Grant ID: 1423
Title of Proposal: Trapper Tuesday (Ferals)
Agency Type: Non-Profit
Total Funding Requested: $22,152.00
Check Payable To: Animal Coalition of Tampa, Inc.
Application Information
Demographics
Name of Applicant Agency: Animal Coalition of Tampa, Inc. Website Address: www.ACTampa.org
Person Submitting Proposal: Pam Duval Position: Comptroller
Person Submitting Proposal Email Address: Pam@ACTampa.org
Agency Head: Frank Hamilton, President Agency Head Email: hamiltfe@eckerd.edu
Organization Business Address: 502 N. Gilchrist Ave City: Tampa
State: FL Zip: 33606
Phone (xxx-xxx-xxxx): 813-250-3900 Fax: 813-250-3925
Cell: 813-340-7114    
 
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: $2,573,006.00
Organization Expenses in Last Fiscal Year: $2,690,231.00
Number of Paid Employees: Full Time: 37  Part Time: 5
Number of Active Volunteers: 50
Total Volunteer Hours per Week: 100.00
How did you learn of the 2009  Florida Animal Friend grant competition? We have received prior FAF grants
Year(s) of previous Florida Animal Friend grants (if applicable):
Previous Florida Animal Friend Applications: Years Funded: 2011 Year(s) denied/incomplete: n/a
Auto-Generated (Previous Applications):
Grant #Proposal YearProposal TitleStatus
1802010Subsidy for Cost-Burdened FamiliesDenied
2532011SpayDay EveryDay (Ferals)Funded
14232014Trapper Tuesday (Ferals)Funded
16002006 Funded
16012007 Funded
16022008 Funded
17412017Spay It ForwardSubmitted
Describe your Organization:
Services Provided Organization Structure:











List your current board of directors:

NameTitlePhoneOccupation
Franis Hamilton, PhDPresident, Director813-250-3900Business Professor
Linda HamiltonDirector813-250-3900Development Director
Richard DucharmeDirector813-250-3900Exec Dir No More Homeless Pets Jacksonville
Tamera HolmanDirector813-250-3900Payroll Consultant

Applicant Qualifications
For your organization, in the last complete fiscal year:
0  cats and 0  dogs were admitted.
0   cats and  0   dogs were adopted.
0   cats and  0    dogs were euthanized.
6026   cats and  3907    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? 
N/A
If not all, how are animals selected for sterilization before adoption? 
N/A, we do not offer adoption services
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. 
Our primary mission is to end the killing of healthy animals as a means of population control by providing high quality, low cost spay/neuter services. We also work to lower the intake rates at our county animal shelter by providing affordable wellness and vaccine services. This project will be overseen by Linda Hamilton, co-founder of ACT, Terri Romano, Operations Manager and Asherah Connelly, Medical Supv. ACT has successfully executed similiar projects over the past 8 years and recently performed our 80,000th spay/neuter. All of our veterinarians and staff are committed to our mission and experienced in high volume spay/neuter surgeries. In addition to our regular services, we have a program, Spay Day, which sterilizes between 75-110 feral cats 1 Sunday each month utilizing volunteer veterinarians and staff. These cats are spayed/neutered and ear tipped for $10.
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? 
Our pricing structure is set to cover our normal operating expenses. We use grants to provide assistance for targeted areas which will have a positive impact on cat and dog overpopulation. We will use this grant to provide spay/neuter services for colonies of community cats. Each feral cat will receive surgery, anesthesia, rabies vaccine, dewormer, pain meds, distemper vaccine, antibiotic injection and ear tip. The caregiver will pay $10 of the cost. Any kittens that are young enough to be socialized will be fixed and referred to our adoption partner, St. Francis Animal Resuce, for eventual adoption. ACT has 200 traps to loan out to caregivers. Our pricing is set to allow these caregivers to sterilize multiple cats and receive vaccines to keep the colonies healthy.

Target Population
Geographical target area (name of city, county, zip codes, geographical Information service (GIS), etc.):
Hillsborough County, FL 
Total human population in target area: 1,291,578 
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): 391388 
Estimated number of pet dogs in target area (human population divided by 4.0): 322895 
Estimated number of feral cats in target area (human population divided by 6.0): 215263 
Number of cats admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 12,082 
Number of dogs admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 10,372 
Number of cats euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 7,921 
Number of dogs euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 3,653 
Please explain if you believe your target area animal population is significantly different than above.
We believe the target area is similiar to the above.
Please explain what you believe are the most substantial sources of dog and cat overpopulation in the target area:
 We believe the most substantial source of feral cat overpopulation is from human indifference or neglect. There is a lack of education in our area with regard to allowing intact cats to roam and we continue to see cases of owners that abandon their cats when they move out of the area. Our warm climate also always cats to procreate year round. Research shows the best way to manage the feral cat population is through TNVR programs such as the program we are proposing for this grant.
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 two primary spay/neuter programs for feral cats are ACT's Spay Day program and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay's (HSTB) Community Cats program. While there are a few veterinarians in our county that will treat ferals, their fees are too high for the caregivers. We need to provide an extra low price so these caregivers can afford to sterilize multiple cats at one time. The $10 client fee is designed to do this.
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 targeted area is Hillsbourough County, FL and it includes 1,020 square miles.
 
What is the criteria used for determining the target area(s) and/or eligibility for this program?
To be eligible for this grant, the cats will need to be in traps. All cats will be ear tipped during the spay/neuter surgery.
 
Describe whether the targeted area is rural, suburban, or urban. Is it commercial, residential, agricultural, or a designated special land use?
Hillsborough County includes urban area's within the Tampa city limits, suburban area's surrounding the city as well as a large rural area. Free roaming community cats as well as feral cats live in all three types of areas.
 
Estimated number of cats in the target colony area : 215263  
Estimated number that are currently sterilized: 71750
Projected reduction after utilizing the grant:  23400
 
For TNR program, describe the ability to maintain lifelong care for remaining cats, commitment level of volunteers/organizations, etc.
Cats trapped for this program will have caregivers which are already caring for the cats. These caregivers include individuals and dedicated volunteer rescue groups such as South Shore Feline and Feline Folks.
 
Do current city/county ordinances address TNR or free-roaming cats?
Yes

Please explain what is allowed:
Under our new county ordinance, feral cats are required to have adequate food and water. Caregivers must provide proof of vaccines. Tags are not required. This is consistant with the spay/neuter packages we are providing in this program.
(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:
TNR is supported by many local volunteer groups in our area. Primary supporters include ACT, HSTB, South Shore Felines, Feline Folks, St. Francis Animal Rescue, and Cat Crusaders.
 
Describe any effort to lessen the negative impact on local wildlife.
Managed colonies seldom have a negative impact on local wildlife. Cats that are fed on a regular basis are less likely to hunt local wildlife for food.
 
Describe efforts that will be made to mitigate current or potential nuisance issues.
Provide educational information to caregivers. Provide adequate food and water to cat colonies. Keep colonies healthy by providing affordable vaccines and wellness care as needed.
 
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.
Trapped cats will be brought to ACT by caregivers. ACT will also utilize it's Neuter Scooter van to pick up cats from caregivers that do not have transportation. Cats will be checked into our clinic and given a pre surgerical exam by the veterinarian. Any wounds or other health issues will be noted and treatment recommendations given to caregivers. Cats healthy and old enough for surgery will be spay/neutered, ears will be tipped and vaccines administered. During recovery, ears will be clean
 
Objectives
What do you hope to accomplish with these funds (objectives should be specific and quantifiable)?
Our objective is to sterilize an additional 650 free roaming and feral cats in this program. We expect 52% of the cats will be female and 48% will be males. The grant will pay for the surgical costs, the client's $10 payment will cover the cost of the rabies vaccine, distemper vaccine, dewormer, and pain injection. Overhead costs will be absorbed by ACT.
How does this program increase the number of sterilization surgeries above the existing baseline?
This program will increase our feral surgeries by 100 to 120 cats per month.
Methods
What criteria will you use to determine eligibility for your program? 
All cats must be in traps and be ear-tipped during surgery.
How will you advertise the program? Explain how the advertising will reach the target audience.
Advertising will be done via our website and e-mail blasts to the community. Flyers and posters will be circulated and media contacts will receive press releases. The e-mail list includes our contacts in various cat rescue groups who manage colonies and they will forward the information among their volunteers.
How will you address barriers to full use of the program such as transportation, illiteracy, and cultural hurdles? 
ACT has several bilingual employees in both our medical and administration departments. We will provide flyers in Spanish for distribution at local pet supply stores and varous retail stores. ACT has a van "Neuter Scooter" which already makes regular pickups of cats and dogs. We will expand our pickup schedule as needed to accommodate additional cats in traps.
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.
ACT has a van "Neuter Scooter" which already makes regular pickups of cats and dogs. We can expand our pickup schedule as needed to accommodate additional cats in traps. There are also volunteers in the rescue groups that transport cats to our clinic for surgery. ACT maintains a commercial auto policy on the Neuter Scooter and it is driven by deisgnated ACT employees.
Veterinary Services
 

What arrangements have you made with veterinarians to perform the surgeries? 
ACT has one full time medical director who can sterilize up to 45 cats & dogs per day. We also have five in-house contract veterinarians each of which is capable of performing 30-45 sterilizations per day. We will schedule a dedicated surgery team each Tuesday for the Trapper Tuesday cats. Our surgery suite inclues 6 tables which allows us to support this volume.
Are they:  
 

Veterinary Practices
Practice NameAddressCityStateZipPhoneLead Practice
Cheryl Caputo, DVM502 N. Gilchrist AveTampaFL33606813-250-3900
Gary Camp, DVM502 N. Gilchrist AveTampaFL33606813-250-3900
Joe Ertel, DVM502 N. Gilchrist AveTampaFL33606813-250-3900
Justin Boorstein, DVM502 N. Gilchrist AveTampaFL33606813-250-3900
Lorraine Ellwood, DVM502 N. Gilchrist AveTampaFL33606813-250-3900
Mario Uichanco, DVM502 N. Gilchrist AveTampaFL33606813-250-3900
Nicole Cornett, DVM502 N. Gilchrist AveTampaFL33606813-250-3900

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 $10 client fee includes rabies vaccine, pain injection, distemper vaccine, dewormer (earmites & parasites), antibiotic (other) and ear tip. Microchips are available if requested by the caregiver for an additional $15/each. Felv/FIV testing is availabe for an additional $25 fee.  
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
Feline FolksHigh level - This group works in our target area to locate feral and free roaming cats for TNVR. Their volunteers also manage several large colonies in our community.
South Shore Feline RescueHigh level - This group works in the southern portion of our target area. Feral and free roaming cats are trapped for TNVR. They also provide education to the community regarding free roaming and feral cats.
St. Francis Animal RescueMedium level- This groups provides education to the community about TNVR. They also assist with fostering feral kittens young enough to be socialized for adoption.

 
Other Information
Provide any additional information that will help the grant selection committee understand how the program will operate to achieve its goals.
 ACT has been active in providing high quality spay/neuter services for over 13 years. We have also advocated for changes in our county animal ordinaces that help local residents caring for feral and free roaming cats. We have a history of successfully working with feral and free roaming cats during regular clinic hours and through prior target programs such as Spay Day, Trapper Tuesday, Spay Day EveryDay and Trapper Thursday. We know each cat sterilized prevents a litter of homeless kittens in our target area. TNVR works and we continue our commitment to promoting it in our area.
Budget
Total number of sterilization surgeries projected:
Cats: 650    Dogs:  0 
Total budget requested (Budget should not exceed $25,000): $22,152.00 
Average cost/surgery projected: $35.00 
Describe any expenses that are not included in the grant and how they will be paid for (for example, vaccines, microchipping, ear notching, etc.):
Vaccines will be paid by caregivers. Any unforeseen expenses such as wound care will be absorbed by ACT if the caregiver cannot pay for it.
 
Describe any other funding sources for this program, i.e. other grants, targeted fundraising efforts, budget allocation, etc.
The caregivers will pay $10 for each cat.
 
What percent of the total cost of the program would this projected grant cover?
77%
Timeline
All projects must be completed within 12 months of receipt of funding.
Projected start date: 08/01/14/     Projected end date: 05/31/15
 
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.
We will factor this program into the next fiscal budget after the grant is completed. Future funding sources include fees from clinic activity, donations, payments by caregivers, and other grants.
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.
ACT encourages employees to purchase spay/neuter license plantes and provides a reimbursement as incentive. All new hires are advised of this policy. We also have license plate flyers in our lobby and include the FAF website link on our website. All flyers related to the Trapper Tuesday program will show that it is funded through a grant from FAF.