Grant ID: 1395
Title of Proposal: Fix a Kitty Litter
Agency Type: Non-Profit
Total Funding Requested: $25,000.00
Check Payable To: First Coat No More Homeless Pets, Inc
Application Information
Demographics
Name of Applicant Agency: Target Zero, Inc. d/b/a First Coast No More Homeless Pets Website Address: www.fcnmhp.org
Person Submitting Proposal: Nicole Brose Position: Development Director
Person Submitting Proposal Email Address: nbrose@fcnmhp.org
Agency Head: Rick DuCharme Agency Head Email: rducharme@fcnmhp.org
Organization Business Address: 6817 Norwood Avenue City: Jacksonville
State: FL Zip: 32208
Phone (xxx-xxx-xxxx): 904-520-7902 Fax: 904-338-0819
Cell: 904-234-3423    
 
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: $4,357,188.00
Organization Expenses in Last Fiscal Year: $4,183,180.00
Number of Paid Employees: Full Time: 67  Part Time: 8
Number of Active Volunteers: 300
Total Volunteer Hours per Week: 120.00
How did you learn of the 2009  Florida Animal Friend grant competition? previous recipient
Year(s) of previous Florida Animal Friend grants (if applicable):
Previous Florida Animal Friend Applications: Years Funded: 2007, 2009, 2011 Year(s) denied/incomplete: 2013
Auto-Generated (Previous Applications):
Grant #Proposal YearProposal TitleStatus
1152009Trap-Neuter-Release Surgery FundFunded
2152011Pit Bull/Feral Cat Spay & Neuter ProgramsFunded
3452013Fix a Kitty LitterDenied (not completed)
13952014Fix a Kitty LitterFunded
16152007 Funded
16332016The Big FixFunded
Describe your Organization:
Services Provided Organization Structure:











List your current board of directors:

NameTitlePhoneOccupation
Debbie FieldsPresident904-596-7350Clear Channel Marketing
Joseph StrasserDirector904-396-9077Retired
Judy NoonDirector904-962-3555Retired
Justin AshourianDirector904-962-3555Businessman
Kelly DelaneySecretary904-997-8172Educator
Lee ConwayDirector904-923-7736Retired
Matthew McAfeeDirector904-301-1266Attorney
Michele MastreanDirector904-359-2434CXS Marketing
Pat DelaneyDirector904-646-3448Retired
Tom MoilanenTreasurer904-757-0603Accountant

Applicant Qualifications
For your organization, in the last complete fiscal year:
0  cats and 0  dogs were admitted.
432   cats and  0   dogs were adopted.
0   cats and  0    dogs were euthanized.
17882   cats and  7169    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. 
The mission of First Coast No More Homeless Pets (FCNMHP) is to end the killing of dogs and cats in shelters in our community, northeast Florida and the nation. Our combination of aggressive spay/neuter efforts, adoption initiatives and pet retention programs has resulted in significant improvements for animals. The euthanasia rate in Jacksonville has decreased by an astounding 90% since our inception in 2002. FCNMHP is the only organization in northeast Florida providing comprehensive services designed to reduce overpopulation. The approach of FCNMHP is to carefully look at data from the city shelter (Jacksonville Animal Care & Protective Services) and determine the origin of surrendered pets, as well as the types of pets least likely to leave the shelter alive. Armed with this information, we target our efforts. For example, we offer free spay/neuter services for pit-bull type dogs,feral cats and animals from zip codes with high pet surrender rates. Our outreach team goes door-to-door in targeted communities to let residents know there are resources available to ensure their pets are sterilized and healthy. Our Neuter Commuters provide transportation to those who need it in surrounding counties, ensuring all animals can get spayed or neutered. In the past fiscal year, we performed more than 25,000 surgeries and are on target to perform 32,000 surgeries this year. The FCNMHP low-cost veterinary clinic is open to the public seven days a week, regardless of income or place of residence, providing high-quality care at about half the cost of standard vets. We also raise donations for a program called the Angel Fund,allowing us to discount the cost of care even further for owners facing severe financial barriers or pets who are homeless. We firmly believe that no pet should suffer or go without care for financial reasons. FCNMHP worked with the city of Jacksonville to establish Feral Freedom, a trap-neuter-return program for feral cats. This was the first program of its kind in the nation to eliminate the protocol of euthanizing feral cats in shelters. Our vans pick up feral cats from the city shelter twice a day and spay or neuter, vaccinate and ear-tip them before returning the cats to their home territories. Pairing homeless pets with new families is a big part of our lifesaving work. FCNMHP plans and implements large-scale adoption events. Our Mega Adoption events are the largest of their kind in the nation, finding homes for up to 1,000 dogs and cats per event and attracting up to 10,000 individuals looking to adopt a pet. In addition, we assist other communities to plan similar events, saving thousands of dogs and cats from potential euthanasia. We also place cats and kittens up for adoption in five different PetSupermarket locations around the city. Kittens too young for spay/neuter surgery are typically euthanized in city shelters, so we help fund an innovative Kitten University, giving them a safe place to grow and get ready for adoption. FCNMHP staff work directly at the city shelter to identify animals with behavioral problems or medical issues that make them unlikely to get adopted. Our animal behaviorists conduct training and our clinic provides medical treatment for these pets,giving them a second chance at life. Dogs with behavioral issues are often routed to our Teaching Animals and Inmates Life Skills (TAILS) program, pairing them with prison inmates who have been trained to care for, socialize, and teach commands to the dogs. Upon graduation, dogs in this program go from being unwanted, problem animals to highly trained, in-demand pets. Prisoners, especially those with PTSD, report great personal gains from working with the dogs. We operate a Pet Food Bank, run entirely by volunteers and donations, that serves as another means of keeping families and their pets together. To date, we have given away more than 675,000 pounds of food to hungry pets. We also partner with the city’s largest homeless shelter to provide care for pets until their owners get back on their feet. Another life-saving program, Pet Haven, provides pet owners with a long-term plan to ensure their pet is cared for after their death. As we fight for animals in Northeast Florida, we also help other communities through Target Zero Institute (TZI). TZI assists communities in the quest to save more lives by sharing the knowledge we’ve gained in Jacksonville. TZI works closely with animal welfare communities for up to three years at no charge, tracking data to prove that lives are being saved as a result of our efforts. In the end, we only ask them to “pay it forward” and help another community in need. We are requesting funding for our Fix a Kitty Litter program. We have operated this program on a limited basis for the past three years. Last year we offered to spay or neuter up to 5 kittens from the same litter for $100. In spite of the fact that this is a considerable discount from our standard price for such surgeries, even this price was too high. Through this project we sterilized 320 kittens from 78 litters. In order to effectively deal with the cat overpopulation problem, we want to offer a program to provide such surgeries at no cost to the public. With a grant from Florida Animal Friends, we would be able to perform surgeries on 1,250 kittens. In addition, FCNMHP will spay the mother cats at no cost to the client. Under the terms of this program, we will spay/neuter and vaccinate all kittens in a litter. The kittens must be 2 to 4 pounds (2 to 4 months of age). This program will be open to everyone. Cameron Moore, FCNMHP Program Director, manages all FCNMHP programs. We offer surgeries six days a week and have the capacity to take on the additional surgeries that this program would entail. (We have increased our surgical capacity so we can now perform up to 32,000 surgeries per year.) We track all surgeries and statistics and will be able to report our success. We have an active Development Department to advertise this programs via press releases, newsletters, flyers, social media and PSA's.
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 have several different programs for sterilization. In addition to our low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, we currently have funding for free sterilizations of pets owned by low-income people in Duval, Clay and Nassau counties, zip-code targeted programs and pit bull and pit bull mixes. We also operate Feral Freedom--a TNR program for feral cats--in two counties. At the beginning of this fiscal year, Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services agreed to set aside some money from license fees to pay for free surgeries for cats. The demand was so great for these services that funds expected to last a year were fully expended in three months. Solving the problem of unwanted pets is a huge undertaking. The Fix a Kitty Litter program is needed to effectively encourage the public to sterilize their kittens and make them more adoptable should they want to find new homes for them.

Target Population
Geographical target area (name of city, county, zip codes, geographical Information service (GIS), etc.):
Duval County 
Total human population in target area: 879,602 
Percent of residents living below poverty in target area: 15.8 
Estimated number of pet cats in target area (human population divided by 3.3): 266547 
Estimated number of pet dogs in target area (human population divided by 4.0): 219901 
Estimated number of feral cats in target area (human population divided by 6.0): 146601 
Number of cats admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 7,434 
Number of dogs admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 5,944 
Number of cats euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 1100 
Number of dogs euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 1050 
Please explain if you believe your target area animal population is significantly different than above.
n/a
Please explain what you believe are the most substantial sources of dog and cat overpopulation in the target area:
 The most substantial sources of dog and cat overpopulation are feral/free roaming cats, overbreeding of bully breeds, lack of adoption of bully breeds, kittens, and low-income pet owners not spaying or neutering their pets.
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?
Spay and neuter services are generally available through all licensed veterinary clinics at prices much higher than ours and with limited capacity. FCNMHP and Jacksonville Humane Society offer programs for free or low-cost surgeries. With increased funding, we can increase our surgery capacity and, in turn lower the yearly euthanasia rate until we can achieve and maintain no-kill status.
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:

   Owned kitten litters
 
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?
Yes

Please explain what is allowed:
N/A
(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? Yes
Will the cats be microchipped? Yes
 
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)?
The goal of this program is to reduce the growth of the overpopulation of cats. Every additional surgery will eliminate countless numbers of litters. Our specific goal is to sterilize 1,250 kittens and their mothers. This will not only reduce the number of breeding cats, but will also make the kittens more adoptable if their owner decides not to keep the entire litter.
How does this program increase the number of sterilization surgeries above the existing baseline?
Last year we performed 25,051 surgeries. Our goal is in increase that number of sterilizations to 32,000 this fiscal year. Expanding our programs, such as Fix a Kitty Litter, will help us reach that goal.
Methods
What criteria will you use to determine eligibility for your program? 
This program is available to anyone who want to sterilize a litter of kittens. The kittens must be between 2 and 4 pounds (2 and 4 months of age) to qualify and be from the same litter. We collaborate closely with JACPS and the Jacksonville Humane Society. In the event someone brings in a motherless litter that is too young for surgery, and the caretaker is unable to care for the kittens until they are older, the kittens can be placed in the kitten nursery at JHS until they are old enough to be sterilized. This way, we can not only save lives, but also be assured that these kittens will not reproduce and add to the cat population.
How will you advertise the program? Explain how the advertising will reach the target audience.
FCNMHP promotes all of our programs using every means possible. Our main sources of referrals are public service announcements donated by Clear Channel communications. Last year the value of these donations was $189,620. We also use paid advertising including television, billboards and printed brochures. All these promotions advertise our spay/neuter hotline, website and programs. We send out press releases, use social media and work with local media to feature our programs. We attend numerous public events each year and distribute program information. We will also use flyers to get the word out. We partner with JACPS and Jacksonville Humane Society who receive calls from the public for help. We also have an outreach worker working in one of Jacksonville's poorest neighborhoods who can spread the word about the program.
How will you address barriers to full use of the program such as transportation, illiteracy, and cultural hurdles? 
This is usually not an issue, but when necessary, we have FCNMHP staff and volunteers to help those in need. We can provide transport via one of our 6 transport vehicles, clients can call and talk to our hotline staff if they are not able to read the brochures and we have bilingual staff. Our outreach worker can help residents in the 32206 zip code with transportation, illiteracy and cultural hurdles.
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.
In most cases, clients will transport the animals to our clinic for sterilization. We can offer transportation to residents of the 32206 zip code in one of our vans that is fully equipped to handle cats.
Veterinary Services
 

What arrangements have you made with veterinarians to perform the surgeries? 
We have 8 full-time veterinarians on staff, one contract veterinarian and interns from the University of Florida Veterinary School.
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?
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: 
We will perform spay/neuter surgeries for all the kittens in a litter for $100, an average of $20 each, paid for by the Florida Animal Friends grant. FCNMHP will spay the mother cat at no additional cost. All kittens will be examined before surgery. There is no additional charge for cryptorchid or hernia repair. We will provide a vaccination for FCVRP. Other treatment fees vary. Duval County requires a $20 pet license fee when a pet is vaccinated for rabies.  
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
Cat Rescue GroupsCat Rescue groups, such as Cats Angels, Lucky Cat Adoptions, Mayport Cats and Ana's Angels, will help the publicize the program and refer cat owners to us.
Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective ServicesJACPS will help to publicize the availability of the Fix a Kitty Litter program and refer cat owners to us. In addition, some of the litters sterilized through this program may come to us from JACPS from owner surrenders.
Jacksonville Humane SocietyJHS will help to publicize the availability of the Fix a Kitty Litter program and refer cat owners to us. Some of the young kittens may be placed in the JHS kitten nursery until they are old enough to be sterilized.

 
Other Information
Provide any additional information that will help the grant selection committee understand how the program will operate to achieve its goals.
 We know that to truly deal with the problem of unwanted pets, it is necessary to prevent their breeding. Spaying and neutering will not only reduce the problem of pet overpopulation, but it will also make it easier for the owners to find new homes for them if necessary. We also know that many people feel they can't afford to sterilize a litter of kittens. When Duval County set aside a portion of the license fees for cat and kitten surgeries, the demand for such surgeries was overwhelming and the money was exhausted in three months. If we can offer free surgeries for the kitten litters, we are confident that cat owners will respond and have their kittens (and mother cat) spayed or neutered.
Budget
Total number of sterilization surgeries projected:
Cats: 1250    Dogs:  0 
Total budget requested (Budget should not exceed $25,000): $25,000.00 
Average cost/surgery projected: $20.00 
Describe any expenses that are not included in the grant and how they will be paid for (for example, vaccines, microchipping, ear notching, etc.):
We estimate that sterilizations of kittens and cats cost us approximately $45 each or $225 per litter for an average litter of 5 kittens. The difference between the amount charged the grant and the actual cost, the cost of spaying of the mother cat, the cost of the FCVRP vaccination and the cost of marketing the program will be borne by FCNMHP. The client will be charged for other vaccines, microchipping, the county license (if required) and other services the cat or kittens may require if the client elects those services.
 
Describe any other funding sources for this program, i.e. other grants, targeted fundraising efforts, budget allocation, etc.
FCNMHP will pay its portion of the Fix a Kitty Litter program from general donations, our veterinary clinic, fundraising events and our thrift store. If the cat or kittens need special care that the owner cannot afford, we will consider paying for this from our Angel Fund.
 
What percent of the total cost of the program would this projected grant cover?
.44
Timeline
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.
We will continue funding the Fix a Kitty Litter program through fundraising events, donations, our thrift store and our veterinary clinic. However, without outside funding, this program may, as in past years, be more limited in scope or require a payment from the client
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.
We will send a press release to all our local media contacts announcing the grant support and promoting the license plate. We will include a promotion link on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages. We will also distribute literature at our public events, including our four mega adoption events, which are attended by over 10,000 people. We can distribute license plate promotional materials in our high-volume clinic. Our transport vehicles, which cover the Duval, Nassau and Clay county regions, display the Florida Animal Friend Spay/Neuter license plates.