Grant ID: 1400
Title of Proposal: 2014 FAF Grant App
Agency Type: Non-Profit
Total Funding Requested: $25,000.00
Check Payable To: SPCA Tampa Bay
Application Information
Demographics
Name of Applicant Agency: SPCA Tampa Bay Website Address: www.SPCATampaBay.org
Person Submitting Proposal: Nora Hawkins Position: Managing Director
Person Submitting Proposal Email Address: NHawkins@SPCATampaBay.org
Agency Head: Martha Boden Agency Head Email: MBoden@spcatampabay.org
Organization Business Address: 9099 130th Avenue North City: Largo
State: FL Zip: 33773
Phone (xxx-xxx-xxxx): 727-581-0493 Fax: 727-499-0368
Cell: 727-420-0475    
 
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: $4,152,592.00
Organization Expenses in Last Fiscal Year: $3,279,862.00
Number of Paid Employees: Full Time: 53  Part Time: 11
Number of Active Volunteers: 275
Total Volunteer Hours per Week: 450.00
How did you learn of the 2009  Florida Animal Friend grant competition? Past grant recipient.
Year(s) of previous Florida Animal Friend grants (if applicable):
Previous Florida Animal Friend Applications: Years Funded: 2011, 2009 Year(s) denied/incomplete:
Auto-Generated (Previous Applications):
Grant #Proposal YearProposal TitleStatus
1472009Friends of Family Pets Spay/Neuter Program for the Pets of People on Limited IncomeFunded
2082011SPCA Tampa Bay Florida Animal Friend Grant ProposalFunded
140020142014 FAF Grant AppFunded
16092006 Denied (not completed)
16102007 Funded
Describe your Organization:
Services Provided Organization Structure:











List your current board of directors:

NameTitlePhoneOccupation
Chris AllenPast Pres, VP & Facilities Chair727-542-8043Philanthropist
Erin E. BanksSecretary813-382-7673Attorney
Jessica EilermanBoard Member850-413-3089Market Manager
Jim McGintyTreasurer & Finance Chair813-601-9228Vice Pres. Wells Fargo Private Bank
John F. Ralph, Jr. Board Member727-381-6950CPA
Jonathan BrowyVice President-Governance813-625-4761Vice Pres at PNC Bank
Lyndy JenningsVice President-Development727-343-8959Attorney
Marilyn HulseyPresident727-579-5072Vice President of HR, Catalina Marketing
Mark MartukovichBoard Member727-530-0036Fox & Associates, CPA
Michele EgerterBoard Member813-902-2220Consultant
Tara MillerBoard Member813-321-6869Audit Senior Manager

Applicant Qualifications
For your organization, in the last complete fiscal year:
3532  cats and 2659  dogs were admitted.
1889   cats and  1245   dogs were adopted.
1682   cats and  1087    dogs were euthanized.
1438   cats and  715    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? 
n/a
If not all, describe your sterilization policies and procedures for assuring sterilization after adoption:
n/a  
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. 
SPCA Tampa Bay has operated several spay-neuter programs over the years and worked with a variety of community partners to operate the programs. Programs such as the Friends of Family Pets Spay-Neuter (FOFP) altered thousands of dogs and cats to income qualified pet owners. With the grant received from Florida Animal Friends in 2007, the SPCA launched a free spay-neuter service for the owners of Pit/Pit Mix dogs called the ‘Fix-A-Pit’ program. Over 1,300 pit/pit mixes were altered through the program. Because we are targeting low income qualified clients in Largo and Pinellas Park, two locations surrounding the SPOT low cost spay-neuter clinic, we will contract with them for their spay-neuter services for this project.
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? 
In 2013, 215 surgeries were provided for owned animals in Tampa Bay through the SPCA Spay Tampa Bay program.SPCA Tampa Bay will be opening a high volume spay-neuter clinic and full service veterinary practice in the future. At this time, we do not provide any veterinary care to animals owned by the public.

Target Population
Geographical target area (name of city, county, zip codes, geographical Information service (GIS), etc.):
Largo & Pinellas Park, Pinellas County 
Total human population in target area: 127,564 
Percent of residents living below poverty in target area: 12.7% 
Estimated number of pet cats in target area (human population divided by 3.3): 38656 
Estimated number of pet dogs in target area (human population divided by 4.0): 31891 
Estimated number of feral cats in target area (human population divided by 6.0): 21261 
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) unknown 
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) unknown 
Please explain if you believe your target area animal population is significantly different than above.
We believe this is a fair assessment of the targeted area.
Please explain what you believe are the most substantial sources of dog and cat overpopulation in the target area:
 The substantial source of animal overpopulation in our target area comes from the people that are not able to afford their pet’s medical care.
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?
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 work with SPOT Spay/Neuter Clinic in Pinellas Park for our current spay-neuter programs. We will continue working with them on this project as their facility is in one of our targeted locations, will be close in proximity to the adjacent targeted city and is affordable in their spay-neuter services.
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?
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? 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)?
SPCA Tampa Bay will be working collaboratively with Pinellas County Animal Services and the Humane Society of Pinellas on this project. The objective of this project will be to lower the number of unsterilized pets in Pinellas County through a community-wide systems approach. Currently, we share data following Asilomar standards to better track progress across the County and within our animal welfare partnership system. We have separated the County into regions within which each of us can implement a low cost spay/neuter program. 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 believe that by working together 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?
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 vet clinics within those communities to perform the surgeries. Collaborating with our partners (the Humane Society of Pinellas and Pinellas County Animal Services), we’ve determined that SPCA Tampa Bay can best serve the Pinellas Park and Largo cities by partnering with 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 this local office for a small fee.
Methods
What criteria will you use to determine eligibility for your program? 
Clients will need to have demonstrated proof of participating in one of the following needs-based public assistance programs: Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), Major VA Disability, Food Stamps, Medicaid, Free Lunch Program (Public Schools), Social Security Disability (SSD), Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), HUD Section 8 Housing, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) - Formerly AFDC.
How will you advertise the program? Explain how the advertising will reach the target audience.
SPCA Tampa Bay is fortunate in that its media (radio, TV, print) relationships have been in place for more than 20 years. Details of these programs will be prominently display on our website. With the significant increase in interest among social media, we are able to provide continuous shelter updates to the public. At this time, we have over 8,900 fans on our Facebook page. Additionally, we will send our registered email recipient list periodic promotion emails encouraging them to mention the spay-neuter services to co-workers and friends.
How will you address barriers to full use of the program such as transportation, illiteracy, and cultural hurdles? 
Qualified applicants must use their own vehicles or public transportation to bring their pet to the SPOT low cost spay-neuter clinic. The “SPCA Services” brochure describing our services is printed in English and in Spanish.
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.
Clients will be responsible for transportation of their pets to the clinic.
Veterinary Services
 

What arrangements have you made with veterinarians to perform the surgeries? 
All surgeries will be performed at SPOT Low Cost Spay-Neuter Clinic.
Are they:  
 

Veterinary Practices
Practice NameAddressCityStateZipPhoneLead Practice
SPOT Low Cost Spay-Neuter Clinic4403 62nd Ave. NPinellas ParkFL33714727-329-8657

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: 
All surgery appointments will be made through SPOT and the client. Clients will pay the $15 co-pay and vaccination cost (if needed) when they arrive at clinic. Fees for the dogs will vary according to weight. Cost to SPCA Tampa Bay for male dogs will vary from $35-$80 depending on weight. Cost to SPCA Tampa Bay for female dogs will vary from $45-$90. Clients will receive a $5 rabies vaccination and the county license is required for an additional cost of $20 to the client (if they do not have proof of rabies shot).  
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
Humane Society of PinellasHumane Society of Pinellas will use its Neuter Scooter to offer low cost spay neuter services to the residents in the Clearwater/Tarpon/Northern Pinellas County area.
Pinellas County Animal ServicesSPCA Tampa Bay already shares data with Pinellas County Animal Services and Humane Society of Pinellas 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. PCAS can best serve the South St. Petersburg community by partnering with the Animal Hospital of Pinellas Point and Pet Pal Animal Clinic to offer low cost spay neuter services to the residents in those areas.

 
Other Information
Provide any additional information that will help the grant selection committee understand how the program will operate to achieve its goals.
 SPCA Tampa Bay and our collaborative partners believe that targeting low income and spay/neuter resistant pet owners is the key to increasing pet sterilization above baseline numbers, as these are the pet owners least likely to ever sterilize their cats and dogs. By providing a special fee for spay/neuter surgery and facilitating participation through outreach and other support, this project will directly address the pet overpopulation problem in our community.
Budget
Total number of sterilization surgeries projected:
Cats: 200    Dogs:  200 
Total budget requested (Budget should not exceed $25,000): $25,000.00 
Average cost/surgery projected: $63.00 
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 vaccine will be required to pets not already vaccinated for $5. County license is also required at a county set price of $20. The additional $25 will be paid by the client. Other services are available but will not be covered by our grant.
 
Describe any other funding sources for this program, i.e. other grants, targeted fundraising efforts, budget allocation, etc.
We will be opening our own medical center in the next 18 months and plan on pursuing additional grants during this time. SPCA Tampa Bay has implemented a broad range of fundraising strategies including grant seeking, direct mail, events, planned giving, and personal solicitations.
 
What percent of the total cost of the program would this projected grant cover?
75%
Timeline
All projects must be completed within 12 months of receipt of funding.
Projected start date: 08/17/14/     Projected end date: 08/17/15
 
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 be opening our own medical center in the next 18 months and plan on pursuing additional grants during this time. SPCA Tampa Bay has implemented a broad range of fundraising strategies including grant seeking, direct mail, events, planned giving, and personal solicitations.
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.
In addition to our media efforts which will specifically tag the Florida Animal Friend Spay/Neuter License Plate program as the source of funding, we will prominently display the Program and logo with a link to order license plates on our website.