The goal of Emancipet, whose second Philadelphia location opened inside the Petsmart located near Roosevelt Boulevard and Haldeman Avenueis to provide affordable and accessible services veterinary care to all.
“When you just look at the city of Philadelphia, it’s about 500,000 pets…whose families don’t always have the ability to find or pay for veterinary care for their pets, so we are looking to solve this problem community by community,” said the CEO of Emancipet. Amy Mills, whose organization started in Austin, Texas in 1999.
“We don’t think the amount of money in your pocket should dictate whether or not you should provide health care to your family members, and pets are family.
Mills said the new location is a walk-in clinic, where families can bring pets for vaccinations or annual checkups with a veterinarian.
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“If you need preventative care, it’s not a big procedure. You can just come in for that,” Mills said.
They say vaccines cost $15, an office visit or Heartworm test $20, and sterilization costs $89.
The Philadelphia’s first Emancipet opened five years ago at Lawncrestwhere Hakeem Ruiz brought his dog Gucci.
“You can walk in and say, ‘Hey, I’m saving $400 on my pet care,'” Ruiz said. for yourself. Not just the same level of care, but a higher level of care that you would pay for at a higher price.
Funded by a grant from PetSmart Charities, Emancipet cared for 25,000 pets last year at its Adams Avenue Veterinary Clinic. With the opening of this new location, the organization hopes to double its impact.
“Half of American households survive on less than $65,000 a year, and you can see why unexpected veterinary expenses of hundreds [or] thousands of dollars is very difficult for people who are already struggling to make ends meet, maybe they are experiencing food insecurityperhaps plagued by housing insecurity,” said Aimee Gilbreath, president of PetSmart Charities.
“This particular clinic is very focused on preventative care and sterilization because if you can treat some of these things early they are smaller and less expensive issues than if they are left untreated and become chronic and much bigger. , more expensive problems.