Emancipet http://emancipet.org Spay Neuter Vaccinate Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 Emancipet, Animal Trustees of Austin explore merger http://emancipet.org/blog/2015/10/emancipet-animal-trustees-of-austin-explore-merger/ Fri, 23 Oct 2015 17:14:43 +0000 http://emancipet.org/?p=2694 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.

Leave No Pile Behind – Poop Pollutes! http://emancipet.org/blog/2015/08/leave-no-pile-behind-poop-pollutes/ Tue, 18 Aug 2015 20:19:37 +0000 http://emancipet.org/?p=2583 web_logoAre you guilty of leaving your dog’s waste on your neighbor’s lawn because you thought you were providing free fertilizer? Perhaps you don’t scoop the poop because you think it’s downright disgusting! Imagine if all dog owners in Austin didn’t scoop the poop. Our dogs create an average of a half pound of excrement per day. With 215,000 dogs in Austin, that adds up to more than 100,000 pounds of dog waste produced throughout the city every day!

new_eww_fbPet waste is a subject everyone likes to avoid, but it is more than smelly and unsightly — it is a health risk to pets and people, especially children. When it rains, pet waste left on trails, sidewalks and grassy areas can wash into the nearest waterway. Even if you can’t see signs of water near you, the feces wash into storm drains and then travel to your neighborhood creek or lake untreated. Like human waste, animal waste may contain harmful bacteria and viruses, rendering the water unfit for recreation, or other uses. It takes only one teaspoon of dog feces in a water body the size of an Olympic pool to make the water unsafe for swimming. Pet waste also contains nutrients that will accelerate the growth of nuisance algae in creeks and lakes. So please, Scoop the Poop — it’s the healthy and neighborly thing to do!

Austin City Code 3-4-6 DEFECATION BY A DOG OR CAT:
“An owner or handler shall promptly remove and sanitarily dispose of feces left on public or private property by a dog or cat being handled by the person, other than property owned by the owner or handler of the dog or cat.”  Potential Fine: Up to $500 in City Parks

Here’s how to help:KeepCalm

  1. Bring It!   Carry a scooper bag when you walk your dog.
  2. Scoop It! Use the baggie like a glove, scoop the poop, invert and seal the bag.
  3. Toss It!     It belongs in the trash.
  4. Place It! Put a “Scoop the Poop” sign in your yard to encourage your neighbors to scoop it up too! To request a free sign, visit www.ScoopThePoopAustin.org or call 974-2550.

SCOOP THE POOP, AUSTIN – for Cleaner Creeks … Cleaner Streets … Cleaner Feet!

Visit www.ScoopThePoopAustin.org for more information.

No dejes un montón detrás – ¡El Popó Contamina!

spanish scoop¿Eres responsable de dejar el popó de tu perro en el césped de tu vecino porque pensaste que le estabas regalando fertilizante? ¿O no recoges el popó porque piensas que es asqueroso? ¡Imagínate si todos los dueños de perros en Austin no recogieran el popó! En promedio, nuestros perros generan alrededor de media libra de excremento diario. Con 215,000 perros que viven en Austin, la cantidad acumulada de excremento canino es de 100,000 libras, todos los días, a lo largo de toda la ciudad!

El excremento de las mascotas es un tema que todos preferimos evitar; sin embargo, es más que sólo apestoso y feo: es un riesgo a la salud de las mascotas y de los humanos, especialmente la de los niños. Cuando llueve, el excremento que se deja en los senderos, aceras y áreas con césped es arrastrado a la vía pluvial más cercana. Y aunque no veas señas de agua cerca de ti, la materia fecal es acarreada hacia el drenaje pluvial que se vierte en el arroyo o lago de tu vecindario sin haber sido tratada. Al igual que el excremento humano, el excremento animal puede contener bacterias y virus perjudiciales que deterioran el agua, al punto de no estar en condiciones para actividades recreativas u otros usos. Una sola cucharadita de materia fecal de un perro puede provocar que un cuerpo de agua del tamaño de una piscina olímpica sea inseguro para nadar. La materia fecal de las mascotas también contiene nutrientes que aceleran el crecimiento de fastidiosas algas en los arroyos y lagos. Por eso, por favor, Recoge el Popó, ¡es lo sano y lo mejor para todo su vecindario!

dogscoopingCódigo 3-4-6 de la Ciudad de Austin DEFECACIÓN DE UN PERRO O GATO:

“El dueño o cuidador del animal debe inmediatamente recoger y disponer sanitariamente del excremento que los perros o gatos depositen en propiedades públicas o privadas, aparte de sus mismas propiedades”. Si no lo hace puede pagar una penalidad de hasta $500 dólares

Así es como puedes ayudar:

  1. poopemoji¡Tráigala! Lleve con usted una bolsa para recoger el excremento de su perro cuando lo lleve a caminar
  2. ¡Recógelo! Use la bolsa como un guante, recoja el popó, invierta la bolsa y séllela.
  3. ¡Tírela! Deposítela en el bote de la basura, a donde pertenece.
  4. ¡Colóquela! Coloque un letrero de “Recoge el Popó” en su jardín para invitar a sus vecinos a que también lo recojan. (Para solicitar un letrero gratuito, llame al 974-2550 o visite www.ScoopThePoopAustin.org.)

RECOGE EL POPÓ, AUSTIN – ¡Arroyos más limpios… Calles más limpias… Pies más limpios!

Visite nuestro sitio de internet www.ScoopThePoopAustin.org para más información.


Pet lovers and foodies support Emancipet this Sit Stay Day http://emancipet.org/blog/2015/01/pet-lovers-foodies-support-emancipet-sit-stay-day/ Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:27:09 +0000 http://emancipet.org/?p=2200 Emancipet’s popular Sit Stay Day to return Feb. 13

Animal lovers and foodies rejoice! Emancipet’s fifth annual Sit Stay Day returns on Feb. 13, and the popular Sit Stay Day kits are now available here. The kits are chock-full of gourmet foods, drinks, pet treats, goodies, and more from local businesses.

Sit Stay Day is an innovative fundraiser in which dozens of local businesses donate food and drink items and other goodies that Emancipet assembles into kits and delivers to homes or offices the day before Valentine’s Day.

The kits contain everything needed for a romantic dinner for two on Valentine’s Day—Tito’s Handmade Vodka, delectable sweets from LovePuppies Brownies, baked goods from Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop, bags of popcorn from Cornucopia, healthy snacks from Beanitos and KIND Healthy Snacks, beer from Independence Brewery Co. and Saint Arnold Brewing Company, ingredients for a delicious vegetarian meal from Whole Foods Market, and much, much more. The kits also contain several treats for Austinites’ beloved furry friends, gift cards to local hot spots, and other assorted goodies from Austin businesses.

Each kit purchase helps Emancipet provide affordable, accessible spay/neuter and preventive care to pets in need. In 2014, Emancipet had more than 50,000 visits at its healthy pet clinics and performed more than 25,000 spay/neuter surgeries.

“Every pet we care for is provided with the highest quality medical care, at a price their owners can afford, even if they can’t pay anything at all. Not only is Sit Stay Day unique, fun, and delicious, it’s an important piece of helping us meet the growing need for affordable preventive veterinary care and spay/neuter services,” says Emancipet CEO Amy Mills.

Emancipet will deliver 250 Sit Stay Day kits on Feb. 13. More than 90 kits have already been spoken for, so people are strongly encouraged to order theirs early before they are all gone.

Sponsors and in-kind donors include Sweet Ritual, Bouldin Creek Café, Snarky Dog Greetings, Container Store, Taurus Training & Doggy Play Day, Beanitos, Rhythm Superfoods, Cornucopia, Lord Nut Levington, World Peas, LovePuppies Brownies, Cowgirl Treatery, Confituras, Gourmet Gals, Crema Bakery, Sweet Ritual, Mother’s Café, Whole Foods, Steeping Room, Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop, KIND healthy snacks, Casa Brasil Coffee, Tito’s Vodka, Shiner Beer, Hopdoddy’s, The Soup Peddler, JuiceLand, Austin Dogtown, Zocalo Café/ Galaxy Café/ Top Notch, Elaine’s Pork & Pie, Fabi and Rosi, Counter Culture, Crema Bakery, Takoba, and Asti.

The Sit Stay Day kits cost $175 each, including delivery in the Austin area. Although each kit will have roughly the same equivalent of contents, specific vendors represented within a kit may vary slightly. For more information, go to http://emancipet.org/events/sit-stay-day/


ASPCA Sponsors Seminar Scholarships http://emancipet.org/blog/2014/10/aspca-sponsors-seminar-scholarships/ Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:35:31 +0000 http://emancipet.org/?p=1950 Grab your seats y’all, we have some exciting news! The ASPCA has generously provided us with scholarship funds to allow 10 individuals to attend our seminar series! Here are the rules:
•  Each scholarship will cover the cost of one seat in a seminar ($500) – attendees are responsible for their own travel costs.
•  Only one scholarship per organization.
•  Recipients must be a not-for-profit or a municipal agency to qualify.

To apply, email training@emancipet.org and include the following:
•  The name and date of the seminar you wish to attend.
•  The name, title and contact information for the individual you wish to send.
•  A brief (less than 500 words) explanation of how you believe that your organization will benefit from the seminar.

We are so excited to be able to offer this up and we really cannot thank the ASPCA enough for their support!

Austin to Host Nation’s Premier Spay/Neuter Event http://emancipet.org/blog/2014/08/austin-host-nations-premier-spayneuter-event/ http://emancipet.org/blog/2014/08/austin-host-nations-premier-spayneuter-event/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:07:35 +0000 http://emancipet.org/?p=1829 Austin to host nation’s premier spay/neuter event

PetSmart Charities’® Spay/Neuter Conference, Aug. 14-17

AUSTIN—Emancipet, a nonprofit on a mission to make high-quality spay/neuter and preventive veterinary care affordable and accessible to every pet owner, is chairing the committees for pediatric spay/neuter wet labs and conference content for the PetSmart Charities’ North American Spay/Neuter Conference, August 14-17 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Blvd.

More than 370 veterinarians and animal welfare organization representatives are expected to attend the conference, considered the premier spay and neuter event in the nation. Presenters will discuss the latest spay/neuter protocols and demonstrate best practices to prevent unplanned litters and increase the sustainability and impact of non-profit spay/neuter clinics.

Several of Emancipet’s leadership staff and veterinarians will speak on panels and teach classes during the conference.

“The absolute best spay and neuter surgeons from around the country, those who are literally setting the standards at a national level, will be here in Austin for the PetSmart Charities’ Spay/Neuter Conference,” says Amy Mills, CEO of Emancipet. “Emancipet is thrilled to be a part of the planning of this conference, and to contribute to this important national discussion with other like-minded organizations.”

Emancipet will host the pediatric spay/neuter wet lab at its East Austin clinic on Sunday, Aug. 17, 7201 Levander Loop, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The pediatric wet lab will focus on high volume techniques used on the youngest cats and dogs, including the ovarian pedicle tie, the Miller’s knot, incision placement, tissue handling, and tattoo technique.

The pediatric lab at Emancipet will accommodate up to 56 veterinarian attendees, and each participant will have the opportunity to perform at least three pediatric surgeries on animals from the Austin Animal Center and other rescue organizations with hands-on supervision and support from some of the best spay/neuter surgeons in the country.

Emancipet performed about 5,000 surgeries during its first year (1999), and today it provides more than 22,000 spay/neuter surgeries annually. The organization celebrated its 200,000th surgery last month.

For more information and the full program schedule, go to www.spayneuterconference.com.

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Pflugerville Clinic Has a Big Impact in its First Year http://emancipet.org/blog/2014/05/pflugerville-clinic-big-impact-first-year/ Thu, 29 May 2014 16:03:05 +0000 http://emancipet.org/?p=1708 Since opening one year ago, our Pflugerville clinic has provided low-cost preventive veterinary care to nearly 6,000 pets and has performed 3,777 spay/neuter surgeries!

“The real impact of these numbers on the population of unwanted pets is so exponential that it is sometimes challenging to quantify,” says CEO Amy Mills. “Just one unaltered female cat and her litters can produce hundreds of thousands of kittens over their lifetimes, for example.”

“To estimate the impact of spaying or neutering 3,777 pets so far in this clinic, let’s assume that without us they would have had the average number of puppies and kittens. The number of unwanted litters prevented over the years quickly reaches hundreds of thousands,” Mills says. “Behind the numbers, what’s important is the impact on the quality of life for people and their pets.”

Emancipet Pflugerville was our first permanent location outside of Austin (our Killeen location opened in February 2014), and was made possible by an innovative program-related investment loan from the ASPCA. Program-related investments, or PRIs, are investments made by foundations to support charitable activities that involve the potential return of capital within an established time frame. The ASPCA’s longtime support has made it possible for us to continue to expand our reach to serve more people and pets every year.

“We bought nearly $95,000 worth of equipment for Emancipet Pflugerville thanks for to the ASPCA and their forward-thinking investment in us,” Mills says.

Visit Emancipet Pflugerville
Walk-In Preventive Care available Wed – Sat
Make a Spay/Neuter Appointment
Appointments required for low-cost spay/neuter


H-E-B Sponsors Emancipet Luncheon for a Third Year http://emancipet.org/blog/2014/05/h-e-b-sponsors-emancipet-luncheon-third-year/ Thu, 08 May 2014 23:38:46 +0000 http://emancipet.org/?p=1681 With Emancipet’s Anniversary Luncheon right around the corner, H-E-B has again signed on as a platinum sponsor of the organization’s largest annual fundraising event. The sponsorship marks the third year of H-E-B support at the luncheon. “We couldn’t be happier to be partnering with H-E-B again. We’re so grateful for their commitment to the community and proud to be working together to serve pets and people,” said Emancipet Chief Development Officer Jill Lally.

The event will be held on Monday, May 12 and will include a celebration of Emancipet’s first 15 years, as well as a look ahead at the growing organization’s future plans. Other event sponsors include Taurus Training and Doggy Play Day, Merck Animal Health, Zoetis and print sponsor Shweiki Media.

Sit Stay Day a Delicious Way to Help Pets in Need http://emancipet.org/blog/2014/02/sit-stay-day-delicious-way-help-pets-need/ Mon, 03 Feb 2014 23:26:18 +0000 http://emancipet.org/?p=1520

Emancipet’s 4th annual Sit Stay Day is an innovative way for animal-loving Austinites enjoy foodie and pet treats from local Texas businesses while supporting low-cost and free spay/neuter and preventive veterinary care for pets in need. Emancipet is expanding to Killeen/Fort Hood with a new clinic opening in mid-February.

In 2013, Emancipet’s growing network of Spay/Neuter and Healthy Pet Clinics cared for 58,343 pets.

“Every pet we care for is provided with the highest quality medical care, at a price their owners can afford, even if they can’t pay anything at all. Not only is Sit Stay Day unique, fun and delicious, it’s an important piece of helping us meet the growing need for affordable preventive veterinary care and spay/neuter services,” says Emancipet CEO Amy Mills.

On February 13th, 250 Sit Stay Day Kits will be delivered throughout Greater Austin. Each kit contains everything for a romantic dinner for two including Tito’s Handmade Vodka, wine from Fall Creek Vineyards, Mom’s Pasta Sauce from Fischer & Wieser, artisan bread and cheese from Whole Foods Market, plenty of sweets including LoveBean Fudge and  LovePuppies Brownies and healthy snacks from Beanitos and KIND Healthy Snacks.  Also included are treats for dogs and cats and gift cards to local hot spots such as Frank: Hot Dogs + Cold Beer and Zocalo Café.

The $175 Kits can be ordered online at www.emancipet.org/events/sit-stay-day.

Other Sit Stay Day sponsors include: Austin Dogtown Boarding & Daycare, Austin Pets Directory, BlueAvocado, The Container Store, Cowgirl Treatery, FABI+ROSI, Go Local Austin, Gourmet Gals Catering & Events, Greenling, Primizie Crispbreads, Rio’s Brazilian Café, Rhythm Superfoods, Shiner Beers, Shweiki Media, Spartan Pizza, The Steeping Room, Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop, Taurus Training and Doggy Play Day, Midtown Commons, Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming – Austin and Yellowbird Sauce.

Creating a Humane Future for Animals http://emancipet.org/blog/2013/11/creating-humane-future-animals/ Thu, 07 Nov 2013 22:22:32 +0000 http://emancipet.org/?p=1215 As Emancipet continues to add new clinics and programs to make spay/neuter and preventive veterinary care affordable and accessible to all pet owners, financial sustainability and strategic vision are more important than ever before. To ensure the success of our growth plans in Austin and beyond, Emancipet has formed the Humane Future Council, a group of donors who have made an exceptional commitment to help fund and guide our scaling efforts. This exclusive Council provides the opportunity for Emancipet’s closest partners to give strategic input and critical resources, and to connect with others who share a passion for ensuring a more humane future for animals and people in need.

Individuals who are invited to join the Humane Future Council this year will be considered Founding Members, and will receive permanent recognition as Founders in the Emancipet headquarters office in Austin, and on our new home on the web: emancipet.org.  Because Council Members renew their pledges annually, collectively the Humane Future Council will provide Emancipet with a sustained and growing base of funding from which to launch our exciting plans for expansion across Texas in the next several years. Furthering the excitement, an extremely generous anonymous donor has offered to match eligible gifts dollar for dollar up to the first $50,000.

Humane Future Council members share our vision of a future where every pet owner has access to safe, affordable care for their beloved pets, regardless of where they live or how much they make,” said Emancipet CEO Amy Mills. “I couldn’t be more excited to be assembling a group of trusted friends and advisors to join us on the next leg of the journey!”

If you are interested in learning more about the Humane Future Council, contact Jill Lally at jill.lally@emancipet.org

Welcome to our new website! http://emancipet.org/blog/2013/10/welcome-new-website/ Wed, 16 Oct 2013 16:33:49 +0000 http://emancipet.org/?p=1109 We are thrilled to launch our new website designed by Foxtrot Bravo Alpha [FBA], an Austin-based independent design studio & creative agency. Our hope is that the new site will greatly improve the online experience for our clients, supporters and partners!

A huge thank you to FBA as well Tonya Schabacker of Tonya Pet Photography for the amazing photos used on this site and Coleman Stevenson our web developer.

Enjoy exploring the new website and let us know if you have any questions!

Pflugerville clinic open TODAY May 23rd! Appointments available! http://emancipet.org/blog/2013/05/pflugerville-clinic-open-today-may-23rd-appointments-available-now/ Thu, 23 May 2013 21:02:16 +0000 http://emancipet.org/?p=1106 Appointments are available for spay/neuter surgeries at our new Pflugerville clinic opening today!  Call now to schedule an appointment 512.587.7729.

The Pflugerville clinic will be open Thursdays and Fridays only for spay/neuter surgery by appointment and preventive veterinary care on a walk-in basis from 10am-6pm.  Expect shorter wait times for preventive care than at the Levander Loop location!

The clinic is located in Windermere Center at 15803 Windermere Dr. #205A, Pflugerville 78660.

Make an Appointment

Emancipet Anniversary Luncheon Raises $200K for Animals in Need! http://emancipet.org/blog/2013/05/emancipet-anniversary-luncheon-raises-200k-for-animals-in-need/ Thu, 16 May 2013 19:00:40 +0000 http://emancipet.org/?p=682 Emancipet celebrated 14 years of service and 173,900 spay/neuter surgeries at the Free Love Luncheon on May 13th at the Four Seasons Hotel, chaired by veteran Austin fundraisers Mary Herr Tally, Bobbi Topfer, Armando Zambrano, Alex Winkelman and junior co-chair Alyssa Epstein.

The 14th anniversary luncheon raised more than $200,000. H-E-B was the luncheon’s presenting sponsor. The luncheon was also sponsored by Scott Coburn, Private Mortgage Banker at Wells Fargo Bank, Mandarin Flower Company, Merck Animal Health, Rusty Tally/The Tally Group at UBS Financial Services, Bobbi Topfer, Tribeza, FIAT of Austin, and KIND Healthy Snacks.

At the luncheon, CEO Amy Mills announced Emancipet’s plans to expand services in Central Texas and beyond.