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


If you are low income and need help with a spay/neuter for all other breeds of dogs and for cats, please stop by Sammie's Friends at the Nevada County Animal Shelter and pick up a discount voucher to use at participating local Veterinarians.  

The 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

Sammie's Friends

14647 McCourtney Road

Grass Valley, CA.  95949

(530) 471-5041

Spay/Neuter Discount Vouchers Available for low income families.

If you need help with a Chihuahua, Pit Bull, Husky or Malamute, please contact Pound Puppy Rescue to receive a FREE spay/neuter.

(530) 272-1716

MYTH: It's better to have one litter before spaying a female pet.

FACT:  Medical evidence indicates that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age. Check with your veterinarian about the appropriate time for these procedures.

MYTH: I want my children to experience the miracle of birth.

FACT: The miracle of birth is quickly overshadowed by the thousands of animals euthanized in animal shelters in communities all across the country. Teach children that all life is precious by spaying and neutering your pets. 

MYTH: But my pet is a purebred.

FACT: So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters around the country. There are just too many dogs and cats—mixed breed and purebred. About half of all animals entering shelters are euthanized.

MYTH: I want my dog to be protective.

FACT:  It is a dog's natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog's personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.

MYTH: I don't want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male.

FACT: Pets don't have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet's basic personality. They don't suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.


MYTH: My pet will get fat and lazy.

FACT: The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don't give them enough exercise.


MYTH: But my dog (or cat) is so special, I want a puppy (or kitten) just like them.

FACT: Your pet's puppies or kittens have an unlikely chance of being a carbon copy of your pet. Even professional breeders cannot make this guarantee. There are shelter pets waiting for homes who are just as cute, smart, sweet, and loving as your own.

MYTH: It's expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered.

FACT: Many low-cost options exist for spay/neuter services. Most regions of the U.S. have at least one spay/neuter clinic within driving distance that charge $100 or less for the procedure, and many veterinary clinics provide discounts through subsidized voucher programs. Low-cost spay/neuter is more and more widely available all the time. Start with this low-cost spay/neuter finder.

MYTH: I'll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens.

FACT: You may find homes for your pet's puppies and kittens. But you can only control what decisions you make with your own pet, not the decisions other people make with theirs. Your pet’s puppies and kittens, or their puppies or kittens, could end up in an animal shelter, as one of the many homeless pets in every community competing for a home. Will they be one of the lucky ones?

Myths and Facts about Spaying and Neutering

Know the truth about spaying or neutering your pet


FREE Spay/Neuter for all Pit Bull's, Chihuahua's, Husky and Malamute's

Spay and Neuter Information


The 2019 Cat Crisis Program began on February 1, 2019!

Sammie’s Friends will pay to have your cat spayed/neutered if you need financial help and live in Nevada County! Call a local veterinary to make an appointment and ask for the Cat Crisis fund to pay! It’s that easy!

Participating Vets include:

Alta Sierra Vet   271-0101 (neuters only)

Animal Clinic of Lake of the Pines   268-1266

Animal Save   271-7071

Best Friends Animal Clinic   272-2817

Brighton Greens Vet   477-6863

Brunswick Vet   477-2287

For the Love of Pets Vet   477-5683

Four Paws Animal Clinic   265-3722

Mother Lode Vet   272-6651

Penn Valley Veterinary Associates   432-3125

Pine Creek Vet   478-9141


Help stop the overpopulation of cats in our community!

If your Nevada County Vet is NOT listed above,

you can pick up a Spay/Neuter Voucher from the shelter to help with your cat.