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Team members from Emancipet, PetSmart Charities and PetSmart recently celebrated the opening of Emancipet Tidwell.

Houston pet owners now have reliable, low-cost veterinary care with the new opening of the Emancipet Tidwell clinic within the PetSmart store located at 13830 Northwest Freeway. Emancipet will expand its retail-based locations with sponsorship from PetSmart Charities.  

PetSmart Charities has supported Emancipet’s mission through grants since 2006. PetSmart Charities recently announced a new strategic focus on improving access to veterinary care in the United States and Canada.

The funding of opening Emancipet’s newest location is one of PetSmart Charities’ first major investments in Houston toward improving access to veterinary care in collaboration with PetSmart stores, organization officials said. PetSmart Charities also supports the training and consulting work of Emancipet and has initiated several digital transformation projects to update and upgrade Emancipet’s HR, finance and clinic management platforms.

“This new clinic will have a huge impact in the neighborhood,” said Angelita Sampaio, vice president at Emancipet Houston. “The clinic that was formerly located at this PetSmart store closed during Hurricane Harvey and never re-opened, leaving many families without access to affordable veterinary care. We are incredibly proud to bring veterinary care back to this community, with the help of PetSmart Charities. Every day, I see families come to our clinics with their pets and I worry about where they’d go if they didn’t have Emancipet. Being able to serve even more families and help them keep their pets healthy is such a gift.”

The Houston clinic will provide affordable spay/neuter and primary care services for cats and dogs including annual examinations, vaccinations, and treatment for common conditions such as skin and ear infections, officials said. The new clinic will be the first retail store-based clinic for Emancipet, thanks to the new collaboration with PetSmart, officials added.

“The veterinary care system is broken, and systemic change is needed to make a real impact,” said Aimee Gilbreath, president at PetSmart Charities. “Barriers to veterinary care disproportionately impact socially vulnerable populations; it would cost an estimated $23 billion to ensure pets would get adequate care in existing service models. We’re leveraging collaborations like these to create innovative solutions that merge the efforts of philanthropy and business.”