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Emancipet and Animal Trustees of Austin are formally exploring a merger that will serve their complementary missions and ultimately serve more pets and the people who love them.

Epet+ATAThe boards of directors of Emancipet and Animal Trustees of Austin have signed letters of intent to merge, and are beginning due diligence to explore the feasibility of a full merger, which could be completed by the end of December.

If the merger is completed, Emancipet will fully incorporate Animal Trustees’ facility, programs, services, and staff. After the potential merger, ATA’s clinic facility on Cameron Road will continue to operate.ATA Bull Terrier Puppy

Amy Mills will serve as CEO of the merged organization (which will retain the Emancipet name). Missy McCullough, the founder and executive director of Animal Trustees of Austin, will join the staff of Emancipet as a key member of the senior leadership and fundraising team.

IMG_0015Emancipet and ATA have been close collaborators for many years, and Amy and Missy have a close professional relationship and friendship. The two leaders are excited to explore this opportunity to serve more animals in more communities, with more comprehensive veterinary care.

“I have been a personal supporter of Animal Trustees of Austin for many years because I believe so deeply in their mission,” Mills says. “They are often a last resort for people whose pets have serious injuries, and their work saves lives and keeps families together. I am so excited to explore this merger. Adding additional services to our Emancipet clinics would be a game-changer for the people and pets we serve.”

bottle feeding catA major benefit of the potential merger is that Emancipet operates a large and growing network of clinics, while ATA offers more types of veterinary services. After a merger, all Emancipet clinics—which includes five clinics in Texas with a clinic in development in Philadelphia—will be able to offer pet owners a wider range of preventive and life-saving veterinary procedures.

One of Emancipet’s key national supporters, ASPCA CEO Matt Bershadker, says: “Lack of access to affordable veterinary care can sometimes be the difference between safety and suffering – and life and death – for pets in crisis.”

“This merger will allow Emancipet to extend a wider array of life-saving veterinary services to the communities they cover, as well as expand their reach to even more pets and owners in need,” he says. “As a strong Emancipet supporter and funder for many years, we look forward to the enormous impact this alliance will have on underserved communities and vulnerable animals who rely on their expertise and compassion, ” Bershadker says.EmancipetQuick_36(1)

“It has always been my dream to replicate what Animal Trustees of Austin does all across the country, and with this potential merger my dream will begin to come true in my lifetime,” McCullough says.