And why it will solve the pet overpopulation problem in Brevard County.

How is PURRS different from other humane organizations? There are plenty of institutions – some very well-funded – claiming to help animals, but it seems very little progress is made. Why?

We at PURRS believe that most don’t know, or won’t practice, the following four principles:

  • Work the “5%/85% Rule.” There is startling statistic that says 5% of the human population is responsible for 85% of the animal overpopulation. It just makes sense to find the largest cause of the problem, and work on it steadily to make the biggest difference in the shortest amount of time. So, PURRS concentrates on the core group that everyone else ignores. These are the hoarders, the low-income neighborhoods, the kindhearted elderly and disabled and otherwise challenged folks who have more animals than they can realistically care for. PURRS studies the intake records of the shelters to find out who these people are, and then offers them help in getting their situation under control. Most respond positively to our non-confrontational manner and are so relieved to see us that they cooperate fully.

  • Work the Whole Picture. When PURRS volunteers go into a neighborhood to trap community cats, we don’t stop there. We are talking to all the residents about their animals, indoors and out, and making sure they know that help is available to spay/neuter their furry friends. The first thing you see when you open our brochure is a list of low-cost clinics throughout Brevard. (And we hope you will pass our brochure onto someone who needs to know this info – please!)

  • Do Whatever It Takes. We find that almost all of those people in our target 5% know about spay/neuter and want to have it done. Why haven’t they? Simple barriers! Perhaps they are elderly and infirm, disabled or have mental challenges. Many times it boils down to two things: no transportation and no money! So, PURRS is prepared to do whatever it takes to get their animals to help. We trap, we lend equipment, we drive back and forth to the veterinarian, we make no-interest loans and sometimes – for the truly needy like the couple living in a tiny metal shed with no facilities – we cover the cost. We feel the payoff of healthy animals not being euthanized at our shelters at $150 a piece of taxpayer money is worth the extra effort.

  • Don’t Let It Happen Again. What good does it do to clean up a situation just to let it boil over again in the future by not following up? Once PURRS volunteers get a situation under control – and we mean down to the very last dog or cat being taken care of – we keep in contact with the caregiver to prevent a relapse. Our practice is to have one or two folks in a neighborhood act as “sentinels” to let us know if more animals appear in the future. Once people trust us and come to realize how much better things are for themselves, their animals and their community when the uncontrolled breeding is stopped, they often can’t wait to spread the word to others!




Brevard County, FL