Grant ID: 1416
Title of Proposal: Tampa Free Roaming Cats
Agency Type: Non-Profit
Total Funding Requested: $25,000.00
Check Payable To: Humane Society of Tampa Bay
Application Information
Demographics
Name of Applicant Agency: Humane Society of Tampa Bay Website Address: www.humanesocietytampa.org
Person Submitting Proposal: Nancy McCall Position: Director of Planned Giving & Grants
Person Submitting Proposal Email Address: nmccall@humanesocietytampa.org
Agency Head: Sherry Silk Agency Head Email: sherrys@humanesocietytampa.org
Organization Business Address: 3607 N. Armenia Ave. City: Tampa
State: FL Zip: 33607
Phone (xxx-xxx-xxxx): 813-774-4311 Fax: 813-876-0765
Cell: 813-394-1267    
 
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: $7,083,856.00
Organization Expenses in Last Fiscal Year: $6,546,774.00
Number of Paid Employees: Full Time: 71  Part Time: 15
Number of Active Volunteers: 300
Total Volunteer Hours per Week: 807.00
How did you learn of the 2009  Florida Animal Friend grant competition? email notification
Year(s) of previous Florida Animal Friend grants (if applicable):
Previous Florida Animal Friend Applications: Years Funded: 2007,2010, 2012 Year(s) denied/incomplete: 2009
Auto-Generated (Previous Applications):
Grant #Proposal YearProposal TitleStatus
492009Saving LivesDenied
1692010Community CatsFunded
2902012Community CatsFunded
14162014Tampa Free Roaming CatsFunded
16072007 Funded
16372016Tampa Free Roaming CatsFunded
Describe your Organization:
Services Provided Organization Structure:











List your current board of directors:

NameTitlePhoneOccupation
Chris BauerVice President813-787-4834Construction Group
Cindy SarffMember813-363-6558City of Tampa
Diane HomaSecretary727-573-5533Fountainhead Funding
Kim MelloMember813-318-5703Lawyer
Laura TatemTreasurer757-618-7596TIA Auditor
Linda ReitzMember813-451-1889Retired
Lyda Tymiak LindellMember727-244-2650Doctor
Mary BirrellPresident813-340-7868AT&T Project Manager
Mary Kate HarrisonMember813-624-7771Hillsborough County Schools
Mary ScottMember813-541-4942Retired
Mike GratzMember813-251-1221CFO
Mike NeffMember813-547-4461Financial Advisor

Applicant Qualifications
For your organization, in the last complete fiscal year:
2139  cats and 3802  dogs were admitted.
1874   cats and  3248   dogs were adopted.
176   cats and  177    dogs were euthanized.
1302   cats and  2316    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. 
Last year we opened our Animal Health Center and have increased the number of veterinarians doing spay/neuter every week. We perform spay/neuter surgeries Monday - Friday. If needed, we could perform additional surgeries on Saturday. Dr. Karla Bard is our Director of Medical Operations. She has worked for HSTB for five years and is a graduate of the University of Florida Veterinary School. Our goal is to perform more than 12,000 sterilization surgeries in 2014.
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 currently sterilize owned cats and dogs and feral cats five days a week at the Animal Health Center at an affordable cost. We also take Hillsborough County Vouchers to help people on government assistance get their animals sterilized. In 2013 we performed 11,506 sterilization surgeries. Since 2000, we have spay/neutered 110,655 dogs & cats in our community.

Target Population
Geographical target area (name of city, county, zip codes, geographical Information service (GIS), etc.):
Hillsborough County 
Total human population in target area: 1,277,700 
Percent of residents living below poverty in target area: 16.5 
Estimated number of pet cats in target area (human population divided by 3.3): 387182 
Estimated number of pet dogs in target area (human population divided by 4.0): 319425 
Estimated number of feral cats in target area (human population divided by 6.0): 212950 
Number of cats admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 11810 
Number of dogs admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 9758 
Number of cats euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 7052 
Number of dogs euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 3246 
Please explain if you believe your target area animal population is significantly different than above.
We believe that this is an accurate number of animals in our community
Please explain what you believe are the most substantial sources of dog and cat overpopulation in the target area:
 Feral and owned cats that are allowed to go outdoors who have not been sterilized and add to the cat overpopulation by having several litters a year.
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?
Hillsborough County has a spay/neuter voucher for those living under government assistance. Many people do not qualify and they rely on the Humane Society of Tampa Bay's Animal Health Center and the Animal Coalition of Tampa to provide low cost spay/neuter.
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.
We will concentrate on the City of Tampa which is 170 square miles and has a population of 347,645.
 
What is the criteria used for determining the target area(s) and/or eligibility for this program?
Residents of Tampa who allow their cats to go outside will be eligible for this grant
 
Describe whether the targeted area is rural, suburban, or urban. Is it commercial, residential, agricultural, or a designated special land use?
The area is suburban, urban, commercial and residential.
 
Estimated number of cats in the target colony area : 105346  
Estimated number that are currently sterilized: 84277
Projected reduction after utilizing the grant:  833
 
For TNR program, describe the ability to maintain lifelong care for remaining cats, commitment level of volunteers/organizations, etc.
Cats will have a owner or caretaker who cares for them who will feed and care for them.
 
Do current city/county ordinances address TNR or free-roaming cats?
Yes

Please explain what is allowed:
Community (and free roaming) cats who have been sterilized, vaccinated, and ear-tipped are allowed to be fed and cared for by the public.
(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:
Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners, Hillsborough Animal Services, Cat Crusaders, Animal Based Charities, and many other cat rescue groups.
 
Describe any effort to lessen the negative impact on local wildlife.
Sterilizing and managing outside cats lessens the negative impact on wildlife.
 
Describe efforts that will be made to mitigate current or potential nuisance issues.
Our TNVR Manager is available to educate and mitigate problem areas as they come up. She previously worked as an animal control officer so she has a great deal of experience handling difficult situations.
 
Will the cats be ear-tipped? Yes
Will the cats be microchipped? No
 
Provide any additional information that will help the grant selection committee understand how this program will operate to achieve its goals.
This program will be an additional asset in our struggle to manage the cat population of Tampa Bay. We have had an active TNVR program for many years and offered affordable Spay/neuter for owned cats. This program will allow us to focus on owned free roaming cats.
 
Objectives
What do you hope to accomplish with these funds (objectives should be specific and quantifiable)?
We hope to provide free spay/neuter for outdoor cats in Hillsborough County. Our costs for spay/neuter are $40 for male and $50 for female cats. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay would agree to perform surgery for both for $30 from the grants. HSTB would include the costs of pain medication, e-collar, and ear-tip for the cat and the clients will be responsible for immunization that are required or recommended. Using the grant in this way, HSTB would be able to sterlize 833 outdoor cats.
How does this program increase the number of sterilization surgeries above the existing baseline?
This program would allow us to increase the number of cats sterilized by a minimum of 138 cats per month (based on a half year). We believe that the public will see this promotion and we will be able to book more than 32 appointments per week which would allow us to complete the program before the end of the year.
Methods
What criteria will you use to determine eligibility for your program? 
We will sterilize cats whose owners let them go outside and ear-tip them for identification. Additionally we will encourage cats to be microchipped.
How will you advertise the program? Explain how the advertising will reach the target audience.
We will create a flyer and place it at our Food Assistance Table, in our Adoption packets, and at our Animal Health Center. We will also place advertisements in "The Flyer," a newspaper that is delivered in the mail to people's homes. We will also mention during a weekend Adopt a Pet segment on Fox-TV and CNN Latino.
How will you address barriers to full use of the program such as transportation, illiteracy, and cultural hurdles? 
The public would be required to provide transportation. We would transalate the flyer into Spanish and talk about it on our CNN Latino weekly segment.Where public transportation is not possible, we will work with volunteers or use one of our TNVR vans.
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.
Mostly the animals would be transported by the clients. Other vehicles that could be used include our two TNVR vans which are covered under our insurance policy. All cats will be confined in carriers or traps for transportation.
Veterinary Services
 

What arrangements have you made with veterinarians to perform the surgeries? 
We have 10 veterinarians on staff (6 full time and 4 part time).
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: 
Ear-tipping, pain meds & e-collars (if needed) will be included at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay's costs.  
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 Based CharitiesThey have a popular thrift store in South Tampa where they will allow us to put flyers. Additionally, they include our flyers in their marketing materials.
Hillsborough County Animal ServicesAnimal Control Officers will hand out flyers in the field.

 
Other Information
Provide any additional information that will help the grant selection committee understand how the program will operate to achieve its goals.
 Cats remain the largest problem in our community as far as overpopulation. This grant will reach a segment of the public that we would normally not be able to reach because it is free. Additionally, by ear-tipping the outside cats, they stand a better chance of being returned to their owner. Our community has achieved a 60% decrease in cat euthanasia in the past 8 years, but still more than 7,000 cats are euthanized each year. We are confident this grant will help those numbers even more.
Budget
Total number of sterilization surgeries projected:
Cats: 834    Dogs:  0 
Total budget requested (Budget should not exceed $25,000): $25,000.00 
Average cost/surgery projected: $30.00 
Describe any expenses that are not included in the grant and how they will be paid for (for example, vaccines, microchipping, ear notching, etc.):
Vaccinations and microchips would be paid for by the client. Pain medication, e-collars (as needed), and ear-tipping will be included free of charge by HSTB.
 
Describe any other funding sources for this program, i.e. other grants, targeted fundraising efforts, budget allocation, etc.
We have a grant from PetSmart Charities that is targeting TNVR in specific zip codes. Additionally, we have received the PetSmart Charities Blitz grant for pediatric cats (and dogs) in June.
 
What percent of the total cost of the program would this projected grant cover?
80%
Timeline
All projects must be completed within 12 months of receipt of funding.
Projected start date: 07/01/14/     Projected end date: 12/31/14
 
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.
We will continue to provide affordable spay/neuter for cats in our community at our Animal Health Center. The ability too offer the sterilization for free for 833 cats will help reduce the number of kittens and make a difference in our community. Whenever possible, we will apply for more grants to sterilize cats.
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 publicize by sending out a press release, in our newsletter (cir. 15,000), on our website (45,000 hits per month), on FaceBook (more than 21,000 likes), on Twitter and during our Pet of the week segments on FOX TV & CNN Latino. We will distribute the Florida Animal Friend's license plate brochure in the lobby of both our shelter and veterinary hospital.