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Help For Your Pet

Community Program

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



Four Paws Animal Clinic



Grass Valley Veterinary Hospital



Mother Lode Veterinary Hospital



Sierra Oaks Veterinary Services



Pine Creek Veterinary Clinic

530 478-9141

Shot Clinics

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.

Mother Lode Vet Hospital

11509 LaBarr Meadows

Grass Valley, CA.

(530) 272-6651

1st Saturday of the Month

9 am - 2 pm

VIP Pet Care (at Incredible Pets)

649 Sutton Way

Grass Valley, CA.

(530) 272-7701

Every Saturday

4 pm - 5:30 pm

Animal Save

520 E. Main Street

Grass Valley, CA.

(530) 477-1706

Tuesdays, Thursday, and Fridays

By Appointment Only

Moving Rehoming Tips

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 and 


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


5.  KNCO

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

(530) 477-0370

Accepts Emotional Support Animals.

Hilltop Commons Senior

(530) 506-6195

30 lbs. or less, up to 2 dogs.

Olympia Gardens

(844) 803-7200

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 Organizations

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

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.


Care Credit

Credit card through GE Money Company for veterinary care.


Corgi Aid

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     (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.


Ginger's Legacy     (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    (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     (916) 443-6007

A 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides assistance to owners of domestic animals who need veterinary care.


RedRover 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 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


Rose's Fund for Animals     (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 Rescue

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.

MORE Veterinary Bill Assistance Programs:

The Big Hearts Fund

Diabetic Cats in Need

The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund

Frankie's Friends

Handicapped Pets Foundation

Labrador Life Line

The Mosby Foundation

The Onyx and Breezy Foundation

Paws 4 A Cure

The Pet Fund


Pet Lifeline Program

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