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


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


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