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Sean and Oshean brought in their 16-month-old miniature Doberman/Chihuahua mix to be spayed, microchipped, and vaccinated today. They adopted Roxy when she was four months old and she has become the center of their world. As Oshean says, “She even made friends with our two cats right away.” “She’s such a good dog,” Sean says. […]

CinnamonE (the captal “e” at the end is added intentionally, “so it will be different”) belongs to Sandra Martinez. They grew up together; CinnamonE is currently 13 years old, and Sandra has had her since she was 1.5 years old. Sandra got a very skinny CinnamonE from a lady who had a lot of dogs […]

by Myles Chadwick I was speaking to a group of animal welfare professionals recently about something that we at Emancipet believe passionately: People love their pets and given the opportunity will take care of them as best they can. This simple idea guides our outreach programs, our customer service policies, and even where we locate […]

When Laura’s Shih Tzu passed away, she was devastated. The pup had been her constant companion in the years after her husband died, and her passing left an empty spot in Laura’s heart once again. Laura’s family encouraged her to get another dog, and when her niece found a litter of puppies at a near […]

Neighbors, Terry Brackin and Dana Harris teamed up to help each other and their furry friends. Unfortunately, Terry lost his truck in the Harvey flood, but Dana was there to help him out and get their pets to Emancipet. Dana brought her puppy, Cotton for her second set of puppy shots.           […]

Virginia Deleon and her mother Naomi Gonzalez brought her cats Chichi and Moono in for vaccine updates and flea medications, but this wasn’t their first trip to Emancipet. “I love you guys! I’ve been bringing my pets here since Emancipet first came to Houston.” In fact, Virginia has two other cats and two dogs who […]

Due to the incredibly high volume of calls requesting free spay/neuter in the first few days of this offer, we have already fully booked ALL spay/neuter appointments in Houston through December 9, the last day of this offer. We are doing everything we can to increase the number of free spay/neuter slots available before December […]

Q. Is Emancipet really offering free vet care? A. Yes, we are! Thanks to generous support from the Alex & Elisabeth Lewyt Charitable Trust, The Humane Society Of The United States, Maddie’s Fund, and many other donors, Emancipet is waiving fees on all veterinary services offered at our Houston clinic for three months. *UPDATE 9/27/17 […]

A collaboration with The Humane Society Of The United States and The Lewyt Trust, with support from Maddie’s Fund, will help keep pets and their people together. We’ve seen a huge outpouring of support for its initiative to provide free veterinary care to Houston pets whose families were impacted by Hurricane Harvey. As a result […]

by Myles Chadwick and Marianne Lynch Most of us spend about 8-12 hours a day, 5 days a week with our co-workers. That’s 16,640-24,960 hours a year! And when you think about it that way, it only makes sense to us that when it is time to hire a new employee, you would hire for […]

A LETTER FROM EMANCIPET’S CEO, AMY MILLS Dear Friends, Emancipet has a low-cost pet health clinic in Houston, located on Wayside Drive, where we employ thirteen incredibly compassionate, dedicated veterinary professionals. First, I am relieved and grateful to let you know that all of our staff are safe and accounted for, and our clinic has […]

Well, for starters- it’s the law. In Austin, City Code 3-4-6 requires that “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.” […]

by Amy Mills I’m a big believer in the power of healthy organizational culture. Culturally-fit organizations are consistently more successful in fulfilling their missions and achieving their goals because their employees are more adaptable and engaged in their work. But healthy culture doesn’t just happen. It’s the result of an intentional, inclusive process and consistent […]

by Myles Chadwick This is a follow up to Gretchen Nelson’s article on Personal Inventory Worksheets – check it out! Have you ever been called into an unexpected meeting with your boss that turned out to be a reprimand? Does your stomach sink just thinking about it? What about being on the other side of […]

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Emancipet Killeen. Come in to the Chipotle at 201 E. Central Texas Expressway Ste 1400 in Harker Heights on Friday, June 30th between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the […]

Affordable heartworm treatment will be available at Emancipet’s low-cost, nonprofit veterinary clinic beginning in July, for approximately 60 percent less than the $800-$1,000 average cost of the treatment in Houston. Emancipet’s pricing ranges from $225-$495 depending on the size of the dog. The price of heartworm treatment is not affordable for all pet owners, sometimes […]

Heartworm treatment costing 50-70 percent less than the average $1,000 price in Austin is now available at Emancipet Central Austin. The typical cost of heartworm treatment is not affordable for all pet owners, sometimes resulting in pets turned in to shelters or not surviving the disease. Emancipet’s pricing ranges from $225-$495 depending on the size […]

Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure of meeting lots of of cub scouts, boy scouts, girl scouts, and of course, pets named Scout. They’ve all been pretty great. Lots of troops and individual scouts have chosen to volunteer, fundraise, and tour our clinics to earn their badges and medals. It’s always a cool experience for […]

Summer is here and we can’t think of a better way for you to greet the heat than by visiting us in Austin, TX! It’s going to be hot and Austin is built for summertime fun: you can take a dip in Barton Springs, catch an outdoor movie by Alamo Drafthouse, check out the largest […]

Making the decision to offer new veterinary services at your clinic can be exciting or daunting – or both! On one hand, it brings you a step closer to the main reason most of are in this line of work to begin with: keeping more pets healthy, happy, and in homes with their families. But […]

by Myles Chadwick Knowing that you are serving the “right people” and that you are making a real impact on the number of homeless pets in your community can be a tough task to manage. For years, Emancipet offered low cost and free spay/neuter in low income neighborhoods and thought we were doing everything that […]

We’re just gonna say it. There is nothing cuter than a kitten, and we love what we call springtime at Emancipet: “kitten season.” In all seven of our low-cost pet health clinics, our lobbies and exam rooms are full of kittens bouncing around, knocking things off exam tables, and generally being adorable troublemakers. Most importantly, […]

Back by pawpular demand! ThunderCloud Subs and Emancipet are teaming up for the second annual #ThunderPets campaign. When you make a $5 donation to Emancipet at any ThunderCloud Cloud store April 17-30, you’ll get a #ThunderPets bandana for your dog or cat to wear around town. The bandanas are available in small or large, and […]

The 2017 AU40 Awards were revealed on April 1st at the JW Marriott in downtown Austin. Austin’s young big shots gathered for the annual black-tie ceremony celebrating the emerging stars of our community.  And we are thrilled to share that our very own Amy Mills won for the Community Service and Non-Profit category. Check out some of […]

Philly Pet Pages For the past 18 years, Emancipet, a non-profit founded in central Texas, has served more than a half a million pets. A growing organization, Emancipet is building a national low cost veterinary care system, and in February of 2017, Northeast Philadelphia became home to an Emancipet low-cost pet clinic. This clinic is […]

We all know fundraising is an integral part of any nonprofit organization, but all too often we feel  that we don’t have the time or the energy to dedicate to it that we wish we could. But who can blame us? Cultivating (and maintaining) relationships with donors, developing fundraising strategies, and then finding ways to […]

by Jill Beckwith, Chief Philanthropy Officer When I’m talking with fundraisers from other animal care non-profits, there is one thing I say that almost always elicits a reaction: One of our major sources of donations is our clients. Emancipet clinics, after all, are focused on providing affordable veterinary care to families in underserved neighborhoods. Families […]

We are the kind of team that just cannot leave well enough alone. When we hit a high-water mark, we celebrate, and then we look at how we can do it more safely, more efficiently, and with bigger smiles on our faces! This “there is no finish line” approach has helped our clinics evolve over […]

by Myles Chadwick and Laura Helmueller, DVM The first time that I stepped back into the surgery and prep area of an Emancipet spay/neuter clinic I was immediately impressed by how quiet it was. In fact, it took me several minutes of observation before I realized that there were actually more than 40 dogs and cats […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

 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 […]

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. The 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 […]

Are 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 […]

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 […]

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. •  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!

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 […]

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 […]