A local non-profit organization is getting ready to hit a big milestone - their 200,000 spay and neuter surgery.
This is a big deal for Emancipet. It took the organization 10 years to reach 100,000 surgeries, but only 5 more to reach that 200,000 mark.
They provide a very important service to the Central Texas community. Emancipet is a non-profit organization offering low cost preventative veterinary care for 15 years now - like vaccines, microchipping, and heartworm prevention, as well as spay and neuter surgeries.
They started off as a mobile clinic doing about 5,000 surgeries year. Today Emancipet operates 3 stationary clinics and 2 mobile clinics. They perform about 22,000 surgeries a year, with some 40-percent of those provided at no cost.
Thursday they will perform their 200,000 spay and neuter procedure
Jill Lally/Chief Development Officer for Emancipet
“There needs to be kind of preventative measures on the front and instead of the flow of unwanted liters at the shelter, and we also advocate the preventative veterinary care because things like microchipping and vaccines prevents diseases and keep pets safe in their homes.”
“We just want to send a big thank you to Austin and to all of our Central Texas clients, partners, friends, allies, and let you know what a privilege it’s been to serve you for these 200,000 surgeries and how excited we are about the next 200,000.”
Emancipet can't really pin a number on how many unwanted litters have been prevented, but they say many of those would have likely ended up at animal shelters.
On certain days, Emancipet also has free spay and neuter surgeries out of their mobile clinic for those who can't afford to pay. It's first come, first served.