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Animals In Print
The On-Line Newsletter

From 11 July 2002
Special Edition

OPTION FIVE:
CHAP submitted to Akron Council as humane, successful alternatives to their kill/kill, nonproductive ordinance

Program Description:
Schedule a mobile spay/neuter van offering cat sterilization surgeries for
low-income persons and feral cats only.  The van would offer referrals to
local veterinarians for future follow up care and services.  The van can set
up directly in targeted areas.
 
Expenses:
$30,000   existing mobile van (NOMAD) 1,000 cats @ $30 per cat=$30,000
$20,000   Part-Time Coordinator to mediate cat complaints
$10,000    Education program on responsible pet care and spay/neuter
$60,000    Total

Staffing:
NOMAD is a van that currently travels the state offering cat sterilization
surgeries.  NOMAD does require volunteers to schedule appointments, find a
location to park, a 30 x 40 building to do check in/out of cats, assistance
with check in/out at the clinics.  The City of Barberton is also discussing
the option of a mobile van for surgeries.  Perhaps the cost of operating the
van could be shared.

Funding Possibilities: 

* Community Block Grants (modeled after Toledo and Louisiana programs) 
* Council Discretionary Funds                           
* The Health Department currently allocates $7,000 annually for low cost spay/neuter. This money could be directly paid to an existing spay/neuter program to do the surgeries rather than giving out vouchers, which may or may not be redeemed.  Humane organizations/Animal Control would refer needy persons to the program. 
* County funding-general fund 
* Matching funds/grants (City provides partial funding and private grant foundations the balance) 
* Health Department funding (modeled after Columbus program)

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