WHAT: Emancipet will provide free emergency veterinary services for Houston pets whose owners were displaced during Hurricane Harvey, and for pets that were already in shelters when Harvey hit. These emergency services are outside of Emancipet’s normal operations, and donations are critically needed to begin purchasing additional medical supplies immediately. Donations may be made online here.
WHO: Emancipet is building a national network of high-quality, low-cost veterinary clinics in underserved areas of Austin, Houston, Philadelphia, Killeen, and Pflugerville.
WHEN: Emancipet is providing these emergency services beginning tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 1, and raising money to do so now. More information will be announced via social media and Emancipet’s website as the operation gets underway.
WHY: The cost of providing this type of urgent, ongoing veterinary care is significant, especially for the types of injuries common after natural disasters. Emancipet CEO Amy Mills says: “Our goal is always to keep pets and their people together, and in the aftermath of a disaster, we know people need their pets more than ever. We are gearing up to provide emergency vet care and additional resources at no charge for as long as we need to. The pets and people of Houston need our help, so lets show them some love.”
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 in Philadelphia. 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 275,000 dogs and cats and will serve more than 100,000 pets and their families this year. www.emancipet.org.