Agenda Item # 5

Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

01/28/2014

Agenda Report # 69


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Pet Smart Charities Grant

INITIATED BY: Department of Public Works


Recommendation: Approval is requested to submit a grant application and any subsequent extensions and if approved, accept funds from Best Friends Animal Society, Pet Smart Charities, for the purpose of implementing a Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR) program for all feral or free roaming cats in Muscogee County and amend the local governmental fund by the grant amount. This grant requires no local match.

Background: This is a Best Friends Animal Society and Pet Smart Charities Grant that will provide the funding to continue a Trap, Neuter and Release programs for all feral or free roaming cats.

Analysis: The Animal Care and Control Center has diligently implemented the Save-A-Pet Program which includes a component to start a TNR Program, but didn’t have the funding to do so. Accepting a grant of this nature will allow this program to be started. Implementation of this program will have a drastic effect the reduction of our euthanasia rate for cats.

Financial Considerations: The City is not required to provide matching funds to participate in this grant.

Legal Considerations: The City Attorney has reviewed this grant request and approved as to form.

Recommendations/Actions: Approve a resolution authorizing the Director of Public Works to submit a grant application and any subsequent extensions and if approved, accept funds from the Best Friends Animal Society, Pet Smart Charities grant for the continuation and implementation and operation of a TNR Program for Muscogee County.


A RESOLUTION

NO. ______


A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR A GRANT TO FUND A TRAP, NEUTER AND RELEASE PROGRAM FOR CATS IN MUSCOGEE COUNTY. THIS GRANT IS BEING ADMINISTERED AND PROVIDED, WITH NO LOCAL MATCH REQUIREMENT, BY BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SOCIETY.

WHEREAS, the implementation of a Trap/Neuter/Release activities program which includes spay/neuter of healthy stray, feral and/or free-roaming cats that enter the Animal Care and Control Center and returning them to their original habitat; and proactively locating additional cats in and around the return area and providing TNR services for these “hot spots” areas. The overall goals of this program is to significantly reduce the shelter’s euthanasia rate; increase the shelter’s live release rate; reduce the population of community cats who are at high-risk of entering the shelter; and mitigate cat nuisance/cat calls for service; and,

WHEREAS, Best Friends Animal Society will award grant funds over a 36 month period. The specific amount of funding to the awarded organization will be determined by a mix of interventions, number of community cats in your target area, ability to decrease euthanasia rates, likelihood of success, and level of resources your organization can contribute to the project; and,

WHEREAS, the department of Public Works does not require a local match.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the City Manager is hereby authorized to submit an application for a grant and any extensions to fund the Animal Care and Control Centers Trap, Neuter and Release program and if awarded accept the grant and any subsequent extensions from Best Friends Animal Society, Pet Smart Charities Grant with no local match requirement and amend the local governmental grant fund by the award of the grant.

Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the ___________ day of ___________ 2014, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______ members of said Council.

Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor McDaniel voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.

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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor