KILLEEN (February 15, 2014) It began as a monthly service to the community from a mobile veterinary unit.
Now, that 48-foot goose-neck trailer has been permanently parked so it can serve the city of Killeen on a more consistent basis.
With the help of the United Way, which provided office space, and a spot to anchor the veterinary services, Emancipet can now offer affordable spay and neuter surgeries, flea and tick prevention, heartworm treatment, and various vaccinations to pet owners.
Emancipet has also partnered with local rescue groups to help curb the homeless pet population in the area.
"The community has been incredibly fabulous," Emancipet director Grazyna Musick said.
"They have welcomed us with opened arms. The United Way has provided this fantastic facility for us to park the trailer and to house our office."
There are between 7,000 to 8,000 homeless animals in the city of Killeen.
Half of those will be euthanized.
Emancipet will provide their services to the rescue groups, so that number could be drastically reduced.
Starting Tuesday, Emancipet will begin taking appointments and walk-ins three times a week.
As demand increases, officials plan to open up to a full five days a week, as well as moving indoors to a building.
Once that happens, the mobile unit will move on to a new city and the process will begin again.
"We hope to do this over and over and over again in communities that lack access to spay-neuter services and preventive veterinary care that's affordable," said Emancipet CEO Amy Mills.
"This is honestly a dream come true for our organization."
In the meantime, Emancipet is hoping to complete 30 to 40 surgeries a day.
It’s a lofty goal, but Mills believes that with the community's help, it is absolutely attainable.
"We're going to do everything we can to serve all the animals in this community, and if we can all kind of stick together and do it, it's going to be really, really great."
"It gives me so much hope that we're absolutely going to be able to change the world for animals here."
Emancipet will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 208 West Avenue A in Killeen.
Appointments can be made by calling (254) 415-4950 or online.