Emancipet http://emancipet.org Low Cost. Big Heart. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:18:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 Get Ready to Amplify Emancipet on March 2-3 http://emancipet.org/blog/2017/02/get-ready-amplify-emancipet-march-2-3/ Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:17:58 +0000 http://emancipet.org/?p=3542 Amplify Austin for Emancipet on March 2-3

Amplify Austin, an annual community-wide day of giving, kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 2, and wraps up at 6 p.m. Friday, March 3.

Your gift to Emancipet during Amplify Austin will support affordable, high-quality veterinary care for pets in need so that they can stay happy and healthy with the families who love them. In 2016, Emancipet raised more than $48,000 through Amplify Austin, and we’re hoping to help even more pets by raising $60,000 this year.

Here’s how YOU can help make this happen!

  • Set it and forget it. Schedule your gift today, and your credit card will be processed when Amplify Austin starts on March 2.
  • Become an Emancipet Champion by tapping into your personal network to raise funds for Emancipet. Amplify Austin makes it easy for you to set up your very own fundraising page and use social media to reach the people you know. Learn more about setting up your page here.
  • Set your alarm to make your donation during Emancipet’s Power Hour from 7 to 8 a.m. Friday, March 3, and help us win matching funds and incentive prizes.
  • Tell your friends and family that you support Emancipet through Amplify Austin by tagging us along with #AmplifyATX:
  • @EmancipetGreaterAustin on Facebook
  • @Emancipet on Twitter and InstagramNeed more information?

Click here or email Kathleen Nobbe at Kathleen.Nobbe@Emancipet.org

Thank you for Amplifying for Emancipet!

Scholarships for Emancipet New School http://emancipet.org/blog/2017/02/scholarships-emancipet-new-school/ Thu, 09 Feb 2017 20:37:45 +0000 http://emancipet.org/?p=3515 Roses are red, violets are blue, and we’ve got flowers and a box of scholarships for you! Thanks to a generous grant from the ASPCA, we have scholarships available for anyone who has never attended a two-day workshop with Emancipet New School – you can check out the details below. Not only do we have scholarships available, but registration for our 2017 seminars is open and our first couple of seminars are less than two months away:

  • Get energized with Next Generation Leadership on March 27-28. Designed for new or aspiring managers who are looking to the future, this two-day curriculum delivers a set practices that will grow with you for the rest of your career!
  • Turn Up the Volume at your spay neuter clinic! Join us this April 3-4 for fresh perspective on ways to increase your clinic’s safety and efficiency; you will visit several of our clinics and troubleshoot your biggest issues with peers from around the country!

We would LOVE to hear from you and class sizes are small, so email us to sign up today!

This last month, we have been jet setting coast-to-coast with our How to Have the Talk workshop, presenting in Los Angeles, Austin, and finally Philadelphia where we just opened our first clinic outside of Texas. YAY!  We also spoke to a great group of energizing animal advocates at the South Carolina No Kill Conference in Columbia, SC last month! Thanks to everyone who came out to see us; we cannot wait to hit the road and meet more Change Makers.

Scholarship Information

Have you ever heard of Emancipet New School? Did you know that Emancipet New School hosts one and two day workshops for leaders in animal welfare who are looking to expand services, innovate programs, and increase impact? If you answered “no” to one or both of those questions, then we have some good news for you! By way of a generous grant from the ASPCA, Emancipet New School is offering scholarships to attend any 2-day seminar for organizations who have never been to an Emancipet workshop before!

Here are the details:

  • Seminars take place in Austin, TX.
  • The calendar, as well as full seminar descriptions, can be found on our website.
  • Scholarships include:

• registration and materials for the workshop ($500 value)

• breakfast and lunch on both days of the training

• up to three nights in a hotel

• up to $500 in airfare reimbursement

  • Scholarships are exclusively for organizations who have never attended a training with Emancipet.
  • Limit of one scholarship per organization/individual.There are a limited number of these scholarships,
    email newschool@emancipet.org today for an application!
Change Makers Make Change Happen http://emancipet.org/blog/2017/02/change-makers-make-change-happen/ Thu, 09 Feb 2017 20:37:41 +0000 http://emancipet.org/?p=3516 I spend a lot of time thinking and talking about change and how it happens, and lately, who makes it happen. Change makers make change happen. They are driven by a desire to transform something – to make it better.

Some change makers are focused on changing themselves: self-improvement is their goal. They want to become stronger leaders, better communicators, or great managers. Others are focused on change within an organization. They may see an unhealthy culture and want to improve it, or dream of a better, more efficient way to get things done. Others are focused on social change. They dream of a more just and humane world and seek ways to change cultural norms, fix broken systems, and solve social problems.

Over the years I’ve noticed something really fascinating: all of these kinds of change require the change maker to start with the same practice: compassionate, non-judgmental listening.

In our social change seminars, listening is the first phase in a process called Human Centered Design. HCD is a methodology for creating products or services that will lead to social change. The first step is always to listen compassionately to the people you hope to serve, who you hope will use your product or service.

When it comes to organizational change, listening comes in the form of measuring employee engagement BEFORE embarking on a change effort. Big change efforts are met with enthusiasm and energy only when employees are highly engaged – without it, most change efforts flop. So, we recommend a listening tool called the Q12 from Gallup to measure employee engagement regularly – before you need to make that change.

And, in our seminars about leadership and management, we teach the foundational practice of self-awareness. In a way, self-awareness is the practice of listening deeply – to yourself. This, I think, can be the hardest of the three forms of listening. Taking the time to listen to our true selves requires quieting the thinking (sometimes racing!) mind and this can be a challenge. And it’s so easy to heap judgment on ourselves when we don’t like what we “hear.”

Great change is led by change makers. And great change makers know that listening first – and meeting what they hear with an open, non-judgmental mind and compassionate heart – is essential. If we can’t listen compassionately to ourselves, it will be hard to listen compassionately to our staff, and even harder to listen compassionately to people whose lives, beliefs, and behavior are vastly different from ours.

Listening is the gateway to big, transformational change. So, let’s listen more deeply to ourselves and others – and see what that makes possible!

Amy Mills, CEO

Partnership with Tito’s Vodka to Help Fund National Expansion into Philadelphia and Beyond http://emancipet.org/blog/2017/01/partnership-titos-vodka-help-fund-national-expansion-philadelphia-beyond/ Tue, 03 Jan 2017 21:40:28 +0000 http://emancipet.org/?p=3388 Because sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name… Tito’s is opening a bar in the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia (home of the Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers) – and the theme of the bar is the partnership between Emancipet & Tito’s, aka Vodka for Dog People! A portion of proceeds from cocktails will help fund our national expansion into the Philadelphia market and beyond.

Thank you, Tito’s and ElizaBeth Bellanti for making dreams come true and for being such incredible strategic partners! Cheers!


January 4

Stop by the Emancipet table located on the concourse and enter to win four concert tickets!

Learn more about Vodka for Dog People!


Anniversary Luncheon celebrates Houston clinic opening, merger with ATA, Philly clinic on the horizon http://emancipet.org/blog/2016/04/3030/ Thu, 21 Apr 2016 19:04:00 +0000 http://emancipet.org/?p=3030 Emancipet 17th Anniversary Luncheon ImageAUSTIN—Emancipet will celebrate 17 years of serving pets and their people, and share the organization’s vision for the future at its annual Anniversary Luncheon on Monday, April 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Emancipet’s mission is to make high-quality spay/neuter services and veterinary care affordable and accessible for all pet owners, and the rapidly expanding Austin-based nonprofit now has locations in Austin, Pflugerville, Killeen, and Houston, and will open a clinic in Philadelphia later this year.

More than 500 supporters, community leaders, volunteers, and philanthropists will attend the luncheon, Emancipet’s largest fundraising event. To purchase tables or for more information, go to emancipet.org/events/luncheon/.

In the past year, Emancipet has:

  • Served more than 82,000 pets at little or no cost.
  • Opened its first clinic in Houston and began construction on its first clinic outside of Texas, in Philadelphia.
  • Completed a merger with Animal Trustees of Austin, and fully incorporated ATA’s staff, facility, and programs.
  • Celebrated the second anniversary of its Killeen clinic, which is now housed in a permanent space and has served 17,686 pets in need since it first opened.

As exciting as Emancipet’s recent achievements are, the future is even brighter for the growing organization. In 2016, Emancipet expects to serve more than 100,000 pets. In addition, Emancipet will expand its national training and consulting programs for animal welfare organizations. By helping other clinics become more efficient and effective, Emancipet is increasing access to safe, affordable spay/neuter surgeries for animals around the country.

Luncheon co-chairs are Rebecca Blaker, Pam Friedman, Kathy Katz, Katy Lindsay, and Kelly Topfer.

Major sponsors are H-E-B, Angela Dorsey and Jason Rhode, and Missy and Jeff Nichols.

Additional sponsors include Kristin and Josh Alexander, Cirrus Logic, Susan and Bobby Epstein and Family, Katy Lindsay, Merck Animal Health, Bonnie Mills, Mona Patel, Amy Sutton, Taurus Academy, Kelly Topfer, Carol and Chris Adams, Austin Pets Directory, Rebecca and Ken Blaker, Tammy and Eric Carville, Liz Tucker, Thurman Case, ELANCO, Barbara Ellis, Pam Friedman, Dawn Goetzel, Kathy Katz, Julie Morris, Melanie and William McLeroy, Kathy St. Cyr and Sarah O’Dell, Shweiki Media, Sandra Sykora and Steve Ross, and Texas Engineering Solutions (TES), LLC.

Today is World Spay Day! http://emancipet.org/blog/2016/02/february-23-is-world-spay-day/ Tue, 23 Feb 2016 16:47:02 +0000 http://emancipet.org/?p=2916 Kelly McCann headshot outdoor

By: Kelly McCann, Vice President of Emancipet Houston

Today, Emancipet celebrates World Spay Day! This is especially exciting because just this week, Emancipet reached an amazing milestone – we performed our 250,000th spay or neuter surgery! I’m thrilled that our Houston clinic is the reason we got there so quickly.

In May 2015, Emancipet opened a clinic in Houston’s East End, which is has one of the most challenging stray pet problems in the country. City officials estimate there are 1.2 million stray dogs and cats in our city. As a longtime Houston resident and now Emancipet’s local leader, what I have witnessed in Houston should be unacceptable anywhere. It breaks my heart to see so many homeless and suffering dogs and cats in the place I call home – especially when we know that access to affordable spay/neuter is the solution!World Spay Day logo

The problem isn’t going to be solved overnight, but we’re committed to helping to transform Houston’s underserved neighborhoods into humane communities where every pet owner has access to safe, affordable spay/neuter and veterinary care, and stray and homeless pets are rare.

Things are already getting better for pets and people in Houston, just as they did in Austin where Emancipet got started, and in Killeen, where we’ve been for the last two years, and in Philadelphia, where we are going next.

I hope you’ll come see us if you are in Houston, or any of the cities Emancipet now calls home. More importantly, I hope you’ll help us in the movement to keep pets and people together, and out of animal shelters. Spay/Neuter is the best way to do that!

Animal Trustees of Austin now part of Emancipet http://emancipet.org/blog/2016/02/2887/ Wed, 17 Feb 2016 03:25:55 +0000 http://emancipet.org/?p=2887 Emancipet to fully incorporate ATA’s staff, facility, and programs

Animal Trustees of Austin is now officially part of Emancipet, and the merged organization will be even greater than the sum of its parts, serving more Austin-area people and pets with safe, affordable, and compassionate veterinary services!

“As a nonprofit organization that has always provided a high volume of spay/neuter and preventive care, the opportunity to provide a more comprehensive set of services at our network of clinics is especially meaningful,” says Emancipet CEO Amy Mills.

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Amy Mills Emancipet CEO, Missy McCullough Director of Major Gifts, Emancipet & Founder, Animal Trustees of Austin, and Mike Nellis CEO of Austin Community Foundation

“This merger allows us to immediately increase Austin pet owners’ access to critical treatment for life-threatening injuries and heartworm disease, as well as dental care. Soon, we will be able add these services to our branches in other communities that currently lack access to this type of affordable care for pets,” Amy says.

This merger was supported by a grant of $126,000 from the Austin Community Foundation, the largest gift ever made through the Foundation’s Community Grants program, according to CEO Mike Nellis.

“We’re proud to support the merger of these two organizations,” Mike says. “Our investment clearly helps them leverage their strengths while building efficiency and enhancing their mission. The Foundation is committed to providing working capital to nonprofit organizations at every stage of their development through grants and impact investments,” Mike says.

Emancipet now employs more than 110 people, and to accommodate the growth we’ve expanded our national headquarters at 7010 Easy Wind Drive to nearly 5,000 square feet. Animal Trustees’ founder and executive director Missy McCullough has joined our staff a key member of the senior leadership and fundraising team.

EMA 2016 INFOGRAPHIC (2)The merged organization has a budget of approximately $11 million, and expects to serve more than 100,000 pets in 2016.

Animal Trustees and Emancipet collaborated for many years on programs and initiatives to improve the lives of Austin pets, and the boards of ATA and Emancipet began exploring a merger last fall. Now that the merger is complete, Emancipet operates ATA’s former facility at 5129 Cameron Road. This brings the number of Emancipet branches in Texas to six. The first Emancipet clinic outside of Texas will open in Philadelphia later this year.

The former ATA facility is now known as the Emancipet Central Austin branch, and accepts walk-in visits for healthy pet services like vaccinations, puppy and kitten deworming, and microchipping Monday through Saturday from 10 am until 6 pm.

Please direct media inquiries to our PR firm Brenda Thompson Communications.

(512) 461-5644


Pet lovers and foodies to support Emancipet by staying home, enjoying local treats http://emancipet.org/blog/2016/01/pet-lovers-and-foodies-to-support-emancipet-by-staying-home-enjoying-local-treats/ Mon, 11 Jan 2016 21:16:56 +0000 http://emancipet.org/?p=2912  Sit Stay Day returns; Valentine’s-inspired kits now available to order!

Animal lovers and foodies, rejoice! Our sixth annual Sit Stay Day, a unique fundraiser that lets pets and their humans stay in and enjoy homegrown Austin treats while raising money for pets in need, returns for 2016.

Dozens of local businesses donate gourmet food and drink items, gift cards, and other goodies that are assembled into 250 kits and delivered to homes and offices before Valentine’s Day.

The Sit Stay Day kits contain the makings for an evening for two plus pets on Valentine’s Day—Tito’s Handmade Vodka, baked goods including sugar cookies from Cowgirl Treatery and treats from LovePuppies Brownies, caramel popcorn from Cornucopia, healthy snacks from KIND Healthy Snacks and Rhythm Superfoods, local beers and wines, gift cards to local hot spots, assorted pet treats and toys, goodies from Whole Foods Market, and much more.

Each kit costs $175 and includes delivery in the Austin area on Friday, Feb. 12 and can be ordered online now through Feb. 5 at emancipet.org/events/sit-stay-day. More than 65 kits have already been spoken for, so people are strongly encouraged to order theirs early before they sell out.

SSD 2016 kitThe money raised supports our work to provide affordable, accessible spay/neuter and veterinary care to pets in need. Since 199, we’ve  spayed and neutered nearly 250,000 dogs and cats!

“We love that the Sit Stay Day kits are fun and delicious, and that each kit helps Emancipet serve pets in need and the families who love them,” says Emancipet CEO Amy Mills. “This fundraiser helps us meet the need for affordable, accessible veterinary care and spay/neuter services in underserved communities.”

Sponsors and in-kind donors to date include Alamo Drafthouse, Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, Austin Dogtown, Buddha’s Brew, The Container Store, Cornucopia, Cowgirl Treatery, Fabi + Rosi, Go Local, Hat Creek Burger Co, Hillside Farmacy, Hopdoddy’s Burger Bar, KIND Healthy Snacks, La Patisserie, LovePuppies, Maine Root, P. Terry’s, Rhythm Superfoods, Saint Arnold Brewing, Shiner Beers, Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop, Texas Coffee Traders, Tito’s Vodka, Uchi, Vigilante Bar, Whole Foods Market, World Peas, and Zocalo Cafe/Top Notch/Galaxy Cafe.

(Although each kit will have approximately the same contents, specific vendors represented within a kit may vary slightly.)

For more information or to order a kit, visit emancipet.org/events/sit-stay-day.

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.

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Walk-In Preventive Care available Wed – Sat
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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.