Grant ID: 1705
Title of Proposal: Help Fix Levy and Surrounding Counties Unwanted Pet Population
Agency Type: Non-Profit
Total Funding Requested: $25,000.00
Check Payable To: Rapscallion to the Rescue
Application Information
Demographics
Name of Applicant Agency: Rapscallion to the Rescue Website Address: www.rapscalliontotherescue.org
Person Submitting Proposal: Sarah Podobinski Position: Vice President
Person Submitting Proposal Email Address: podobinski.s@gmail.com
Agency Head: Virginia Niles Agency Head Email: mikmakyak@aol.com
Organization Business Address: 4850 SE 212th Court City: Morriston
State: FL Zip: 32668
Phone (xxx-xxx-xxxx): 352-528-3419 Fax:
Cell: 352-510-1934    
 
Agency Details

Date of 501(c)(3) Incorporation: 08/01/2013
Dates of Last Fiscal Year: Begin: 01/01/16    End: 12/31/16
Organization Income in Last Fiscal Year: $13,500.00
Organization Expenses in Last Fiscal Year: $13,000.00
Number of Paid Employees: Full Time: 0  Part Time: 0
Number of Active Volunteers: 8
Total Volunteer Hours per Week: 80.00
How did you learn of the 2009  Florida Animal Friend grant competition? other rescue organizations
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
17052017Help Fix Levy and Surrounding Counties Unwanted Pet PopulationFunded
Describe your Organization:
Services Provided Organization Structure:











List your current board of directors:

NameTitlePhoneOccupation
Bill Condermann Treasurer305-343-0380retired
Kim Lake Officer 352-339-6641Associate Director
Nan Economy Officer 352-843-2980retired
Sarah PodobinskiVice President 352-359-5793Office manager
Virginia Niles President 305-510-1934retired

Applicant Qualifications
For your organization, in the last complete fiscal year:
3  cats and 16  dogs were admitted.
3   cats and  14   dogs were adopted.
0   cats and  1    dogs were euthanized.
3   cats and  16    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. 
RttR has created a spay/neuter program, Fix it Forward – Levy County. We are in the process of establishing funding for this. The FAF would help us fully launch our program. We are assisting citizens on a case by case basis. Our VP, Sarah Podobinski, will be our lead on our Spay/Neuter projects. She has been actively involved in rescue for over 5 years. She holds a degree in business with a background in accounting. Sarah has a strong relationship with citizens in Levy County as she is an active member of the community and has live there nearly her entire life. Our board members have a total combined 50+ years of experience in rescue work, communicating with the public, have developed strong relationships with the community and advertisers, etc. We will be able to fully follow the Grant curriculum and develop this into a successful program.
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? 
Currently, we are providing spay/neuters to citizens on a case by case basis, funded by contributions received by RttR from private donors. We receive numerous requests and are limited to how many we can assist due to lack of funding. Additional funding from the FAF Grant would allow us to increase those numbers exponentially

Target Population
Geographical target area (name of city, county, zip codes, geographical Information service (GIS), etc.):
Levy and surrounding counties  
Total human population in target area: 39832 
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): 12071 
Estimated number of pet dogs in target area (human population divided by 4.0): 9958 
Estimated number of feral cats in target area (human population divided by 6.0): 6639 
Number of cats admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 914 
Number of dogs admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 893 
Number of cats euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 594 
Number of dogs euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 97 
Please explain if you believe your target area animal population is significantly different than above.
There are three Town/City run shelters in Levy County, Inglis, Williston and Cheifland. Their intake numbers are not included in the numbers provided by the county. Therefore the number of strays and euthanizations is actually higher. Also, due to Levy County’s extensive outdoor recreational activities, there is a substantial amount of visitors to the county, therefore, increasing the amount of animals that have been lost, left unwanted or unclaimed.
Please explain what you believe are the most substantial sources of dog and cat overpopulation in the target area:
 Levy County is a very rural, expansive area with low to middle class residents. Many animals are obtained solely for protection of homes and farms. Due to being a lower income area, many residents are unable to provide proper vetting or spay/neuter. The amount of free roaming/uncontained animals plays a huge role in the pet over population. A lot of residents cannot afford proper housing or containment for their animals. Levy County has an ordinance against free roaming animals, Sec 14-34, therefore a lot of ‘stray’ animals end up at animal control. On average, around 80% of dogs at animal control at any given time are pitbull type/large dog.
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 several private veterinary practice throughout Levy County, however due to income restrictions of residents, not everyone is able to utilize these services especially when spay/neuter fees are normally based on weight. Larger animals tend to be more expensive, so even middle income families have a difficult time paying such a large fee.
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.
 
What is the criteria used for determining the target area(s) and/or eligibility for this program?
 
Describe whether the targeted area is rural, suburban, or urban. Is it commercial, residential, agricultural, or a designated special land use?
 
Estimated number of cats in the target colony area :  
Estimated number that are currently sterilized: 
Projected reduction after utilizing the grant:  
 
For TNR program, describe the ability to maintain lifelong care for remaining cats, commitment level of volunteers/organizations, etc.
 
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:
 
Describe any effort to lessen the negative impact on local wildlife.
 
Describe efforts that will be made to mitigate current or potential nuisance issues.
 
Will the cats be ear-tipped?
Will the cats be microchipped?
 
Provide any additional information that will help the grant selection committee understand how this program will operate to achieve its goals.
 
Objectives
What do you hope to accomplish with these funds (objectives should be specific and quantifiable)?
We hope to reduce the amount of unwanted litters of puppies/kittens in Levy and surrounding counties. Reducing the amount of free roaming animals as they are less likely to roam once spayed/neutered.
How does this program increase the number of sterilization surgeries above the existing baseline?
The grant will help us springboard the launch of our programs new spay/neuter initiative. With the help of the grant, we are hoping to greatly reduce the number of unaltered animals in Levy and surrounding counties. Currently, on average, we are able to provide spay/neuter services to about 15-20 animals, costing around $80-120 per animal. With help from the FAF Grant, we can increase that number to over 300 animals.
Methods
What criteria will you use to determine eligibility for your program? 
Any "pitbull" type breed and or dogs over 50 pounds.
How will you advertise the program? Explain how the advertising will reach the target audience.
We have developed a tremendous following through various Facebook pages that we manage. As well as extensive relationships with numerous other rescues, local newspapers and radio stations and local businesses. Word of mouth is also a key to getting the word out to families. Advertising with each type of media outlet will reach a larger audience.
How will you address barriers to full use of the program such as transportation, illiteracy, and cultural hurdles? 
  Our program consists of people of all different backgrounds and ages. We are able to communicate across boundaries. We have network of individuals who are to transport if the need arises.
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.
Animals will be transported in the custody of their owners. Should a situation occur where transport by someone other than the owner is needed, animals will be transported by an experienced volunteer and in the confinement of a secure crate to the facility.
Veterinary Services
 

What arrangements have you made with veterinarians to perform the surgeries? 
The Humane Society of Alachua County as offered us use of their low cost spay/neuter clinic.
Are they:  
 

Veterinary Practices
Practice NameAddressCityStateZipPhoneLead Practice
Operation Petsnip4205 NW 6th Street Gainesville FL 32609352-376-6647

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: 
Items above are required but at no cost to the client. The optional items are at cost to the client and are based on the fee schedule at the clinic.  
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
98.5 KTK radio stationAdvertise
Alachua County Humane SocietyAdvertise and referrals
Hardison Ink Online NewsAdvertise
Levy County Animal ServicesAdvertise and referrals
WCJB TV NewsAdvertise
Williston Animal GroupAdvertise and referrals
Your Home Pet VetAdvertise and referrals

 
Other Information
Provide any additional information that will help the grant selection committee understand how the program will operate to achieve its goals.
 RttR will reach out to citizens of Levy and surrounding counties with large and/or pit bull type dogs to offer spay neuter services. We will target low to middle income families and those who are s/n resistant in hopes that offering them free or reduced cost services will encourage them to take advantage of the service. Levy County is in desperate need of reducing the pet population in order to take the strain off of the county facility and the surrounding rescue groups who pull dogs from there.
Budget
Total number of sterilization surgeries projected:
Cats: 0    Dogs:  313 
Total budget requested (Budget should not exceed $25,000): $25,000.00 
Average cost/surgery projected: $80.00 
Describe any expenses that are not included in the grant and how they will be paid for (for example, vaccines, microchipping, ear notching, etc.):
Grant funds will be specifically used for the costs of spay/neuter surgery and items listed above. Any additional expenses are at the owners request and will be paid for by the owner.
 
Describe any other funding sources for this program, i.e. other grants, targeted fundraising efforts, budget allocation, etc.
Grant funds will be specifically used for the costs of spay/neuter surgery and items listed above. Any additional expenses are at the owners request and will be paid for by the owner. We will solicit for donations to cover any advertising costs/printing costs.
 
What percent of the total cost of the program would this projected grant cover?
100%
Timeline
All projects must be completed within 12 months of receipt of funding.
Projected start date: 08/01/17/     Projected end date: 07/31/18
 
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.
  RttR plans to apply other spay/neuter grants including but not limited to, Petfinder.com Grant, PetSmart Charities and PetCo. We are also active participants in several local area events where we sell handmade pet items to help generate income throughout the year. We will also reach out to private and corporate donors for donations and sponsorship. RttR also hosts several fundraising events throughout the year such as dinner, silent auctions and yard sales.
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.
RttR will display and pass out information on FAF License Plate info at all events and activities we attend. We will also give information to each grant service recipient. The information will be posted on our Facebook and other social media outlets as well as our website.