Emancipet to open February 14 with funding support from PetSmart Charities®
Low-cost veterinary care is coming to northeast Philadelphia. Emancipet will open a low-cost pet health clinic on February 14 at 575 Adams Avenue. The new clinic will offer spay/neuter surgeries as well as vaccinations, microchips, monthly flea and heartworm prevention, puppy and kitten de-worming, and treatment for common conditions such as skin and ear infections.
Licensed, trained veterinarians and veterinary professionals under the leadership of the clinic’s lead veterinarian, Philadelphia native Dr. Emily Volk, will provide all services.
Emancipet is a nonprofit organization with a mission to make veterinary care affordable and accessible to all pet owners, and owns and operates a growing national network of clinics in underserved neighborhoods. This clinic is the newest in Emancipet’s growing low-cost veterinary care system and its first location outside Texas, where it operates in four cities.
The Philadelphia clinic was made possible through a $450,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America. The grant allowed Emancipet to lease the 3,700 square foot space on Adams Avenue and purchase the equipment and supplies needed to open the clinic.
“We are especially grateful to PetSmart Charities for making this dream a reality,” says Amy Mills, CEO of Emancipet. “Their support will allow us to serve thousands of pets each year, making northeast Philadelphia a safer and more humane community for pets and the people who love them,” Mills says.
“PetSmart Charities is thrilled to work with Emancipet to expand its low-cost veterinary services to pets and pet parents in need in the Philadelphia area,” says David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., president of PetSmart Charities. “Every pet parent deserves the opportunity to access affordable, expert care for their pet and, together with Emancipet, we’re making that possible.”
The clinic will be open every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Spay/neuter surgery requires an appointment but all other services are available on a walk-in basis between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Appointments for surgeries can be made by calling 267-774-4901 or visiting emancipet.org.
Amanda Foxman is Emancipet’s vice president in Philadelphia. A native of the city, Foxman has been working on the planning and development of the clinic for the past year. Previously, she was national director of events and community development for NephCure Kidney International.
“Keeping pets healthy, and keeping pets and their people together, is why Emancipet exists, and everything we do is focused on that,” Foxman says. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be providing low-cost veterinary care in this neighborhood, where it is very much needed.”
Emancipet will let people know about its services primarily through grassroots efforts including door-to-door outreach, establishing relationships, and a caring presence in the community.
Members of Emancipet’s Community Council include Dr. Michael Moyer, president and owner of Bridgewater Consulting; Dennis Steadman, president and managing member of Steadman Consulting and Steadman Capital, LLC; Lori Lasher, Esq., partner, Reed Smith LLP; Lori Heiles, Pennsylvania state manager, Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Mark Quien, associate, ReedSmith, LLP; Jane Underwood, executive and personal assistant to the CEO, CCA Industries, Inc.; and Anthony Stover, special events manager, Ronald McDonald House.
For more information, see www.emancipet.org, or call 267-774-4901.
Emancipet’s mission is to make veterinary care affordable and accessible to all pet owners. To do this, Emancipet is building a national nonprofit low-cost veterinary care system, with clinics in underserved areas of Austin, Houston, Killeen, and Pflugerville Texas; and opening in Philadelphia in February, 2017. Emancipet advocates for public policy that improves the lives of pets in underserved communities, and recently launched Emancipet New School, which equips and inspires animal welfare professionals in becoming change makers. Since it was founded in 1999, Emancipet has spayed or neutered more than 250,000 dogs and cats and each year serves more than 100,000 pets and their families. www.emancipet.org.
About PetSmart Charities
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. Each year nearly 500,000 dogs and cats find homes through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and sponsored adoption events. Each year millions of PetSmart shoppers contribute to PetSmart Charities to help pets in need by making donations on a pin pad at the register. PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar to support its mission of finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding adoption and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, independent from PetSmart, Inc. PetSmart Charities has received the Four Star Rating for the past 13 years from Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit that reports on the effectiveness, accountability, and transparency of nonprofits, placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. https://www.petsmartcharities.org