Emancipet, the Austin-based nonprofit veterinary clinic operating in Houston’s East End, has 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 of this generosity, and especially a significant grant from the Alex & Elisabeth Lewyt Charitable Trust and The Humane Society of the United States, and a generous grant from Maddie’s Fund, Emancipet will be able to provide free veterinary care at it’s Houston location for three months beginning this Saturday, Sept. 9, as families get back on their feet.
“We know how much pets mean to their families, and our goal is to help people keep their pets, and keep them healthy, during this difficult time,” says Emancipet CEO Amy Mills. “Many families impacted by Harvey were already struggling financially, and may believe they have no choice but to give up their pets or forego treatment because they can’t afford vet care. These generous funders are helping us make sure that doesn’t happen.”
During the next three months, fees for veterinary services at Emancipet Houston will be waived for pet owners.. This includes the services Emancipet has always provided like exams, spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchipping, and heartworm treatment. During this time of extraordinary need, Emancipet’s veterinarians will also treat some illnesses like respiratory, skin, and ear infections, and some injuries like wounds and lacerations, and can perform some medically necessary surgical procedures.
To ensure these funds stretch as far as possible, and to fulfill the goal of keeping pets with their families, this offer is for owned pets only. Spay/neuter and heartworm treatment requires an appointment, and all other services are available on a walk-in basis. Clients will not be asked for any proof of financial need in accessing the services.
This donation from the Lewyt Trust and Maddie’s Fund and other contributions are providing the financial support needed for these efforts. To make a donation to Emancipet’s overall Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts, go to www.emancipet.org/donate/harvey.