Sammie's Friends is a a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that provides medical care for the animals at the Nevada County Animal Shelter, making them adoptable, and supports other disadvantaged animals in Nevada County that without help would otherwise be euthanized to end their suffering.  Sammie's Friends also operates the Nevada County Animal Shelter at 14647 McCourtney Road.

Sammie's Friends  •  14647 McCourtney Rd  •  Grass Valley, CA 95949
(530) 471-5041  •    Kennel Hours: 12:00 - 4:00 Monday - Saturday


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Can't Afford to Spay or Neuter Your Pet?

Sammie's Friends and Pound Puppy Rescue can help.

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Please be a responsible pet owner and save animals' lives by spaying or neutering your pet.



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If you receive or qualify to receive assistance such as Food Stamps, Social Security, etc., you may qualify for Pet Food Stamps. You simply apply on–line at is the supplier, and if you are not receiving Pet Food Stamps they will give you $10 off $40.00 if you schedule a regular delivery which can be as infrequent as every 16 weeks.


Dear Nevada County Pet Owner,

Tough economic times affect us all, including Sammie's Friends.  Donations are down and requests for help are up.  Sammie's Friends is running very low on funds.

A major reason for this is that some people do not bother to make an effort to find other help for their pets BEFORE contacting Sammie's Friends.  Sammie's Friends is a LAST resort for help, not the first place to call.  Please do not contact Sammie's Friends for help until you have followed EVERY SINGLE OTHER SUGGESTION on this page.  That means scrolling down all the way to the bottom of this page and pursuing every other possible source for financial aid.  (If you do not have Internet access, you can get it free at the library.)

The primary responsibility of Sammie's Friends is to the Shelter animals, who have no one else to look out for them.  YOU are your pet's best advocate. The health and well-being of your pet is YOUR responsibility.  It requires more effort than making one phone call to Sammie's Friends.

Here are some suggestions to get you started:

Ask your family, friends, church, or anyone else you can think of for help.

-  If you own a home, take out a home equity loan or line of credit to pay for your pet's medical needs.

-  Sell possessions on eBay or Swap Shop, or hold a garage sale to raise money.

-  Perform odd jobs or take a second job.

-  Collect cans and bottles for recycling.

Other Internet resources are listed below.  Sammie's Friends has done the research for you, but we cannot afford to pay the vet bills of every pet in Nevada County.  Our priority is helping the animals at the shelter, so that they can be adopted instead of euthanized.

Finding financial aid to pay for your pet's medical needs can take a lot of time and effort.  But isn't your pet worth it?


Cheryl Wicks
Sammie's Friends 

If you have exhausted ALL OTHER POSSIBILITIES to help your pet, AND you are a resident of Nevada County, please click here to request assistance from Sammie's Friends.

Resources for Pet Financial Aid

(In addition to the resources listed below, you can also do your own search by putting pet financial aid for caretakers of dogs, cats and animals in the search line.)

1) IMOM,  Dedicated to insure that no companion  animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged.
2) The Onyx & Breezy Foundation,  Assists animals in a variety of ways, including financial help with medical treatment for animals when hardship is present.

3) Care Credit,  Credit card through GE Money Company for veterinary care.
4) Cats in Crisis,  A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping provide financial assistance for cats with chronic or emergency medical conditions.
5) Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP),  A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance for cats and kittens whose  guardians are unable to afford veterinary services
6) Shakespeare Animal Fund,  Assistance primarily to those on fixed incomes or with annual incomes below $35,000.  It's always a one-time grant.
7) The Pet Fund,  A 501(c)(3) non-profit that provide assistance to owners of domestic animals who need veterinary care.
8) RedRover Relief, Relief provides financial assistance grants and additional resources so pet owners and rescuers can care for animals who need urgent veterinary care.  Visit for eligibility requirements and application.  RedRover also offers financial assistance for victims of domestic violence and their pets.  To learn more about this program, visit domestic.

9) Corgi Aid,  Financial assistance for rescuers of corgis and corgi mixes

Every penny of your donation to Sammie's Friends goes directly to help Nevada County Animals.  Please help by donating online through PayPal or Network for Good, or by mailing a check to the address below.

Sammie's Friends
a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation
14647 McCourtney Road
Grass Valley, CA 95949
(530) 471-5041