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:

Monday-Saturday

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Main: (530) 471-5041

Cat House: (530) 274-1955

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Pre-Adoption

Questionnaire

Volunteering for Sammie's Friends

(you must be at least 16 years old)

There are currently over 100 volunteers helping to care for our homeless animals, and we are always looking for more!

DOG WALKERS

This is what it takes:

Approximately two hours for a shift- one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Teams of 3-5 walkers work each shift.  We have a nice trail system blazed around the shelter.  Each dog gets some fresh air, spends quality time with a human and perhaps learns some manners.  We also have a new play yard for some off leash fun in the afternoons!


This is what it accomplishes:

Many things!  By getting out of their kennels, the dogs suffer less from boredom and depression.  They stay socialized and happy for human attention.  We give potential adopters information about the dogs’ behavior.  We watch for signs of medical or social problems and alert the shelter staff.  And we all get a little exercise!

If you like dogs and enjoy a little exercise, this is really a fun job!  You will meet lots of nice dogs and people too.  Sometimes it’s a little taxing, but it’s very satisfying because the dogs show their appreciation.  The best part is seeing a dog friend driving away with their new family!  The work you do really helps get them adopted.  


All of the dogs at the shelter get walked twice a day, every day, 365 days a year.  It takes a whole crew of people to accomplish this and we are always looking for more walkers.  Join us!

CAT CARE

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This job is all about figuring out what makes a cat happy.  And face it, cats are not as demonstrative as dogs.  But there are times - when the cats lay their heads softly against your cheek, closes its eyes and begins to purr in your ear - that is all the reward you need!

This is what it takes:

Approximately two hours for a shift- one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  The morning shift is when the heavy work is done.  The cat kennels, community rooms and litter boxes are all cleaned and then all the cats get a tasty meal.  In the afternoon, the cuddling begins full force- holding, petting, brushing and playing!  The afternoon crew also helps potential adopters meet and handle the cats.


This is what it accomplishes:

Handling the cats helps to socialize them.  It keeps them calmer in a stressful environment, which makes them more adoptable.  We show potential adopters how each cat likes to be cuddled.  We also help with disease control (a very important role) by keeping the kennels and rooms clean and reporting issues to the shelter staff.

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OFFICE HELPERS

Morning Shifts (Monday-Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm)

Responsiblities include answering phones, checking in volunteers, greeting the public and other light duties to assist the staff with the morning routine of managing the shelter.

Afternoon Shifts (Monday-Saturday 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

Responsiblities include answering phones, checking in volunteers, greeting the public, directing the public into the kennels and assisting the staff with adoption paperwork.

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ANIMAL TRANSPORTATION

How to join the Office Team:


Fill out a Volunteer Application, email it back to us or print it out and drop it off at the shelter.  Our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to find out what days and times you are available.  They will also schedule a time for you to come out and train with another office volunteer.



VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

Transport Dogs and/or Cats to Vet Appointments

All you need is your own car!  Deliver our shelter animals to and from their vet appointments.  We send our animals to many different vet clinics in Nevada County and always need volunteers to make sure they make it on time and get back to the shelter afterwards.  Send us an email if you would like to be put on a call list to help transport.

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SAMMIE'S NIFTY THRIFT SHOP

Retail Volunteer

Our thrift shop is always looking for volunteers to help sort and price clothing, stock racks and shelves, receive and sort donated items, and MORE!

How to join the Nifty Thrift Team:


VOLUNTEER APPLICATION


You can fill it out online, then drop it off or mail it to:


Sammie's Nifty Thrift Shop

627 East Main Street

Grass Valley, CA.  95945

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How to join the Cat Care Team:


Fill out a Volunteer Application, email it back to us or print it out and drop it off at the shelter.  Our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to find out what days and times you are available.  They will also schedule a time for you to come out and train with another office volunteer.



VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

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How to join the Dog Walker Team:


Fill out a Volunteer Application, email it back to us or print it out and drop it off at the shelter.  Our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to find out what days and times you are available.  They will also schedule a time for you to come out and train with another office volunteer.



VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

EMAIL

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EVENTS AND FUNDRAISING

Assistance and Organization of Events and Fundraisers to Benefit Sammie's Friends

Are you creative, well organized and comfortable using computers?  Creating flyers, posting events on social media, organizing more volunteers to help with events, collecting raffle items, and MORE!  Please email us if you are interested in working events and fundraisers.  

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