Florida Animal Friend, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of unwanted cats and dogs throughout the state of Florida, today announced a new specialty license plate design to raise funds for organizations that provide complimentary and low-cost spay and neuter services.
“As we celebrate our 10 year anniversary addressing the critical issues of pet population and health in Florida, I’d like to acknowledge the many organizations that are on the front lines managing important programs that make a real difference,” said Lois Kostroski, Executive Director, Florida Animal Friend. “I encourage Florida residents to purchase the new specialty license plate, which is not only adorable but will result in a more humane pet population statewide.”
The new specialty license plate features a very cute dog and cat against the backdrop of a beautiful Florida beach. Each plate purchased through the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides $25 for Florida Animal Friend’s mission. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual grants are awarded to municipal and non-profit organizations that are striving to make a difference in the pet over-population problem by providing free or low-cost spay and neuter programs for cats and dogs. Earlier this year, 22 organizations were awarded more than $478,000 in Florida Animal Friend funds.
Each grant application is reviewed by Florida Animal Friend’s Grant Review Committee and scored for strengths in the following areas: target of important animal populations, ability to increase surgery numbers above the existing baseline, the cost-benefit ratio, the track record of the applicant and the applicant’s sustainability. In its 10 year history, Florida Animal Friend has awarded more than $4.5 millionto meet the organization’s critical mission.