Grant ID: 1428
Title of Proposal: St Cloud & Kissimmee TNR
Agency Type: Non-Profit
Total Funding Requested: $12,600.00
Check Payable To: Spay The Strays Inc.
Application Information
Demographics
Name of Applicant Agency: Spay The Strays Website Address: Spaythestrays,rescuegroups.org
Person Submitting Proposal: Brenda Winnick Position: Volunteer Grant Writer
Person Submitting Proposal Email Address: Spaythestrays@aol.com
Agency Head: Anita Sanders Agency Head Email: Spaythestrays@aol.com
Organization Business Address: 1015 Shawanda Lane City: Kissimmee
State: Florida Zip: 34744
Phone (xxx-xxx-xxxx): 407-460-2305 Fax: 407-847-5300
Cell: 407-460-2305    
 
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: $75,355.00
Organization Expenses in Last Fiscal Year: $90,514.00
Number of Paid Employees: Full Time: 0  Part Time: 0
Number of Active Volunteers: 21
Total Volunteer Hours per Week: 545.00
How did you learn of the 2009  Florida Animal Friend grant competition? We have been a previous applicant.
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
1852010Florida Animal Friend Grant Denied
1892010Reducing Osceola County's Feral Cat PopulationDenied
3162012Kissimmee TNRFunded
14282014St Cloud & Kissimmee TNRFunded
16762016Downtown Kissimme TNRFunded
Describe your Organization:
Services Provided Organization Structure:











List your current board of directors:

NameTitlePhoneOccupation
Anita SandersPresident407-460-2305Manager, Non Profit Org.
Juanita MillerTreasurer407-361-6330Retired
Maria McKennaSecretary407-460-8503Retired
Terri WilliamsVice President407-765-7292Real Estate

Applicant Qualifications
For your organization, in the last complete fiscal year:
0  cats and 0  dogs were admitted.
268   cats and  0   dogs were adopted.
3   cats and  0    dogs were euthanized.
448   cats and  0    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. 
Spay The Strays was formed as a non-profit organization in 2006. We have 21 very dedicated volunteers. Seven of the volunteers are trained in the trapping and healing of feral cats. Almost all of our volunteers are active in providing foster homes for the adoptable cats and kittens and about 10 are very active workers at our adoption location at Petco, especially on adoption days. We have three volunteers who repair our traps and fix other equipment. Our bookkeeper has a BBA Degree in accounting and will track the grant funding. Our primary vet is Dr. Giovanni Vergel with Crystal Creek Animal Hospital. He is very supportive of our organization and our efforts to control the feral cat population in Osceola County.
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? 
In a typical year our income from donations, adoptions and fund raising events is about $65,000. We feed and maintain over 80 colonies plus the cats on our sanctuary property. We also purchase FIV/Leukemia test kits, antibiotics, and other necessary medicines for the cats in our foster and adoption programs. In 2013 these costs were $35,000. We also have the operating expenses for a vehicle, and must purchase cleaning supplies and litter. These costs totaled $14,000. That would leave us $16,000 for other expenses including our TNR program. We are able to maintain the colonies that we have under control but we are not able to expand our program to meet the needs that exist in Kissimmee and St Cloud. The feral cat population in these two areas is rapidly expanding.

Target Population
Geographical target area (name of city, county, zip codes, geographical Information service (GIS), etc.):
Kissimmee, St Cloud 
Total human population in target area: 102540 
Percent of residents living below poverty in target area: 17 
Estimated number of pet cats in target area (human population divided by 3.3): 31073 
Estimated number of pet dogs in target area (human population divided by 4.0): 25635 
Estimated number of feral cats in target area (human population divided by 6.0): 17090 
Number of cats admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) Unknown 
Number of dogs admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) Unknown 
Number of cats euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) Unknown 
Number of dogs euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) Unknown 
Please explain if you believe your target area animal population is significantly different than above.
We have targeted two feral cat gathering locations, one in downtown St Cloud and one in the Disney tourist area of Kissimmee. Since we have been managing colonies in the area between these two geographical locations for some time we do not believe that the feral cat population in Kissimmee, St Cloud is as large as that estimated by the ratio of human population to feral cats. In 2012 we used the Florida Animal Friend grant money we received to concentrate on the area between the two target locations and know that the feral cat population there has been greatly reduced and the formed colonies are under our careful watch.
Please explain what you believe are the most substantial sources of dog and cat overpopulation in the target area:
 The original source we certainly believe to be the lack of caring and understanding by people living in the areas. Osceola County continues to have a high unemployment rate although it has improved in the last two years. We think people tend to believe that cats should be allowed to roam free in the neighborhood and there are certainly no requirements that cats be sterilized or kept inside. We also know that people look for a place where cats are being feed and they seem to feel they are doing a cat a favor when they just dump it there. While we certainly try to provide educational materials about the feral cat problems, Osceola County does very little to try to change what is happening.
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?
There are no low cost spay and neuter programs in Osceola County. The SPCA visits once a month and does provide low cost services but appointments for the service have to be made in advance and they don’t want feral cats. Spay The Strays operates the only TNR program in Osceola County.
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 have selected two targeted areas, one at each end of where the majority of our managed colonies are located. Our volunteers have been feeding cats in both locations for over a year. On the east end is a colony in downtown St Cloud. This colony has an estimated 75 cats residing in an area about half a mile long on New Jersey Ave and a few blocks each way. The west end location is a colony gathering area about 2-3 acres behind Colorado Beef House at Mile Marker 5 on Irolo Bronson Hwy in the
 
What is the criteria used for determining the target area(s) and/or eligibility for this program?
By controlling growth at each end of the 192 corridor it will be less likely that our already established and controlled colonies will be invaded by unaltered cats for each end. First all cats in the target area will be spayed or neutered and then we will work with the motel calls to sterilize and relocate those cats to a fixed colony area.
 
Describe whether the targeted area is rural, suburban, or urban. Is it commercial, residential, agricultural, or a designated special land use?
Downtown St Cloud is urban with a mixture of commercial and residential. The Kissimmee location is almost all commercial although many motels in that area have rates by the month and some of the surrounding area has become transient living quarters.
 
Estimated number of cats in the target colony area : 285  
Estimated number that are currently sterilized: 2
Projected reduction after utilizing the grant:  50
 
For TNR program, describe the ability to maintain lifelong care for remaining cats, commitment level of volunteers/organizations, etc.
Our volunteers have been feeding these two locations for well over a year. Those cats that we judge to be feral will be returned to the colony where they will continue to be fed on a regular basis. Our volunteers are very caring people and often purchase food out of their own money. They will also be on the look out for any new cat that might join the colony. Those that do will be trapped immediately and spayed or neutered to prevent growth in the colony.
 
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:
TNR Group support In Orange County: CARE Feline TNR, Candy’s Cats, Pet Rescue By Judy In Osceola County: Helping Paws, Osceola County animal Control Nationwide: Alley Cat Allies is also a supporter of TNR
 
Describe any effort to lessen the negative impact on local wildlife.
By having our cats in organized colonies where they are well fed on a regular basis they are not roaming into new territory and they have no physical need to hunt wildlife. The same applies to the cats in our sanctuary. This is not to say that it is not in the nature of a cat to stalk and sometimes kill a small animal or a bird that is in the cat's territory.
 
Describe efforts that will be made to mitigate current or potential nuisance issues.
In the past we have had discussions with Osceola Animal Control when there have been some issues regarding one particular colony. We have worked with them in trying to keep the colony under control and actually the colony has begun to decrease in size over the past couple of years. We get more issues being raised by the Disney tourist about cats roaming the parking lots at motels. The interesting thing is that they call Spay The Strays and not Osceola County Animal Control. These people are more
 
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.
The primary objective of Spay The Strays is to reduce the feral cat population in Kissimme and St Cloud through TNR and adoption. We also want to prevent cats from ending up in Osceola County Animal Shelter where the kill rate is above 70%. Our volunteers, and especially the ones working in downtown St Cloud and out in the Disney tourist area, are anxious to trap and sterilize as many cats as we possibly can. The number one thing standing in their way is the lack of money. Our volunteers often p
 
Objectives
What do you hope to accomplish with these funds (objectives should be specific and quantifiable)?
Our goal with the funding would be to sterilize every cat in each of these two colonies and as many of the near by motels cats as we can. By controlling the growth at each end of the 192 corridor it will be less likely that our already managed colonies will be invaded by additional roaming cats.
How does this program increase the number of sterilization surgeries above the existing baseline?
We are the only organization operating a TNR program in Osceola County. We do not have sufficient funding to even begin trying to spay and neuter these two locations. This grant will enable us to increase our spay and neuters three fold, and bring these two areas under control while continuing to insure our existing colonies are reproduction free,
Methods
What criteria will you use to determine eligibility for your program? 
We will actively trap in the two target locations. Each cat that is not already sterilized will be spayed or neutered. As we get a better measure on the number of cats remaining, we will respond to calls from tourists in the near by motels near Mile Marker 5.
How will you advertise the program? Explain how the advertising will reach the target audience.
Since this is a TNR program with two target areas, we will have no need to advertise for participants. We will however place an article in the Osceola News Gazette letting the citizens of Kissimmee St Cloud know about the funding.
How will you address barriers to full use of the program such as transportation, illiteracy, and cultural hurdles? 
All of our trappers have SUV’s to carry the traps. We have volunteers who speak English, Spanish, and French.
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.
All of the animals in the TNR program will be transported by our volunteers. They are trained in trapping and handling of feral cats as well as the healing process.
Veterinary Services
 

What arrangements have you made with veterinarians to perform the surgeries? 
We will be using Dr Giovanni Vergel at Crystal Creek animal Hospital. As a back up we can use All Creatures Animal Hospital. There is also a low cost clinic in Lakeland, Fl that we might have to use a few times but that is a one hundred mile round trip.
Are they:  
 

Veterinary Practices
Practice NameAddressCityStateZipPhoneLead Practice
All Creatures Animal Hospital5745 E Pershing AveOrlandoFl32822407-277-6027
Crystal Creek Animal Hospital12200 Menta St Suite 103Orlando Fl32837407-203-0741

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: 
We will be paying for rabies and distemper, and if the cat or kitten is possibly entering our adoption program we will also be paying for drawing of blood.  
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
Helping PawsTrapping
Osceola News GazetteCommunity awareness of the program
PetcoAdoption Site

 
Other Information
Provide any additional information that will help the grant selection committee understand how the program will operate to achieve its goals.
 The primary objective of Spay The Strays is to reduce the feral cat population in Kissimmee and St Cloud through TNR and adoption. We also want to prevent cats from ending up in Osceola County Animal Shelter where the kill rate is above 70%. Our volunteers, and especially the ones working in downtown St Cloud and out in the Disney tourist area, are anxious to trap and sterilize as many cats as we possibly can. The number one thing standing in their way is the lack of money. Our volunteers often pay for vet procedures to make sure the cats are cared for and help in fund raising projects so they can do more for the cats. They also want to insure that our adoptable cats are very social and in good health. Our volunteers will help by contributing funds for each cat if there are items they consider necessary that are not covered by the grant funding. But we must mention that we are very glad to see that pain medication is now a covered part of the spay and neuter process.
Budget
Total number of sterilization surgeries projected:
Cats: 285    Dogs:  0 
Total budget requested (Budget should not exceed $25,000): $12,600.00 
Average cost/surgery projected: $45.00 
Describe any expenses that are not included in the grant and how they will be paid for (for example, vaccines, microchipping, ear notching, etc.):
Costs such a distemper, rabies, testing for FIV/Leukemia and ear notching will be paid for by funding from Spay the Strays budget, volunteer direct payments, and fund raising efforts. There will also be some revenue produced through the adoption program.
 
Describe any other funding sources for this program, i.e. other grants, targeted fundraising efforts, budget allocation, etc.
We have a budget allocation for spaying and neutering. These funds will be used to off set the additional costs that we are well aware of are not covered by the grant. There will also be fund raisers and we have two sources from which we can solicit donations specific to this cause. We have had a founder of a Foundation offer us matching funding for certain events.
 
What percent of the total cost of the program would this projected grant cover?
81%
Timeline
All projects must be completed within 12 months of receipt of funding.
Projected start date: 09/01/14/     Projected end date: 06/30/15
 
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 have many dedicated repeat contributors to our organization. We net some funding for our adoption program and we have several fund raising events. We are also looking into launching an Ebay store as well as promoting our Guardian Angel 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 distribute literature to help educate people about the importance of pet spaying and neutering. Included in the package is the “How The Problem Of Homeless Pets Gets Fixed” handout of Florida Animal Friend Organization. These are also available on display at Petco and included in all our adoption packages, and distributed at our fundraisers. There is a reference and link to Floridaanimalfriend.org on our web site. We also plan to have a public interest article published in the Osceola News gazette to let the public know about the grant and to support the license plate sales. We will also promote the license plate on our Facebook page.