We Are


We are a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. At PURRR, we are more than a cat rescue – we are a passionate team of cat lovers on a mission to create a better future for cats and their human companions. Founded in 2018, we've been tirelessly working to provide a safe haven for cats in need and to promote responsible pet ownership within our community.

Our dedicated team, along with our volunteers, bring a wealth of experience and compassion to everything we do. From adoptions, to our spay + neuter services, every aspect of our organization is driven by a deep love for cats and a commitment to their well-being.

Tanya Heller - PURRR Founder
Tanya Heller - PURRR Founder

Meet Our Founder

Passionate about both feline friends and the vulnerable in our world, Tanya Lynn Heller, our Founder and Clowder Queen, has dedicated her life to championing those without a voice.
Arriving in Fort Lauderdale from Washington D.C., Tanya and her philanthropic husband, Andrew Heller, President of the board and Kitten King, were struck by the sheer number of stray and feral kitties in the area. With a year-round mating season, the population density seemed overwhelming. Taking action, they began rescuing and rehoming neighborhood kitties. However, their reputation as advocates for these fabulous Fort Lauderdale felines quickly grew and as word spread, the community’s gratitude transformed into a desire to contribute. The inevitable growth of support paved the way for PURRR’s official inception – a sanctuary born from love and necessity.
Tanya’s unwavering commitment has turned compassion into action, forging a haven where cats’ lives are transformed, and connections between humans and cats are deepened.
Support Tanya’s vision and become a part of our PURRR family today.

Meet The

Executive Team

Andrew Heller - PURRR President

Andrew Heller

Tanya Heller - PURRR Founder

Tanya Heller

Michelle Schecht - PURRR Executive Director

Michelle Schecht

Executive Director


Dr. Ross Fischer

Medical Director

Natalia Hernandez

Pet med Manager

Christine Peters

Clinic Manager

Danielle Sanchez

Pet Crew Specialist


Alejandra Fernandez

Pet Crew

Amy Dombkowski

Pet Med/Vet Tech

Courtney Aulden

Pet Crew/Pet Med

Jaime Facyson

Pet Crew

Jalynn Gordon

Pet Med

Jennah Cornier

Pet Crew/Clinic

Kevin Alzate

Pet Med

Manu Ossa

Pet Crew

Marina McElroy

Pet Crew

Seaira King

Pet Crew

Shanna Gerathy

Pet Crew/Clinic

Simone Proietti

Pet Crew