Emancipet Killeen is set to open a new permanent location Feb. 18 thanks to a major assist from its partnership with the United Way foundation.
Operating as a mobile clinic in Killeen since 2012, Emancipet is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide low-cost, high-quality spay and neuter and vaccination services to pets, said communications coordinator Brenda Thompson.
“In Killeen and Bell County, there are between 7,000 and 8,000 homeless animals per year in the county and half are being euthanized,” she said. “The ultimate goal is to keep more animals from being euthanized and to keep everyone’s pets healthy.”
Emancipet conducts three clinics each month in Killeen, averaging 25 surgeries and 25 preventive vet visits per clinic.
Thompson is confident the number will skyrocket with the introduction of a permanent Emancipet clinic in Killeen.
This year, Emancipet Killeen was allocated $5,000 by United Way, covering about 1 percent of the agency’s total annual budget.
The agency will apply for additional funding in 2014, Thompson said.
“While the United Way funding is very important to help achieve our mission of making spay-neuter and preventive health services available to all pet owners, the partnership with United Way has value beyond the dollars,” said Emancipet CEO Amy Mills.
United Way provides parking for Emancipet’s 48-foot gooseneck trailer, which will be the first permanent clinic location, as well as office space for the staff for information sessions and interviews.
As a partner agency, Emancipet can participate in United Way’s Combined Federal Campaign initiatives, which will help coordinate announcements through their partner network, Thompson said.
“United Way is also helping to introduce Emancipet Killeen to the community, for which we are grateful, and their donation of space for our clinic and office space for our staff is enormously helpful for us,” Mills said.
Partnering with United Way, which evaluates the agencies it funds, is an important “stamp of approval” for Emancipet, Mills said.
The new location is at 208 W. Avenue A., Killeen. Get vaccinations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with no appointment necessary. To make an appointment for spay or neuter services, go to http://emancipet.org/appointments/.
Emancipet is recruiting members for an advisory board. Those interested should email their credentials to firstname.lastname@example.org.