By Mike Dougherty

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Texas based non-profit that provides low-cost, preventative vet care has opened a facility in the Philadelphia’s Lawncrest neighborhood.

Emancipet’s mission is to make vet care affordable and accessible for all pet owners.

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CEO Amy Mill said, “We want everybody to have a pet and to keep them for as long as they possibly can.”

Mills says a lot of thought went into selecting Lawncrest as their first location to open outside of the Lone Star State.

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“We looked at the map of where there were not veterinary clinics already, and where we knew that the household income would make veterinary care a difficult expense for people,” said Mills.

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This is not a full service animal hospital. Lead vet Emily Volk says the focus is on providing low-cost, high-quality preventative care.

“We can do nail trims. We do heart worm testing and prevention,” said Volk. “We also do spay neuter surgery. We don’t do sick care.”

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If the Lawncrest facility is as successful as other locations, Mills says they will look to expand.

“We’re very committed to growing in the Philadelphia area,” said Mills.

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