Mercer Veterinary Clinic for Pets of the Homeless

For: Mercer Veterinary Clinic for Pets of the Homeless
Organizer: Mercer
Mercer Veterinary Clinic for Pets of the Homeless (Mercer Veterinary Clinic for Pets of the Homeless)
of $20,000 goal
26% Complete
Raised by 101 donors
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The Story

Mercer Veterinary Clinic is a unique 501(C)3 non-profit organization that provides veterinary care to the pets of the impoverished and homeless in Sacramento. Managed and operated by students of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, we are sustained solely by donations and fundraising events. Students at monthly Mercer Clinics gain clinical experience providing patients with vaccines, parasite control, medications, diagnostic tests as well as educating owners and referral services. Mercer also reduces pet overpopulation by performing spay/neuter surgeries for all patients. Despite limited resources, Mercer treats over 150 patients and provides 12 spay/neuters per clinic, leaving a significant impact on this underserved community.

We currently operate in a warehouse owned by Loaves and Fishes, a homeless shelter in Sacramento. Mercer also requires all veterinary clients to utilize other Loaves and Fishes programs, which provide food, shelter, and medical health screenings. The combined efforts of these programs create an integrative One Health Clinic that provides medical care to both people and animals. In the spring of 2012, Mercer Clinic started to plan for a transition to move to stand alone modular units. We raised over $50,000 and purchased two modular school room from Rocklin School district. However, we are in desperate need of additional funding to support renovations and transform the units into a fully functional veterinary clinic. We thought we had another year to try to raise money, but L&F informed us that the warehouse we are currently using will be torn down on June 1, 2013.

In conclusion, the L&F decision has jeopardized our 2013 operations and threatens our very existence. We have received two bids for the interior remodel at a cost of $125,000. Bottom line: we need to raise $100,000 in a very short period of time so that we can continue to provide high quality veterinary care to the homeless pet population of Sacramento.

To get us up and running we need approximately $40,000 before June. This is our short term goal. 

This year marks the clinic's 20th anniversary, a moment that is celebratory, but also devastating.  These animals have stuck by their owners through thick and thin and are often their only family and friend.  Please help us save their lives.

For more information or questions, please visit our website (, our page on facebook (search Mercer Clinic for the Homeless) and/or contact our head coordinators ([email protected])

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 14, 2013

Posted on May 14, 2013

Check out Mercer Veterinary Clinic for Pets of the Homeless on the News! Please keep sharing to help us reach our funding goal so that we do not get shut down! Help us save animals!!

Good Day Sacramento:

Fox 40:


Posted on May 1, 2013

Posted on May 1, 2013

We came up with an idea to thank our donors and to continue to show our gratitide for years to come.

We decided that kindess should be spread and remembered so we decided to:

-Name our puppy and kitten room after a person chosen at random who donated (any amount) and/or shared our page on facebook. Just share it and write "shared" in the comments box!
-Name our exam tables after anyone who donates $1000
-Name our exam rooms to anyone who donates $5000
-Name our two trailers after the two highest donors

How amazing would it be to hear:

"Dr. can you help my sick dog. He means the world to me."

"Sure thing, go ahead and take it to the *YOUR NAME HERE* room"


"This month in trailer *YOUR NAME HERE* we helped improve the lives of 200 dogs!"

If you can't donate, no problem! You can still help by sharing the page everyday. 30 seconds of your time can really help! This program makes such a huge impact, so lets put in our best efforts and keep it alive! We are inching towards our goal, lets go get it!!

Posted on April 15, 2013

Posted on April 15, 2013

Mercer in the news, check-out: The Davis Enterprise December 11, 2012

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