Phipps Family Has a Solution to Pet Overpopulation

By: Lee Gordon Email
By: Lee Gordon Email

Anyone who's worked at WCTV or been around here knows all about the Phipps family. There are pictures all over the walls of the founders of this t.v. station.

But not everyone was into television---some are into saving and helping animals and making a name for themselves in a different business of sorts.

Gerry and Tim Phipps have always been animal people. But five years ago, Gerry came up with an idea that she hoped would fix a major problem in Tallahassee. She created Be The Solution, a grassroots organization devoted to ending the pet overpopulation.

"It's about educating Tallahassee on the benefits of preventing overpopulation by getting your pet spayed or neutered because it's better to put the money at the front end than the back end when you have euthanasia," said Gerry Phipps.

Now starting it's 5th year, Be The Solution really has been a solution to overpopulation. In four years, they have fixed over 2,800 animals and hope for 1,000 more this year.

"It's an actual solution to a problem that's one of the beauties of the whole things is that it goes to the heart of the matter," said Tim Phipps.

Gerry and two part time employees do most of the dirty work. Tim helps out part time and plays full time Mr. Mom. But together, the Phipps use their family name, donations from fundraisers like a Wine Tasting and a Spayghetti Dinner---and a lot of TLC to help animals and families across Tallahassee and so far, it's been a blast.

"It's fun. I'm having fun meeting people who love animals."

"There's always been a passion there with her and it's really wonderful to see it come to something and really take off like this.


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