Amy Mills is chief executive office of Emancipet— a nonprofit organization on a mission to make high quality spay/neuter and preventive veterinary care affordable and accessible to all pet owners. Mills is a committed servant-leader and advocate for the underserved–-animals and the people who love them. As the leader of Emancipet, in partnership with the board of directors, she directs the strategic vision and oversees implementation of the organization’s mission.
Mills is known for creating systems to create solutions to previously intractable problems. Under her leadership, Emancipet has grown to encompass permanent clinics in three cities (Austin, Pflugerville, and Killeen), with mobile clinics serving all of Central Texas. This year, Emancipet veterinarians conducted the organization’s 200,000th surgery—an incredible milestone for a 15-year-old organization. Emancipet is one of the organizations that helped the City of Austin reach its no-kill goal.
Mills has created a culture at Emancipet that is built on the belief that everyone wants to do the right thing for their pets, and will if they are given the opportunity. The Emancipet culture is also based on service, and ensures that every person who comes into contact with the organization has a transformative experience.
Mills has become a sought-after speaker in the international arena of animal welfare and training. She hosts online training sessions for the ASPCA and spoke at more than 10 conferences in 2014 alone, including the Texas Unites for Animals Conference and the Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Care Expo.
Before coming to Emancipet in 2006, Mills held several positions in Austin’s nonprofit community. She served as the deputy executive director of YouthLaunch, developing and managing youth empowerment programs focused on the root causes of social issues, created the Financial Aid Saturdays program while working at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, and worked in fundraising for United Way for Greater Austin.
Mills has a bachelor’s degree from St. Edward’s University, and completed the University of Texas’ RGK Center Strategic Management for Nonprofits program. She is an alumna of Leadership Austin and is a member of Impact Austin, a women’s philanthropy group. In 2011, she was named the Animal Advocate of the Year at Ten Thousand Villages’ International Women’s Day celebration.
Emancipet is a non-profit on a mission to make high-quality spay/neuter and preventive veterinary care affordable and accessible to every pet owner. Emancipet manages a network of high-quality, low-cost clinics, offers customized training programs, and advocates for prevention-based solutions to animal homelessness. Since 1999, Emancipet veterinarians have safely spayed or neutered more than 200,000 pets at little or no cost. www.emancipet.org.