TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.
About Florida Animal Friend
Incorporated in 2005, Florida Animal Friend's mission is to help save the lives of countless cats and dogs by supporting organizations that offer free or low-cost spay and neuter services across Florida. The organization strives to reduce pet overpopulation by increasing awareness of programs available to pet owners and homeless pets. Grants are awarded annually and are funded through the sale of the Florida Animal Friend license plates. For more, visit www.floridaanimalfriend.org.