ASPCA Provides $1 Million in Grant Funding to Assist At-Risk Animals in Houston
We are excited to announce that the ASPCA will provide $1 million in grant funding over four years to pave the way for Emancipet, a Texas-based animal welfare organization, to rapidly expand its low cost spay/neuter and preventive veterinary services in the city’s underserved neighborhoods.
Emancipet celebrated the opening of its new healthy pet clinic on Saturday, June 6, which was made possible by the ASPCA grant funding. ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker traveled to Houston to make the announcement.
“Emancipet is not just helping animals, but helping owners keep and care for their pets, and that’s critical,” says Bershadker. “I commend Emancipet and the city of Houston for thinking big and outside the box for the sake of the community and its animals, who deserve nothing less.”
To date, the ASPCA has given Emancipet more than $1.25 million in grants, starting in 2007 with funding for the organization’s first donor database, to funding all of the equipment for its Killeen clinic and the customized 48-foot trailer that now houses Emancipet Houston’s first clinic.
“The ASPCA has helped to transform Emancipet from a small grassroots mobile clinic into the organization we’ve become,” says Emancipet CEO Amy Mills.
Emancipet Houston will spay/neuter 7,000-8,000 animals per year and provide approximately 10,000 preventive care visits. After six to nine months of operation, the organization will move into a brick-and-mortar space in the same neighborhood and move the semi-permanent trailer to a new location. By 2017, Emancipet plans to have three permanent locations in underserved areas of Houston.
We look forward to seeing Emancipet’s continued progress for thousands of animals in need in Houston!