Help us care for our shelter animals until they find their forever homes...


The mission of Sammie's Friends is to provide medical care for the animals at the Nevada County Animal Shelter, making them adoptable, and to support other disadvantaged animals in Nevada County that without help would otherwise be euthanized to end their suffering.

We accept donations to pay for medical care for the animals.  Many times the animals have conditions which keeps them from being adopted, yet the condition is not considered an emergency because it is not life-threatening (i.e. demodectic mange, broken legs and hips, amputation of legs, respiratory infections, foxtails in the ear and nose, and many more conditions).  If these medical issues are not cared for, no one will adopt them because of the condition they are in.

Animals often come to the Shelter because they are strays and have been abandoned by people who should have cared for them.  Many of these animals have medical problems.  In 2015, Sammie's Friends paid for medical care for more than 3,200 animals, spending more than $345,000 for their care.  With your continuing donations, we can help even more animals in the future.

Who are Sammie's Friends?  Sammie's Friends include all of you who contribute your time, effort, money, ideas, enthusiasm and most of all, your compassion for the animals. Sammie's Friends would not exist without you.  You are Sammie's Friends.  Thank you so much for your support.  Play the video below to see more about what we do at the shelter.

Co-Founders:  Cheryl Wicks and Curt Romander

Cheryl and Curt loved their Sammie for many years.  They wanted to honor him with his own corporation dedicated to caring for less fortunate animals.  After all, he had welcomed Destiny, Mon-Mon, Teddy, Wilma, Billy, and Plum, as well as countless foster animals into the family.  It was only natural that he help many of his other "friends" to have better lives.  Though Sammie has passed over the Rainbow Bridge, he still "communicates" his support on a daily basis. 


The face of inspiration.

Cheryl, Teddy & Mon-Mon

Sammie's Friends Mission

Sammie’s Friends Vision

A safe and caring place for neglected, abandoned, and abused

animals to be cared for and rehabilitated, when necessary,

and adopted as quickly as possible into loving homes.

Sammie’s Friends Organizational Values

     - Commitment for doing the best things for the animals

     - Sound fiscal policy

     - Commitment to excellence in everything we do

     - Respect for all animals, volunteers, staff, and the public

     - A high value placed on safety for the animals, volunteers,          

          staff and the public

     - Open and honest communication, focused on mutual

         problem solving and follow-up

     - An open collaborative management style

     - Strong commitment to teamwork

Sammie the Shar-Pei

March 31, 1991 - February 23, 2007

The inspiration for Sammie's Friends, a non-profit founded by Cheryl Wicks and Curt Romander to provide medical care for the animals at the Nevada County Animal Shelter.

Because of this amazing creature many animals' lives have been saved in this community. We, the animals and humans alike, are fortunate to have had him touch our lives.

Read more about Sammie and how he inspired his parents to save the lives of thousands of pets... CLICK HERE!

Click this image to read more about how we use your donations.

Check out this cool Sammie's Friends song!

Written and performed by one of our volunteers.