Grant ID: 1391
Title of Proposal: LARGE DOG SPAY/NEUTER
Agency Type: Non-Profit
Total Funding Requested: $25,000.00
Check Payable To: P.A.W.S.
Application Information
Name of Applicant Agency: P.A.W.S. LEE COUNTY INC. Website Address:
Person Submitting Proposal: THERESA INK Position: PRESIDENT
Person Submitting Proposal Email Address:
Agency Head: THERESA INK Agency Head Email:
Organization Business Address: 965 PONDELLA ROAD City: N FT MYERS
State: FL Zip: 33903
Phone (xxx-xxx-xxxx): 239-652-6722 Fax: 239-652-6722
Cell: 239-994-2514    
Agency Details

Date of 501(c)(3) Incorporation:
Dates of Last Fiscal Year: Begin: 01/01/13    End: 12/31/13
Organization Income in Last Fiscal Year: $443,590.00
Organization Expenses in Last Fiscal Year: $429,573.00
Number of Paid Employees: Full Time: 3  Part Time: 1
Number of Active Volunteers: 10
Total Volunteer Hours per Week: 35.00
How did you learn of the 2009  Florida Animal Friend grant competition? WE WERE AWARE OF FLORIDA ANIMAL FRIEND FROM THE BEGINNING
Year(s) of previous Florida Animal Friend grants (if applicable):
Previous Florida Animal Friend Applications: Years Funded: 2010,2012 Year(s) denied/incomplete:
Auto-Generated (Previous Applications):
Grant #Proposal YearProposal TitleStatus
1382010Suncoast Low Cost AssistanceFunded
2972012Surgery AssistanceFunded
164620162016 Large DogFunded
17572018Dog and Cat Assistance 2018Submitted
Describe your Organization:
Services Provided Organization Structure:

List your current board of directors:

Dr Madeleine DoranBoard Member239-470-0954Assoc Professor - Retired
Gayle GosnellBoard member239-768-9800Business owner
Holly SchwartzBoard Member239-533-2221Lee County Asst County Mgr
Jennifer GallowayBoard Member239-292-6528Ex Dir GC Humane Society
Karen FeldmanBoard Member239-590-7093PIO Fla Gulf Coast Univ
Theresa InkPresident239-652-6722Retired

Applicant Qualifications
For your organization, in the last complete fiscal year:
0  cats and 0  dogs were admitted.
15   cats and  125   dogs were adopted.
0   cats and  0    dogs were euthanized.
2120   cats and  1824    dogs were sterilized.
Briefly describe your animal programs:

If your program performs adoptions, are all animals sterilized before adoption? 
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. 
We have been in the spay/neuter business since 1998 and have performed over 75,000 surgeries. Theresa Ink, our President and founder, started our first spay/neuter clinic 1n December 1998. In January 2013 we were able to purchase a 2500 square foot building on 3/4 acre near our previous location which is 10 minutes from Suncoast and Palmona Park, our main target markets. This will insure that we can help this community for many years to come. All of our employees are dedicated to this mission and have worked for PAWS for over five years. Dr Mark Schmidt, our current veterinarian has owned a full service practice as well as donated many hours to shelter medicine. This year, Theresa Ink was recognized by our local PBS station, which is located on the Florida Gulfcoast University campus, as one of the MAKERS in Lee County. This is the second year that they have recognized women who are making a difference in the community. There were 121 nominations and she was one of 14 MAKERS selected for 2013. This will help bring more attention to the pet overpopulation problem in our county and give credibility to our clinic.
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? 
We currently spay or neuter about 4,000 dogs or cats per year. While most of the clients pay us something, we know we are missing some opportunities to spay or neuter because they do not have the resources. In some situations it is because they have too many dogs or cats and they are "fixing" some but not all. The primary reason that we need additional resources immediately is the recent passing of the "Mandatory Spay/Neuter Ordinance" in our county, which goes into effect on May 1st, 2014. With this ordinance becoming law, there are exponentially more pet owners in our county seeking free or affordable spay/neuter for their pets, in order to comply with the law. Our clinic's resources are stretched thin already, and in order to be in the position to assist those who wish to comply with the law but lack the resources to do so, our clinic needs additional funds.

Target Population
Geographical target area (name of city, county, zip codes, geographical Information service (GIS), etc.):
Lee County 
Total human population in target area: 618,000 
Percent of residents living below poverty in target area: 15 
Estimated number of pet cats in target area (human population divided by 3.3): 187273 
Estimated number of pet dogs in target area (human population divided by 4.0): 154500 
Estimated number of feral cats in target area (human population divided by 6.0): 103000 
Number of cats admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 4912 
Number of dogs admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 4787 
Number of cats euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 2457 
Number of dogs euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 1776 
Please explain if you believe your target area animal population is significantly different than above.
Our target areas are the 7 designated areas that are the most economically disadvantaged in our county. They have been identified by Lee County Human Services. We especially target Suncoast Estates because of the large number of stray dogs and cats in this area. I do believe that our target area animal population is higher than the more affluent areas in our county.
Please explain what you believe are the most substantial sources of dog and cat overpopulation in the target area:
 The most substantial sources of cat and dog overpopulation are these seven designated low income areas.
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?
Lee County Domestic Animal Services is currently doing a terrific job of spay/neuter for the entire county. However, they are 30 minutes from the 2 worst areas and we are 5 to 10 minutes from them. We built the clinic in the northern part of our county, specifically, to be close to the these two low income areas.
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.
What is the criteria used for determining the target area(s) and/or eligibility for this program?
Describe whether the targeted area is rural, suburban, or urban. Is it commercial, residential, agricultural, or a designated special land use?
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.
Do current city/county ordinances address TNR or free-roaming cats?

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:
Describe any effort to lessen the negative impact on local wildlife.
Describe efforts that will be made to mitigate current or potential nuisance issues.
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.
What do you hope to accomplish with these funds (objectives should be specific and quantifiable)?
Our goal for these funds is to spay/neuter between 200 and 250 large dogs for pet owners living in low income areas, especially Suncoast Estates and Palmona Park. These two areas are the largest low income areas in our county and they are approximately 10 minutes from our clinic.
How does this program increase the number of sterilization surgeries above the existing baseline?
The funds provided by this program would subsidize surgeries for those pet owners that cannot afford to cover the cost of their pet's sterilization, even through a low cost program such as ours. This will result in our ability to provide more public services to reduce the overpopulation in the target areas that we already serve.
What criteria will you use to determine eligibility for your program? 
Any pet owner or caregiver who has a large dog/dogs and are on some type of public assistance will be eligible for this program. In addition, if they can demonstrate a financial hardship or need, we will determine that they are eligible for our program. I get asked this question alot and I can tell you after 15 years, it takes about 5 seconds on the phone to determine their financial status. Their verbal skills are so poor that they have great difficulty in gaining employment. In addition, we deal with a large number of mentally ill and substance abuse clients.
How will you advertise the program? Explain how the advertising will reach the target audience.
We have found that the local newsletter for Suncoast Estates, which is published by Lee County Government, is one of the most effective ways to advertise in this area. In addition to print material, we currently have volunteers who distribute food to Suncoast Estates residents from our Pet Pantry on a weekly basis. If granted this program, we would include program fliers with each delivery explaining our sterilization services to the food recipients as well as neighboring houses. Lastly, we will seek time-honored public service announcements through our local newspaper, television and radio.
How will you address barriers to full use of the program such as transportation, illiteracy, and cultural hurdles? 
We at P.A.W.S. Lee County have traditionally provided transportion for pets from the Suncoast Estates area and Palmona Park when there is a need. Through sustained and caring services, we have established a good reputation in this area, and the residents of every ethnicity have come to trust us and our mission. This trust is reinforced daily by our food pantry distributions, which has also helped diminish cultural barriers.
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.
We at P.A.W.S. Lee County use our own personal vehicles to transport pets to and from our clinic when there is a demonstrated need. We normally seek the assistance of the pet's owner in the handling of problem animals. We always require receipt of a signed liability release from the pet owner before transport, and each of our staff has received special training to ensure the safety of the animals and the handlers.
Veterinary Services

What arrangements have you made with veterinarians to perform the surgeries? 
Dr. Mark Schmidt is P.A.W.S. Lee County's head veterinarian and works for us full time. We also have other veterinarians available to us on an as-needed basis. To aid Dr. Schmidt, we have two trained veterinary technicians with fourteen years of experience.
Are they:  

Veterinary Practices

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?
Rabies Vaccination if Due   
Other Vaccination if Due   
Pain Medication   
Parasite Medication   
HW Testing   
Feline Leuk/FIV
County License   
Ear tipping   

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: 
FVRCP $15 DA2PP $15 Leuk/AIDS $25 HWT $25 Strongid $5 Microchip $25/10 if public assistance  
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
Lee County Domestic Animal Services We have always worked with Lee County Domestic Animal Services, almost on a daily basis. Clients who call us for services but live closer to LCDAS are given the shelter's spay/neuter number and information. They do the same for us when they receive calls from clients in our area. LCDAS has our information posted on their website and they have fliers in their lobby with our information. All of the animal control officers carry our business cards and give out our information.

Other Information
Provide any additional information that will help the grant selection committee understand how the program will operate to achieve its goals.
 The added surgeries that will result from the funds provided by this program will allow us to perform operations six days a week instead of four, as we are currently doing. We at P.A.W.S. Lee County are fully staffed to be able to operate every day of the week except Sundays. Additionally, we currently have all of the equipment necessary to perform this quantity of surgeries. Because P.A.W.S. Lee County has been at the same location since 1998, our target area is very well aware of our veterinary abilities.
Total number of sterilization surgeries projected:
Cats: 0    Dogs:  250 
Total budget requested (Budget should not exceed $25,000): $25,000.00 
Average cost/surgery projected: $100.00 
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 vaccinations will not be covered by the grant and will continue to be paid by the client, if possible, or from the spay/neuter clinic's normal income, if not possible. This grant will cover the cost of surgical supplies, medications, and anesthesia for surgery. The grant will also cover labor for a veterinarian and a technician for the additional surgeries.
Describe any other funding sources for this program, i.e. other grants, targeted fundraising efforts, budget allocation, etc.
We have found Facebook to be a great fundraising source. We are also using other online fundraising sources and a few local fundraising events. At Christmas time we have a fundraiser and adoption event called Jingle Paws.
What percent of the total cost of the program would this projected grant cover?
All projects must be completed within 12 months of receipt of funding.
Projected start date: 08/01/14/     Projected end date: 07/31/15
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.
P.A.W.S. Lee County plans to encourage each pet owner paying for services at our clinic to assist us in keeping this program funded for the future by seeking a $15 contribution from each customer. We plan to seek a minimum contribution of $15, but alternatively, we will ask the client to tell us how much they can contribute. All contributions will be graciously accepted for this worthy cause. In the past, the clinic has been pleasantly surprised by how much our clients are willing to help us, when we have provided services for their pets at a very reasonable cost. We also always encourage vaccinations or worming, which many of these animals have never received. This incremental service adds a small amount to the clinic's revenue. In addition, PAWS is planning to partner with Gulf Coast Humane Society and apply for spay/neuter funding with then Southwest Florida Community Foundation. We have a good relationship with both of these organizations and there is a good probably that they will assist with funding.
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.
P.A.W.S. Lee County has always promoted the purchase of Florida Animal Friend Spay/Neuter license plates through local newspaper, television and radio press releases. We have reported how the success of the license plate program is crucial to dealing with the unwanted, homeless dog and cat overpopulation problem in our communities. In the past when we have received this grant assistance, Lee County government has reported on the program's assistance in their agency newsletter. P.A.W.S. Lee County has many journalist friends in television and newspaper and we always request a special interest story from them to inform the public on how the license plate funds are being distributed and how vital the program's continued success is to our community.