Set in the boom-town of Austin, Texas, this short documentary follows Emancipet, one of the first non-profit, low-cost veterinary clinics in the United States. Emancipet is at the forefront of the growing Access to Veterinary Care movement, but the number of people struggling to afford care is growing even faster. Through expert insights and personal narratives, the film challenges the prejudices low-income pet owners often face, explores a compelling, affordable, community-focused model of veterinary care, and amplifies one organization’s rallying call to join a movement they’ve proven can reshape the future of animal welfare. At the heart of this film is the moving story of Christina and her cat Frere, whose journey from homelessness to hope epitomizes the profound impact the love shared between people and their pets can have, and why it is worth protecting.