Florida Animal Friend Disburses More than $516,000 to 28 Grant Recipients for Free and Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Services Statewide

Aug. 29, 2017 – Florida Animal Friend, a non-profit organization dedicated to pet overpopulation, announces the 2017 recipients of their grant award. This funding provides the opportunity for municipal and non-profit organizations to focus on no-cost and low-cost spay and neuter programs throughout Florida. Florida Animal Friend is pleased to award more than $516,000 to these organizations based on their applications, which are reviewed by the Florida Animal Friend grant review committee.

The non-profit organization released a new license plate design this year, featuring a very cute dog and cat against the backdrop of a beautiful Florida beach. The new and improved specialty license tag has increased in sales, therefore increasing the amount able to disburse to no-cost and low-cost programs.  Florida Animal Friend is proud to award the 2017 grants of up to $25,000 to these organizations:

Humane Society of Vero Beach/Indian River City
SPCA Florida
Gulf Shore Animal League
Pensacola Humane Society
Flagler Humane Society
Clay County Humane Society
Humane Society of Manatee City
Osceola County Animal Services
Care Feline TNR
Gainesville Pet Rescue
Animal Rescue Coalition
Operation Spay Bay
Animal Coalition of Tampa
Animal Network
Operation Snip
Fortunate Ferals
SGI Cat Allies
Nassau Humane Society
Pasco County Animal Services
Animal Shelter Foundation
Caloosa Humane Society
Cat Pals
Rapscallion to the Rescue
Pinellas County Animal Services
Halifax Humane Society
Hamilton Humane Society
Youcanmakeadifference Inc
Friends of Escambia City Animal Services

Throughout the process, organizations are weighed on criteria including understanding of overpopulation issues, communication skills, plan development, plan implementation and whether resources and talent are in place to properly implement such plans.

The grant program is funded through the sale of the re-designed license plates, available through the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles. These funds increase the number of alteration surgeries, which greatly reduces pet overpopulation and ultimately saves the lives of homeless cats and dogs.

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