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Animals In Print
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From 11 July 2002
Special Edition

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.
$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

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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