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Mercer Veterinary Clinic for the Homeless
URGENT PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE REGARDING THE FUTURE OF MERCER:
Mercer raised over $50,000 to purchase 2 portables to turn into a permanent mini-clinic. We will be able to treat animals in individual exam rooms, perform surgeries in a fully-stocked surgical suite, and store prescription veterinary diets, pharmaceutical and lab equipment. Another important component of the portable will be an isolation room which will help us control the spread of infectious agents. Our head coordinators have been working tirelessly to draw plans for the construction of these various components, which must meet stringent standards according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. The clinic will provide invaluable opportunity for the students in high quality medicine, practice management, budgeting, client relationships, and technical skills.
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 Loaves and Fishes, where we host our current Mercer clinics, informed us that the warehouse we are using will be torn down on June 1, 2013.
In conclusion, the Loaves and Fishes 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.
This year marks the clinic's 20th anniversary, a moment that is celebratory, but also devastating. Our short term goal is to raise $40,000 to get us up and running. These animals have stuck by their owners through thick and thin and are often their only family and friend. Please help us save them.
Please visit our fundraising website and help us reach our goal!
Mercer Veterinary Clinic for the Homeless is a 501(C)3 non-profit, student-operated 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, California organization, which provides an array of services to the homeless.
In addition to improving the lives of the pets of the homeless, Mercer Veterinary Clinic works to reduce pet over-population. Clients are counseled on the benefits of spaying and neutering. Surgery is provided at no cost, usually at a spay/neuter clinic held the day after, should the owners elect to alter their animals.
Since 1993, Mercer Veterinary Clinic has altered over 1200 animals! Mercer Veterinary Clinic has been selected as the 1998 recipient of the American Veterinary Medical Association Humane Award and for a 2005 Sacramento SPCA “Humane-itarian” award. Both awards recognize outstanding efforts to eliminate animal cruelty and promote the humane treatment of animals.
Mercer Veterinary Clinic
P.O. Box 297
Davis, CA 95617
(530) 752-1143 (messages)
NEW POLICY IN PLACE STARTING DECEMBER 2012: All clients must provide a current TB card to be eligible for services.
Obtain a TB Card at Loaves and Fishes
1321 North C. St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
Hours: M-F 7am-2:30pm
Phone: (916) 226-3345