Florida Animal Friend license plate funds programs to control pet population

Florida Animal Friend (FAF), an animal rights group that has given nearly half a million dollars to help underwrite Tampa area spay and neuter programs, said this week that a Florida specialty license plate aimed at raising funds to control the pet population has been redesigned.

Purchasers of the new plate, picturing a cat and dog with a beach background, will be contributing $25 to Florida Animal Friend, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

“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,” Lois Kostroski, the group’s executive director, said.

In awarding funding, the FAF Grant Review Committee evaluates applicants against five criteria, including cost-benefit ratio and ability to increase surgery above baseline levels. The group’s total contributions over the past decade has exceeded $4.5 million.

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