Grant ID: 1748
Title of Proposal: Saving the homeless
Agency Type: Non-Profit
Total Funding Requested: $18,000.00
Check Payable To: Cat Pals, Inc
Application Information
Demographics
Name of Applicant Agency: Cat Pals, Inc Website Address: www.catpals.org
Person Submitting Proposal: Jamie Dos Sanos Position: volunteer
Person Submitting Proposal Email Address: jjd1215@yahoo.com
Agency Head: Tracey Paige Agency Head Email: traceyray95@comcast.net
Organization Business Address: 1145 Cliffrose Street City: hollywood
State: florida Zip: 33019
Phone (xxx-xxx-xxxx): 201-921-7778 Fax: 954-903-7234
Cell: 954-612-0013    
 
Agency Details

Date of 501(c)(3) Incorporation: 07/20/2000
Dates of Last Fiscal Year: Begin: 01/01/16    End: 12/31/16
Organization Income in Last Fiscal Year: $10,420.00
Organization Expenses in Last Fiscal Year: $17,700.00
Number of Paid Employees: Full Time: 0  Part Time: 0
Number of Active Volunteers: 30
Total Volunteer Hours per Week: 300.00
How did you learn of the 2009  Florida Animal Friend grant competition? from a volunteer
Year(s) of previous Florida Animal Friend grants (if applicable):
Previous Florida Animal Friend Applications: Years Funded: 0 Year(s) denied/incomplete: 0
Auto-Generated (Previous Applications):
Grant #Proposal YearProposal TitleStatus
662009CatPals Grant RequestFunded
2402011Cat Pals Grant RequestDenied (not completed)
3052012Cat Pals Grant RequestDenied
17482017Saving the homeless Funded
Describe your Organization:
Services Provided Organization Structure:











List your current board of directors:

NameTitlePhoneOccupation
Karen WhittleTreasurer954-610-4212Accountant
Marybeth CullinanSecretary954-649-0856manager
Tracey PaigePresident201-921-7778SVP Children's Diabetes

Applicant Qualifications
For your organization, in the last complete fiscal year:
200  cats and 0  dogs were admitted.
200   cats and  0   dogs were adopted.
0   cats and  0    dogs were euthanized.
200   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. 
25 years ago, Cat Pals was unofficially started by Cindy Martin, still a volunteer today. Over 300 cats had been dropped off and abandoned in one Hollywood park alone, today that has doubled. She systematically trapped, neutered/spayed, and got them food and medication on her own with volunteers. In 2000 it was officially formed, and today we have our last 9 cats in the park that will be relocated to a farm in April. However, each week new cats are abandoned, many pregnant or with kittens, hungry, scared and helpless. Approximately 30% are killed by cars trying to get back home or of fear. We have trapped, fed and neutered/spayed cats with an agreement of the parks to adopt out as many as we can and continue to monitor the drop offs. Starting April 2017, the cats are no longer allowed in the parks, and if we do not relocate them immediately, they will be euthanized by animal control after 72 hours. We have been fortunate that a volunteer has donated land for us to relocate our abandoned kitties. We have to build a structure for them and this is what our existing budget will address. We need the $18,000.00 grant money to assist us with the spaying/neutering to make these animals eligible for adoption. Without the additional funding, our efforts will be thwarted by the cats' ineligibility for adoption and a better life. This funding is specifically for 33019 and 33020 because there is not county/city funds allocated for spaying/neutering in these area codes.
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 have two veterinarians that help us greatly, Dr. Bennett and Dr. Loeser with emergency services and spay/nuetering. We had $10,000 in fund raising, 4x a year we have a Comedy club event, raffle tickets, and two social events to help, but much of our funding is from volunteers and the residents personal money. This year we will need to utilize our annual budget for spaying and neutering for the enclosure being built to save the feral cats once they have been trapped, sterilized and can no longer be released back to the parks.

Target Population
Geographical target area (name of city, county, zip codes, geographical Information service (GIS), etc.):
Broward, hollywood, 33020, 33019 
Total human population in target area: 149,280 
Percent of residents living below poverty in target area: 15.9% 
Estimated number of pet cats in target area (human population divided by 3.3): 45237 
Estimated number of pet dogs in target area (human population divided by 4.0): 37320 
Estimated number of feral cats in target area (human population divided by 6.0): 24880 
Number of cats admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 7,040 
Number of dogs admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) N/A 
Number of cats euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 4000 
Number of dogs euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) N/A 
Please explain if you believe your target area animal population is significantly different than above.
I think there are significantly more in parks due to abandonment. We have documented 20 drop offs a month in just one park. We lose about 30% of them to being hit by cars and just being too afraid or sick to survive.
Please explain what you believe are the most substantial sources of dog and cat overpopulation in the target area:
 In our area, we have a lot of transit people. Even tourists that come for three months or five months in the year will get a cat and leave it when they go home. For the most part, they don't go to the shelter to get one, generally its from a neighborhood cat that has had kittens and they don't spend the money to get it sterilized. We also have a lot of people coming in to the beach area from Cooper City and other parts to drop off animals they don't want released in their neighborhoods that were their outdoor pets.
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 county and humane society have programs, they don't use them in these zip codes for the parks. They still charge 60$ and we spend 200$ for an adoption package many times for the chip, blood work and sterilization, sometime relocation fee's. The issue is not finding a place, we must pay for the services and we must also trap theca's ourselves and feed them and find them homes.
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.
Dania Pier to Forest Street, 56 acres of Park and a few miles of residences.
 
What is the criteria used for determining the target area(s) and/or eligibility for this program?
There is presently a population of feral cats there now that are breeding, sick or being removed. Or neighborhood cats that have been abandoned and the community residents/restaurants do not want them roaming around.
 
Describe whether the targeted area is rural, suburban, or urban. Is it commercial, residential, agricultural, or a designated special land use?
Its a state park mostly with some residences on the outskirts. There are no county funded grants for this Park.
 
Estimated number of cats in the target colony area : 300  
Estimated number that are currently sterilized: 0
Projected reduction after utilizing the grant:  300
 
For TNR program, describe the ability to maintain lifelong care for remaining cats, commitment level of volunteers/organizations, etc.
We have land that has been donated to use to remove the cats and relocate once we have trapped and sterilized. We need to build the enclosure for this now. Cats that are able to be adopted, especially those that are abandoned will go in to foster in our foster program. We have a full body, 30, volunteers that are going to continue to monitor the park and go daily to feed and care for the cats that have been removed.
 
Do current city/county ordinances address TNR or free-roaming cats?
Yes

Please explain what is allowed:
Trap and take to animal control if they are in the Park. If they are at a restaurant on the Boardwalk or a neighborhood, if the resident or business owner allows, you can release - but they are unwanted in most cases and if we don't trap them and foster them they get euthanized by animal control.
(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:
just CatPals in our Park
 
Describe any effort to lessen the negative impact on local wildlife.
sterilizing the cats has helped over the years a great deal in their desire to kill the native birds. feeding the cats and giving them mediation they need, fostering when adoptable has lessened the negative impact. Now they must leave so there will not be an impact except from those abandoned in the park each month.
 
Describe efforts that will be made to mitigate current or potential nuisance issues.
We are working directly with the Park Director and HoA close by to agree on our participation going forward in the park. We can feed to trap, we can monitor, but we must remove permanently.
 
Will the cats be ear-tipped? Yes
Will the cats be microchipped? Yes
 
Provide any additional information that will help the grant selection committee understand how this program will operate to achieve its goals.
You have very dedicated volunteers that have been in Catpals and feeding for over ten years to the same colonies. The local rules changing has created an emergency for us, we have learned how to keep up with the drop offs and colonies of course over the years, but now that the cats must be removed we are building our own sanctuary to save them from being euthanized.This year the grant money will spay/neuter our population that we expect to manage from the numbers we see every year. Please help u
 
Objectives
What do you hope to accomplish with these funds (objectives should be specific and quantifiable)?
Continue with our volunteer work to spay/neuter 200 plus an additional 100 of new abandoned and colony cats in our Park area. Starting April 2017, we must also remove the cats from the Park, the grant allows us to continue the sterilization of the cats we trap while we use our annual fund raising efforts to build the enclosure for them. This will save them from animal controls euthanasia program.
How does this program increase the number of sterilization surgeries above the existing baseline?
It will increase it by 100 and ensure the 200 because we know that is the budget after 10 years of consistently raising this money ourselves and our records of saved cats. This year if we raise enough money for the enclosure and have our normal 17,700.00 budget to use, we could save the 30% we have lost in the past (60 additional) and keep up with the increasing drop offs in our Parks. The tourist season is in play, when they leave right before the summer and all the kittens are born we would be able to handle both the enclosure, our baseline of 200 and 100 additional to include all the new cats/kittens without having to reach out to other organizations and asking for assistance or fostering cats furlong periods of time until we can have an adoption package completed.
Methods
What criteria will you use to determine eligibility for your program? 
If a cat is dropped off, abandoned or comes in to the Park/neighborhood we will help it. Now, starting April 2017, we must remove it and relocate as well.
How will you advertise the program? Explain how the advertising will reach the target audience.
We have had a website for over ten years, the entire community knows Cat Pals, they call us to help them. We have signs, we attend the Park meetings, we work with the residents. and, We have a very active Facebook that reaches over 20,000.
How will you address barriers to full use of the program such as transportation, illiteracy, and cultural hurdles? 
We have several volunteers with trucks and vans. We have always used pictures and posters in the parks and work with the police officers that monitor the park for crime.
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.
No
Veterinary Services
 

What arrangements have you made with veterinarians to perform the surgeries? 
Cat Pals has an agreed upon price at Dr. Bishop's office in Hollywood for sterilization and adoption packages, blood work, FIV, shots, feline leukemia testing, flea treatment, and microchip . We also use Dr. Loeser in Davie when we have an over abundant number or an emergency that Dr. Bishop cannot take immediately.
Are they:  
 

Veterinary Practices
Practice NameAddressCityStateZipPhoneLead Practice
ARRC2670 Flamingo RoadDavieFlorida33330954-916-4903
Broward ANimal hospital1180 N Dixie Hwyhollywoodflorida33020954-925-2467

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 other services above are included in adoption packages, that total cost is 200$. When we bring the cats in for sterilization, they are tested for FIV, given revolution and their ear is tipped. that is $60.00  
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
Beyond Nine Cat rescueWe always plan fund raising events together, and can call them if we are short on foster homes. They are in a different area in the community but we all help each other.
Broward county animal controlWe will reach out to some of the staff if we are looking for cats that have disappeared, and many will help. They also much rather see us trap and help the animals than end up in their feral program which will only hold the animal for 72 hours before euthanizing it. The Director is aware of our program.
Broward County ParksCwilliams@broward.org is our main contact, Cherise Williams has been working with us for years and would like to see us continue to help the parks in removing the cats. During the years that the parks allowed us to feed, trap, sterilize, release back to the Park she was very involved to understand how many were presently there, how many were for adoption, how many we lost to being hit by cars or dogs/racoons.
Cat CrusadeWe always plan fund raising events together, and can call them if we are short on foster homes. They are in a different area in the community but we all help each other. In particular, Cat Crusade is very helpful with young kittens that need bottle feeding.

 
Other Information
Provide any additional information that will help the grant selection committee understand how the program will operate to achieve its goals.
 We have a history over over 20 years in this Park, the last ten have been more formal and have saved thousands of cats from sickness, death and starvation. Our rules have changed in our Parks and we must now relocate but continue to trap, sterilize, feed, foster the newly abandon while building an enclosure (on donated land) as a sanctuary to save them.
Budget
Total number of sterilization surgeries projected:
Cats: 300    Dogs:  0 
Total budget requested (Budget should not exceed $25,000): $18,000.00 
Average cost/surgery projected: $60.00 
Describe any expenses that are not included in the grant and how they will be paid for (for example, vaccines, microchipping, ear notching, etc.):
ear notching is included. We raise funds, approximately $17,700.00 last year and consistently have raised this range of a budge year over year. The $18,000 will allow us to meet our 200 cats of 2016 and meet the new uprise in drop offs in our Park system and kitten season.
 
Describe any other funding sources for this program, i.e. other grants, targeted fundraising efforts, budget allocation, etc.
We have four events a year, a comedy club, 2 social events, and a large raffle of over 100 baskets all donated by the community and volunteers. This year we are also going to look into corporate sponsorships. I am using 50% since we must build the enclosure to relocate our Park cats
 
What percent of the total cost of the program would this projected grant cover?
50
Timeline
All projects must be completed within 12 months of receipt of funding.
Projected start date: 05/01/17/     Projected end date: 05/01/18
 
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 new volunteers that are helping with new fund raising ideas, we have been in place formally for over ten years and have an amazing reputation of helping the animals, s folks consistently donate. We are now going to work with our HoA in Hollywood for funding and look at other grants. Today, outside of the enclosure we need to build to relocate the cats, we have kept up with the animals services needs and funding. The enclosure is key to saving their lives, the $18,000.00 grant will ensure we can maintain our baseline of 200 and increase our services to the addition abandoned to 300.
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 have a very active Facebook account for CatPals, please come see us! We would have the promotion there and on our website, we also can include information in each adoption and all of our social events we do all year.