Grant ID: 1403
Title of Proposal: Backyard Sterilization Project: Targeted Spay/Neuter of Community Cats and Personal Pets
Agency Type: Non-Profit
Total Funding Requested: $24,975.00
Check Payable To: Cat Depot
Application Information
Demographics
Name of Applicant Agency: Cat Depot Website Address: www.catdepot.org
Person Submitting Proposal: Terri Gagliardi Position: Communications Specialist
Person Submitting Proposal Email Address: info@catdepot.org
Agency Head: Shelley Thayer Agency Head Email: shelleyt@catdepot.org
Organization Business Address: 2542 17th Street City: Sarasota
State: FL Zip: 34234
Phone (xxx-xxx-xxxx): 941-366-2404 Fax: 941-366-2407
Cell:    
 
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: $1,011,911.00
Organization Expenses in Last Fiscal Year: $957,553.00
Number of Paid Employees: Full Time: 11  Part Time: 7
Number of Active Volunteers: 167
Total Volunteer Hours per Week: 357.00
How did you learn of the 2009  Florida Animal Friend grant competition? Previous recipient
Year(s) of previous Florida Animal Friend grants (if applicable):
Previous Florida Animal Friend Applications: Years Funded: 2008, 2010 Year(s) denied/incomplete: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
Auto-Generated (Previous Applications):
Grant #Proposal YearProposal TitleStatus
1392010FAF 2010Funded
1782010Cat Depot FAF GrantDenied
2882012Florida Animal Friend 2012Denied (not completed)
3622013Community Cat TNR ProgramDenied (not completed)
14032014Backyard Sterilization Project: Targeted Spay/Neuter of Community Cats and Personal Pets Funded
16122006 Denied
16132007 Denied
16142008 Funded
16452016Full Circle Community Cat ProgramFunded
Describe your Organization:
Services Provided Organization Structure:











List your current board of directors:

NameTitlePhoneOccupation
Ken SlavinPresident941-504-6820Retired
Linda SlavinVice President941-387-0553Unemployed
Michael SiegelSecretary941-365-0550Attorney

Applicant Qualifications
For your organization, in the last complete fiscal year:
847  cats and 0  dogs were admitted.
846   cats and  0   dogs were adopted.
24   cats and  0    dogs were euthanized.
530   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. 
Cat Depot has a full circle Community Cat Program that was implemented in 2011. The program’s goal is to gather information, track community cat colonies and support colony care and TNR efforts. The program offers two training programs; Safe Trapping Procedures and How to Become a Cat Colony Caregiver. We have thirty six traps available for a one week period and extensions are considered. Two drop traps are also available. All traps are available 7 days per week. Cat Depot staff and volunteers are available to assist care givers with trapping and transportation of cats for TNR. To support our registered colonies, Cat Depot’s Food Bank offers income-qualified caregivers 2.5 pounds of food for every cat, every month. Each pet owner also receives 7 cans of Friskies cat food each month. The food bank is open on the last Saturday every month, year round. Cat Depot advertises for food on our large outdoor sign, on a monthly flyer emailed to businesses, in our advertising, and in our newsletter that is mailed to 5,000 recipients. We also have 10 - 12 food boxes located throughout town every month. We have reached out to numerous corporations and have received food from Nestle Purina and Iam's for our food bank program. In 2013, our food bank distributed 11,606 pounds of dry cat food and 8,879 cans of cat food. We fed 3,689 colony cats in 46 registered colonies and 1,120 personally-owned cats. We plan to expand those numbers with our targeted spay/neuter program. Our focus will be the area around Cat Depot. Our goal is to target community cats and personal pets who are literally in our own backyard. Cat Depot does not have funds available to cover TNR in all of Sarasota and Manatee counties, but we stay informed on local resources and provide the public with an updated information guide for free and low cost TNR services on a monthly basis. Cat Depot has collaborated with humane organizations in Sarasota and Manatee counties for the sterilization of colony/free-roaming cats over the past 10 years. We will continue to work with these groups to make a greater impact by sterilizing all of the cats in the targeted zip code area, as well as new areas as funding permits. Deb DeVogt, Adoption Coordinator, leads our Community Cat program. Volunteer, Pat Rounds, heads up our hotline number and approximately 12 volunteers help with food bank, collection, and data tracking. Constance Paras, Director of Operations, will oversee Cat Depot’s targeted Backyard Program, should we receive grant funds. Constance has successfully overseen three TNR grants for Cat Depot. Prior to Cat Depot, she was involved with a private feline sanctuary in Naples, FL and a canine rescue and rehabilitation center in North Carolina. She is a trained disaster responder for Red Rover, FL SARC and Cat Depot’s Emergency Response Team. She has a Master’s Certification in Project Management from Steven’s Institute.
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? 
Cat Depot sterilizes every unaltered cat who comes into our facility. We take in 850 to 900 cats every year. These cats are placed on our adoption floor. When we have grant funds available, we provide TNR services onsite and through a voucher agreement program with Manatee Humane Society. We are currently depleting final funds for two existing TNR grants, totaling $7,000. Unfortunately, when grant funds run out, so do our services for community cats.

Target Population
Geographical target area (name of city, county, zip codes, geographical Information service (GIS), etc.):
One square mile within Sarasota zip codes 34234 and 34237 
Total human population in target area: 3308 
Percent of residents living below poverty in target area: 23.1 
Estimated number of pet cats in target area (human population divided by 3.3): 1003 
Estimated number of pet dogs in target area (human population divided by 4.0): 827 
Estimated number of feral cats in target area (human population divided by 6.0): 552 
Number of cats admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) approx. 163 
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) approx. 66 
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 do not believe our target area animal population to be significantly different from above.
Please explain what you believe are the most substantial sources of dog and cat overpopulation in the target area:
 Cats: Unsterilized community/pet, free-roaming cats are the greatest source of cat overpopulation. Dogs: Owned dogs who are not altered, yet allowed to roam, are a 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?
In Sarasota County, Buddy’s Feral Cat Program of St. Francis Animal Rescue offers free spay/neuter services one day a month. But currently, they are trapping in Desoto County. Sarasota Defense of Animals (SDA) will provide free spay/neuter services once a month, if they have the funding. ARC has a mobile unit that provides low cost spay/neuter services for personal pets. These limited resources are not nearly adequate for the quantities of sterilizations needed.
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.
Our target area is a section of zip codes 34237 and 34234 (the area around Cat Depot’s facility). The area we are targeting is 1 square mile. Please see attached map.
 
What is the criteria used for determining the target area(s) and/or eligibility for this program?
We selected the area directly around our facility because it was the second highest area for impounds in Sarasota County. The highest area needs Sheriff protection and we are reaching out to the county to seek their cooperation on future endeavors in that area. In the targeted area we currently do not have registered colony support and would like to register and assist colony care givers with spay/neuter services, reporting, and monthly food.
 
Describe whether the targeted area is rural, suburban, or urban. Is it commercial, residential, agricultural, or a designated special land use?
The area is urban.
 
Estimated number of cats in the target colony area : 1555  
Estimated number that are currently sterilized: 778
Projected reduction after utilizing the grant:  555
 
For TNR program, describe the ability to maintain lifelong care for remaining cats, commitment level of volunteers/organizations, etc.
Our goal is to set up and maintain registered colony caregivers in the target area to receive food and emergency aid for colony cats. Once the colony is registered, the caregivers will receive food from our monthly Food Bank based on the number of cats in their care. Cat Depot will visit the colony on an annual basis to document cat population numbers, offer advice and assist caregivers. Low income residents with pet cats will also be able to receive food from our Food Bank.
 
Do current city/county ordinances address TNR or free-roaming cats?
Yes

Please explain what is allowed:
Cat colonies are allowed and TNR efforts are accepted in Sarasota.
(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:
Sarasota Animal Services acknowledges and supports our TNR efforts.
 
Describe any effort to lessen the negative impact on local wildlife.
Cat Depot’s Food Bank provides food for those who support community/feral cats and income-qualified residents in need of food for their personal pets. The Food Bank helps to lessen the community cat colonies’ negative impact on wildlife by providing them with a steady source of food.
 
Describe efforts that will be made to mitigate current or potential nuisance issues.
Our TNR efforts will lessen problems in the neighborhood with strays. We will take pregnant cats and kittens as well as friendly stray cats from the area into our facility. By taking in adoptable cats, we will remove homeless cats from the streets and find them loving homes.
 
Will the cats be ear-tipped? Yes
Will the cats be microchipped? Yes
 
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)?
With the grant funds, Cat Depot plans to sterilize 555 of the estimated stray/feral and pet cats in the targeted area. This program will not stop after the grant money is depleted. We will apply for additional funding through grants, donors and fundraising efforts. Our goal is 100% TNR in the areas surrounding Cat Depot’s facility. We will use the Humane Alliance model and ensure that every cat receives a microchip. The microchips will ensure a cat’s safe return should the cat be picked up by Animal Services, who euthanize all cats in traps without a microchip. Cat Depot will help pick up microchipped cats from Animal Services, should the care giver be unable to transport.
How does this program increase the number of sterilization surgeries above the existing baseline?
Last year, Cat Depot sterilized 530 cats. The additional 555 sterilizations will more than double our spay/neuter numbers.
Methods
What criteria will you use to determine eligibility for your program? 
Eligibility for personal pets will be determined by a short questionnaire that includes income qualification using government low income guidelines and records the name, address, phone number of pet owner. Community/feral cats will in the target area will automatically qualify. The target area has an annual family income average of $19,000.
How will you advertise the program? Explain how the advertising will reach the target audience.
We will reach the target audience through multi-media. This will include press releases and advertising in local free papers that are distributed in the targeted area. Door hangers and flyers will be printed at Cat Depot’s costs and distributed by staff and volunteers. Weekend awareness events with the local police department are in discussion. Literature will be available at Cat Depot and on our website and social media sites. We will alert local humane organizations who could potentially receive calls for help from this area. In addition, we will advertise the spay/neuter clinic on our prominent LED sign outside our facility.
How will you address barriers to full use of the program such as transportation, illiteracy, and cultural hurdles? 
Volunteers and staff are ready to transport cats as needed. Two members of Cat Depot’s staff are bilingual (Spanish) as well as several active volunteers. These individuals will assist when needed. Educational literature explaining the benefits of spay/neuter will be distributed
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.
Yes. If transportation is not available, Cat Depot staff or trained volunteer transporters will transport animals in humane traps or carriers for personal pets. Cat Depot currently has trained transporters, but additional training will be given to transporters working in the target area. All transporters are required to show proof of insurance and valid driver’s license. All transporters sign a “hold harmless” waiver that covers health and transportation. Cat Depot has liability and volunteer insurance. Transporters must have reliable/safe transportation. Several volunteer transporters consistently use Cat Depot’s cargo van for transportation of cats. Cat Depot has two vehicles for transport and one rescue trailer that can comfortable accommodate 75 cats. Cats trapped the night before, are given water and placed in a quiet environment with a sheet covering their cage. The same procedures will be followed for cats brought into our facility in the morning. Cats will be handled by trained vet techs and vet tech assistants. Our veterinarian and Director of Operations are Humane Alliance trained.
Veterinary Services
 

What arrangements have you made with veterinarians to perform the surgeries? 
In addition to our in-house veterinarian, Cat Depot has made arrangements with The Humane Society of Manatee County and Rosemary Veterinary Hospital to provide additional spay/neuter services as needed for our Backyard Sterilization Program. Both organizations have experienced and dedicated veterinarians and staff who are ready to work with us to accomplish our sterilization goals.
Are they:  
 

Veterinary Practices
Practice NameAddressCityStateZipPhoneLead Practice
Cat Depot2542 17th StreetSarasotaFL34234941-366-2404
Rosemary Veterinary Hospital650 Central AvenueSarasotaFL34236941-366-3800
The Humane Society of Manatee County2515 14th Street WestBradentonFL34205941-747-8808

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: 
The spay/neuter surgery cost ranges are an average based on the fees for each clinic. Cat Depot’s surgery costs are $43.97 for spay and $33.97 for neuter. The Humane Society of Manatee County’s costs are $43.97 for both spay and neuter. Rosemary Veterinary Hospital’s costs are $48.97 for both spay and neuter.  
Is this a voucher program? Yes
 
If so, how will you assure compliance with the program?
This is a combination program. We will accept drop-offs for TNR (proving zip code area by driver’s license) and provide vouchers for family pets with driver’s license verification of residence.

 
For your voucher program, how have you determined the capacity of the veterinarians listed above to handle the projected capacity?
In June, Cat Depot will have one full time in-house veterinarian and one part time veterinarian, three veterinary technicians and two tech assistants. Cat Depot will provide surgeries, five days per week. Any surgeries that we are unable to accommodate at our facility will be performed by the veterinary teams at Manatee Humane Society and/or Rosemary Veterinary Hospital.  
 
Will you have the ability to report the number of vouchers issued and the percentage that result in S/N surgeries?
Yes.

 
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
All Faiths Food BankWill have our TNR program flyer
Gulf Shore Animal LeagueVolunteered to assist with trapping
Local PressPress releases
Local Television StationsThey may pick up story. We have excellent relationships with them.
Meals on WheelsWill have our TNR program flyer
Mimi's RescueVolunteered to assist with trapping
Rescue Groups in Sarasota and Manatee CountiesEvery humane organization will be notified of the free TNR and personal pet sterilization in the targeted area.
Sarasota Animal ServicesAnimal Services will alert us when they receive calls from the target area surrounding Cat Depot so that we may intervene and assist.
Sarasota Pet MagazineArticle on TNR program
Sarasota Sheriff's DepartmentWe are planning to work with them to develop weekend awareness events
Social MediaCat Depot website, Facebook, twitter, free media sites

 
Other Information
Provide any additional information that will help the grant selection committee understand how the program will operate to achieve its goals.
 To ensure that goals, standard operating procedures and program timeline is on track, Cat Depot departments (Operations, Cat Care, Community Cat Program and Grant lead) will communicate cohesively to promote progress, strategies and consistency. Spreadsheets detailing information (community cats and personal pets, spay/neuter results, contact information, locations, and expenses) will be tracked daily and monitored weekly to ensure monthly goals and strategies for targeted community. Recorded sterilizations and costs will be reported in weekly staff notes.
Budget
Total number of sterilization surgeries projected:
Cats: 555    Dogs:  0 
Total budget requested (Budget should not exceed $25,000): $24,975.00 
Average cost/surgery projected: $45.00 
Describe any expenses that are not included in the grant and how they will be paid for (for example, vaccines, microchipping, ear notching, etc.):
For each cat/surgery Cat Depot will pay $4.53 for one application of Revolution, $5.00 for a microchip and $1.03 for a Rabies Vaccine. ($10.56 per cat) Should assistance be needed to transport cats to and from cat colonies to the vet clinic, Cat Depot will pay the transportation costs. If a cat needs additional medical assistance, Cat Depot will consider assisting the care giver in partial or full payment.
 
Describe any other funding sources for this program, i.e. other grants, targeted fundraising efforts, budget allocation, etc.
In 2013 we received two grants for Spay/Neuter (a total of $7,000). Any funds remaining on July 1, 2014 will be applied toward this program. In addition, we are applying for grants to support the Florida Animal Friend Grant. Cat Depot worked with several restaurants in 2013 to raise funds and we plan on expanding those efforts in 2014 to support TNR. Dining programs in the works are "Put a Bite in Euthanasia" and "Take Out for TNR." These targeted fundraising efforts with local restaurants will provide funding for continued TNR and will increase community awareness of the need for Spay/Neuter.
 
What percent of the total cost of the program would this projected grant cover?
72
Timeline
All projects must be completed within 12 months of receipt of funding.
Projected start date: 07/01/14/     Projected end date: 06/30/15
 
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.
Cat Depot is committed to TNR of any/all "new" cats who may show up in the target area. These TNR expenses will be paid for by Cat Depot. Cat Depot is implementing a "Put a Bite in Euthanasia" and "Take Out for TNR" dining program with local restaurants to raise funds for TNR. Several restaurant programs participated in 2013, with positive results. Cat Depot is committed to broadening our donor reach and individual donor funding for TNR. In addition, we will apply for other grants throughout the year to support our TNR efforts. And, starting July 1, Cat Depot will provide low cost spay/neuter services to low income residents.
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.
Cat Depot will employ a variety of media venues including, a year-long website presence for FL Animal Friend Spay/Neuter License Plate Grant, press releases, year-long promotions on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, recognition in our newsletter, which is mailed to 5,000 recipients and distributed to an additional 2,000, e-news recognition to 3,000 recipients and e-mews email to 800 volunteers. In addition, Cat Depot Cat Adopters who show proof of a FL Animal Friend Spay/Neuter License plate will be given a $10.00 off the price adoption fee per cat. In addition, Animal Friend License information will be included on every flyer for distribution.