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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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Petfinder:  Tips to help your new dog adjust to your home.

Are you moving into a rental and want to bring your dog with you?

There are so many reasons why landlords don't want your dog to live with you.  Breed Specific Legislation and fear are two reasons.  Give your family and your dog a fair chance by taking these steps to allow potential landlords to GET TO KNOW YOUR DOG before they make any decisions.

Breed Specific Legislation has been slowly decreasing, and that's great for loving dog owners like you!  However, that doesn't necessarily mean that insurance companies or landlords are going to change their minds.  If Fido is blacklisted, though, there are a couple of things you still might be able to do to persuade your landlord into giving your beloved pet a chance:

Request a Pet Interview:  If the restrictions were put in place by a landlord (not an insurance company), there's still hope!  Ask the landlord if he or she is willing to do a doggie interview during which he or she can meet and interact with Fido.  If the builidng has an area for dogs to roam, ask if you can hold the interview there.  That way, the landlord will be able to see Fido has no intention of attacking other dogs or people.  Create some talking points to guide the interview in the right direction  Talk about your pet being a part of the family, and the role they play as a family member.  Discuss your understanding and good track record of keeping your past properties clean and well-maintained, despite your dog(s).  Offer additional money on your non-refundable pet deposit.

Create Dog Resumes:  Next time you apply for an apartment, come prepared.  Put together a "resume" for Fido, with pictures, vet records and any other information you have.  You can even bring along a video to show the landlord.  Who will be able to resist those puppy dog eyes?

Provide References:  Your future landlord might not always want to meet your pet right off the bat, especially if they have a fear of animals that might be considered "aggressive".  If this is the case, ask your vet, groomer, pet sitter/boarding facility, or friends and family to write letters of reference for your furry friend.

Gather Vet Records:  Gather up and provide proff of your pet's medical records (i.e. vaccinations, Rabies shots, tag registration, etc.)

Create a Video:  Make a video of your pet showing him/her as part of your family.  If possible, try to include shots of interactions with children, other pets and elderly people.  This might build trust between your potential landlord and your pet.

Secure Renters Insurance:  Many landlords will want you to have your own kind of Renters Insurance regardless of your pets, but in this case, try taking it a step further.  Offer to secure a policy that covers your pets and has a liability policy that covers them of $300,000, and lists the landlord as an additional insured member.  See Other Helpful Resources below for possible insurance companies.