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Santa Paws Pet Photos Raises Funds for Students' Mercer Veterinary Clinic

November 14, 2008

The Mercer Veterinary Clinic for the Homeless, which provides free veterinary care to the pets of Sacramento’s homeless, will hold its annual fundraiser, Santa Paws Pet Photos with Santa, on Sunday, December 7.  The event will be held at Arden Animal Hospital in Sacramento from 9am-4pm. A photographer will take pictures of pets with Santa Claus for a suggested minimum donation of $20 for a CD or picture, and $25 for both. 

The Mercer Veterinary Clinic for the Homeless is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization run by UC Davis veterinary students. The Mercer Clinic holds a monthly primary care clinic at Loaves and Fishes, a Sacramento organization which provides an array of services to the homeless. During the clinic, each animal is thoroughly examined and given preventative medications, vaccinations, prescription medications to treat a variety of illnesses, and evaluated for referral to local veterinary clinics if treatment is beyond the capacity of Mercer Clinic’s resources. Additionally the Mercer Clinic works to reduce pet overpopulation and requires that all patients are spayed or neutered at a spay/neuter clinic, which is also run by the Mercer Clinic. The Mercer Clinic does not charge for any of its services and pays for referral costs to veterinary clinics as well as for animal alteration. The Mercer Clinic relies entirely upon donations to fund its services.

Each month, local veterinarians, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine faculty, and veterinary students treat close to 150 patients and distribute more than 2,000 pounds of free pet food to clients. Since 1993, the Mercer Clinic has altered over 1,500 animals. The clinic was selected as the 1998 recipient of the American Veterinary Medical Association Humane Awards and for the 2005 Sacramento SPCA “Humane-itarian” award.  For more information about the Mercer Clinic and information about how to donate to the organization, please visit:

Arden Animal is located at 1823 Fulton Ave, Sacramento, CA, 95825.  Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are strongly recommended.  To make an appointment for Santa Paws, please call Arden Animal Hospital at 916-485-5412.  For more information, please contact veterinary student Robin Chadwin,