Grant ID: 1430
Title of Proposal: Pit Bulls & Community Cats In Need
Agency Type: Non-Profit
Total Funding Requested: $22,750.00
Check Payable To: North Florida PAWS, Inc.
Application Information
Name of Applicant Agency: North Florida PAWS, Inc. Website Address:
Person Submitting Proposal: Katie Rooney Position: Executive Director
Person Submitting Proposal Email Address:
Agency Head: Katie Rooney Agency Head Email:
Organization Business Address: P. O. Box 9 City: Jennings
State: FL Zip: 32053-0009
Phone (xxx-xxx-xxxx): 386-938-4092 Fax:
Cell: 386-205-0807    
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: $123,916.44
Organization Expenses in Last Fiscal Year: $123,312.56
Number of Paid Employees: Full Time: 0  Part Time: 2
Number of Active Volunteers: 9
Total Volunteer Hours per Week: 40.00
How did you learn of the 2009  Florida Animal Friend grant competition? We have been supporters of FAF since its inception and receive e-mail notifications.
Year(s) of previous Florida Animal Friend grants (if applicable):
Previous Florida Animal Friend Applications: Years Funded: 2006, 2008. 2010, 2012 Year(s) denied/incomplete: 0
Auto-Generated (Previous Applications):
Grant #Proposal YearProposal TitleStatus
1362010Pups & Kits SnipFunded
3222012PET AID Spay SubsidyFunded
14302014Pit Bulls & Community Cats In NeedFunded
16042006 Funded
16052008 Funded
16622016Fixin' Pitties and KittiesFunded
18092018SNIPPIN' Dogs & Cats (Spay Neuter Initiative for Pets and People In Need)Submitted
Describe your Organization:
Services Provided Organization Structure:

List your current board of directors:

Doug RooneyVice President386-938-4092Registered Nurse
Katie RooneyPresident386-938-4092Executive Director
Scott RooneyBoard of Directors Member386-855-0031EMS Trainer

Applicant Qualifications
For your organization, in the last complete fiscal year:
6  cats and 12  dogs were admitted.
6   cats and  8   dogs were adopted.
0   cats and  0    dogs were euthanized.
883   cats and  588    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. 
North Florida PAWS, Inc., has been incorporated since 02/14/2000 and has performed 13,530 low-cost spay/neuter surgeries since building a spay/neuter clinic in Hamilton County. Period covered 01-01-2008 to present. Katie Rooney has been the President and Executive Director for 14 years. Her background includes a BS in Sociology and 23 years experience in Humane Resources with the Veterans Administration Hospital System. Doug Rooney is the Practice Manager. He has 38 years experience as a Registered Nurse and 6 years experience as a Veterinary Surgical Assistant.
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? 
Funding for spay/neuter surgeries comes from client co-payments, preventive care services, retail sales of pet related and donated items, fundraising events, and donations.

Target Population
Geographical target area (name of city, county, zip codes, geographical Information service (GIS), etc.):
Hamilton and Madison Counties 
Total human population in target area: 33,786 
Percent of residents living below poverty in target area: 22.1% 
Estimated number of pet cats in target area (human population divided by 3.3): 10239 
Estimated number of pet dogs in target area (human population divided by 4.0): 8447 
Estimated number of feral cats in target area (human population divided by 6.0): 5631 
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 believe the estimated number of dogs and cats in the target area are higher than the national average because this rural area of North Central Florida ranks very high in poverty (22% below poverty level) and very low in education (30% illiteracy rate). Most pets are intact and unconfined and the lack of resources exacerbates the problem. Hamilton County has no animal shelter and one Animal Control Officer in the city of Jasper with a small holding area by the sewage plant. Madison County has one private, limited admission shelter, Suwannee Valley Humane Society, which houses approximately 80 dogs and cats and a Mosquito/Animal Control Officer with very limited animal housing. The people providing the described services are excellent, but resources are extremely limited.
Please explain what you believe are the most substantial sources of dog and cat overpopulation in the target area:
 We are targeting pit bull terriers and community cats. Pit bulls, and those perceived to be pit bulls, are very popular in this area. They are made more numerous by uncontrolled breeding. There are no known maintained feral cat colonies, but there are many individuals who have large numbers of free-roaming cats on their property. North Florida PAWS has sterilized a lot of these cats for owners who trap, neuter, and feed them, but there are many more.
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?
North Florida PAWS has been the only clinic in the targeted counties offering low-cost spay/neuter surgeries. There are clinics in surrounding areas; however, the pet owners and caretakers we will target would not be able to afford even their low prices. Also they would be unable to drive a long distance due to limited finances and unreliable vehicles. We will be offering transport for those who need it.
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.
Most of the Community cats reside on private property (large acreages) within Hamilton and Madison counties totaling 1,235 square miles (519 in Hamilton and 716 in Madison).
What is the criteria used for determining the target area(s) and/or eligibility for this program?
Pet owners/caretakers must be in receipt of income-based government assistance in the form of Food Stamps, Medicaid, or SSI. We anticipate helping at least 10 eligible owners/caretakers up to 25 cats each.
Describe whether the targeted area is rural, suburban, or urban. Is it commercial, residential, agricultural, or a designated special land use?
Targeted area is rural and designated either residential or agricultural.
Estimated number of cats in the target colony area : 250  
Estimated number that are currently sterilized: 0
Projected reduction after utilizing the grant:  250
For TNR program, describe the ability to maintain lifelong care for remaining cats, commitment level of volunteers/organizations, etc.
The individuals who participate are already caring for the cats on their property. They will be able to continue caring for them after they are sterilized and the numbers will not increase. North Florida PAWS will continue to provide support to these clients.
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:
The newly-formed Hamilton Humane Society is fully supporting the spay/neuter efforts of North Florida PAWS with volunteers, specifically to help with trapping, transport, and follow-up with clients.
Describe any effort to lessen the negative impact on local wildlife.
Owners/caretakers can call upon North Florida PAWS if they are in need of help with new spay/neuter surgeries or food donations. All cats being neutered and well-fed should reduce the need to hunt wildlife.
Describe efforts that will be made to mitigate current or potential nuisance issues.
Owners/caretakers live on large parcels which reduces the potential for neighbor disputes.
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 250 feline spay/neuter surgeries under this grant will be dedicated to community cats. If for any reason we do not reach this goal, others will be limited to individual owners with female cats who are free-roaming who meet the income requirements of the grant.
What do you hope to accomplish with these funds (objectives should be specific and quantifiable)?
Sterilize 500 dogs and cats, targeting pit bull terriers and mixes and community cats, with priority to females. Project amount is based on 250 free-roaming/community cats (75 males and 175 females) and 250 pit bull terriers and mixes (50 male and 200 female). The ratio of male to female may vary, especially for community cats. If the amount is less than anticipated, the number of surgeries will be increased. If the amount is higher than expected, North Florida PAWS will make up the difference in increased cost. A board member is donating $1,500 for a matching grant which will give us $3,000 to cover the cost of 500 rabies vaccinations, take-home pain medication for the dogs, and cost overrun on surgeries.
How does this program increase the number of sterilization surgeries above the existing baseline?
The eligible owners/caretakers will be those who cannot afford even the reduced costs of non-profit, low-cost spay/neuter clinics. The $10 co-pay for surgery, rabies vaccination, and help with transportation, will assure 500 more dogs and cats will be helped.
What criteria will you use to determine eligibility for your program? 
Owners/caretakers must be in receipt of current government assistance based on a maximum of 150% of the federal poverty level through Food Stamps, Medicaid, or SSI. Proof includes a valid ID matching name on documentation.
How will you advertise the program? Explain how the advertising will reach the target audience.
We continually receive requests from persons who would be eligible. In addition, we post flyers in places frequented by low-income families (local health department, libraries, etc.); submit PSAs to local newspapers and radio stations which have been supportive to our programs; and post on our website and social media.
How will you address barriers to full use of the program such as transportation, illiteracy, and cultural hurdles? 
North Florida PAWS and volunteers from Hamilton Humane Society are available to help owners/caretakers with transportation, completing forms, traps, and any other problems which arise.
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.
North Florida PAWS has a large van which is currently used to transport dogs and cats for spay/neuter as well as animal crates and humane traps. Only volunteers experienced in animal handling will have direct contact with the dogs and cats and volunteer applications include a liability release clause. North Florida PAWS carries a $1,000,000 liability policy.
Veterinary Services

What arrangements have you made with veterinarians to perform the surgeries? 
North Florida PAWS spay/neuter clinic is the primary provider. If for any reason another provider would be required, we would transport to No More Homeless Pets clinic in Gainesville which charges $50 for cat spays and neuters and $80 for dog spays and neuters. The difference in cost would be absorbed by North Florida PAWS.
Are they:  

Veterinary Practices
Practice NameAddressCityStateZipPhoneLead Practice
No More Homeless Pets 4205 A-2 NW 6th StGainesvilleFL32609352-376-6647
North Florida PAWS, Inc.P. O. Box 9JenningsFL32053-0009386-938-4092

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: 
Included with $10 co-pay is examination, rabies vaccination, and paid medication (Novox) for dogs. $14 Other Vaccination is DHPP for dogs. $12 Parasite Medication is one Comfortis tablet of any size.  
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
Hamilton Humane Society, Inc.Non-monetary support includes publicizing the program, providing transport for clients without a reliable vehicle, trapping free-roaming cats, assisting with paperwork, and other assistance as required.
Suwannee Valley Humane Society, Inc.An all-volunteer animal shelter in Madison County which has been a long-time partner with North Florida PAWS. They will advertise and promote the program.

Other Information
Provide any additional information that will help the grant selection committee understand how the program will operate to achieve its goals.
 For over six years, North Florida PAWS has provided spay/neuter services to low-income residents in North Central Florida. We have gained an understanding of our community and have established relationships with many government officials, organizations, and individuals. This gives us the ability to successfully reduce the number of unwanted puppies and kittens from two overpopulated groups of animals under this grant: pit bull terriers and community cats belonging to caring, but needy individuals.
Total number of sterilization surgeries projected:
Cats: 250    Dogs:  250 
Total budget requested (Budget should not exceed $25,000): $22,750.00 
Average cost/surgery projected: $46.00 
Describe any expenses that are not included in the grant and how they will be paid for (for example, vaccines, microchipping, ear notching, etc.):
North Florida PAWS will provide rabies vaccinations, take-home pain medication for the dogs, and transportation costs.
Describe any other funding sources for this program, i.e. other grants, targeted fundraising efforts, budget allocation, etc.
Additional costs will be paid from North Florida PAWS general fund. A board member, Doug Rooney, has pledged $1,500 for a matching grant. With known donors and our fund-raising ability, this will give us $3,000 to cover these services and any unexpected additional costs.
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: 08/15/14/     Projected end date: 07/30/15
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.
The COMMUNITY CATS portion of this program will definitely continue beyond the grant period as funds are available from North Florida PAWS targeted fundraising activities. There is a lot of interest already. We believe our success through this grant will generate enough publicity to support an on-going, community-wide collaborative program. Hopefully the same will occur for the Pit Bulls.
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.
PAWS continuously promotes the FAF S/N License Plate on our website, displays official posters and brochures at the clinic, includes information on our handouts, and has specialty license plates on all of our vehicles.