Grant ID: 1405
Title of Proposal: SPAY & NEUTER
Agency Type: Non-Profit
Total Funding Requested: $25,000.00
Check Payable To: HUMANE SOCIETY OF SAINT LUCIE COUNTY
Application Information
Demographics
Name of Applicant Agency: HUMANE SOCIETY OF SAINT LUCIE COUNTY Website Address: www.hsslc.org
Person Submitting Proposal: DAVID ROBERTSON Position: Director of Operations
Person Submitting Proposal Email Address: drobertson@hsslc.org
Agency Head: FRANK ANDREWS Agency Head Email: fandrews@hsslc.org
Organization Business Address: 8890 NW GLADES CUTOFF ROAD City: Port St. Lucie
State: FLORIDA Zip: 34986
Phone (xxx-xxx-xxxx): 772-461-0687 Fax: 772-672-8267
Cell: 772-519-0714    
 
Agency Details

Date of 501(c)(3) Incorporation:
Dates of Last Fiscal Year: Begin: 10/01/12    End: 09/30/13
Organization Income in Last Fiscal Year: $1,644,520.00
Organization Expenses in Last Fiscal Year: $1,439,945.00
Number of Paid Employees: Full Time: 29  Part Time: 2
Number of Active Volunteers: 150
Total Volunteer Hours per Week: 750.00
How did you learn of the 2009  Florida Animal Friend grant competition? Internet
Year(s) of previous Florida Animal Friend grants (if applicable):
Previous Florida Animal Friend Applications: Years Funded: 2012 Year(s) denied/incomplete: 1
Auto-Generated (Previous Applications):
Grant #Proposal YearProposal TitleStatus
1022009Low-Income Spay/Neuter Assistance ProgramFunded
2172011Low Income Spay and NeuterDenied (not completed)
3762013Spay and Neuter in Pits (SNIP) for low income familiesDenied (not completed)
14052014SPAY & NEUTER Funded
16162006 Funded
17442017Targeted TNRDenied
Describe your Organization:
Services Provided Organization Structure:











List your current board of directors:

NameTitlePhoneOccupation
Annette MillerChairperson772-567-0011Financial Consultant
Art AllenBoard Member772-464-8372Self Employed
Bob DavisTreasurer772-871-6566Retired
Carroll FrischkornBoard Member772-466-1616Veterinary office Director
Jill KnappBoard Member772-287-9300Bank Administrator
Joanne FerraraBoard Member772-879-0969Artist
Joyce McGuireBoardmember772-224-9674Cartogragher
Pam LandersSecretary772-461-5860Senior Citizen Health Care Aid
Pat DunningBoard Member772-398-8761Health Care
Sandra AllenVice-Chairman772-464-8372Self Employed
Steven NavarettaBoard Member772-340-5121Attorney

Applicant Qualifications
For your organization, in the last complete fiscal year:
3735  cats and 2781  dogs were admitted.
982   cats and  872   dogs were adopted.
2560   cats and  1227    dogs were euthanized.
1066   cats and  1380    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. 
The Humane Society of St. Lucie County serves more than 284,000 residents. Our community contains an estimated 157,000 animals (71,000 dogs and 86,000 cats). Our broad range of services is critically needed, especially with so many people living below the poverty line. Despite our efforts, the number of abandoned animals continues to be critical, especially owner-abandoned pit or pit mix breeds in lower income areas. Our volunteer Board of Directors, 31 employees, and 150 volunteers provide care for almost 8,000 animals at the lowest per capita cost of similar organizations. Some animals have only a short stay, or only visiting for basic vet services such as vaccines or heartworm test. We continue to emphasize the need to increase the number of sterilizations as the best solution to reduce pet overpopulation. As a result of our low-cost (or free) spay and neuter clinic and voucher programs through local governments, the number of spay/neuter surgeries continues to increase over previous years. In addition, euthanasia rates continue to decline (more than 600 less from the previous year). Key personnel include Frank Andrews, founding member of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) who has held previous directorship positions with the Orlando Humane Society, Michigan Humane Society and Los Angeles County Department of Animal Control as well as representing American Humane Association as a staff Field Consultant; Ms. Kristine Becker, Financial Officer; Dr James Manning, our lead Veterinarian and three additional part time Veternarians who work tirelessly to offer services to increase accessibility to low cost spay and neuter services; Jackie Lyman, Certified Veterinary Technician; David Robertson, Director of Operations for HSSLC who is also active in the community with various animal rescues, including horse and wildlife; and Rita Hart, Marketing and PIO Coordinator who publicizes our programs through social media, press releases, speaking engagements and a weekly newspaper column and TV show. Our experienced staff team is responsible for the success and growth of the spay/neuter program.
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? 
Adopted shelter pet sterilizations are funded through adoption fees and donations. The current external sterilization program is supported through revenues collected from City and County pet licenses. However, our residents with the lowest income predominately live in Fort Pierce, and this area, and surrounding high-poverty areas, continues to struggle to generate the funds through licensing to help more than just a handful of hardship cases. Feral cat programs are limited to funding through the dedication of a few committed volunteers and our veterinary support. The success of our in- house clinic continues to grow year after year. Accessibility of services and veterinary coverage to tackle the requests for increased services continues to be a challenge. Additionally, more support staff and supplies are urgently needed to address this growing demand.

Target Population
Geographical target area (name of city, county, zip codes, geographical Information service (GIS), etc.):
St. Lucie County 
Total human population in target area: 284000 
Percent of residents living below poverty in target area: 18% 
Estimated number of pet cats in target area (human population divided by 3.3): 86061 
Estimated number of pet dogs in target area (human population divided by 4.0): 71000 
Estimated number of feral cats in target area (human population divided by 6.0): 47334 
Number of cats admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 3735 
Number of dogs admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 2781 
Number of cats euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 2560 
Number of dogs euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 1227 
Please explain if you believe your target area animal population is significantly different than above.
The above information is reflective of the target area animal population.
Please explain what you believe are the most substantial sources of dog and cat overpopulation in the target area:
 The most substantial sources of dog and cat overpopulation continue to be the City of Fort Pierce, parts of which are impoverished, rural and populated with well-meaning but low-income minorities.
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?
The Humane Society offers services to outside clients through use of a county-wide voucher program. This program is available five days a week and staffs one full-time and three part-time Veterinarians. Requested funding would significantly increase the volume of spay/neutering available, particularly for low income families.
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)?
Our goal is to complete 800 spay / neuter sterilizations of dogs or cats specifically for low-income residents, between August 11, 2014 and August 10, 2015; and to increase access to Veterinarian services.
How does this program increase the number of sterilization surgeries above the existing baseline?
Grant funding will allow low-income persons, who otherwise would not be able to afford sterilization services, an opportunity to spay/neuter their pets. This will result in an increased number of pet sterilizations. The goal is 800, which is significantly above the existing baseline data.
Methods
What criteria will you use to determine eligibility for your program? 
Program eligibility will be based on financial need, proof of residency in St. Lucie County and an in-person interview demonstrating a commitment to responsible pet ownership. Once approved, qualified pets will receive a spay or neuter surgery, a complete pre-surgical exam, which includes up-to-date vaccinations, a nail trim if needed, parasite medication (deworming) and ear cleaning.
How will you advertise the program? Explain how the advertising will reach the target audience.
The Humane Society of St. Lucie County’s (HSSLC) Public Information Officer has a regularl weekly column (of 300 words or less, plus a photo) in the St. Lucie News Tribune’s YourNews section, a Scripps Treasure Coast Newspaper publication. The column appears every Wednesday in print, and online at www.tcpalm.com within 24 hours of submission. At least one entire column will be devoted to the HSSLC’s spay/neuter program(s) and another to the promotion of the sale of Animal Friend license plates. Because these columns will appear in the weekly “Furry Friend” section of the newspaper, it will easily hit the target audience. Lynn Tiffany, Niche Publications Manager (which produces YourNews) for Scripps Treasure Coast Publishing, advised us on March 24, 2014 that YourNews reaches 54,046 households in St. Lucie County, where both of our shelters are located. • Article in monthly publication called “St. Lucie West Life Magazine”, for which the HSSLC’s Public Information Officer has a standing column (150 words or less), including a photograph. At least one entire column will be devoted to the HSSLC’s spay/neuter program(s) and another to the promotion of the sale of Animal Friend license plates. Cheryl Geary, the editor of this magazine, reports St. Lucie West Life Magazine is mailed each month to approximately 5,000 targeted households in St. Lucie West, FL. • Regular and multiple mentions of the spay/neuter program and the promotion of the sale of Animal Friend licenses plate on “PSL Living”, a weekly government-access television program produced by the City of Port St. Lucie, FL’s Communications Department. The HSSLC’s Public Information Officer has a standing guest spot on this show three weeks out of every month. Each taping is aired four times a day for a full week both on television and streamed on the City of Port St. Lucie’s website at www.cityofpsl.com. When each week’s show finishes airing, it stays on the city’s website for two years in the archived section which retains all of the city’s television programming. The Communications Department also forwards the HSSLC a link to its segment of each “PSL Living” program, which is then put on the HSSLC’s Facebook page and website. In an email dated March 6, 2013, the City of Port St. Lucie’s Communications Director, Ed Cunningham, wrote: “TV20 programs, such as “PSL Living”, have a potential viewership of 98,530 people.” • Multiple reminders of the HSSLC’s spay/neuter program and the sale of Animal Friend license plates on the Humane Society of St. Lucie County’s Facebook page, which has grown from 200 “friends” to 1,700 in less than two years. Several of the HSSLC’s posts, especially those that we ask our Facebook “friends” to share, have reached more than 3,000 Facebook accounts. • Notices of the HSSLC’s spay/neuter program and the sale of Animal Friend license plates on the HSSLC’s Twitter account • Press release(s) sent to print, television and radio media from West Palm Beach to Vero Beach will be sent regarding the HSSLC;s spay/neuter program and the sale of Animal Friend license plates. • Fliers, brochures and posters promoting the HSSLC’s spay/neuter program and the sale of Animal Friend license plates will be distributed from the lobbies of the HSSLC’s two shelter locations in Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie, FL; at Petco in St. Lucie West where we have volunteers & pets located 7 days a week; at PetSmart in Port St. Lucie’s Town of Tradition where we have volunteers & pets located on weekends; and at all other miscellaneous events scheduled every month • Notification promoting the HSSLC’s spay/neuter program and the sale of Animal Friend license plates to be placed on the homepage of the HSSLC’s website at www.hsslc.org • In addition to press releases, photographs with short captions related to the spay/neuter programs at the HSSLC’s low-cost clinics and photographs promoting the sale of Animal Friend license plates will be submitted to several local newspaper and magazine publications. The HSSLC has established a good relationship with both the St. Lucie Tribune (a Scripps Treasure Coast Newspaper publication) and the Hometown News, a free newspaper published weekly in our tri-county area, and both publications regularly print the HSSLC’s photographs whenever submitted. • Three times a year, the HSSLC publishes its own newsletter, The Pet Gazette, which currently has a circulation via U.S. Post Office mailings of more than 5,800 households. An additional 500 newsletters are distributed to the public from the lobbies of both HSSLC shelter locations and at outside animal adoption events. An full page article with accompanying photographs on the HSSLC’s spaying/neutering program and a separate article to promote the sale of Animal Friend license plates will be published in The Pet Gazette.
How will you address barriers to full use of the program such as transportation, illiteracy, and cultural hurdles? 
Barriers to the program were identified during the project’s planning and development stage. The Humane Society will contribute the following to allow success for the project: •Clerical staffing is readily available to assist applicants in completing the necessary forms and gathering application paperwork. •There are two on-site staff members to assist persons speaking other languages, including Spanish. •St. Lucie County provides public transportation throughout the county at affordable rates. The Humane Society may provided limited transportation services for animals.
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 project does provide limited transportation of animals other than by the client through our in house foster program and Humane Society Pet Mobiles.
Veterinary Services
 

What arrangements have you made with veterinarians to perform the surgeries? 
The Humane Society employs one full time staff veterinarian and three part time veterinarians on-site providing medical care, vaccinations, and spay and neuter services. Veternarians are supported by three Veterinary Assistants and one full time Certified Veternary Technician, and two administrative assistants. All services will be done in house
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: 
A $20.00 fee paid by the client will cover the following services; Vet Exam, Rabies Vaccine (if due), Age appropiate vaccines (if due, Pain meds, Parasite Medication, Heartworm Test. Other veterinary services may be advised by the veterinarian and where possible, is the responsibility of the client.  
Is this a voucher program? Yes
 
If so, how will you assure compliance with the program?
Yes, this is a St. Lucie County-wide voucher program. Clients will be required to attend a personal interview to determine eligibility. The interview verifies proof of residency, demonstrable financial need and commitment to pet ownership.

 
For your voucher program, how have you determined the capacity of the veterinarians listed above to handle the projected capacity?
Part Time Veterinary coverage can be increased to offer additional surgery days.  
 
Will you have the ability to report the number of vouchers issued and the percentage that result in S/N surgeries?
All vouchers will be individually numbered and recorded in the Petpoint shelter management system.

 
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
Port St. Lucie Animal ControlDistribution of materials to targeted area.
St. Lucie County Animal ControlDistribution of materials to targeted area

 
Other Information
Provide any additional information that will help the grant selection committee understand how the program will operate to achieve its goals.
 There continues to be a significant need for this program. The Humane Society of St. Lucie County is the only entity offering spay / neuter services at a discounted rate in the target area. Due to the increased demand for low cost spay / neuter services within the county, particularly the low income regions, the program does not have the necessary resources to meet increasing needs.
Budget
Total number of sterilization surgeries projected:
Cats: 500    Dogs:  300 
Total budget requested (Budget should not exceed $25,000): $25,000.00 
Average cost/surgery projected: $32.00 
Describe any expenses that are not included in the grant and how they will be paid for (for example, vaccines, microchipping, ear notching, etc.):
All expenses have been provided for within this application.
 
Describe any other funding sources for this program, i.e. other grants, targeted fundraising efforts, budget allocation, etc.
No other funding sources.
 
What percent of the total cost of the program would this projected grant cover?
100
Timeline
All projects must be completed within 12 months of receipt of funding.
Projected start date: 08/11/14/     Projected end date: 08/10/15
 
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 Humane Society is continually exploring funding options. We seek support from our stakeholders and through other community events. Over the past few months the agency has had several charitable events and fundraisers, and we continue to recruit volunteers and raise money that supports our programs. The organization will continue to seek support from government contracts and sponsor fundraisers to sustain this vital mission. Monies received from County ordinances, along with matching funds from grants/donations, will ensure the agency can sustain this project now and in the future. In addition, the Humane Society has embarked on a concerted effort to address cost control, resulting in measurable progress, especially in economies of scale.
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 proposed program, including the Florida Animal Friend Spay/Neuter License Plate Program, will receive publicity through information announcements located in the City of Fort Pierce, City of Port Saint Lucie and St. Lucie County Administrative Offices. Flyer advertisements will be dispersed to local stores, pet activities, church carnivals, special events, fairs, supermarkets, and distribution in numerous targeted communities. Some examples include Wal-Mart, Kmart, Tractor Supply, Publix Supermarket, and the St. Lucie County Fair. The program will also be advertised through a Public Service Announcement (PSA) featured on SLC TV, Humane Society brochures, and via the Humane Society website (www.hsslc.org)and Facebook page. A press release will be sent to print, television and radio media. The program will be mentioned during the HSSLC's weekly interview on "PSL Living", a program on government-access channel PSL-TV20, produced by the City of Port St. Lucie's Communications Department. The program will also be featured in a column in the St. Lucie News Tribune and in the HSSLC's newsletter. The Humane Society always encourages employees, volunteers, friends, family and the general public to purchase a FAF license plate.