Grant ID: 1399
Title of Proposal: Trap Neuter and Release
Agency Type: Municipal
Total Funding Requested: $25,000.00
Check Payable To: Broward County Board of County Commissioners
Application Information
Demographics
Name of Applicant Agency: Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Division Website Address: www.broward.org/animal
Person Submitting Proposal: Stefanie Chicko Position: Administrative Manager
Person Submitting Proposal Email Address: schicko@broward.org
Agency Head: Susan Pierce Agency Head Email: spierce@broward.org
Organization Business Address: 1870 SW 39th Street City: Ft. Lauderdale
State: Florida Zip: 33315
Phone (xxx-xxx-xxxx): 954-359-1313 Fax: 954-359-1349
Cell: 954-288-2510    
 
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: $4,346,570.00
Organization Expenses in Last Fiscal Year: $4,585,521.00
Number of Paid Employees: Full Time: 60  Part Time: 2
Number of Active Volunteers: 100
Total Volunteer Hours per Week: 0.00
How did you learn of the 2009  Florida Animal Friend grant competition? Online
Year(s) of previous Florida Animal Friend grants (if applicable):
Previous Florida Animal Friend Applications: Years Funded: 2012 Year(s) denied/incomplete:
Auto-Generated (Previous Applications):
Grant #Proposal YearProposal TitleStatus
1282010Broward County's Spay-Neuter ProgramDenied
2842012Trap Neuter and Release Funded
13992014Trap Neuter and ReleaseFunded
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Applicant Qualifications
For your organization, in the last complete fiscal year:
11934  cats and 7740  dogs were admitted.
2208   cats and  2928   dogs were adopted.
7749   cats and  2304    dogs were euthanized.
2067   cats and  2513    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 TNR program will be led by a team of Animal Care staff who has over 20 years of experience in animal care and sterilization programs. Stefanie Chicko, Administrative Manager, will be the administrative lead and has over 5 years’ experience in managing the County's sterilization programs. Through her management the County has received one grant from Florida Animal Friends and three consecutive grant awards for TNR by Petsmart Charities. Each year the Petsmart Charities grant award amount has increased; ($30,000: 937 cats), ($50,000: 1,000 cats), and ($100,000: 2,000 cats) resulting in more spay/neuter surgeries in targeted zip codes.
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 have the referenced TNR grant ($100,000) funded by Petsmart Charities. The estimated number of community cats (feral cats) remains at approximately 300,000 living in the county. Although we have been very successful and able to expand TNR efforts to new target areas, Broward County still has a very large population of community cats and needs additional resources to continue pro-actively affecting the overpopulation problem.

Target Population
Geographical target area (name of city, county, zip codes, geographical Information service (GIS), etc.):
33023,33024,33025 
Total human population in target area: 186531 
Percent of residents living below poverty in target area: 13% average 
Estimated number of pet cats in target area (human population divided by 3.3): 56525 
Estimated number of pet dogs in target area (human population divided by 4.0): 46633 
Estimated number of feral cats in target area (human population divided by 6.0): 31089 
Number of cats admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) unknown 
Number of dogs admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 1 
Number of cats euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) unknown 
Number of dogs euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 1 
Please explain if you believe your target area animal population is significantly different than above.
Virtually every neighborhood in Broward County has community (feral) cats. Estimates remain that there are more than 300,000 community cats living among us. A female community cat can give birth to hundreds of kittens in her lifetime. To maintain a healthy animal community, and ultimately reduce the euthanasia of community cats it is important that the population be controlled. Through a responsible sterilization program, Broward County Animal Care and Adoption continues to proactively work to control the number of community cats in our community, so that the existing population can thrive and age naturally.
Please explain what you believe are the most substantial sources of dog and cat overpopulation in the target area:
 The target area is the second highest intake area and has proven, in the past, to also be a significant source of free roaming cat colonies. We are working in the highest intake area with the current Petsmart Charities grant. The cats in these zipcodes are having multiple litters in a season without sterilization controls. Lack of community resources and education of the general public, contribute widely to this problem.
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 various low cost spay/neuter options, however they are mainly focused on pets and not free roaming cats. The problem continues to grow exponentially and although more resources are being put in place, there is additional need to affect the entire cat overpopulation issue.
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.
Zipcodes 33023 (9.64 sq. mi.), 33024 (10.73 sq. mi.) and 33025 (10.82 sq. mi.)
 
What is the criteria used for determining the target area(s) and/or eligibility for this program?
Caregivers providing address information including cat's location zipcode will be provided to sterilization providers.
 
Describe whether the targeted area is rural, suburban, or urban. Is it commercial, residential, agricultural, or a designated special land use?
Mixed land uses.
 
Estimated number of cats in the target colony area : 31089  
Estimated number that are currently sterilized: 0
Projected reduction after utilizing the grant:  500
 
For TNR program, describe the ability to maintain lifelong care for remaining cats, commitment level of volunteers/organizations, etc.
Colonies are the primary source of this program and have care givers. Caregivers are passionate and protective of their colony.
 
Do current city/county ordinances address TNR or free-roaming cats?
Yes

Please explain what is allowed:
The Broward County Code of Ordinances states that "Community cats may be returned to the colony once registered and neutered through a County or other program designed to trap, neuter and return cats to their colony."
(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:
See previous list of sterilization providers as a sample of program supporters.
 
Describe any effort to lessen the negative impact on local wildlife.
Native areas located in the Park's system are not included in these TNR efforts.
 
Describe efforts that will be made to mitigate current or potential nuisance issues.
We are working on additional educational materials for caregivers regarding ways to mitigate issues with neighbors, such as moving feeding areas and/or changing feeding times.
 
Will the cats be ear-tipped? Yes
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.
 
Objectives
What do you hope to accomplish with these funds (objectives should be specific and quantifiable)?
We will work with colony caregivers to trap and transport community cats to participating clinics to perform sterilization for 500 cats in the target area.
How does this program increase the number of sterilization surgeries above the existing baseline?
Since 2010, grant funding awarded by Pet Smart Charities and Florida Animal Friend has sponsored the sterilization of over 2,400 outdoor community cats. This figure does not include community cats from this targeted area. This grant award will increase the existing baseline by 500 and expand the targeted area further for participating colony caregivers.
Methods
What criteria will you use to determine eligibility for your program? 
Eligibility will be determined by the zip code in which the community cat resides. Only community cats residing in zip codes 33023, 33024, and 33025 will be eligible for the program.
How will you advertise the program? Explain how the advertising will reach the target audience.
The program will be advertised with flyers, local media, and community meetings.
How will you address barriers to full use of the program such as transportation, illiteracy, and cultural hurdles? 
Transportation is not a barrier as we have providers that have mobile clinics. Cultural and language barriers are handled by our multi-ethnic and multi-lingual staff.
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
Veterinary Services
 

What arrangements have you made with veterinarians to perform the surgeries? 
Six local providers have agreements with our agency. They will be paid $50 for each cat sterilized, regardless of sex. Caregivers will transport the cats directly to the facilities. Broward County Animal Care and Adoption will also process sterilizations on an as needed basis and serve as the Lead Agency managing this grant.
Are they:  
 

Veterinary Practices
Practice NameAddressCityStateZipPhoneLead Practice
Animal Aid, Inc.571 NE 44th StreetOakland ParkFlorida33334754-233-5378
Animal Medical Center & Bird Clinic521 N. Federal HighwayHollywoodFL33020954-920-2400
Broward Animal Hospital1180 N. Dixie HighwayHollywoodFL33020954-925-2467
Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Center1870 S.W. 39th StreetFt. LauderdaleFlorida33315954-359-1313
DPC Veterinary Hospital6902 Stirling RdDavie Florida33333954-989-9879
Emerald Hills Animal Hospital3399 Sheridan StreetHollywoodFL33021954-983-2300
Stray Aide and Rescue, Inc1305 Guava IsleFt. LauderdaleFlorida33315954-816-0799

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: 
N/A  
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 Aid, IncProviding sterilization services and working with colony caregivers.
Animal Medical Center & Bird ClinicProviding sterilization services and working with colony caregivers.
Broward Animal HospitalProviding sterilization services and working with colony caregivers.
DPC Veterinary HospitalProviding sterilization services and working with colony caregivers.
Emerald Hills Animal HospitalProviding sterilization services and working with colony caregivers.
Stray Aid and Rescue, Inc.Providing sterilization services and working with colony caregivers.

 
Other Information
Provide any additional information that will help the grant selection committee understand how the program will operate to achieve its goals.
 Over the last two years we have worked hard and built community support and trust. We are now receiving concern calls from the community requesting an expansion of the program on an entire county level. This is an excellent "problem" to work through and shows the community support for these efforts. Sterilization programs are an expanding part of our County-wide Strategic Plan. We recognize that increased TNR programs are the most effective way to reduce animal intake and ultimately decrease shelter euthanasia of these high risk animals.
Budget
Total number of sterilization surgeries projected:
Cats: 500    Dogs:  0 
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.):
Not included are rabies vaccinations and ear tipping. The providers understand this cost will be covered by the $50 surgery reimbursement they receive for each cat in the target area.
 
Describe any other funding sources for this program, i.e. other grants, targeted fundraising efforts, budget allocation, etc.
Although we are mostly funded by Broward County's General Fund, we have a proven history and track record for the acquisition of funds through multiple providers. Recently our Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution to direct license tag sales above $100,000 to sterilization programs. Once we sell 100,000 license tags, all revenue generated from the sale of any additional tags is designated to be used for spay/neuter programs. We are working to increase efforts in enforcing the sale of license tags, therefore generating increased revenues to allocate to sterilization programs. In addition, donations received for spay/neuter may be utilized.
 
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.
Although we are mostly funded by Broward County's General Fund, we have a proven history and track record for the acquisition of funds through multiple providers. Recently our Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution to direct license tag sales above $100,000 to sterilization programs. Once we sell 100,000 license tags, all revenue generated from the sale of any additional tags is designated to be used for spay/neuter programs. We are working to increase efforts in enforcing the sale of license tags, therefore generating increased revenues to allocate to sterilization programs. In addition, donations received for spay/neuter may be utilized.
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.
License Plates will be promoted through the use of Public Transit Bus signs, our web-site and inclusion in our comprehensive marketing plan.