Celebrating 25 Years of Affordable and Accessible Veterinary Care

In 2024, Emancipet proudly marks 25 years of dedication to making veterinary care accessible and affordable to pet families. This significant milestone is not just a reflection on our past but a celebration of the incredible journey we’ve undertaken, made possible by the support of compassionate individuals and the partnership of other community minded organizations.

As we embark on this milestone year, we are thrilled to share that we will be celebrating many things in 2024, including the opening of the nation’s first low-cost Dental and Surgical Center coming this spring in Austin, Texas! This groundbreaking addition to our services underscores our commitment to expanding our reach and ensuring that high-quality veterinary care remains accessible to all pets and families. We will also be dedicating a new modular building for our Austin Levander Loop Clinic, and celebrating 10 milestone years of serving the community with our Killeen, Texas Clinic. 

History

Since 1999, Emancipet has transformed from a small, grassroots mobile spay/neuter clinic in Austin, Texas into one of the largest non-profit veterinary care providers in the country, impacting the lives of millions of pets and pet families. 

By 2001, Emancipet partnered with the City of Austin to offer free services to its residents. Later in 2005, the first brick and mortar clinic opened in East Austin. By 2015 Emancipet had three brick and mortar clinics in Central Texas. That same year, we expanded from Central Texas to Houston. One year later, Emancipet and another low cost veterinary provider, Animal Trustees of Austin (ATA), joined forces and the organizations merged. 

2017 was a landmark year. We opened a clinic in Philadelphia, our first clinic outside of Texas. That same year we spayed/neutered 275,000 pets since our opening in 1999. When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston and the surrounding areas, our clinic provided free vet care for three months — more than $884,000 in free services.

In 2018, we took our work outside the continental U.S. to Puerto Rico, where we held a Spayathon in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States. By 2022 we operated four brick and mortar clinics and two mobile clinics in Central Texas, three clinics in Houston, and two clinics in Philadelphia.

Present & Future

At Emancipet, our guiding principle is simple yet powerful: every pet deserves top-notch veterinary care, regardless of their owner’s circumstances. Today, 60 million owned pets in the US lack access to affordable veterinary services. Ongoing support is instrumental in our mission to provide low-cost veterinary care and extend our impact even further. 

As part of our 25th-anniversary celebrations, we will be honoring those who have played pivotal roles in our journey. Stay tuned for our “25th Year Highlights” shared via email, on our social media channels (@Emancipet), and here on our website. Be sure to explore and learn more about our first honoree of the year, PetSmart Charities, below.

Thank you for being an integral part of Emancipet’s incredible journey. Here’s to 25 years of compassion, growth, and making a positive impact on the lives of pets and their families!

Follow us on social media for real-time updates: @Emancipet

January 25th Anniversary Honoree Highlight: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities has invested over $7.3 million in support of Emancipet’s most important projects. Our first grant from PetSmart Charities came in 2005, allowing us to purchase equipment for our very first brick and mortar clinic in Austin, Texas. Since then, PetSmart Charities has been the sole funder of our Adams Avenue branch in Philadelphia, our Northwest Freeway branch in Houston, our Roosevelt Blvd branch in Philadelphia, and our new Dental & Surgical Center opening later this year in Austin, and helped us open our Houston Monroe branch. They have also funded capacity building projects such as a grant to help us solidify and document our unique financial  model, and the funds to create our Clinic Opening and Quality Assurance Team to help us scale up and open new clinics more quickly. 

Thank you PetSmart Charities for your incredible support of Emancipet, and our pet families!

Help us celebrate our 25th Anniversary with a gift.

Join the movement to make veterinary care affordable for all! Every gift makes a difference in providing affordable and accessible veterinary care to our clients and their pets.

Since its founding in 1999, Emancipet has seen nearly 2 million pet visits, and sees over 200,000 visits annually to its clinics in Austin, TX, Killeen, TX, Houston, TX and Philadelphia, PA. 

By providing low-cost services, with compassion and free of judgment, Emancipet works to support and strengthen some of the most powerful bonds in life – those between people and the pets they love.

Curious about how far $25 goes?

  • $25 covers the overhead to vaccinate 3 dogs or cats
  • $250 covers 6 cat spay/neuter surgeries
  • $2,500 helps 11 pets receive life-saving heartworm treatments