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!

Rosie Waters

Rosie is a dog lover at heart. 13 years ago that changed when a tiny little stray kitten reshaped her world. What started as an effort to help a that kitten evolved into a passion to change the world for homeless cats.

Rosie contacted Forgotten Cats to help with her ever-growing colony. The rescue enabled her to sterilize 45 cats just outside her door. Overwhelmed with gratitude, Rosie began helping others TNR their colonies and transport cats to and from clinics.

The creation of PURR - Philadelphia Urgent Rescue and Relief was intended to shift the direction of Rosie's rescue efforts from active street rescue to maintaining a managed colony. The shift in direction was a fleeting thought. She continues to be involved in local TNR efforts. Rosie is excited to be a part of PURR and their rescue efforts to reduce the suffering of homeless cats in Philadelphia.

Outside of her animal rescue efforts, Rosie runs a small business with her sister, and is a board member of her local community council. She lives in Philadelphia with her 3 rescue dogs and her newly rescued cat.

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!

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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