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Posted on: October 30, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Animal Shelter to Host Next Emancipet Clinic Nov. 7


On Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter (SMRAS) will host the first of several upcoming Emancipet mobile spay/neuter clinics for San Marcos and the surrounding community. Pet drop-off begins at 8 a.m. at the SMRAS, 750 River Road, and appointments are required for all surgeries.

The Emancipet event offers an opportunity for dog and cat owners, who are not otherwise able to provide vet care, a more affordable option for spay and neuter services.  To schedule your appointment, please call Emancipet at 512.587.7729. For additional details and FAQs visit

 There are numerous benefits to having your pet spayed or neutered:

  • Spayed and neutered pets live an average of two to three years longer than other pets.
  • Spayed and neutered pets will not develop testicular, uterine, or ovarian cancers.
  • Spaying and neutering pets reduces undesirable behaviors, such as urine spraying in cats and marking with urine in dogs.
  • Spaying and neutering reduces pet overpopulation and shelter overcrowding. 
  • Pets tend to have fewer aggression-related behavior problems after being surgically sterilized.

Other 2020 Emancipet Clinic dates include Tuesday, Nov. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 15. Dates scheduled for 2021 include Tuesday, Jan. 12 and Tuesday, Feb. 9.

San Marcos and Hays County residents also have access to the SMRAS “Fur-Get-Me-Not” initiative which can provide a variety of pet supplies, veterinary care, and boarding assistance to pet owners who are able to document economic hardship.

Acceptable documentation includes, but is not limited to, evidence of non-profit agency or governmental assistance, unemployment, housing transition, or similar documents.  Applications for assistance will be accepted through the end of December 2020 or until the funding pool is spent, whichever occurs first. 

For more information, to apply for services or to donate to the Fur-Get-Me-Not program, contact For media inquiries, contact


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