Grant ID: 1411
Title of Proposal: Jacksonville Fix Under 6 Spay/Neuter Program
Agency Type: Non-Profit
Total Funding Requested: $25,000.00
Check Payable To: Jacksonville Humane Society
Application Information
Demographics
Name of Applicant Agency: Jacksonville Humane Society Website Address: www.jaxhumane.org
Person Submitting Proposal: Amy Pierce Position: Director of Development
Person Submitting Proposal Email Address: apierce@jaxhumane.org
Agency Head: Denise Deisler Agency Head Email: ddeisler@jaxhumane.org
Organization Business Address: 8464 Beach Blvd City: Jacksonville
State: FL Zip: 32216
Phone (xxx-xxx-xxxx): 904-725-8766 Fax: 904-725-3040
Cell: 904-422-3167    
 
Agency Details

Date of 501(c)(3) Incorporation:
Dates of Last Fiscal Year: Begin: 01/01/13    End: 12/31/13
Organization Income in Last Fiscal Year: $4,811,569.00
Organization Expenses in Last Fiscal Year: $3,987,523.00
Number of Paid Employees: Full Time: 68  Part Time: 12
Number of Active Volunteers: 250
Total Volunteer Hours per Week: 434.00
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: 2012 Year(s) denied/incomplete:
Auto-Generated (Previous Applications):
Grant #Proposal YearProposal TitleStatus
1832010Spay Neuter And Protect (SNAP)Denied
3272012Jacksonville Community Cat Spay/Neuter InitiativeFunded
14112014Jacksonville Fix Under 6 Spay/Neuter ProgramFunded
16402016Fix Before Six 2016Denied
Describe your Organization:
Services Provided Organization Structure:











List your current board of directors:

NameTitlePhoneOccupation
Alexis KaneSecretary312-208-4560Registered Nurse
Brent BolickMember904-996-0446ClearChannel Outdoor
David CookMember904-359-8791Lawyer, Foley & Lardner
Dina VickersTreasurer904-962-8863Community Volunteer/CPA
Jeffrey StoneMember904-953-6349Physician, Mayo Clinic
Kate OnsteadMember972-816-2014Advisor, University of North Florida
Linda SteinMember904-730-2889Community Volunteer
Lis'e EverlyVice President904-551-5250Community Volunteer
Michael MunzPresident904-398-5222Vice President, Dalton Agency
Penny ThompsonMember904-244-3007Vice President, UF Health
William MayherMember904-477-0796Vice President, St. Vincent's HealthCare

Applicant Qualifications
For your organization, in the last complete fiscal year:
2860  cats and 2635  dogs were admitted.
2521   cats and  2448   dogs were adopted.
93   cats and  34    dogs were euthanized.
2543   cats and  1666    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. 
From a staffing perspective, JHS is highly qualified to carry out this program. Our executive director, Denise Deisler, has a great deal of experience overseeing highly successful spay/neuter programs in several states and is held in high regard on a national level. Our Associate Executive Director has been with the organization for nearly 20 years and is CAWA certified. Our director of operations recently joined our team, but comes from First Coast No More Homeless Pets an organization that boasts a very successful, high volume spay/neuter clinic. Our shelter medical director is a highly qualified veterinarian who graduated from the Maddies Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida and our team of veterinarians at the animal hospital is also highly qualified and experienced. From a program perspective, we have unique qualifications and services that will help identify prospective beneficiaries and ensure our success. The Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) operates a full service, low cost animal hospital that is open to the public. We have 4 full time and 2 part time veterinarians and a full staff to support them. Last year, the hospital saw over 10,000 clients. The hospital will perform all of the spay/neuter surgeries. Additionally, JHS operates a surrender prevention program called Pet Safety Net (PSN). Through this program we work with pet owners who are facing financial or other life crisis and provide them with the resources they need to keep their animals. These include providing: free pet food, free or low cost medical care, pet deposits and behavior support. More often than not, we are able to help an owner keep their animal and not have to surrender them to the shelter. Sometimes, however, circumstances prevent owners from keeping their pet in spite of our best efforts. In this case, we encourage owners to re-home the animal themselves. We help them in these efforts and maintain a Community Pets webpage where owners can post pictures and information about the animals. In order to use this service, however, animals must be sterilized.
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? 
We sterilize all JHS animals. We offer low cost spay/neuter surgeries in our animal hospital. We work with PetSmart Charities to provide free spay/neuter services to the 32216 zip code as it was identified as an area of high overpopulation. While JHS and others offer low cost spay/neuter surgeries, we don't know of any free services offered for pets under 1 year of age.

Target Population
Geographical target area (name of city, county, zip codes, geographical Information service (GIS), etc.):
Jacksonville, Duval County 
Total human population in target area: 879,602 
Percent of residents living below poverty in target area: 15.8 
Estimated number of pet cats in target area (human population divided by 3.3): 266547 
Estimated number of pet dogs in target area (human population divided by 4.0): 219901 
Estimated number of feral cats in target area (human population divided by 6.0): 146601 
Number of cats admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 9865 
Number of dogs admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 9106 
Number of cats euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 1023 
Number of dogs euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 1054 
Please explain if you believe your target area animal population is significantly different than above.
Based on the number of cats and kittens admitted to JHS and the city shelter, we estimate the community cat population to be higher.
Please explain what you believe are the most substantial sources of dog and cat overpopulation in the target area:
 Research by the Humane Alliance shows that 72% of people did not know the best time to fix their pet, or thought they should wait until six months. 59% of those cat owners, and 38% of those dog owners, also admitted to having at least one accidental litter. This lack of education with regard to spaying/neutering has contributed significantly to overpopulation in Duval County. Another factor that has contributed to overpopulation is the lack of free spay/neuter surgery access. While Jacksonville has several low cost clinics, including the hospital at JHS, very few offer free care. Those that do often have specific zip codes or specific defined criteria i.e. must be specific breed or feral cats.
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?
Spay and neuter services are generally available through licensed veterinary clinics. While Jacksonville has several low cost clinics, including the hospital at JHS, very few offer free care.
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:

   kittens and puppies under 1 year of age
 
TNR Managed Colony Feral Cat Program/Community Cats (Free-Roaming and/or Owned) Program
Define the precise boundaries of the colony or targeted area, including estimate of square miles.
n/a
 
What is the criteria used for determining the target area(s) and/or eligibility for this program?
n/a
 
Describe whether the targeted area is rural, suburban, or urban. Is it commercial, residential, agricultural, or a designated special land use?
n/a
 
Estimated number of cats in the target colony area : 0  
Estimated number that are currently sterilized: 0
Projected reduction after utilizing the grant:  0
 
For TNR program, describe the ability to maintain lifelong care for remaining cats, commitment level of volunteers/organizations, etc.
n/a
 
Do current city/county ordinances address TNR or free-roaming cats?
Yes

Please explain what is allowed:
n/a
(NOTE: FAF will not fund any program this is inconsistent with local ordinances.)
 
For TNR program, list any groups or government agencies who support this TNR effort:
n/a
 
Describe any effort to lessen the negative impact on local wildlife.
n/a
 
Describe efforts that will be made to mitigate current or potential nuisance issues.
n/a
 
Will the cats be ear-tipped? 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.
n/a
 
Objectives
What do you hope to accomplish with these funds (objectives should be specific and quantifiable)?
The Jacksonville Humane Society would like to join other national leaders such as Best Friends Animal Society & the ASPCA by launching a Fix Under 6 Campaign to help educate the community and facilitate owners spaying and neutering animals before they are 6 months old. Research by the Humane Alliance shows that 72% of people did not know the best time to fix their pet, or thought they should wait until six months. 59% of those cat owners, and 38% of those dog owners, also admitted to having at least one accidental litter. By providing free spay/neuter surgeries, we will help to prevent “oops” litters and reduce overcrowding in local shelters. Additionally, we will use the funds to help owners who have to re-home their pets to alter their animals prior to rehoming. We anticipate that through this program, we can spay/neuter an additional 500 animals.
How does this program increase the number of sterilization surgeries above the existing baseline?
This program will help to educate the public about the importance of fixing their animals before 6 months of age and before they rehome them. These are two previously unreached groups thus we expect them to help increase the number of sterilization procedures. Additionally, this grant will help to prevent "oops" litters of puppies and kittens thereby reducing shelter overcrowding and the need for additional spay/neuter surgeries.
Methods
What criteria will you use to determine eligibility for your program? 
JHS veterinarians will determine that animals are under one year of age in order to qualify for the free services. Additionally, for those availing themselves of the pet safety net program, JHS’ counselors will determine eligibility.
How will you advertise the program? Explain how the advertising will reach the target audience.
We will advertise the program using the following methods: Facebook posts (12,000+ fans) E-Blast (18,000+ subscribers) Website (20,000 views a year) Public Service Announcements on Clear Channel Radio stations Press Releases to local media Flyers posted around Jacksonville and JHS
How will you address barriers to full use of the program such as transportation, illiteracy, and cultural hurdles? 
We have bilingual volunteers who will help us to translate the materials into Spanish. Additionally, we use the community wide pet safety net program collaboration between First Coast No More Homeless Pets, Animal Care & Protective Services & JHS). Because individuals are counseled, we are able to overcome issues related to illiteracy. JHS is easily accessible by public transportation as there is a bus stop right in front of our property.
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.
N/A
Veterinary Services
 

What arrangements have you made with veterinarians to perform the surgeries? 
The services will be provided by the JHS Animal Hospital. Currently, we have 4 full time and 2 part time veterinarians on staff.
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: 
The project will cost $50 per cat and $100 per dog and includes exam, spay/neuter surgery and pain medication.  
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
Animal Care & Protective ServicesWill help to inform the public, share educational messages, and recruit participants for the program.
First Coast No More Homeless PetsWill help to inform the public, share educational messages, and recruit participants for the program.
Local MediaJHS will promote the program through our weekly spots on Action News, News 4 Jax and First Coast News. We will also appeal to the Florida Times Union to help us promote the program. JHS has an excellent relationship with the media and the community.
Pet ParadisePet Paradise boarding facility will help to promote the program by placing flyers in their locations and through Facebook.

 
Other Information
Provide any additional information that will help the grant selection committee understand how the program will operate to achieve its goals.
 n/a
Budget
Total number of sterilization surgeries projected:
Cats: 300    Dogs:  200 
Total budget requested (Budget should not exceed $25,000): $25,000.00 
Average cost/surgery projected: $50.00 
Describe any expenses that are not included in the grant and how they will be paid for (for example, vaccines, microchipping, ear notching, etc.):
Any costs that are considered optional i.e. vaccines, microchipping, etc. will be paid for by the client if they elect for those services. If a client cannot afford those services, they may qualify for free or reduced cost care through our Pet Safety Net Program.
 
Describe any other funding sources for this program, i.e. other grants, targeted fundraising efforts, budget allocation, etc.
Currently, we pay for these surgeries through our Pet Safety Net Program. The overall budget for the PSN is $100,000. A grant from Florida Animal Friends would enable us to help even more pet owners. We will also pursue appropriate grant opportunities to help support the program.
 
What percent of the total cost of the program would this projected grant cover?
25
Timeline
All projects must be completed within 12 months of receipt of funding.
Projected start date: 08/01/14/     Projected end date: 08/01/15
 
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.
JHS will seek out additional grant funding from foundations who support spay/neuter programs. Additionally, we will encourage private donations to help support the program.
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.
We will announce the partnership and promote license plate sales several ways: Press Releases to local media ad the partnership will be mentioned during our weekly media spots on First Coast News, Action News and News 4 Jax. Facebook posts (12,000+ fans) E-Blast (18,000+ subscribers) Website (20,000 views a year) Public Service Announcements on Clear Channel Radio stations