THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND GROWTH MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT AND THE ANIMAL CARE AND ADOPTION DIVISION RECOMMEND APPROVAL OF THE ABOVE MOTIONS.
On September 10, 2015, the Board approved Item 4 (Motion B) adoption of Resolution No. 2015-434, amending Section 27.239 of the Broward County Administrative Code, authorizing the creation of sterilization programs such as SNIP, TNR, and RTF. Approval of this agenda item will expand spay and neuter service availability to Broward County residents consistent with the objectives to 1) reduce intake and 2) increase the live-release rate in accordance with the ACAD Fiscal Years 2015-2017 Financially Feasible No-Kill Strategic Plan (Strategic Plan.)
The SNIP program is the successor to the previous sterilization program for owned pets called SPOT which was repealed on September 30, 2015. As with the previous SPOT program, SNIP providers will perform pet sterilizations for owned dogs and cats by appointment for income-eligible Broward County residents. A sliding-scale co-payment, based on U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) individual income levels, will be established with no co-payment for low-income residents, $10 for median income residents and $70 for a resident earning above the median income.
In addition, the SNIP program will be expanded to provide free pet sterilization surgeries for "at-risk" dogs or cats regardless of owner income. For this program, “at-risk” is determined by analysis of shelter intake data and currently defined as all owned cats and any owned dog that will weigh over 40 lbs. as an adult.
Service providers will perform sterilizations and additional services as outlined in the agreement and will be reimbursed in accordance with the fee schedule in the agreement. Reimbursement amounts of $50 per cat and $140.00 per dog were based on recent survey data collected from service providers. SNIP furthers the ACAD’s objective to reduce the number of unwanted animals entering the County's shelter by lowering the overall birth rate of puppies and kittens.
The TNR program consists of humanely trapping, sterilizing, vaccinating for rabies, ear-notching and returning free-roaming community cats to the location where they were captured. TNR is an effective strategy to reduce the number of unowned cats by lowering the kitten birth rate and allowing the adult cat to maintain its place in the outdoor environment. This program is intended to stabilize the base population of outdoor cats through sterilization and eventually lower the adult population over time through natural attrition. TNR furthers the ACAD’s objective to reduce the number of unwanted animals entering the County's shelter by lowering the overall birth rate of kittens.
This TNR program is the successor to the previously approved TNR program which also expired September 30, 2015. Service providers will perform sterilizations and additional services as outlined in the agreement at an established reimbursement amount of $50 per cat. The agreement also provides for a trapping reimbursement amount of $25 per authorized trapping trip regardless of the number of cats per trip.
The RTF program consists of sterilizing, vaccinating for rabies, ear-notching and returning to the originating location eligible community cats that enter the County’s shelter. Eligible community cats are healthy, shelter cats that are not adoptable because they are accustomed to living outdoors. RTF furthers the ACAD’s objective to increase the live-release rate for cats entering the County's shelter.
The ACAD will utilize service providers to augment veterinary staff sterilization surgeries during periods of increased cat intake, primarily kitten season. Service providers will perform sterilizations and additional services as outlined in the agreement at an established reimbursement amount of $50 per cat.
The standard form agreements have been approved as to form by the County Attorney's Office and the Risk Management Division. All three agreements may be renewed for two additional one year periods.