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Cat Rescue Needs Volunteers for TNR Program!

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PURR is looking for a number of people to help us with the multiple aspects of our TNR program! TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) is an extremely important and effective way of preventing the spread and suffering of unwanted cats.

In a Trap-Neuter-Return program, community cats are humanely trapped (with box traps), brought to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped (the universal sign that a community cat has been neutered and vaccinated), and then returned to their outdoor home [Source - Alley Cat Allies].

We are looking for volunteers to fill various roles. We have outlined the different roles below. Please reach out to us with any questions!


Description: Trappers are a vital part of the TNR process. Trappers are responsible for setting up traps in predetermined locations, monitoring the traps for cats, and transporting the cats to the clinic. You will also be in charge of logging all of the cats you trapped into our database and photographing them. Trapping can be done alone or with another person, but you will have someone to help and train you in the beginning.


  • You must have a vehicle to transport the cats
  • Flexible schedule
  • Ability to lift at least 25 pounds
  • Experience with trapping or you must train with a current trapper

Time Commitment: Trapping can have an irregular schedule. While there will be set days that you trap, there is no way to know how quickly you will be able to trap the number of cats you need. Somedays, you will have 10 cats in 10 minutes, other days it might take an hour or two. Your schedule can be flexible.


Description: One of the most important aspects of our job is making sure that all of the cats get to where they need to be at the right time. This requires a lot of transporting cats all over the city. Trap transporters are responsible for picking up cats from trapping sites or trapper's houses, bringing them to the clinic for sterilization and treatment, and then transporting them back to either their trapping location or their trapper. This job requires a lot of driving, so is perfect for someone who wants to help out, but has limited experience with cats and TNR.

You may also transport cats and kittens in our foster program!


  • You must have a vehicle to transport the cats
  • Flexible schedule
  • Ability to lift at least 25 pounds

Time Commitment: Our cats go to the clinic for surgery on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, so transportation is usually on Monday morning, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Cats are usually returned the next day unless they must stay at the clinic for any reason. You will work with our coordinator to figure out exactly what schedule works best for you.


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1833 S 11TH ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19148, US

Mission Statement

PURR is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless, neglected, and abused cats and kittens in the Philadelphia area. PURR is 100% volunteer-operated and funded by donations from the community.


PURR was born out of a desire to handle Philadelphia’s cat problem in a more effective and humane manner. Recognizing Philadelphia’s unique landscape, our multifaceted approach considers the role that feral, friendly strays and pets from low-income homes contribute to cat overpopulation.

Our initiative is to facilitate increased TNR, provide sterilization surgery for pets and provide friendly strays with behavioral assessments and rescue placement.

We believe every cat who wants a home deserves a home. PURR serves to create best-practice initiatives, support and amplify the work of partner rescues and shelters, coordinate and enhance neighborhood relationships and build an effective volunteer network to strategically serve cats and those who love them.



We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Philadelphia, PA 19146



  • Animal Care / Handling


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Please refer to the description.

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