Help For Your Pet
Sammie's Community Program
Sammie's Friends has a program to help Nevada County pets in need. We wish we could help the whole world but unfortunately we do not have the resources to do that. Sammie's Friends was originally founded to pay for the medical care of the Nevada County Animal Shelter animals, which we have done for the past 10 years. Since 2010, we have operated the county animal shelter.
As a result of a phone call we received many years ago from a woman, we developed a program to help animals in need in our community who live with their guardians. The call went like this...
"I am 80 years old. I have a 15 year old cat who is my last friend on this earth and he's sick. I receive $800/month from Social Security and don't have the money to take him to a veterinarian. Can you help me?"
That was a heartbreaking call and we decided to expand our program to include community animals in need. Each year we help approximately 800 animals in our community to receive veterinary care. We are privately funded by grant writing and wonderful people who choose to donate to this cause so that the animals in our community are not left to suffer or be euthanized because their owners do not have the necessary resources to help them.
This program is for those who have tried getting help from their family and friends, and anywhere else they can and are unable to come up with the needed funds to help their pet. Often many people come up with creative ideas to pay their vet bills such as selling on ebay or Craigslist.
In order to help your pet Sammie's Friends has allotted funds to local veterinarians to be used at their discretion to help pets in need. If you need help for your pet call one of these veterinarians and let them know what is wrong with your pet and that you also need some financial help to pay the bill.
Best Friends Animal Clinic
Brighton Greens Veterinary Hospital
For The Love of Pets
Four Paws Animal Clinic
Grass Valley Veterinary Hospital
Mother Lode Veterinary Hospital
Pleasant Valley Veterinary Center
Pine Creek Veterinary Clinic
If you use a different veterinarian than the ones listed above, please contact:
Co-Founder and President
Low Cost Shot Clinics In Nevada County
Vaccinations protect your pet from several highly contagious diseases such as canine distemper, parvovirus infection and respiratory tract infections. It also protects against transmissible diseases such as rabies that also pose a risk to humans.
Best Friends Animal Hospital
13895 Colfax Hwy.
Grass Valley, CA.
1st Saturday of the Month
1 pm - 3 pm
Mother Lode Vet Hospital
11509 LaBarr Meadows
Grass Valley, CA.
1st Saturday of the Month
9 am - 2 pm
Animal Clinic of Rough and Ready
14715 Rough and Ready Hwy.
Rough and Ready, CA.
2nd Wednesday of the Month
5:30 pm - 7 pm
VIP Pet Care (at Incredible Pets)
649 Sutton Way
Grass Valley, CA.
4 pm - 5:30 pm
520 E. Main Street
Grass Valley, CA.
Tuesdays, Thursday, and Fridays
By Appointment Only
Moving and Rehoming Tips
It is your responsibility to find a new home for your pet. All options should be exhausted before taking your pet to the local animal shelter. The Nevada County Animal Shelter is intended for stray pets, and was not designed as an adoption center for pets with homes. As such, it should be considered the last resort, rather than the first. Following are suggestions for finding a home for your pet.
1. Ask friends, family, coworkers and neighbors about adopting your pet.
2. Online Breed Rescues
If your pet is purebred, check with breed rescues online about doing a courtesy listing for you.
3. Online Advertising
List your pet on Petfinder.com and Craigslist.com
4. Other Local Rescue Groups
Call other local rescue groups about their adoptathons, and ask if you can participate with your pet. For Pet’s Sake: 263-3331, Scooter’s Pals: 350-2099
Call KNCO Swap Shop, 530-477-KNCO, and talk about your pet. Share the fun stories, and the sad story about why you can’t keep your pet.
6. Put an ad in Union newspaper and the Grass Valley Trader
The Union (530) 273-9567. Grass Valley Trader (530) 272-4919.
7. Check the shelters ‘Want’ list
Talk to the staff and ask them to check our Want List for people looking to adopt certain breeds of animals.
8. Place your pet on the Owner Turn-In list at the Shelter
If we have space to take in your pet, we will call you. If we call and receive no answer from you within 24 hours, we will remove your name from the list.
9. Create a flyer for your pet
Create a flyer of your spayed/neutered pet with good photos and lots of information about his/her personality, be sure to include your name and contact number on the flyer, Post your flyer all around town at pet stores and feed stores, and other places that allow flyers, such as thrift stores, vet clinics, etc.
10. Courtesy Listings
Sammie's Friends can also do a courtesy listing on our Facebook page and on our website. Make a flyer of your pet (include multiple photos and a detailed description of your pets personality and ideal home). Send your JPG flyers and any additional info to
Housing and Insurance
Dog Friendly Housing:
Filter under "more", check box for "pets allowed".
Search rentals, filter "allows pets".
Filter under "more filters", check box for dogs or cats.
Grass Valley Terrace
Accepts Emotional Support Animals.
Hilltop Commons Senior
30 lbs. or less, up to 2 dogs.
No dogs, will accept 2 cats.
Insurance for Dogs:
State Farm (Home Owners and Renter's Insurance)
Einhorn Insurance - Serving All Of California
Lester Kalmanson Agency
Evolution Insurance Brokers
Pet Protection Pay Dog Liability
1-800-673-2558 ext. 114
Other Local Organizations
The following are links to other animal organizations in Nevada County and beyond. Sammie's Friends is grateful for the collaboration and cooperation we have with these great organizations. Together, we help the animals.
Pet Financial Aid
Brown Dog Foundation
Bridging the gap between the cost of medical care and saving the family pet.
Canine Cancer Awareness
Non-profit organization whose mission is to "raise awarenss of the prevalence of canine cancer, its effects and the available treatment options." Offers financial assistance for veterinary care for dogs with cancer whose families are finacially unable to provide treatment.
Credit card through GE Money Company for veterinary care.
Financial assistance for rescuers of corgis and corgi mixes.
Emma's Foundation for Canine Cancer
Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP)
A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance for cats and kittens whose guardians are unable to afford veterinary services.
Friends & Vets Helping Pets
www.FriendsAndVetsHelpingPets.org (859) 309-2043
Helping those who are under 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and who can demonstrate that their pets are facing euthanasia or death if they are unable to pay the medical costs associated with their treatments.
www.ThePetFund.com (303) 646-4264
Will prevent the financial burden of life-saving medical care from prematurely ending a beloved pet's life by helping responsible pet owners meet the cost of unanticipated crucial pet treatments.
The Magic Bullet Fund
www.MagicBulletFund.org (914) 941-0159
Helps families who can't afford cancer treatment costs.
The Onyx & Breezy Foundation
Assists animals in a variety of ways, including financial help with medical threatment for animals when hardship is present.
Paws 4 A Cure
Provides financial assistance for canine and feline owners who cannot afford veterinary care for their pets.
The Pet Fund
www.ThePetFund.com (916) 443-6007
A 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides assistance to owners of domestic animals who need veterinary care.
www.RedRover.org/relief (916) 429-2457
RedRover Relief provides financial assistance grants and additional resources so pet owners and rescuers can care for animals who need urgent veterinary care. Visit www.RedRover.org/grants for eligibility requirements and an application. RedRover also offers financial assistance for victims of domestic violence and their pets. To learn more about this program, visit www.RedRover.org/domestic
Rose's Fund for Animals
www.RosesFund.org (877) 505-4234
When there is a situation where a pet or found animal has a good chance of being well, but the owner or Good Samaritan can't afford it, Rose's Fund will to the best of their abilities cover the cost.
RUFF (Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends) is a caring, non-profit organization dedicated to helping pets and their owners with financial assistance for veterinary care. They have been helping sick, injured, and abandoned animals since 1988.
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