AUSTIN (KXAN) — After years of independent collaboration, two non-profit organizations are coming together in Austin to bring area pet owners greater access to services and resources. Animal Trustees of Austin and Emancipet announced the merger on Wednesday, saying the singular organization will continue to provide the area with safe, affordable and compassionate veterinary services.
The mission of Emancipet is to bring quality, low cost veterinary care to all pet owners. Their services include spay and neuter procedures, vaccinations and flea and heartworm prevention. The organization believes the merger will increase the strength and scope of the services it can provide.
“This merger allows us to immediately increase Austin pet owners’ access to critical treatment for life-threatening injuries and heartworm disease, as well as dental care,” Amy Mills, Emancipet CEO says. “Soon we will be able to add these services to our branches in other communities that currently lack access to this type of affordable care for pets.”
The merger was funded by a $126,000 grant from the Austin Community Foundation. Mike Nellis, Austin Community Foundation CEO, says they are proud to support to joining of the Animal Trustees and Emancipet.
“Our investment clearly helps them leverage their strengths while building efficiency and enhancing their mission,” he says. “The Foundation is committed to providing working capital to nonprofit organizations at every stage of their development through grants and impact investments.”
Emancipet will absorb Animal Trustees employees, and have expanded their national headquarters to accommodate the growth. Following the merger, they’ll have six branches in Texas. The non-profit expects to serve more than 100,000 pets throughout 2016 on an $11 million budget.