Grant ID: 1398
Title of Proposal: Sterilize Our Pit Bulls (STOP)
Agency Type: Non-Profit
Total Funding Requested: $25,000.00
Check Payable To: Collier Spay Neuter Clinic
Application Information
Name of Applicant Agency: Collier Spay Neuter Clinic Website Address:
Person Submitting Proposal: Pallas Diaz Position: Executive Director
Person Submitting Proposal Email Address:
Agency Head: Pallas Diaz Agency Head Email:
Organization Business Address: 2544 Northbrooke Plaza Dr City: Naples
State: FL Zip: 34119
Phone (xxx-xxx-xxxx): (239) 514-7647 Fax:
Cell: (239) 248-2635    
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: $294,654.19
Organization Expenses in Last Fiscal Year: $284,791.73
Number of Paid Employees: Full Time: 4  Part Time: 2
Number of Active Volunteers: 28
Total Volunteer Hours per Week: 20.00
How did you learn of the 2009  Florida Animal Friend grant competition? prior grant recipient
Year(s) of previous Florida Animal Friend grants (if applicable):
Previous Florida Animal Friend Applications: Years Funded: 2010 Year(s) denied/incomplete: 2013
Auto-Generated (Previous Applications):
Grant #Proposal YearProposal TitleStatus
392009Collier Spay Neuter ClinicDenied
1722010Stop Littering!Funded
3472013Sterilize Our Pit Bulls (STOP)Denied (not completed)
13982014Sterilize Our Pit Bulls (STOP)Funded
Describe your Organization:
Services Provided Organization Structure:

List your current board of directors:

Carol NevinsDirector814-883-7709Mental Health Counselor (retired)
Efrain DiazPresident239-404-7104Educational Consultant
Pallas DiazExecutive Director239-248-2635Nonprofit Director
Pat SchoenSecretary(616) 301-5426Retired (Former Spay/Neuter Clinic Director, C-SNIP)
Will RosenbaumDirector(617) 470-9218Veterinarian (retired)

Applicant Qualifications
For your organization, in the last complete fiscal year:
0  cats and 0  dogs were admitted.
0   cats and  0   dogs were adopted.
0   cats and  0    dogs were euthanized.
958   cats and  1262    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. 
CSNC has been in operation for almost five years as a Humane Alliance trained, high quality, high volume spay/neuter clinic, serving all of Southwest Florida (SWFL). The Clinic has performed nearly 18,000 spay/neuter surgeries to date. CSNC has built and continues to maintain excellent relationships with numerous shelters and rescue organizations as well as pet related businesses in SWFL. We have mutually supportive relationships with many local area veterinarians (who refer spays/neuters to us) by maintaining an incredibly low post-operative complication rate and a reputation for quality service. CSNC Founder and Director, Pallas Diaz, will be the leader of this project. She has a B.S. in Biology and earned her Certificate in Veterinary Practice Management (CVPM) from St. Petersburg College within the first 2 years of opening CSNC. She has over 16 years of veterinary work experience and long-term involvement with many local animal welfare groups; fundraising, event planning, volunteer coordinating, providing financial management and strategic planning, and more. She initiated and led CSNC to raise more than $150,000 to open CSNC in under a year and a half, during the height of the national economic crisis (beginning in 2007) and received an “Animal Advocate of the Year” award from the community as a result of her efforts. Diaz will work closely with all partners of this project to ensure that the guidelines of the program are followed, to make the clinic available for surgeries and to keep the project within budget. She will assist CSNC's veterinarian/s with making sure appropriate surgical staff, relief vets (if needed) and volunteers are scheduled to facilitate the additional surgeries. Diaz is the former President of Collier County Animal League, (CCAL), an animal advocacy group. CCAL members and volunteers received Disaster Animal Response Team, (DART), training and opened Collier County’s first pet friendly hurricane shelter. In 2008, she brought together more than 125 volunteers to found the Collier Community Cat Coalition, a community-wide Trap Neuter Return (TNR) program, after working extensively to develop and pass Collier County’s first TNR ordinance. She has been working with government and the SWFL community to address animal welfare policies to help end the unnecessary euthanasia of homeless pets in SWFL. Diaz will be responsible for all reporting as detailed in the grant application.
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? 
As a Humane Alliance (and NSNRT) trained spay/neuter clinic, CSNC is a self-sustainable business model that performed 132 sterilization surgeries on pit bull mixes last year. Much more can and must be done to address the unacceptably high number of pit bulls and pit bull mixes euthanized each year in Collier County. While we plan to improve our outreach to the community, additional financial resources are needed to attract (via marketing and community outreach) pet owners who are currently unable to afford CSNC’s low cost prices for spay/neuter services. Through STOP, our goal is to more than triple the number of sterilization surgeries we perform on pit bull mixes.

Target Population
Geographical target area (name of city, county, zip codes, geographical Information service (GIS), etc.):
Collier County 
Total human population in target area: 332,427 
Percent of residents living below poverty in target area: 14 
Estimated number of pet cats in target area (human population divided by 3.3): 100736 
Estimated number of pet dogs in target area (human population divided by 4.0): 83107 
Estimated number of feral cats in target area (human population divided by 6.0): 55405 
Number of cats admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 2588 
Number of dogs admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 3291 
Number of cats euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 1966 
Number of dogs euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 1058 
Please explain if you believe your target area animal population is significantly different than above.
not significantly different
Please explain what you believe are the most substantial sources of dog and cat overpopulation in the target area:
 In 2012, 43% of all dogs coming into the Collier County Domestic Animal Shelter were unclaimed or abandoned strays. The rest were surrendered by their owners, with a small number having been confiscated. Among surrendered dogs, half were surrendered due to personal circumstance of the owner (move, new baby, allergy, cost, etc.) and the other half were split fairly evenly between behavior and medical issues with the pet. There was no difference between pit bulls and all dogs in percentages of owner surrender vs. strays (both 65% stray) and only a minor difference in percentage of strays reclaimed (31% and 34%, respectively). The nation’s ongoing economic crisis has unfortunately led to increase in pet surrender and unwanted litters. In addition, lack of public/private funding for spay/neuter and much higher than average costs for pet sterilization at local veterinary practices is a factor. By targeting pit bull mixes for sterilization, our belief is that intake and subsequent euthanasia at our local shelters will substantially decrease resulting in a reduction in costs that will allow shelters to shift priorities to more important issues.
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/neuter services available: 1)At private veterinary clinics, the cost to spay/neuter a dog is above $350 on average. 2)Volunteer Services for Animals (VSA) is a cost-share, voucher program for qualified low income pet owners. 3)The Naples Humane Society has a spay/neuter assistance program (SNAP) offered to low income individuals. 4)CSNC offers spay/neuter services to anyone. These resources are insufficient to meet community needs, as the DAS’s sad 2013 figures clearly indicate. Pit bull mixes represent the largest percentage (20%) of all dog breeds coming into the animal shelter. 60% of these dogs are euthanized, compared to 39% of all other dog breeds combined. More sterilizations are needed to successfully curb the tremendous pit bull population. Even at the low prices offered, options #2 and #3 can be cost prohibitive for many owners.
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 :  
Estimated number that are currently sterilized: 
Projected reduction after utilizing the grant:  
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?
Will the cats be microchipped?
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)?
1)Significantly increase the number of sterilization surgeries performed on pit bull mixes. Current baseline at CSNC: 132 Projected STOP surgeries: 322 This projected number could vary slightly if the split between male and female is not 50/50. 2) A decline of 20% in pit bull mix euthanasia at the County shelter within 2 years.
How does this program increase the number of sterilization surgeries above the existing baseline?
Collaborating with our partners and other dog sheltering organizations, we plan to reach more pit bull mix owners with our message of “Prevent births to prevent deaths”(see Methods) and to make the sterilization surgeries quite affordable.
What criteria will you use to determine eligibility for your program? 
Breed identifications are not based on DNA testing, and thus are the “best guess” of clinic technicians at the time of intake. They are subject to biases that could include identifying non-pit bulls as pit bulls and pit bulls as other breeds. Given this limitation, the following breeds or any mix thereof will be eligible: American Pit Bull terrier; American Staffordshire terrier; American Bulldog; Staffordshire Bull terrier; all types of Curs.
How will you advertise the program? Explain how the advertising will reach the target audience.
We will create "Prevent Births to Prevent Deaths" signage in our clinic as well as at Collier County Domestic Animal Services, Brooks Legacy, the Pit Bull Crew, PetCo and Lee County Animal Services. CSNC will use its enormous Facebook following (more than 1,500 members on its “Causes” page and an additional 1,200 "likes" on its CSNC Page) and email database of more than 5,000 to announce the program and its achievements.
How will you address barriers to full use of the program such as transportation, illiteracy, and cultural hurdles? 
Information posted to the community will be in English and Spanish. We also have staff and volunteers who are bilingual, (Spanish speaking). Assistance will be provided for any illiterate owners and transportation barriers can/will be addressed by using CSNC's transport vehicle.
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.
For the most part, owners will provide their own transportation. But CSNC has a 2003 Ford Econoline transport van designed for the safe transport of cats and dogs, with airline-approved, hard plastic crates secured along the walls. CSNC carries D&O, property, liability, volunteer and van insurance. The driver of the CSNC van has been trained regarding the safe handling, loading and unloading of pets for transportation to and from the clinic.
Veterinary Services

What arrangements have you made with veterinarians to perform the surgeries? 
CSNC's full time Staff Veterinarian, Dr. Linda Kitchen, will perform all surgeries. If for some reason, we need additional veterinary support, we have relief veterinarians in the community who we can hire to assist with any possible overflow.
Are they:  

Veterinary Practices
Practice NameAddressCityStateZipPhoneLead Practice
Collier Spay Neuter Clinic2544 Northbrooke Plaza Dr. NaplesFL34119239-514-7647

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: 
Rabies $15; Bordatella $15; Canine Distemper $15; Flea Control & Heartworm Preventative -- (Trifexis) @$21/single dose; Heartworm Test (for dogs over 6 mos.) $20  
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
Brooke's Legacy Animal Rescue, Inc( is a local 501 (c) 3 no-kill shelter doing adoption work in Collier County solely with volunteers. Through their networks, website and social media outlets, they will help us market the STOP program.
Collier County Domestic Animal Services Collier County Domestic Animal Services ( is the local municipal shelter. They are supportive of STOP and will assist with measuring success of the program as well as provide information to the community regarding our progress and successes.
Humane Society NaplesHumane Society ( is a no-kill pet shelter, adoption center & humane animal clinic. With an especially large volunteer and support base, Humane Society Naples will be quite effective in helping us spread the word about the STOP program.
Lee County Domestic Animal Services Lee County Domestic Animal Services is the municipal shelter for neighboring Lee County, and already sends dogs to CSNC for spay/neuter services.
PetCoPetCo will collaborate with CSNC, allowing us to place signage in their stores advertising the STOP program.
The Pit Bull Crew Dog Rescue The Pit Bull Crew Dog Rescue ( is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, foster-based animal rescue organization based in Naples, FL. It works to raise awareness of “bully breeds” and promotes adoptions through networking, fostering, showcasing adopt-a-bulls at area venues, fundraising, and education programs. As their goals and ours fit well together, the Pit Bull Crew will help market the opportunities STOP will provide through their volunteers and outreach programs.

Other Information
Provide any additional information that will help the grant selection committee understand how the program will operate to achieve its goals.
  Prior to beginning or advertising STOP, a plan will be documented with our partners that outlines the program, its goals, the eligible participants, expected outcomes and the reporting criteria. Because CSNC is a fully functional clinic already in operation, there will not be a lengthy start up process. Once an award is granted, CSNC will notify partners and review the program so advertising can begin immediately.
Total number of sterilization surgeries projected:
Cats: 0    Dogs:  322 
Total budget requested (Budget should not exceed $25,000): $25,000.00 
Average cost/surgery projected: $78.00 
Describe any expenses that are not included in the grant and how they will be paid for (for example, vaccines, microchipping, ear notching, etc.):
Examination and rabies vaccine will be paid with client portion of surgery fee ($20)
Describe any other funding sources for this program, i.e. other grants, targeted fundraising efforts, budget allocation, etc.
budget allocation
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: 08/17/14/     Projected end date: 08/14/15
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.
Among the goals of this program is to increase public education and awareness of the scope of the problem in Collier County and the vital role of sterilization in preventing so many pit bull mixes from being euthanized. We expect the demand for our low cost sterilization surgeries to increase as the program rolls out and to continue to be in demand in the future. As a 501(c)3, we will continue our efforts to raise funds for the program in addition to the revenue that is generated for the other services we provide. CSNC’s Director, Pallas Diaz, and other CSNC volunteers have had a relatively successful award rate for prior grant proposal submissions. We will continue efforts to raise funds for the STOP program by applying for other grants with organizations such as Pit Bull Rescue Central, the Mosby Foundation, PetSmart Charities and others. Also, CSNC set up a STOP fund at the beginning of 2014 for personal and corporate contributions specifically designated to assist SWFL’s pit bulls and the like. Additionally, all client co-pays from STOP will go directly back in to this fund to assist more pet owners.
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.
CSNC will use its Facebook following (more than 1500 members on its "Causes" page and an additional 1200 "fans" on the CSNC Page) and email database of over 5000, as well as provide links and information on their website and social media pages, to promote the Florida Animal Friend Spay/Neuter License Plate. CSNC will also mention the license plate program in all press releases and newsletters discussing the STOP program.