Mercer Clinic for the Pets of the Homeless

Volunteer Information

For Veterinary and Pre-Veterinary Students:

The Mercer Veterinary Clinic for the Homeless is held during the second Saturday of every month year-round from 8AM to 3-4 PM. UC Davis Veterinary students and pre-veterinary students over the age of 18 are welcome to volunteer for the clinic. Duties of volunteers may include taking patient histories, performing physical examinations, assisting veterinarians, administering preventative medications and vaccines, pulling patient charts and assisting in clean-up duties.

Veterinary students interested in volunteering for upcoming Mercer Clinics should contact Shak Makhijani (

Pre-veterinary students interested in volunteering should contact Mercer Veterinary Clinic undergraduate coordinators (

Mercer Cheat Sheet (pdf)

What to bring: Blue scrubs, nametag, close-toed shoes, stethoscope (vet students), penlight (if you have one), pen, and a watch. If you have a rectal thermometer you’re willing to use for your own patients, please bring that as well.

When to arrive: There are two shifts, the first from 8AM -12PM and the second from 12PM - 4PM (or all day!). Please arrive 15 minutes early for your shift, as there will be a short orientation. 

Where to go: 1321 North C Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 (Note: This is not the exact address, but the nearest to the clinic location.)

Directions: Merge onto I-80 E toward Sacramento (9.1mi)
Continue on I-80 Business E (3.4mi)  
Take the exit onto I-5 N toward Redding (2.2mi)
Take exit 520 for Richards Blvd (0.2mi)
Turn right at Richards Blvd (1.3mi)
Follow Richards Blvd until you come to a HUGE intersection right before you see some train tracks. Be in your right lane. You will turn right onto N 12th street (before the train tracks). Get into the far left lane (you will be crossing around 5 lanes to do this) before the next intersection. At the light, you will see Ahern St. up and to your left. Turn onto Ahern St. Turn right at the gates around 100 feet up. Park close to the building in the parking lot. 


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For Everyone:

Interested in becoming more involved? We need volunteers to help transport our patients to their surgery appointments! If you are interested, please send an email to or contact us by phone at 530-752-1143.