Free veterinary care for pets of the Homeless


The Mercer Veterinary Clinic offers free monthly veterinary care for the pets of the homeless in the Sacramento area.  Mercer relies entirely on generous donations and is run by volunteer veterinary faculty, residents and students from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.  The clinic is held the second Saturday of every month, from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., at the Loaves and Fishes complex (1321 West C St., Sacramento, CA 95811).  The line for check-in forms starting at 5:30am, so plan on arriving around that time if you want your pet to be seen on clinic day.  An earlier check in can help us to see your pet earlier in the day.  Clients must check in no later than 9 a.m.

For new patients, you'll want to check in with Loaves and Fishes before coming to see us at Mercer.  Current Loaves and Fishes clients are eligible to be seen by Mercer Clinic.  Please speak with the kennel staff at Loaves and Fishes if you want to be put on our confirmed client list.  New clients will still have to check in early on our clinic days and have their need verified through the Loaves and Fishes kennel service. Additional information is available at our check-in table on the day of the clinic. New clients are advised to line up for check-in as early as 5:30AM to help ensure your pet can be verified and seen that day.

Pets are treated by volunteer students and veterinarians. Veterinary students run routine diagnostic tests and treat medical problems, such as ear mites, infections and minor wounds. A limited budget is utilized to refer pets requiring surgery, radiology or other advanced care, to full-time local clinics. Cases are referred only through our Referral Coordinators.

Spay - Neuter

One of the important aims of the Mercer Veterinary Clinic for the Homeless is to spay and neuter as many companion animals of the homeless as our budget will allow. Pets that are patients with Mercer Clinic are required to be spayed/neutered when they reach an appropriate age. We make it a requirement that any animal old enough must be spayed or neutered before they can receive food or services from our clinic. Last year alone we altered over 200 animals.

We hope that by providing these services free of charge, we are fulfilling two goals. First, we are helping these animals be better companions to the homeless. Second, we are contributing to the reduction of the stray and unwanted animal population. The Spay/Neuter program at Mercer is made possible by both financial and volunteer contributions.  If you would like to help us with this endeavor, please see our Support Mercer page.

Additional information about other low cost spay and neuter options is available; ask a coordinator on clinic day or visit the LOW COST SPAY AND NEUTER page for more info.

Mercer Printable Pamphlet: click on the image to download.