Casey’s Corner: How Much Do You Know? – Part 2 |

Casey’s Corner: How Much Do You Know? – Part 2

We’re back for our continuing look at the community groups in Nevada County dedicated to animals. Last month, we highlighted eight organizations, and now we’re going to take you on a tour of the remaining seven, starting with…..


The slogan of Nevada County Placement Assistance Watch & Support, or PAWS, is “Helping our Community Re-home Their Pets,” and that’s the crux of their mission. PAWS was born in response to the need for an organization to help pet guardians find new homes for their pets. In addition to finding homes for these animals, PAWS also provides emotional support for owners faced with giving up their pets. For more information, visit their website at; if you’re in need of their help, text a message to 530-263-1876.


You’ve probably seen them dozens of times: homeless men and women on our streets or sidewalks, side-by-side with their companion animals. You know there are programs to help the homeless, but did you know that there’s one that focuses on their animals? It’s Nevada County Pets of the Homeless, which provides food, collars, leashes, coats, toys, treats, and other supplies to the animals of our area’s homeless. They also offer these pets vaccinations and licensing, veterinary care (through For the Love of Pets), and spay and neuter services (through AnimalSave). Donated items can be dropped off at What’s Up? Coffee at 1110 East Main St. in Grass Valley. For more information, visit their website at or call Patti Galle at 530-802-3666.


So, are you looking to find a good pal from the land down under? (That’s Australia to us northern hemisphere folks.) Then NorCal Aussie Rescue is the place for you: they have a lovely 6-1/2 acre sanctuary just south of Grass Valley where they take in Australian Shepherds from shelters throughout northern California, or from owners who surrender their Aussie. There these dogs are evaluated, given medical treatment if necessary, and hopefully, eventually placed in adoptive homes. Read more on their website at or call Kim Kuenlen at 530-268-1600.


Like CAPE (which we highlighted last month), Pound Puppy Rescue also started in the Bay Area, but has grown to include a chapter in Grass Valley. Recognizing that puppies in overcrowded shelters are at extreme risk of developing serious health problems — and of being euthanized simply because of their numbers — Pound Puppy Rescue came into being to take these puppies and place them in foster homes where they could be supervised and socialized until they are old enough to be adopted. Learn more about Pound Puppy Rescue on their website at


Rescue For Pet Sake does exactly what its name implies: they rescue dogs, principally from high-kill shelters that are underfunded and overcrowded, and place them in foster homes while they search for permanent homes. To see their adoptable dogs in person, head to Petco on Freeman Lane in Grass Valley on the first Saturday of every month for their adopt-a-thon; you can also contact Pam Gorman 530-263-3331, or visit their website at


One of the county’s largest and most well-known organizations is Sammie’s Friends, which since 2010 has operated the Nevada County Animal Shelter at 14647 McCourtney Road. Since the organization’s founding in 2001, it has supported disadvantaged animals in our region, and provided medical care through local veterinarians to thousands of the shelter animals as well as non-sheltered pets in need. Sammie’s Friends also operates a thrift shop at 627 East Main St. in Grass Valley, and holds frequent adopt-a-thons at Petco. Visit them (and the animals!) at the Animal Shelter, or learn more about them on the web at The shelter’s hours are from noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday; or call them at 530-471-5041.


Another local organization doing wonderful rescue work is Scooter’s Pals, founded in 2008 by Susan Wallace in response to an act of violence that took the life of her dog Scooter. The group aims to rescue, rehabilitate, and adopt out dogs that have been abused, abandoned or are in at-risk living situations, as well as those from high-kills shelters across the state. They also provide pet food to those in need, assist in re-homing pets when their current owners can no longer care for them, and provide support for those in need who want to keep their pets. Scooter’s Pals has a new office and thrift shop at 1781 Main St. in Grass Valley; you can reach them by phone at 530-350-2099, or visit them on the web at


Last but by no means least is an organization that cares for our wild animals: Wildlife Rehabilitation & Release. For more than 25 years, WRR has worked to save injured and orphaned wildlife from six foothill and valley counties. In 2014 alone, the group cared for over 1,200 wild animals, more than half of which were released back into the wild, held for further rehabilitation, or sent to other wildlife organizations. WRR also has wildlife ambassadors: birds, mostly raptors, that were injured so badly that they can no longer survive in the wild. Today they are the heart of the group’s education program, visiting schools and community events to promote wildlife conservation. Their Intake Center, open from May 1 to Aug. 31 from 9-5 seven days a week, is located at 799 Maltman Drive in Grass Valley. Take a look at their gorgeous website at or call them at (530) 432-5522.

So now, you have no excuse for not knowing where and how to adopt, rescue, place, care for, or work with our companion and wild animals in Nevada County. There’s truly something here for everyone!

Joan Merriam lives in Nevada County with her new Golden Retriever Joey, her Maine Coon cat Indy, and the abiding spirit of her beloved Golden Retriever Casey in whose memory this column is named. You can reach Joan at And if you’re looking for a Golden, be sure to check out Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue.

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