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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:


12:00-4:00 pm

Main: (530) 471-5041

Cat House: (530) 274-1955

The Big Hearts Fund

Raises funds and awareness for pets diagnosed with heart disease.

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.


Dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged.

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.

Top Dog Foundation Bentley Grant  

Looking to support those situations where the owner wants to keep their aging dog, but cannot afford procedures or medications necessary to allow for a continued quaility of life.

Best Friends Animal Hospital

13895 Colfax Hwy.

Grass Valley, CA

(530) 272-2817

1st Saturday of the Month

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Mother Lode Vet Hospital

11509 La Barr Meadows

Grass Valley, CA

(530) 272-6651

1st Saturday of the Month

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Animal Clinic of Rough and Ready

14715 Rough and Ready Hwy.

Rough and Ready, CA

(530) 272-1924

2nd Wednesday of the Month

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

VIP Pet Care comes to Incredible Pets

649 Sutton Way

Grass Valley, CA

(530) 272-7701

Every Saturday

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Animal Save

137 Joerschke Drive

Grass Valley, CA

(530) 271-7071

Thursdays and Fridays

By Appointment Only

Resources for Pet Financial Aid

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 ten 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


Brunswick Veterinary 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

530 478-9141

If you use a different veterinarian than the ones listed above, please contact Cheryl Wicks at Sammie's Friends 530-471-1456

Below is a list of other organizations that may help you with your veterinarian bills.  Please try them for help too. Finding financial aid to pay for your pet's medical needs can take time and effort, but isn't your pet worth it?


Cheryl Wicks

Co-Founder and President

Sammie's Friends

Sammie's Community Program

If you are low income and need help to Spay/Neuter your pet,

come by the shelter and fill out a Sammie's Friends Spay/Neuter Voucher.

This voucher entitles the bearer to a credit on spaying or neutering

a cat or dog at participating Veterinarians.

Female Dog $60   -   Male Dog $40  -   Female Cat $40  -   Male Cat $30


If you need help to Spay/Neuter a Chihuahua, Pitbull, Husky or Malamute

Please contact Pound Puppy Rescue to receive a free spay or neuter.

530-274-8079 or 530-277-1716

Sammie's Friends Spay/Neuter Vouchers

Low Cost Shot Clinics