November 13, 2006
An annual fundraising event, "Santa Paws," is scheduled for Sunday, December 3, 2006 at Arden Animal Hospital, 1823 Fulton Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95825. The event will provide an opportunity for pets to have their pictures taken with Santa Claus for a donation of $15 for a photo and an additional $5 donation for a CD of the photo. The event takes place from 9 AM to 4 PM.
All proceeds raised will help fund the Mercer Veterinary Clinic for the Homeless. This student-run group provides free veterinary care services for the animal companions of the homeless on the second Saturday of each month in Sacramento, California at Loaves & Fishes, an organization that provides an array of services to the homeless.
Faculty veterinarians and local practitioners give their time to treat animals and supervise veterinary students, who learn hands-on veterinary skills and client relations skills while helping this underserved community. Mercer members treat about 50 patients per session and distribute more than 2,000 pounds of free pet food each month to their clients.
In addition to improving the lives of the pets of the homeless, Mercer Veterinary Clinic works to reduce pet overpopulation by arranging free spay/neuter surgery for patients. Since 1993, Mercer Veterinary Clinic has altered more than 1,200 animals, preventing the births of hundreds of unwanted litters.
The non-profit organization depends solely on volunteers and donations to cover its operating costs. Tax-deductible contributions help the Mercer Veterinary Clinic continue to reach out to the homeless community while giving veterinary students the opportunity to practice hands-on medical skills.
To make a financial donation to the Mercer Clinic, please make your check payable to the Mercer Clinic and send it to:
P.O. Box 297
Davis, CA 95617
Because of its ongoing commitment to promote the humane treatment of animals, the Mercer Veterinary Clinic for the Homeless received the 1998 American Veterinary Medical Association Humane Award and the 2003 UC Davis Human Corps Award for community service.
From Business Route 80, exit Cal Expo and bear right at Exposition Blvd. Continue on Arden Way, and turn left at Fulton Av. This announcement was distributed by the Mercer Veterinary Clinic for Pets of the Homeless