A new $89,000 charitable gift from philanthropist Jan Duncan through Houston PetSet will help Emancipet, nonprofit provider of low-cost spay/neuter and other veterinary services, open its first brick-and-mortar nonprofit veterinary clinic in Houston’s East End. To read Craig Malisow’s excellent Houston Press story about the news, click here.
Emancipet has been operating in Houston since spring 2015 from its 48-foot custom trailer at Neighborhood Centers-Ripley House. Its new permanent location will be 910 South Wayside, Suite 100, also in the East End. The new clinic is under construction and is set to open by the end of September.
The major gift to Emancipet, along with grants to other Houston animal welfare organizations, will be announced at the Houston PetSet’s major fundraising event and celebration, the Fierce & Fabulous Soirée, Sept. 9, 7 p.m., at The Astorian, 2500 Summer Street. Single tickets are $350, more information on VIP tickets and sponsorships is available at houstonpetset.org.
Considered the first event of Houston’s social season, the Soirée honors philanthropist and animal advocate Don Sanders, and will be attended by Prince Lorenzo Borghese, founder of Animal Aid USA. The event is co-chaired by Houston PetSet co-presidents and prominent Houston animal welfare supporters Tena Lundquist Faust and Tama Lundquist. Houston City Council Member Robert Gallegos, who helped spearhead the city initiative that brought Emancipet to Houston and represents the portion of the East End where the clinic is located, is also expected to attend.
“With our new, permanent location on Wayside, we will deepen our roots in Houston’s East End,” says Amy Mills, CEO of Emancipet.
“Since we first opened in 2015, Emancipet Houston has served more than 9,000 pets from our temporary clinic. We’re excited to grow even more with a brick and mortar facility,” says Kelly McCann, vice president of Emancipet Houston
“Emancipet is not just helping animals, but it is also helping owners keep and care for their pets, and that’s critical,” says Duncan.