About Mercer Clinic for the Pets of the Homeless, Sacramento CA


who we are...

Mercer Clinic is a cooperative effort between multiple groups, including veterinary volunteers (doctors and students), undergraduate students, and veterinary companies sponsoring efforts. More than 30 veterinary students, working alongside veterinarians, volunteer their time each month, working with clients, conducting physical exams and practicing preventive medicine on feline & canine patients (heartworm prevention, flea treatment and vaccines).

Mercer Clinic would not run smoothly without the assistance fom its undergraduate students. The clinic gives these students the opportunity to gain crucial hands-on experience while assisting and working as a team with veterinary students.


What we do...

Mercer Clinic for the Pets of the Homeless is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization providing free medical care for the animal companions of the homeless. The clinic meets the second Saturday of every month at Loaves and Fishes, a Sacramento-based organization which provides an array of services to the homeless.  The clinic is operated by a board of directors and a student body comprised of current students from the nearby UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, but is an independent organization that is not operationally connected to the Veterinary School or to the University of California system.

Beyond the service that we provide to pets of the homeless, Mercer Clinic is also an extremely valuable educational experience for the veterinary students. Not only are the students able to experience the clinical application of their studies, but they also gain valuable time working with and learning from practicing veterinarians. Students must follow up on their cases—if waiting on test results—by contacting the clients, in turn teaching them valuable communication skills. These types of responsibilities will help veterinary students improve skills that will enrich their careers in the future.

In addition to improving the lives of the pets of the homeless, the clinic works to reduce pet over-population. Clients are counseled on the benefits of spaying and neutering. Surgery is provided at no cost, with the help from the generous staff at the Sacramento SPCA. Since 1993, the clinic has altered over 1,200 animals.

Mercer Clinic for the Pets of the Homeless was selected as the 1998 recipient of the American Veterinary Medical Association Humane Award and the 2005 recipient of the Sacramento SPCA “Humane-itarian” Award. Both awards recognize outstanding efforts to eliminate animal cruelty and promote the humane treatment of animals.

where we serve...

Mercer Clinic is located off C Street in Sacramento, CA.  We serve the homeless of the local community in Sacramento and the greater Sacramento area.  You can learn more about the clinic, how to attend as a client, how to support us, or how to volunteer via the "Contact Us" page, "Client Information" page, and "Volunteer" section, respectively.

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