Grant ID: 1401
Title of Proposal: Charlotte TNR Zip 33952
Agency Type: Non-Profit
Total Funding Requested: $14,982.00
Check Payable To: Community Cats of Charlotte, Inc.
Application Information
Demographics
Name of Applicant Agency: Community Cats of Charlotte, Inc. Website Address:
Person Submitting Proposal: Michelle Adams Position: Board VP/Secretary
Person Submitting Proposal Email Address: charlottecats@yahoo.com
Agency Head: Janet Gould Agency Head Email: jgould1955@yahoo.com
Organization Business Address: PO Box 380755 City: Murdock
State: FL Zip: 33949
Phone (xxx-xxx-xxxx): 941-249-4078 Fax:
Cell: 941-875-3293    
 
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: $9,327.15
Organization Expenses in Last Fiscal Year: $9,281.65
Number of Paid Employees: Full Time: 0  Part Time: 0
Number of Active Volunteers: 35
Total Volunteer Hours per Week: 400.00
How did you learn of the 2009  Florida Animal Friend grant competition? Other rescue organizations
Year(s) of previous Florida Animal Friend grants (if applicable):
Previous Florida Animal Friend Applications: Years Funded: n/a Year(s) denied/incomplete: n/a
Auto-Generated (Previous Applications):
Grant #Proposal YearProposal TitleStatus
14012014Charlotte TNR Zip 33952Funded
Describe your Organization:
Services Provided Organization Structure:











List your current board of directors:

NameTitlePhoneOccupation
Christine HillBoard Member941-628-9001Nurse
Dixie LottTreasurer941-429-6438Retired Licensed Veterinarian Technician
Ellen CocoranBoard Member941-505-8145Retired Nurse
Janet GouldPresident941-916-1531Business Owner - Dry Cleaner
Judy ThomasBoard Member941-769-9100Retired Nurse
Michelle AdamsVP / Secretary941-875-3293Insurance Agent
Stefania GarofoliBoard Memeber941-457-3388Sponsorship Coordinator

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.
587   cats and  0    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. 
Our monthly spay/neuter clinic, which is generally modeled after Operation Cat Nip from University of Florida, services 50+ un-owned free-roaming stray cats. In 2013, our inaugural year, we serviced 587 cats at a unit cost of $22.00 per cat. This includes our monthly clinic plus the ancillary spay/neuters performed weekly at free volunteer veterinary offices. Our Medical Director, Ronald Lott, VMD, coordinates and arranges the use of a local animal hospital (Dr. Fluharty, Animal Clinic, 3300 N. Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33952). We draw volunteer veterinary surgeons from a pool of local veterinarians plus 25 trained lay volunteers. Instruments are loaned to us from a local feral cat program in Sarasota, FL which minimizes the overhead costs to only the consumable drugs and supplies at $1,000 per month. We also partner with a privately funded feral program in Sarasota that enables us to have surgeries done at no cost as long as we participate with volunteer surgeons (Drs. Lott and Kushmaul).
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? 
Our current level of funding is created through monthly yard sales, donations and raffles. Our monthly productivity is 60 which include 40 cats at our monthly clinic plus 20 cats from voluntary vet offices. At our current funding level, this is our maximum productivity. Additional resources will expand our efforts to focus on 6500 feral cats in zip code 33952.

Target Population
Geographical target area (name of city, county, zip codes, geographical Information service (GIS), etc.):
Port Charlotte, Charlotte County 
Total human population in target area: 54,392 
Percent of residents living below poverty in target area: 20.4% 
Estimated number of pet cats in target area (human population divided by 3.3): 16483 
Estimated number of pet dogs in target area (human population divided by 4.0): 13598 
Estimated number of feral cats in target area (human population divided by 6.0): 9066 
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.
The zip code 33952, the target area, is within Port Charlotte described above. We calculate the number of feral cats in zip code 33952 to be 6,583. Using data by Levy (LevyAVMA 2003) 12% of 15,240 households in 33952 fed 3.6 feral/unowned cats (3.6 x 1,828 HH = 6,583.
Please explain what you believe are the most substantial sources of dog and cat overpopulation in the target area:
 The most extensive source of cat overpopulation in our target area is the reproduction of un-sterilized free-roaming cats, a significant number of foreclosures in the area with a high incidence of pet abandonment.
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?
In zip code 33952, as in all Charlotte County, there are no spay/neuter programs available for un-owned free roaming cats. The present solution by the county is euthanasia at the contracted shelter at tax payers expense. However, in 2014, at our monthly TNR clinics, our information sheets indicate that 40% of our cats are coming from zip code 33952.
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.
Zip Code 33952 is 11 square miles which includes 2.4 square miles of water.
 
What is the criteria used for determining the target area(s) and/or eligibility for this program?
Phone calls from caregivers requesting TNR help and information from Animal Control indicates a large number of feral cats in this area.
 
Describe whether the targeted area is rural, suburban, or urban. Is it commercial, residential, agricultural, or a designated special land use?
Urban: Commercial and Residential
 
Estimated number of cats in the target colony area : 6583  
Estimated number that are currently sterilized: 235
Projected reduction after utilizing the grant:  681
 
For TNR program, describe the ability to maintain lifelong care for remaining cats, commitment level of volunteers/organizations, etc.
Community Cats of Charlotte has a well established volunteer base exceeding 40 who feed colonies daily and that live in the target area(s). Additionally, outreach efforts have been established with residents whom care for colonies in which support is given through trap loans, humane trapping coaching, phone support, and transportation and recuperation procedures with a goal of colony elimination. Emphasis is placed on monitoring immigration and drop-off's as colonies are steralized.
 
Do current city/county ordinances address TNR or free-roaming cats?
No

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:
Neighboring counties of Sarasota, Lee and Collier all embrace the TNR program as an effective non-lethal way to manage feral colonies. Charlotte County Commissioners are listening and watching our example of TNR and with continued dialog we hope to get a community cat ordinance. In support, the Commissioners presented Community Cats of Charlotte with a proclamation designating October 16, 2013 "Feral Cat Day" in Charlotte County. (see upload)
 
Describe any effort to lessen the negative impact on local wildlife.
Cats that are supplied food and a safe location are less likely to hunt and because they are sterilized, less likely to roam. They carve out their habitat and remain focused to their location because of the food source provided by caregivers. Additionally, caregiver observations are constantly monitoring any wildlife impact. Through education, we are also emphasizing the need for owned pet cats to be kept indoors. Their impact on wildlife cannot be ignored (with blame directed at ferals).
 
Describe efforts that will be made to mitigate current or potential nuisance issues.
1) Regular conversations with Animal Control to discuss and visit problem areas. 2) If necessary, relocation to local barns and 3) deterrent devices such as those recommended by Alley Cat Allies.
 
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.
Colony orientated caregivers target an 80 - 90% colony sterilization rate with constant monitoring to offset immigration and drop-offs. This focus area will continue as one of our prime targets after the grant period because of it's importance to the community.
 
Objectives
What do you hope to accomplish with these funds (objectives should be specific and quantifiable)?
In the recognized problem area of zip code 33952, we plan to increase TNR efforts with the emphasis on 80-90% sterilization in managed colonies.
How does this program increase the number of sterilization surgeries above the existing baseline?
We will be able to double our total number of surgeries while focusing the grant monies on the target area zip code 33952.
Methods
What criteria will you use to determine eligibility for your program? 
A colony caregiver in the target area is our first priority for program participation. The cats must be feral and presented in live traps at the clinics. We will continue to rescue ferals destined for euthanasia from the contracted shelter which will include those from our target area.
How will you advertise the program? Explain how the advertising will reach the target audience.
Feature news articles in the local newspaper serve to inform the public of our mission. Brochures at pet friendly stores help to highlight our community activity. Local Farmer's Market appearances bi-weekly and other community events allows us to meet the public personally to educate. Social media and Facebook, provides additional exposure to our mission. A website is in the future when funds are available.
How will you address barriers to full use of the program such as transportation, illiteracy, and cultural hurdles? 
We offer transportation for those in need. Door to door interaction is used to inform residents of our purpose. Several bilingual supporters have outreached to the Hispanic community on our behalf.
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 do provide transportation and trapping by our Team. Humane traps are used and covered while transporting in private vans. All transporters are required to sign a liability release form.
Veterinary Services
 

What arrangements have you made with veterinarians to perform the surgeries? 
Please review the two letters our Medical Director, Dr. Lott has written describing our NO COST veterinary surgical fee and unit cost (see uploads).
Are they:  
 

Veterinary Practices
Practice NameAddressCityStateZipPhoneLead Practice
Dan Bowen324 Cross StreetPunta GordaFL33950941-639-9600
Dr. Anita Holt1219 N. Sumter BlvdNorth PortFL34286941-423-3503
Dr. Debbie Marks3300 Tamiami TrailPort CharlotteFL33952941-625-0742
Dr. Erica Ramsdell17829 Murdock CirclePort CharlotteFL33948941-255-5222
Dr. Greg Fluharty3300 Tamiami TrailPort CharlotteFL33952941-625-0742
Dr. Kevin Cronin4200 Kings HighwayPort CharlotteFL33980941-625-6111
Dr. Nicole KushmaulEast Venice AvenueVeniceFL34285941-961-5524
Dr. Ronald Lott2449 Tropicaire BlvdNorth PortFL34286941-429-6438
John Martellini14487 Tamiami TrailNorth PortFL34287941-426-0661
John Rand3300 Tamiami TrailPort CharlotteFL33952941-916-1793

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: 
Does not apply  
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
EARS Animal RescueDonates yard sale items monthly for our yard sales.
History Park Farmers MarketOffers free vendor space weekly for TNR education and community outreach.
LaFrance CleanersOffers a free location to advertise and hold yard sales.
Sarasota Feral ClinicLends surgical packs for our clinic use. Offers monthly space for additional spay/neuters with two of our veterinarians assisting them.

 
Other Information
Provide any additional information that will help the grant selection committee understand how the program will operate to achieve its goals.
 With the support of Animal Control, our volunteer veterinarians, and our caregivers, we can focus on our spay/neuter mission utilizing the NO COST for un-owned cats concept as an attraction to participate. We have identified the area in need, have proved our methods work and are gaining trust and support from the local community.
Budget
Total number of sterilization surgeries projected:
Cats: 681    Dogs:  0 
Total budget requested (Budget should not exceed $25,000): $14,982.00 
Average cost/surgery projected: $22.00 
Describe any expenses that are not included in the grant and how they will be paid for (for example, vaccines, microchipping, ear notching, etc.):
Vaccines, antibiotics, and other injections are covered by fundraising and donations. Office supplies, telephone service and vehicle costs are donated.
 
Describe any other funding sources for this program, i.e. other grants, targeted fundraising efforts, budget allocation, etc.
The fundraising efforts mentioned earlier represent our total effort. We can only sustain our present program at the current level. We will continue to explore more and better fundraising programs. The grant will increase our service to the community.
 
What percent of the total cost of the program would this projected grant cover?
85%
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.
Having established a track record for community TNR, we plan a direct campaign to target corporate/business as monthly clinic sponsors and offer them advertising. We need to continue asking for donations. Trappers rendering a service to colonies (ex: trailer parks) need to educate the public as to the cost of the service. Establishing a website will bring us into the flow of information. We will continue to apply for grants for this community service and look for county support.
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.
Signage display and conversation at the Farmer's Market and other community events will educate the public that the License Plate Grant does support local community TNR projects. Social Media will be included showing the License Plate Grant as a partner with Community Cats of Charlotte for spay/neuter un-owned/free roaming cats. Inaugural press coverage upon grant award will further highlight our program with County Commissioners and bring the feral problem to more discussion.