human baby who is now a big teenager). But so worth it! A wordsmith from her earliest memory (her first piece of serious work in kindergarten was a puppet play entitled, ironically, "The Cats in the Castle"),

Rose's love of cats did not begin in earnest until her early teens when her dad had a little kitten at his apartment. Rose had never really been up close to a kitty before.... In the seventies they sort of lived outside, like children back then did also, most of the day. This baby kitty found Rose on a foldout in the middle of the night, snuggled in, flexed her little rubber feet and made a special noise that Rose had never heard before...it was the coolest thing in the world! She was hooked!

Approximately twenty beloved felines, all rescues with various special needs, later -- along with involvement in rescue in assorted capacities -- Rose is now pleased to assist PURR Philly in writing our Petfinder profiles. What a joy and a privilege it is to profile these unique and deserving cats for this incredible rescue!

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We are always looking for additional volunteers/resources to help us grow! If you have any questions, or would like to foster, adopt, or donate your time, please don't hesitate to reach out.

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Email: contact@purrphilly.com