Grant ID: 1427
Title of Proposal: Spay More to Save More
Agency Type: Non-Profit
Total Funding Requested: $25,000.00
Check Payable To: Operation Catnip
Application Information
Name of Applicant Agency: Operation Catnip of Gainesville Website Address:
Person Submitting Proposal: Dr. Julie Levy Position: President
Person Submitting Proposal Email Address:
Agency Head: Dr. Julie Levy Agency Head Email:
Organization Business Address: 4205 NW 6th Street City: Gainesville
State: Florida Zip: 32609
Phone (xxx-xxx-xxxx): 352-273-8722 Fax: 352-392-6125
Cell: 352-258-6658    
Agency Details

Date of 501(c)(3) Incorporation:
Dates of Last Fiscal Year: Begin: 01/01/14    End: 12/31/13
Organization Income in Last Fiscal Year: $197,808.00
Organization Expenses in Last Fiscal Year: $168,984.00
Number of Paid Employees: Full Time: 1  Part Time: 1
Number of Active Volunteers: 400
Total Volunteer Hours per Week: 200.00
How did you learn of the 2009  Florida Animal Friend grant competition? Contributor to FAF license plate campaign followed by board service as grant committee chair.
Year(s) of previous Florida Animal Friend grants (if applicable):
Previous Florida Animal Friend Applications: Years Funded: 2010, 2012 Year(s) denied/incomplete: NA
Auto-Generated (Previous Applications):
Grant #Proposal YearProposal TitleStatus
1292010Operation CatnipFunded
2852012Spay More to Save MoreFunded
14272014Spay More to Save MoreFunded
16782016Rural Spay-Neuter ExpansionFunded
17752018Spay Neuter Capacity BuilderSubmitted
Describe your Organization:
Services Provided Organization Structure:

List your current board of directors:

Amy BartonDirector352-384-4844Product Manager
Julie LevyPresident352-273-8722Veterinarian
Karen ScottTreasurer352-294-4434Senior Biological Scientist
Sylvia TuckerVice-President352-294-4513Biological Scientist

Applicant Qualifications
For your organization, in the last complete fiscal year:
3023  cats and 0  dogs were admitted.
248   cats and  0   dogs were adopted.
12   cats and  0    dogs were euthanized.
2673   cats and  0    dogs were sterilized.
Briefly describe your animal programs:

If your program performs adoptions, are all animals sterilized before adoption? 
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. 
Operation Catnip's mission is to humanely reduce the cat population in Alachua County through Trap-Neuter-Return and to serve as a mentor and model program for other communities with a shared vision of ending the unnecessary euthanasia of cats in shelters. Our programs include: I. Sterilization Programs (approximately 3,000 total cats annually): 1. Monthly mass Spay Day clinics in which Operation Catnip mobilizes volunteer veterinarians, technicians, vet students and support crew to sterilize and vaccinate 200-250 stray and feral cats at no charge to caregivers. Any ear-tipped cats may return annually for free boosters of Rabies, FVRCP, and FeLV vaccines. Ear-tipped cats that develop medical issues can be evaluated for treatment or euthanasia. 2. Northeast Community Cat Project focused on sterilizing 90% of all free-roaming cats in the zip code of highest shelter intakes in Alachua County. 3. TNR 2.0, a cooperative project with Alachua County Animal Services where feral cats are transferred from the municipal shelter to Operation Catnip for Neuter and Return. At a time when animal control budgets are lower than ever, TNR 2.0 is saving thousands of tax payer dollars and feline lives. 4. Special Trapping Missions occur throughout the month,targeting areas identified by the community or animal control as having high cat populations, complaint calls, or impounds. II. Safety Net Programs are offered to prevent more homeless outdoor cats and also, because of our deep roots in the community, Operation Catnip often is a trusted first point of contact for animal issues other than those solved by TNR. 1. Pet surrender prevention counseling, re-homing counseling, and referral services to other agencies for assistance. 2. Pet Food Pantry collects and dispenses pet food donations to needy families at our office to help prevent cat abandonment and potential surrender to already overcrowded local shelters. 3. Living in Harmony: Conflict mediation and long-term solutions for non-cat lovers living in close quarters with free-roaming cats. Staff consults on the use of humane deterrents and responsible, socially and environmentally conscious colony management. Operation Catnip's programs are all focused on reducing the population of stray and feral cats in Alachua County, ending the unnecessary euthanasia of cats in shelters, and mitigating the impact of free-roaming cats on the environment. Program personnel, volunteers and board leaders are all highly-qualified. Our monthly clinic is held at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine under the medical direction of Dr. Julie Levy, a respected veterinary researcher and a national leader in feral cat sterilization advocacy. Erin Mack, coordinator for cats and caregivers, is available to train caregivers in proper humane trapping, to provide nuisance mitigation, and to facilitate emergency care of cats when the need arises between the monthly clinics.
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? 
Operation Catnip relies on community donations and grant funding to sustain its lifesaving programs. Solving feral cat overpopulation is a huge undertaking and additional funding will allow us to expand our TNR programs by offering more free feral cat sterilizations. The cost of surgical supplies and other program expenses continue to rise, while the current economic situation has resulted in a decline in charitable giving. Additional resources are needed to continue to offer surgeries at no charge and to expand the number of cats sterilized order to increase our impact on the feral cat population. There are an estimated 40,000 community cats in Alachua County, and we are currently sterilizing only about 3,000 of them each year. Funding from the Florida Animal Friend grant program will allow us to provide sterilization services to an additional 1,000 above our 2013 baseline of 2,673.

Target Population
Geographical target area (name of city, county, zip codes, geographical Information service (GIS), etc.):
Alachua County 
Total human population in target area: 253,451 
Percent of residents living below poverty in target area: 24 
Estimated number of pet cats in target area (human population divided by 3.3): 76804 
Estimated number of pet dogs in target area (human population divided by 4.0): 63363 
Estimated number of feral cats in target area (human population divided by 6.0): 42242 
Number of cats admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 2732 
Number of dogs admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 2978 
Number of cats euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 293 
Number of dogs euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 489 
Please explain if you believe your target area animal population is significantly different than above.
We believe this is an accurate representation.
Please explain what you believe are the most substantial sources of dog and cat overpopulation in the target area:
 Due to high rates of neutering of pet cats in our area (85%) and the high proportion of cats admitted as strays to the municipal shelter (81%), we believe that community cats are the primary source of cat overpopulation.
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?
Our monthly free spay/neuter clinics for community cats are filled to capacity and cats are turned away each month. The community spay/neuter clinic No More Homeless Pets has unfilled spay/neuter capacity, but many caregivers cannot afford the $50 fee per cat, particularly if they trying to manage a large colony of cats. Full-service veterinary clinics have unfilled spay/neuter capacity but are unable to offer services below their costs.
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.
This program is restricted to Alachua County (875 square miles). We propose a targeted approach to spay/neuter that focuses on community cats that are at high risk for shelter impoundment. ACAS will work with Operation Catnip to encourage TNR as an alternative to shelter impoundment when cats are thriving in safe neighborhood environments and their adverse impacts can be mitigated.
What is the criteria used for determining the target area(s) and/or eligibility for this program?
The criteria for targeting cats for TNR was established by partnership of ACAS and Operation Catnip. ACAS officers and front office staff will triage service calls about cats based on the concerns identified by residents. This client-centered approach will incorporate issues of nuisance mitigation, environmental impact, and cat welfare in the decision regarding the best outcomes for the cats and their communities when deciding whether TNR or shelter intake is the optimal response.
Describe whether the targeted area is rural, suburban, or urban. Is it commercial, residential, agricultural, or a designated special land use?
The vast majority of calls regarding community cats come from urban residential areas. It is this area that we expect to focus on and is the source of the estimated populations in our target area below.
Estimated number of cats in the target colony area : 32000  
Estimated number that are currently sterilized: 5000
Projected reduction after utilizing the grant:  1000
For TNR program, describe the ability to maintain lifelong care for remaining cats, commitment level of volunteers/organizations, etc.
Operation Catnip provides spay/neuter services and citizens provide colony care following surgery. The Operation Catnip office is staffed full time to assist caregivers with special needs, such as care of injured cats. Although our resources for intensive care are limited, we are able to offer care for common conditions such as wounds and are always available to provide humane euthanasia at no cost.
Do current city/county ordinances address TNR or free-roaming cats?

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:
Alachua County Animal Services has been an important collaborator in our TNR program since it was founded in 1998. The No More Homeless Pets spay/neuter clinic has been a contracted surgery partner since it was founded in 2009. The College of Veterinary Medicine provides surgery space for the monthly clinics so that veterinary students can enhance their surgery skills.
Describe any effort to lessen the negative impact on local wildlife.
One of our advisers is the former executive director of Alachua Conservation Trust and provides input on environmentally sensitive areas where the presence of cats would add unacceptable stress on wildlife populations. When there is concern about wildlife areas, cats are relocated rather than being returned to their original location. The largest area in which we remove cats from is Paynes Prairie, a 22,000 acre state park.
Describe efforts that will be made to mitigate current or potential nuisance issues.
Nuisance mitigation is a primary activity of Operation Catnip. Free-roaming cats, especially sexually intact ones, can cause real impacts on community well-being, including noise during breeding season, spraying on homes and vehicles, climbing on vehicles and outdoor furniture, defecating in yards, and tormenting pets. The vast majority of these nuisances are controlled by sterilization, but we also offer deterrents, barriers, and education to reduce cat attraction to the affected area.
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.
Operation Catnip is a fixture in the community. The program has spayed and neutered more than 40,000 community cats since it was founded in 1998. We believe that our comprehensive approach providing humane education, nuisance mitigation, and free access to spay/neuter services is a key component leading to the reduction of cat intake and euthanasia in our county shelter.
What do you hope to accomplish with these funds (objectives should be specific and quantifiable)?
We will address the cats that the community has identified as a high priority for intervention. The primary focus of this grant will be to target cats that generate calls to the municipal shelter or that animal control officers identify as needing an intervention. In this way we can focus on the cats with the most significant impact on community well being, rather than diluting our efforts across the 42,000 cat that inhabit our county.
How does this program increase the number of sterilization surgeries above the existing baseline?
Our monthly spay/neuter clinics are full and we must turn away caregivers most months. We will increase our surgery productivity by contracting with the local spay/neuter clinic for surgery services as well as seeking opportunities to increase the current capacity of our monthly clinics.
What criteria will you use to determine eligibility for your program? 
Cats eligible for the project are unowned stray and feral community cats with a caregiver. Caregivers sign a release attesting that the cat is unowned and that it will receive ongoing care following its return to the field.
How will you advertise the program? Explain how the advertising will reach the target audience.
In this project, our primary audience is employees of the local municipal shelter, since they will be referring cats to the project. We have had a productive collaboration with the shelter for 16 years. We will create a standard operating procedure for identifying and referring cats for TNR and will provide literature for officers and receptionists to distribute to residents. In addition, we will have monthly face-to-face progress meetings to hone procedures and enhance the efficacy of the program.
How will you address barriers to full use of the program such as transportation, illiteracy, and cultural hurdles? 
Operation Catnip offers assistance to elderly and disabled caregivers who are unable to trap and transport cats themselves.
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.
Trained volunteers and staff use humane traps to capture and confine the cats, followed by transportation in climate-controlled vehicles. Liability releases are signed by the caregivers.
Veterinary Services

What arrangements have you made with veterinarians to perform the surgeries? 
Surgeries will be performed at the monthly Operation Catnip clinics or at the No More Homeless Pets spay/neuter clinic.
Are they:  

Veterinary Practices
Practice NameAddressCityStateZipPhoneLead Practice
No More Homeless Pets4205 MW 6th StreetGainesvilleFlorida32609352-376-6647
Operation Catnip4205 NW 6th StreetGainesvilleFlorida32609352-380-0940

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?
Rabies Vaccination if Due   
Other Vaccination if Due   
Pain Medication   
Parasite Medication   
HW Testing   
Feline Leuk/FIV
County License   
Ear tipping   

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: 
Cats will receive a "feral cat care package" at a cost of $25 per cat. Operation Catnip will contribute matching funds of approximately $15 per cat to cover the related costs of trap loans, additional required veterinary care, and staff support to facilitate the spay/neuter program.  
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
Alachua County Animal ServicesACAS is a key partner in this project since shelter staff will identify and refer cats for TNR
Alachua County Humane SocietyACHS provides office space for Operation Catnip and serves as a rescue transfer partner for cats that would be better served by adoption than TNR, particularly for kittens.
College of Veterinary MedicineThe CVM provides free access to a large surgical suite for the monthly TNR clinics. This benefits the college by enhancing the surgical experience of the veterinary students.
Gainesville Pet RescueGPR operates a program in which community cats impounded at the municipal shelter are neutered and released. GPR will notify Operation Catnip of release sites so that we can identify any remaining cats in the area that should be sterilized.
No More Homeless PetsNMHP will provide contract services to increase the surgery capacity for the project.

Other Information
Provide any additional information that will help the grant selection committee understand how the program will operate to achieve its goals.
 This project, which targets cats of particular concern to residents, is the next step in Alachua County's drive to eliminate the use of unnecessary euthanasia for animal management. We are blessed that our animal welfare community has a long track record of creative collaboration and data-driven strategies.
Total number of sterilization surgeries projected:
Cats: 1000    Dogs:  0 
Total budget requested (Budget should not exceed $25,000): $25,000.00 
Average cost/surgery projected: $25.00 
Describe any expenses that are not included in the grant and how they will be paid for (for example, vaccines, microchipping, ear notching, etc.):
Operation Catnip will provide matching funds averaging $15 per cat for caregiver support, trapping assistance, and additional veterinary care as needed.
Describe any other funding sources for this program, i.e. other grants, targeted fundraising efforts, budget allocation, etc.
A budget allocation of $15,000 will be reserved from our pool of individual donations to support the program.
What percent of the total cost of the program would this projected grant cover?
All projects must be completed within 12 months of receipt of funding.
Projected start date: 08/01/14/     Projected end date: 07/31/15
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.
Operation Catnip has a 16-year history of success in raising community donations and submitting successful grant applications to support sterilization programs. Operation Catnip is currently working with nonprofit fundraising consultants on donor development and sustainable fundraising practices to secure long-term support for our programs. Operation Catnip is also working on two website projects that will broadcast content to an international audience and will serve as a dynamic platform for storytelling and reaching a whole new donor constituent base.
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.
If awarded the grant. Operation Catnip will leverage its extensive local media connections to assure the Florida Animal Friend program is well recognized and promoted via press coverage. In addition, we will launch a Facebook campaign in which our supporters show off their FAF license plates, which are numerous in Gainesville. This campaign will start with a display of Dr. Levy's own FAF license plate "TNRDR."