Grant ID: 1402
Title of Proposal: Mobile Clinic Spay/Neuter Expansion
Agency Type: Non-Profit
Total Funding Requested: $25,000.00
Check Payable To: SPCA of Central Florida, Inc.
Application Information
Demographics
Name of Applicant Agency: SPCA of Central Florida Website Address: www.OrlandoPets.org
Person Submitting Proposal: Sean Hawkins Position: Director of Philanthropy and Marketing
Person Submitting Proposal Email Address: Sean@OrlandoPets.org
Agency Head: Kerri Burns Agency Head Email: Kerri@OrlandoPets.org
Organization Business Address: 2727 Conroy Rd. City: Orlando
State: FL Zip: 32839
Phone (xxx-xxx-xxxx): 407-351-7722 Fax: 407-352-2070
Cell: 713-269-3574    
 
Agency Details

Date of 501(c)(3) Incorporation:
Dates of Last Fiscal Year: Begin: 07/01/12    End: 06/30/13
Organization Income in Last Fiscal Year: $6,327,010.00
Organization Expenses in Last Fiscal Year: $6,361,297.00
Number of Paid Employees: Full Time: 93  Part Time: 6
Number of Active Volunteers: 995
Total Volunteer Hours per Week: 836.00
How did you learn of the 2009  Florida Animal Friend grant competition? Email
Year(s) of previous Florida Animal Friend grants (if applicable):
Previous Florida Animal Friend Applications: Years Funded:  Year(s) denied/incomplete:
Auto-Generated (Previous Applications):
Grant #Proposal YearProposal TitleStatus
812009"Nickel Neuters"Funded
1312010Nickel Neuter 2Denied
2042011Snip and TuckFunded
14022014Mobile Clinic Spay/Neuter ExpansionFunded
Describe your Organization:
Services Provided Organization Structure:











List your current board of directors:

NameTitlePhoneOccupation
Brenda LounsberryChair - Pet Set407-363-5338Marketing Director - Mall at Millenia
Christine Elliot O'NealMember407-363-2601VP - Human Resources - SeanWorld Orlando
Daisy StaniszkisAudit Committee407-422-8877N/A
David A SmithMember240-925-9421N/A
Debbie HallSecretary407-381-7797VP - Human Resources, JHT, Inc.
Donna HilyardPast Chair - Ex Officio407-691-9830J. Rolfe Davis Insurance
Douglas GlickenChair407-872-3300Lawyer - Douglas H. Glicken Law Offices
Heather ChurchillAudit Committee Member407-605-4362Vice President - Morgan Stanley
Jill Mellen, Ph.D.Executive At-Large407-939-6221Education & Science Director - Disney's Animal Kingdom
John SalasVice Chair407-928-6410Sales Director - Clear Channel
Mark WeimerExecutive Committee At Large; Audit Committee407-572-5555CSC, LLC
Rey Curva IIIMember407-236-5469Senior VP - JP Morgan Chase
Tanya ZeiherMember407-362-7715Communications VP - Hooah! Interactive
William VoseMember407-836-2425Chief Asst. State Attorney

Applicant Qualifications
For your organization, in the last complete fiscal year:
4004  cats and 3681  dogs were admitted.
2892   cats and  3171   dogs were adopted.
811   cats and  307    dogs were euthanized.
4135   cats and  5472    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 SPCA of Central Florida operates two stationary full service clinics in Orlando and Sanford, Florida and one mobile veterinary clinic. The stationary clinics exist on the same properties as our two animal shelters and are responsible for approximately 97% of the sterilization procedures 9600+ sterilization procedures performed in 2013 by the organization. The following organizational personnel will lead the program effort: Becky Rhoades, DVM, CAWA, Medical Director Dr. Rhoades became the first full-time shelter veterinarian for Hawaiian Humane Society on Oahu and implemented their early spay/neuter and TNRM sterilization programs in the early 90’s. She also served as their Director of Operations and managed shelter operations, veterinary care and field services. She was executive director of the Kauai Humane Society from 2000 until 2010. Dr. Rhoades chaired the disaster committee for the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) following Hurricane Katina. She currently sits on the Association of Shelter Veterinarians shelter medicine organizing committee and the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) test committee. The SPCA of Central Florida has 8 full time veterinarians with 40 support staff dedicated to the veterinary function. Kerri Burns, Executive Director Ms. Burns is recognized internationally for her animal welfare work. She has previously been Interim CEO/President of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona in Tucson. Prior, she managed Animal Emergency Services Programs for the National Animal Welfare Organization, assisting animals through the Hurricane Katrina disaster on the Gulf Coast in 2005. Her animal welfare experience also includes assisting with wildlife rescue and rehabilitation following the BP oil spill, and involvement in the largest pit bull fighting bust in U.S. history. Ms. Burns has been recognized by the American Humane Association for her efforts to educate others about animal welfare. Sean Hawkins, Director of Philanthropy and Marketing Hawkins pioneered the concept of mobile spay and neuter clinics across the United States. Under The Fund’s umbrella, he opened and operated the “largest spay & neuter clinic in the world” in Manhattan, in addition to facilities in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Los Angeles, and Albuquerque. The Fund’s clinics became an independent charity known as the Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) in 1999, with Hawkins as Founder and CEO until 2005. SNAP grew to operate 10 facilities in the US and Mexico.
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? 
The mobile clinic was purchased approximately five years ago, but there has not been fund raising efforts and revenue generation to allow clinic operation. The new leadership team now in place at the SPCA of Central Florida has made mobile clinic operations a number one priority upon realizing how providing free spay/neuter services for animals in low income neighborhoods immediately impacts shelter intake.

Target Population
Geographical target area (name of city, county, zip codes, geographical Information service (GIS), etc.):
Bithlo, Orange County, 32820 and 32833 
Total human population in target area: 8268 
Percent of residents living below poverty in target area: 20.7 
Estimated number of pet cats in target area (human population divided by 3.3): 2506 
Estimated number of pet dogs in target area (human population divided by 4.0): 2067 
Estimated number of feral cats in target area (human population divided by 6.0): 1378 
Number of cats admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 129 
Number of dogs admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 376 
Number of cats euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 84 
Number of dogs euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 50 
Please explain if you believe your target area animal population is significantly different than above.
Bithlo is a semi-rural community just outside of Orlando. Poverty is the generational norm for most of the town’s population of 8,268. Residents struggle daily with basic survival needs: food, clothing and shelter. Jobs are scarce, and the major industry is automotive junk yards. No grocer, barber shop, library, gym, swimming pool, or place to earn a GED exist, with housing consisting largely of dilapidated trailers. The nearest bus stop is miles away. An estimated 60% of adults are functionally illiterate, and teen pregnancy rates are high in girls 13-15. Substance abuse is rampant. With no public water, well water is contaminated with elements from an old gas station and illegal landfill.
Please explain what you believe are the most substantial sources of dog and cat overpopulation in the target area:
 The following circumstances are primarily responsible for the dog and cat overpopulation in Bithlo, Florida. 1. Chronic poverty among the town's residents limit their ability to pay for these procedures. 2. Lack of education regarding the importance of spaying and neutering animals. 3. No access to veterinary services.
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 no spay/neuter services currently available in the target area.
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?
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:
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)?
Florida Animal Friend funding in the amount of $25,000 will allow the SPCA of Central Florida to perform 343 free spay/neuter surgeries for qualified low-income families in Bithlo, Florida. The effort is part of a larger program, the Bithlo Transformation Effort. The SPCA of Central Florida has been invited to participate in this multi-organizational effort to rejuvenate a historically rundown and impoverished community. Program partners include Florida Hospital and the University of Central Florida. The SPCA of Central's overall goal within the program is to provide free spaying and neutering, rabies vaccinations and microchips to 2,600 dogs and cats in income qualified families in order to reduce animal homelessness in Bithlo and reduce the number of homeless animals entering shelters from the town’s two ZIP codes, 32820 and 32833 over a two year period. The overall goal of this program is to reduce the number of animal services call in Bithlo by 50% at the end of two years. Orange County Animal Services data shows that Bithlo, Florida is among the highest requesters each year for animal services throughout the entire county. In 2013, the two zip codes which encompass Bithlo, 32820 and 32833, generated 1,562 requests for animal services activities. These calls are largely due to animal overpopulation, which leads to animal homelessness, stray dogs running at large, bite incidents, and the threat of rabies infection.
How does this program increase the number of sterilization surgeries above the existing baseline?
The SPCA of Central Florida lacks funds to operate the mobile veterinary clinic more than one day per week. Florida Animal Friend funding in the amount of $25,000 to operate the mobile clinic for additional days would increase the number of sterilization surgeries by 343.
Methods
What criteria will you use to determine eligibility for your program? 
Free spay/neuter services will be provided for cats and dogs in low-income families who receive public assistance.
How will you advertise the program? Explain how the advertising will reach the target audience.
Overall media outreach to publicize the Bithlo Transformation Effort will be coordinated through the Bithlo Transformation Effort’s Marketing & Communications Department on behalf of the SPCA of Central Florida. Specific neighborhood publicity and motivation will include SPCA of Central Florida volunteers participating in community events and distributing fliers and posters across Bithlo. Orange County Animal Services has agreed to equip its officers and vehicles with fliers and information about the BTE project to educate citizens with whom they interact. Possibly the most important publicity and community call to action is being led by Doglando who has been working in Bithlo for the last year to build relationships with the residents and gain their trust. The relationships already established by Doglando have helped to change the mindset of the community about dog and cat sterilization.
How will you address barriers to full use of the program such as transportation, illiteracy, and cultural hurdles? 
The mobile clinic will perform sterilization surgeries on-site in Bithlo, virtually eliminating the need for transportation. If required, a driver and transport vehicle from the SPCA of Central Florida will be used to transport animals to our central hospital facility for additional spaying and neutering services. SPCA of Central Florida has bilingual personnel who can facilitate communications with non-English speakers. Door to door program marketing and other forms of spoken communication will be used to communicate with people who lack literacy skills. The SPCA of Central Florida will rely on the communication networks developed by Bithlo Transformation Effort personnel and volunteers to market the program as well. These individuals have been operating and communicating successfully with the town's residents for several years now, and understand how to form a positive cultural connection with them.
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.
The SPCA of Central Florida owns the following vehicles, equipped with transport cages and operated by trained personnel with extensive animal handling experience, which can be used for animal transport if necessary: Van: 2014 Chevy Express – 2,000 miles Van: 2013 Nissan NV – 2,546 miles Truck: 2008 Ford F150 – 111,683 miles Truck: 2008 Ford F150 – 13,646 miles The SPCA of Central Florida employs the use of liability releases for the transportation of animals.
Veterinary Services
 

What arrangements have you made with veterinarians to perform the surgeries? 
The SPCA of Central Florida possesses two stationary clinics in Orlando and Sanford, Florida and a state-of-the-art mobile veterinary clinic. The mobile veterinary clinic will be used for the delivery of service within the spay/neuter program in Bithlo, Florida. The clinic is staffed by a skilled and experienced veterinarian and two veterinary technicians at all times during operation. SPCA of Central Florida volunteers will also be onsite during mobile clinic operation days in Bithlo to assist with transport of animals between their homes and the mobile clinic.
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: 
There is no cost to the client for Spay/Neuter surgeries, rabies vaccinations, and microchip insertion. Florida Animal Friend Grant funds will only be used to pay for costs directly associated with the sterilization surgeries.  
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
DoglandoA committed partner to the Bithlo Transformation Effort, this nonprofit group has been working in the Bithlo community over the last year an animal related concerns to build relationships with the residents and gain their trust. They have committed to marketing the SPCA of Central Florida's free spay/neuter services in Bithlo. Community residents will be notified about the services being provided through distribution of flyers and door to door interaction.
Orange County Animal ServicesOrange County Animal Services will provide both marketing support and statistical data to the SPCA of Central Florida in support of mobile clinic operations in Bithlo. Orange County Animal Services field officers will carry brochures advertising the SPCA of Central Florida's free spay/neuter program and discuss these services with the general public and with individuals making animal service request calls in Bithlo. Orange County Animal Services will also provide statistical data regarding the number of animal service requests, dog and cat intake and euthanasia rates from the two zip codes which encompass Bithlo, 32820 and 32833 throughout the two year program period.
United Global Outreach (UGO)This nonprofit group is coordinating the multi-organizational partnership which is the Bithlo Transformation Effort. They invited the SPCA of Central Florida to join the program by provided donated spay/neuter surgeries to low-income qualified families in Bithlo. UGO personnel and volunteers will assist with scheduling, logistics, and marketing of the SPCA of Central Florida mobile clinics operations in the town of Bithlo throughout the entire length of the program. SPCA of Central Florida operations in Bithlo will also be included within Bithlo Transformation Effort evaluative reports.

 
Other Information
Provide any additional information that will help the grant selection committee understand how the program will operate to achieve its goals.
 The greater goal of the Bithlo Transformation Effort is to transform forgotten communities into places where we would all want to live. United Global Outreach, the lead community service organization coordinating the BTE project, is focusing on seven overall areas of service; education, transportation, housing, basic social services, infrastructure, health care, and the environment. Sixty partner organizations, including Florida Hospital, Orange County Government, Florida Department of Transportation, and the University of Central Florida, have already joined together to help transform this historically impoverished town. A new charter school built by the program has been operating for two years now. A dental clinic, mental health counseling services, job initiatives program, new playground, and food bank renovation and expansion are among the other accomplishments of the BTE project. The SPCA of Central Florida, working in partnership with Orange County Animal Services and Doglando, will help address dog and cat overpopulation in Bithlo, which is viewed as an element of the town’s transformational agenda and is recognized as addressing a critical public and animal welfare need. The specific goal of the SPCA of Central Florida within the Bithlo Transformation Effort is to provide free spaying and neutering, rabies vaccinations and microchips to 2,600 dogs and cats in income qualified families in order to reduce animal homelessness in Bithlo and reduce the number of homeless animals entering shelters from the town’s two ZIP codes, 32820 and 32833 over a two year period. The SPCA of Central Florida component of BTE is scheduled to begin October 2014 and will operate through September 2016. Spaying or neutering dogs and cats in Bithlo prevents future litters of puppies and kittens from being born only to become homeless. This sweeping effort can significantly reduce animal homelessness and stray animal impounds in the Bithlo area. The SPCA of Central Florida state-of-the-art mobile clinic unit will be on-site in Bithlo one day each week for two years of service to sterilize, vaccinate, and micro-chip an average of 25 dogs and cats each day. As stated above, through these efforts, we expect to complete approximately 1,300 sterilizations per year for two years of program service in the targeted community, effectively achieving the sterilization of over 51% of Bithlo’s animal residents and cutting the number of animal services calls by half at program conclusion.
Budget
Total number of sterilization surgeries projected:
Cats: 171    Dogs:  172 
Total budget requested (Budget should not exceed $25,000): $25,000.00 
Average cost/surgery projected: $73.00 
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 vaccines and microchipping will be paid for through funding provided by the SPCA of Central Florida's individual, charitable and corporate investment partners.
 
Describe any other funding sources for this program, i.e. other grants, targeted fundraising efforts, budget allocation, etc.
Helen Brach Foundation - $25,000 (pending) Folke H. Peterson Foundation - $25,000 (pending) Petsmart Charities - $50,000 (pending) Elinor Patterson Baker Foundation - $50,000 (pending)
 
What percent of the total cost of the program would this projected grant cover?
13
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.
The SPCA of Central Florida is committed to securing funding for its role in the Bithlo Transformation Effort. After 77 years as a proud community leader and advocate for the welfare and well-being of animals, the SPCA of Central Florida has embarked on a new campaign to increase community outreach services. Partnership within the Bithlo Transformation Effort is one element within this campaign. Our overarching goal for 2014-2015 is to designate our mobile veterinary clinic facility to full time operations, providing free spaying or neutering services for animals in qualified families throughout Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties up to five days per week. Kerri Burns, Executive Director and Sean Hawkins, Director of Philanthropy and Marketing, who are part of the new leadership team at SPCA of Central Florida, bring a collective 35 years of nonprofit animal services leadership to the already strong organization. Ms. Burns’ and Mr. Hawkins’ combined fundraising expertise has already resulted in improved relationships with local constituents and a significantly increased grant and corporate sponsorship pipeline. Funds are being used to improve the organization’s digital infrastructure through the implementation of PetPoint shelter/clinic statistics software and Blackbaud fundraising tracking software. Key personnel have also been hired to manage the onboarding of these new software programs. These and other major new investments have positioned the SPCA of Central Florida to expand and maximize organizational fundraising and service delivery the next five to ten years. The SPCA of Central Florida will continue to apply for grants, and solicit monetary contributions from individuals, charitable and corporate funders who share our common interest in providing these critically needed services at no cost to the human and animal residents in the economically challenged town of Bithlo, Florida.
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.
The SPCA of Central Florida will publicize this grant via press releases to local news media outlets, newsletters, organizational website copy and links, Facebook, and twitter. We will display Florida Animal Friend collateral material inside both our Orlando and Sanford Shelter Clinic locations and provide information to clients about how to go about purchasing these plates for themselves.