The annual benefit luncheon for Emancipet, which provides free or low-cost pet medial care in Austin and elsewhere, is never short on news.

• Once one of the city’s heftier charity luncheons, the 2019 event was considerably more intimate at the Glass Oaks room in the Renaissance Austin Hotel. An Emancipet spokeswoman explained that the ever-growing nonprofit has switched its “event energy” to an evening gala slated for September.

• The group, which celebrates its 20th anniversary at the luncheon, will soon clock its 1 millionth clinic visit.

• Emancipet, which operates seven clinics in five cities, is moving to a bigger space in Pflugerville, adding a second clinic in Houston, and rehabbing a second mobile clinic in Austin

• The Austin-based group is one of six surgical teams making repeated and ongoing visits to hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico for massive “spayathons.”

• Emcee Jim Spencer, board chairwoman Missy Nichols and CEO Amy Mills joined forces to honor special backers Nicholas Juried, Amy Juried and Liz Parker, along with Firehouse Animal Health Centers, a for-profit group that takes on procedures that Emanicpet cannot deliver.

• It’s called the “feel good event of the year,” but there are always sniffles during the video testimonials from the families helped by the nonprofit and the live testimonials, including one this year from a man named Davin, a bartender at the Line Austin, whose pup was made whole by Firehouse through the good graces of Emancipet.

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