Sammie's Friends

Nevada County Animal Shelter

14647 McCourtney Road

Grass Valley, CA  95949

Sammie’s Friends is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.  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 continue to suffer or would be euthanized.  Sammie’s Friends also operates the Nevada County Animal Shelter at 14647 McCourtney Road.

Kennel Hours:


12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Main: (530) 471-5041

Cat House: (530) 274-1955




Options For Rehoming Your Pet

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.  Sammie's Friends can also do a courtesy listing on our Facebook page,

our website and Petfinder.  

Send your JPG flyers and info to


Other Helpful Resources

Dog Friendly Housing:

Filter under "more", check box for "pets allowed"

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 (Renter's Insurance)

1 (800) 782-8332

Einhorn Insurance

1 (858) 336-4644

Lester Kalmanson Agency

1 (407) 645-5000


Evolution Insurance Brokers

1 (877) 678-7342

Pet Protection Pak Dog Liability

1 (800) 673-2558  ext. 114

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