Grant ID: 1385
Title of Proposal: Spay/Neuter Pinellas County
Agency Type: Municipal
Total Funding Requested: $25,000.00
Check Payable To: Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners
Application Information
Demographics
Name of Applicant Agency: Pinellas County Animal Services Website Address: www.pinellascounty.org/animalservices
Person Submitting Proposal: Emily Fasnacht Position: Intern
Person Submitting Proposal Email Address: efasnacht@pinellascounty.org
Agency Head: Maureen Freaney Agency Head Email: mfreaney@pinellascounty.org
Organization Business Address: 12450 Ulmerton Rd City: Largo
State: FL Zip: 33774
Phone (xxx-xxx-xxxx): 727-582-2600 Fax:
Cell: 727-385-6255    
 
Agency Details

Date of 501(c)(3) Incorporation:
Dates of Last Fiscal Year: Begin: 10/01/12    End: 09/30/13
Organization Income in Last Fiscal Year: $4,211,999.00
Organization Expenses in Last Fiscal Year: $4,211,999.00
Number of Paid Employees: Full Time: 50  Part Time: 1
Number of Active Volunteers: 90
Total Volunteer Hours per Week: 500.00
How did you learn of the 2009  Florida Animal Friend grant competition? Pinellas County Animal Services was previously awarded in 2011.
Year(s) of previous Florida Animal Friend grants (if applicable):
Previous Florida Animal Friend Applications: Years Funded: 2011 Year(s) denied/incomplete:
Auto-Generated (Previous Applications):
Grant #Proposal YearProposal TitleStatus
842009Animobile at WorkFunded
13852014Spay/Neuter Pinellas CountyFunded
16652016Spay/Neuter Pinellas CountyDenied
Describe your Organization:
Services Provided Organization Structure:











List your current board of directors:

NameTitlePhoneOccupation
Charlie JusticeCommissioner(727) 464-3363Commissioner
Janet C. LongCommissioner(727) 464-3365Commissioner
John MorroniCommissioner(727) 464-3568Commissioner
Karen Williams SeelCommission Chair(727) 464-3278Commissioner
Kenneth T. WelchCommissioner(727) 464-3614Commissioner
Norm RocheCommissioner(727) 464-3360Commissioner
Susan LatvalaCommissioner Vice Chair(727) 464-3276Commissioner

Applicant Qualifications
For your organization, in the last complete fiscal year:
8670  cats and 4793  dogs were admitted.
3467   cats and  1776   dogs were adopted.
4730   cats and  1867    dogs were euthanized.
2743   cats and  1270    dogs were sterilized.
  
Briefly describe your animal programs:



 
If your program performs adoptions, are all animals sterilized before adoption? 
Yes
If not all, what percentage of animals are not currently sterilized before adoption? 
If not all, how are animals selected for sterilization before adoption? 
If not all, describe your sterilization policies and procedures for assuring sterilization after adoption:
 
Give additional background information on your organization's programs as they relate to this application and the qualifications of the personnel who will be in charge of this program. Show that you have the ability to carry out this program. 
Pinellas County Animal Services offers low cost feline spay/neuter services for low income residents and discounted K-9 spay/neuter services for unsterilized, impounded dogs. We have a full veterinary staff led by Dr. Stacie Wadsworth. We also plan to work with our partners and community veterinarians who regularly offer low cost spay/neuter services to the community. Collaborating with our partners and community veterinarians will ensure that we as an animal welfare system have the ability to carry out this program.
If you currently have a program for sterilization of cats and/or dogs, describe your current level of funding and productivity and why additional resources are needed? 
Pinellas County Animal Services only offers low cost feline spay/neuter services to low income residents by appointment at the shelter. Also, residents have the option to pay for a discounted K-9 spay/neuter for unsterilized, impounded dogs. There is no available funding in Animal Services' budget to offer more sterilization services to the public. This grant would allow us to partner with other animal welfare organizations and community veterinarians to offer low cost spay/neuter services in the neighborhoods where residents need it most.

Target Population
Geographical target area (name of city, county, zip codes, geographical Information service (GIS), etc.):
33705, 33712, 33711, 33781 
Total human population in target area: 97,879 
Percent of residents living below poverty in target area: 87.4 
Estimated number of pet cats in target area (human population divided by 3.3): 29661 
Estimated number of pet dogs in target area (human population divided by 4.0): 24470 
Estimated number of feral cats in target area (human population divided by 6.0): 16314 
Number of cats admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) NA 
Number of dogs admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) NA 
Number of cats euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) NA 
Number of dogs euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) NA 
Please explain if you believe your target area animal population is significantly different than above.
The target area is likely to be similar to that described above.
Please explain what you believe are the most substantial sources of dog and cat overpopulation in the target area:
 Lack of resources for spay/neuter services is the most common source of dog and cat overpopulation in the target area. Many residents in these areas do not have access to transportation outside of public transit and there are limited veterinarian clinics to choose from in the four zip codes. Furthermore, a majority of residents in the target area have significantly less income than residents in the rest of the county and veterinary clinics in these areas do not always offer low cost spay/neuter services. Besides the lack of resources for spay/neuter, many residents in the target area do not have proper shelter facilities or enclosed properties for indoor/outdoor pets leading to unplanned copulation by neighborhood dogs and cats. It is important to note that some residents in the target area may hold ideological beliefs against spay/neuter (i.e. pet owners sometimes are against neutering their dogs because of some obscure attachment that they believe their dogs' have with their gonads). However, the scope of this grant does not take into account educational outreach for the minority of pet owners who follow this philosophy.
What kinds of spay/neuter services are currently available in the target area and in what ways are these resources currently insufficient to meet community needs?
There are eight clinics that offer spay/neuter services within the target area, but only three of those clinics offer low cost spay/neuter services. Low income residents in the target area cannot afford to spend hundreds of dollars on spay/neuter services and the community cannot afford the costs related to the overpopulation of pets. Of the three clinics that offer low cost spay/neuter services, one is a dedicated low cost spay/neuter clinic (SPOT), one is a non-profit rescue with a dedicated clinic offering low cost spay/neuter services (Pet Pal), and one is a private veterinary clinic offering low cost spay/neuter services on an as needed basis (Animal Hospital of Pinellas Point). The services offered by these three clinics are insufficient because, although their costs are low, they are not low enough to meet the income restrictions of the residents in the target area. By partnering with these three clinics, we will be able to offer low cost spay/neuter services to the poorest residents in our community which will benefit the residents and the community as a whole by reducing the population of pets into the future.
Florida Animal Friend is highly supportive of proposals that are focused on animal populations that are identified as substantial sources of dog or cat overpopulation rather than being diluted over too broad of a geographic area or diverse animal populations. Describe the specific target animal population of the spay/neuter project proposed for this grant:

  
 
TNR Managed Colony Feral Cat Program/Community Cats (Free-Roaming and/or Owned) Program
Define the precise boundaries of the colony or targeted area, including estimate of square miles.
N/A
 
What is the criteria used for determining the target area(s) and/or eligibility for this program?
N/A
 
Describe whether the targeted area is rural, suburban, or urban. Is it commercial, residential, agricultural, or a designated special land use?
N/A
 
Estimated number of cats in the target colony area : 0  
Estimated number that are currently sterilized: 0
Projected reduction after utilizing the grant:  0
 
For TNR program, describe the ability to maintain lifelong care for remaining cats, commitment level of volunteers/organizations, etc.
N/A
 
Do current city/county ordinances address TNR or free-roaming cats?
No

Please explain what is allowed:

(NOTE: FAF will not fund any program this is inconsistent with local ordinances.)
 
For TNR program, list any groups or government agencies who support this TNR effort:
N/A
 
Describe any effort to lessen the negative impact on local wildlife.
N/A
 
Describe efforts that will be made to mitigate current or potential nuisance issues.
N/A
 
Will the cats be ear-tipped? No
Will the cats be microchipped? No
 
Provide any additional information that will help the grant selection committee understand how this program will operate to achieve its goals.
N/A
 
Objectives
What do you hope to accomplish with these funds (objectives should be specific and quantifiable)?
Pinellas County Animal Services, in conjunction with our agency partners, the Humane Society of Pinellas, SPCA Tampa Bay, and Pet Pal Animal Shelter, as well as community veterinarians, hope to lower the number of unsterilized pets in Pinellas County through a community-wide systems approach. We, as partners, already share data following Asilomar standards to better track progress across the County and within our animal welfare partnership system. Working collaboratively in this grant, we have separated the County into regions within which each of us can implement a low cost spay/neuter program alongside community veterinarians. By collaborating in such a way, we are limiting duplication of efforts and maximizing service delivery as well as sharing our data during the process to track our results. Our ultimate goal is to significantly reduce the number of unsterilized pets in the community thereby reducing shelter intake, pets euthanized, and the number of homeless pets, while simultaneously increasing adoptions and live release rates. We will be able to quantify our success through continued data tracking and reporting which can be found on each of our agency websites. We believe that by working together with our partners and community veterinarians to accomplish this objective, we will best serve the residents of Pinellas County and their pets.
How does this program increase the number of sterilization surgeries above the existing baseline?
Pinellas County’s low cost spay/neuter services are somewhat limited in terms of the number of organizations offering low cost spay/neuter and their geographical locations. This program aims to increase the number of sterilization surgeries above the existing baseline by targeting the communities that need it most and sponsoring local clinics within those communities to perform the surgeries. Collaborating with our partners (the Humane Society of Pinellas, SPCA Tampa Bay, Pet Pal Animal Shelter, and community veterinarians), we’ve determined that PCAS can best serve the South St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park communities by partnering with the Animal Hospital of Pinellas Point, Pet Pal Animal Clinic, and SPOT Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic to offer low cost spay/neuter services to the residents in those areas. This will increase the number of sterilizations because residents who do not otherwise have transportation or cannot afford to have their pet sterilized will be able to use their local clinics for a small fee. Besides sponsoring local clinics, our in-house veterinary director, Dr. Stacie Wadsworth, and her team will assistant with high volume spay/neuters as needed at each clinic.
Methods
What criteria will you use to determine eligibility for your program? 
Residents will need to provide proof of eligibility by presenting documentation showing that their income is at or below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines or participate in one of the following assistance programs: • Medicaid • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps or SNAP) • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8) • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) • The National School Lunch Program's Free Lunch Program • Head Start This documentation will be collected and recorded by the local clinics with copies sent to PCAS for reimbursement of surgery costs.
How will you advertise the program? Explain how the advertising will reach the target audience.
We plan to use direct mail and flyers in local clinics in the target area to advertise the program. We will initiate a grassroots campaign limited to the target area if necessary.
How will you address barriers to full use of the program such as transportation, illiteracy, and cultural hurdles? 
Transportation is the most challenging barrier which we have addressed by partnering with local clinics to offer discounted services to the residents in their communities. There is a small population of Spanish-speaking residents in our target area so we plan to make our direct mail literature and flyers in both English and Spanish. A cultural hurdle mentioned earlier that may prove to be slightly problematic is the misguided belief that male dogs should not be castrated because they are somehow emotionally attached to their testicles. As discussed previously, it is not within the scope of this grant to address this philosophical view. A comprehensive, long-term educational outreach campaign would be necessary to begin to change the hearts and minds of those who follow this ideology.
Does this project involve the transportation of animals by someone other than the client? If so, describe the vehicles, methods for confinement, personnel training, liability releases used to assure the safety of the animals and handlers.
No, this project does not involve the transportation of animals by someone other than the client.
Veterinary Services
 

What arrangements have you made with veterinarians to perform the surgeries? 
PCAS is utilizing spay/neuter services through one of our agency partners (Pet Pal), a dedicated spay/neuter clinic (SPOT), and a private veterinary practice (Animal Hospital of Pinellas Point). Our own Dr. Stacie Wadsworth and her team will be supporting and overseeing the clinics' progress, offering their resources as needed.
Are they:  
 

Veterinary Practices
Practice NameAddressCityStateZipPhoneLead Practice
Animal Hospital of Pinellas Point461 45th Ave SSt. PetersburgFL33705727-895-8387
Pet Pal Animal Clinic1900 34th Street SouthSt. PetersburgFL33711727-328-7729
Pinellas County Animal Services12450 Ulmerton RdLargoFL33774727-582-2600
SPOT Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic4403 62nd Ave NPinellas ParkFL 33781727-329-8657

Fee Range
What is the fee range to be paid for spay and neuter and what is the distribution to be paid by the client vs. the grant program? Keep in mind that Florida Animal Friend grant funds may only be used for costs directly associated with sterilization surgery (including anesthesia and pain control) and not for other items such as vaccines, testing, licensing, and capital purchases.
Amount Paid by Client Amount Paid by Project Total Amount
Range for Male Cats
Range for Female Cats
Range for Male Dogs
Range for Female Dogs
Please check each item below to indicate additional services offered at the time of surgery, whether the client is required to pay for them, and if so what the fee is. For example, if an examination is required for surgery but is not charged to the client it would be marked: Required  Yes, Fee to client No
Required, Optional, or Not Offered Fee to Client?
Examination   
Rabies Vaccination if Due   
Other Vaccination if Due   
Pain Medication   
Parasite Medication   
HW Testing   
Feline Leuk/FIV
County License   
Ear tipping   
Microchip
Other   

None of the anticipated grant funds can be used for any of the above services, except for pain medication.
If necessary, please explain the procedures and fees described above: 
It will be between the clinic veterinarians and the client to determine pricing structures for any of the additional fees requiring payment by the client outside of the rabies vaccine and county license. We leave decisions up to the discretion of the clinic veterinarians to determine the best course of action.  
Is this a voucher program? No
 
If so, how will you assure compliance with the program?

 
For your voucher program, how have you determined the capacity of the veterinarians listed above to handle the projected capacity?
 
 
Will you have the ability to report the number of vouchers issued and the percentage that result in S/N surgeries?

 
Community Collaboration
To assure the success of your program, are there any local groups (such as rescue groups, animal control agencies, TNR groups, local businesses, local media, social service agencies,etc.) other than your organization and your cooperating veterinarians who are committed to assist?
 
 
Please list them and detail their level of involvement with the proposed effort.
NameLevel of Involvement
Animal Hospital of Pinellas PointActively Participating
Humane Society of PinellasCollaborating
Pet Pal Animal ClinicActively Participating
Pet Pal Animal ShelterCollaborating
SPCA Tampa BayCollaborating
SPOTActively Participating

 
Other Information
Provide any additional information that will help the grant selection committee understand how the program will operate to achieve its goals.
 The goal of this project is to capitalize on the integrated animal welfare system established in Pinellas County. By empowering our partners and community veterinarians participating in this project through cooperative action, we believe we will be able to foster stronger ties and improve animal welfare in the community. We all want the same deliverables and the best way to accomplish our objectives is by diversifying our approach to collaborate with our agency partners and community veterinarians to best serve the residents of Pinellas County.
Budget
Total number of sterilization surgeries projected:
Cats: 250    Dogs:  250 
Total budget requested (Budget should not exceed $25,000): $25,000.00 
Average cost/surgery projected: $50.00 
Describe any expenses that are not included in the grant and how they will be paid for (for example, vaccines, microchipping, ear notching, etc.):
Rabies vaccines and County licenses are not included in the grant budget and will be paid for by the client at the time of the surgery. The combined cost of the rabies vaccine and license is $25. Requiring a rabies vaccine and county license with the surgery will keep Pinellas County pets safer and will ensure a steady stream of revenue to continue programs such as this in the future.
 
Describe any other funding sources for this program, i.e. other grants, targeted fundraising efforts, budget allocation, etc.
There are currently no other funding sources for this program.
 
What percent of the total cost of the program would this projected grant cover?
100
Timeline
All projects must be completed within 12 months of receipt of funding.
Projected start date: 09/01/14/     Projected end date: 08/31/15
 
Unexpended funds
Any unexpended funds must be refunded to Florida Animal Friend within 30 days of the end of the project.

Requests for extensions
Requests for time extensions are discouraged and not often granted. If it is imperative to request an extension, such request must be made in writing at least 30 days prior to the end of the project. It is FAF’s policy to seldom grant more than a 30-60 day extension.

Failure to submit reports and requests within the required time period will impact your agency’s future grant applications.
 
Future Funding to Sustain Public Spay/Neuter
*Explain how the organization plans to fund this program in the future. Having sustainable plans including other grants, local donations and other services generating revenue enhances the chances of receiving this grant.
Requiring a rabies vaccination and county license with the surgeries will enable PCAS to track and collect future license fees which may be used to fund future low cost spay/neuter projects. We also hope to maximize our Animal Welfare Trust Fund by promoting its mission to collect more donations, but a plan is still in development for this objective.
Promotion of Florida Animal Friend Spay/Neuter License Plate
*Applicants selected for funding are expected to publicize their grant in support of their spay/neuter program and promote the sale of the Animal Friend license plate via press releases, newsletters, website links, social media, etc. Please describe your plan to promote the Florida Animal Friend Spay/Neuter License Plate. Grantees are required to submit documentation of promotional endeavors with their final report.
If awarded, PCAS would publicize this grant in a press release to local media, on our website, on our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.), in our monthly staff, volunteer, and rescue newsletters, and any other outlets deemed suitable by our communications department.