About Us

None of us can take credit for the evolution of SamUrgency. In the early days of Samoyed rescue, when there was a smattering of Samoyed rescue groups throughout the country, many of us realized that there was a need for funding for dogs that came into rescue with life threatening diagnoses. Many ideas were bandied about for a funding program – none of which “stuck” until the concept of SamUrgency became concrete. In those early days, our funding program was geared towards rescue dogs alone, and our modus operandi was when we were alerted to a dog that needed an expensive surgery or heartworm treatment – any diagnosis that a rescue group did not have the money for – we would contact all the Samoyed lists and ask to see if people would help sponsor a dog that needed help. Things changed in 2011 when SamUrgency was left some money by the Springers and we were able to open our program to all Samoyeds throughout the country that needed help. SamUrgency has been a 501(c3) non-profit since 2001.


We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our many thoughtful, generous supporters! Throughout the years, their donations have helped many Samoyeds. WW know that with all of us working together, we can help save a lot of Samoyeds. Thank you for your support!

Beverley Andalora
Jim and Jodene Aregas
Debby, Joel, Nahani and Mikhaela Arem
Debbie Hartman Baird
Pat and Harold Bakken - In fond memory ofTai
Cari Baldwin
Pam Barbe* - In honor of Manny and Ritchey
Amanda Berkeley* - In memory of Kathy Neill’s Kaiya and Sesi in memory of Patti Palmer’s Ivy in memory of Jordene Gate’s Ruben and in memory of Paul Martin’s father in honor of Merrilee D’Antonio’s Spirit
Jeaneen & David Berkowitz - In honor of Nancy Greene’s Sammi Sue’s 9th Birthday in memory of Bill Holtoff
Hans Bjordahl & Holley Irvine*
Charles and Mary Bowyer - In memory ofSue Kabler’s Niko andJeannee Brave’sAli in memory of Bill Holtoff in memory of Nancy Green’s Sammi Sue in memory of Emi Kooyman’s Cheddar and Dallas in memory of Jeaneen Berkowitz
Patricia Breen– In honor of her boy Phoenix
Bette Brennan-Gottwald - In memory of Norma Jean, from Zeus
Lynn Brent - In memory of Sassy
Lisabeth Brown*
Cheryl Burkart - In memory of Melissa Howell’s Lali
Mark Bussemeier
Mark & Jean Bussemeier - In honor of Merilee D’Antonio’s Spirit
Gail Caldwell
Cels and Kimberly Camejo
David Cannata
Central Florida Samoyed Rescue - In memory of Rich and Jan Malanaphy
Cynthia Chalfant - From Gracie in memory of Tasha and Jack
Robin Clark
Crystal Coffey - In memory of her first Samoyed Sami
Mary Cosney
Rod and Button Cook* - In memory of Emi and Mark Kooyman’s Stetson
The Button and Rod Cook Foundation* - In honor of Breeze, Toby, KC, and Kibby and in memory of Juneau
Kathryn Cook
James Cooley - In memory of Sugar Bear
William Cooper - In memory of Denise Galante’s Lilya
Helen Corlew - In memory of Greg Newell in honor ofMirthril-Sylvan’s Prairie Hawk
Brian and Stacy Correia* - In honor of Mufasa and Tundra
Belynda Crick - In honor of Merilee D’Antonio’s Spirit
Patricia Cunkelman*
Vickie, James, Ahzee, Kodi, Bonnie and Dandy Cupps - In memory of Risuko’s Teddy B. Cupps
Victoria Cupps* - In memory of Azhee
Merrilee D’Antonio* - Thank you, thank you for all your work organizing Weight Pull Fundraisers and your continual support!
Ann Daugherty
Bobby Davis* - In memory of Ch. Tobil’s Rockets Red Glare and CH. Daystar’s Dustins Anastasia
Deborah DeFonzo
Edie Ferber and Georgie - In memory of Cass Dalglish and Lou Branca’s Ashim Babar
Diane Dotson
Barbara Driscoll - In memory of Sadie
Donald Duncan - David Harsch and Ady
Shirley Eckert - In celebration of Ch. OTCH Wildfire Chloe Jo UDX earning her deserved title!
Ellen Engle*
Chris and Susan English - In honor of Amy Kiell and Andrew Green’s wedding
Carol Etheridge
Cathy Falck
Fran Farrell - In memory of Helena Hale
Deb Fiedler, Imzadi and the gang at Magic Mist*
Brad and Laura Finley - In memory of Bailey
Erica Flahaut, EJ Samoyeds - In memory of David Harsch’s Ady
John Flahaut* - In honor of Merilee D’Antonio’s Spirit
Erika Fodor
Sharlene ForteSamUrgency thanks her for for her tireless effort in her Origami Owl fundraiser benefitting SamUrgency
Suzanne Friedenreich* - In memory of Suz’s Precious Snowflake
Jacqueline Gaddis - In memory of Samoyed “Buddy”
Barbara Gage
Leona M Garrett* - In honor of Merrilee D’Antonio’s Spirit
Diane Geitzenauer*
- In memory of Dan Plosila
Fast Lash Girl - In memory of her sweet Kiba
Donna Glickman and Snokrest Samoyeds - In memory of David Harsch’s Ady
Barbara Gomolski
Vickie Goyer* - In loving memory of Bill Bader
Jody A. Hankinson - In honor of Heidi and Michael’s engagement and their dog Leika
Cookie Hayden
Rebecca Hedlund
Jim and Susan Hedrick - In memory of the best Sammy ever, Ruckus!
Robyn Henzel* - In memory of Snowball and in honor of Balto
Walter Herrmann
Matt and Sean Hess
Melissa Hopper*
Melissa and Tasha Lee Howell
Gordon Hughes
Elizabeth Hurle
Sue Jackman
Barry & Darlene Jay*
Jack Jermyn, Seawinds Samoyeds - In memory of David Harsch’s Ady
Ruth Johnston - In memory of Basia
Karing K-9s Therapy Dogs - In memory of Azhee Cupps
Shelly and Randy Kees*
Deb Keese*
Heather Kelly - In memory of Melissa Howell’s Lali
Kelly Kent - In memory of Kibby Cook-Kent
Maria Kirylo* - In memory of Ashley in memory of Bill in memory of Melissa Howell’s Lali and especially for her own Artie, Mickey and Lilly
Mary Kistner– In memory of Mystical’s Patriot of Windsong
Cyndi Knighton* - In memory of “Nicky” Nicky of Angle Lake, CD, JHD, PT, CGC, the rescue boy who started it all in memory of “Conor” Am/Can/UKC CH Shaman’s Ri Caithreim O’Lore, Am/Can/UKC CD, WSX, HCT, CGC who was the light of my life
Denise Koestner - In memory of Anne Morgan’s Magic
Ronald Kogan - In memory of Samoyed Karla (8/21/90 – 11/5/04)
Nancy Kraus - In memory of Ch. Stonehaven’s Garnet n’ Gold Rhapsody aka Tallie
Bobbie LaFortune
Pam Landers– In honor of Mirthril-Sylvan’s Prairie Hawk
Barbara Larson
Randy Leonard and Craig Griffiths - In memory of LeXi and BroDy
Jillian and Diane Lewis* - In memory of David Harsch’s Ady
Sara-Ann C Lincoln* - In memory of the precious Lilya and also in thankfulness of Denise Galante’s amazing love and care for her
Marcia Litt - In honor of Mark Shepanek’s birthday
Heather LoProto - In memory of David Harsch’s Ady: in memory of Cheri Rankin’s Rollie
Maggie and Klaus - In memory of Bailey Bear
Marg MacFadden - In memory of Anne O’Neill’s Max
James Macinko - In honor of Sasha Johnston
Jay Madden and Keiko - In memory of Skiddy
Diana Majka* - In honor of Maia Dings
Liz and Tom Manly and Poser's Photography - donating fees from their Holiday photo sessions
Ron & Kathy Manor* - In memory of Rosemary Rambo, Reilly Peabody and Abby and in honor of David Harsch and Ady
Donna Marini-Koch* - In memory of Neeko
Anthony Mastendino*
Jennie McMahon
Mary McManamon* - In honor of Deena’s 3rd birthday in honor of Deena
James McLea & Elizabeth Matej, with Stormy and Blizzard
Jay McWhorter
Metropolitant Atlanta Samoyed Club
MidAtlantic Samoyed Rescue*:Jeanne, Danielle & Ellen - In memory of Faith
Nina and Zoran Milovanovich*: in Memory of Athos, Masha, Aramis, Tao and Zen; In honor of Genevieve Deltieure; in honor of Jamie, Geilie and Annie Reid
Penny Miller
Minuteman Samoyed Club
Mary Mitchell*
Bob Moore*
Rena Mueller
Nationals Pull-a-thon for SamUrgency Fundraiser, Louisville, KY_September 2015_organized byMerrilee Piccarelli
Denise Newell* - In memory of Greg and all the Expedition Samoyeds that have gone before in honor of Angel
Yvette Nielsen
North Texas Samoyed Rescue, Inc.

Northern California Samoyed Fanciers
Diane Northway and Annie*
Laurie Olsson* - Thank you, thank you, thank you for all you do for the Weight Pull fundraiser and for all of your donations and sponsorships!
Linda Ossmann - In memory of Melissa Howell’s Lali
Emilie Overton
Lee Owen - In honor of her favorite girl, Keysha and in honor of Amanda Berkeley’s birthday
Janice Palermo* - In memory of Hawkeye in honor of Akielle
Heather Palmer - In honor of Yvette Nielsen
Faith Patterson, Tommy and Mark Hannagan and Dana Babik - In loving memory of Molly
Debi and Don Payton - In memory of Obi
Peach Blossom Cluster – Perry, GA –April, 2014 Fundraiser organized by Catherine Buhaly Ibold, Monica Hackett, Elsie Buhaly and Maureen Ozmore. Thanks also to donors Jane Braunbaugh, Cheryl Burkart, Julie Dunkle, Janie Emmel, Michele Matto, Judy McDougall, Jason Rydstand, Amanda Ver Bruggen.
Rose Percival - In honor of Moxie and Brio Berkeley
Playing Again Sams - In memory of Harold and Pat Bakken’s Tundra and Tai
Roger, Penny, Rudy and Sophie Porcelli - In honor of Holley Irvine’s birthday
Amelia Price
Pam Puckett*
Diane Pulos* - In memory of Sammy’s birthday
Ernie Rambo
Rosemary Rambo
Cherie Rankin - In memory of David Harsch’s Ady in memory of Heather Kelly’s Wasabi
Susan Ranta* –– In memory of Garth and Sadie – her first two samoyeds
RBS Greenwich Capital Foundation
Sue Ellen Reager - In honor of Sunny
Annie Reid –– In memory of Amanda Berkeley’s mother, Libby; in honor of Amanda Berkeley’s birthday; in memory of Nina Milovanovich's beloved Samoyed, Zen
Paul Rintoul
Dianna Rivera - In honor of Danny and Al and their dogs Luke and Rosie
Steve Roseman
Steve and De Roseman - In honor of De Roseman’s birthday
Lindsey Wegrzyn Rush - In memory of her beloved Thor
SamAgility Group
Samoyed Club of Austin
Samoyed Fanciers of Central Florida
Samoyed Rescue of Oregon*
Roger, Karla & RJ Scherer* - In memory of Snowbear, Nicki and Gretchen
Janet Schnitzlein, Tsar and Bowie* - In honor of Faith
Donna Schultz - In memory of David Harsch’s Ady
William Schutz
Jeannette Schwerbel
Andrew Searles in Memory of Pearll
Adele Shankle - In honor of Amanda Berkeley’s birthday
Jim and Elfie Shea*
Marc Shepanek* - In honor of Duane Johnson’s Lucky in appreciation of Maria Kirylo who saved Mawson and Askem
Velvet Simmons– In memory of Melissa Howell's Gracie
Kathy Smith* - In memory of Melissa Howell’s Lali in memory of David Harsch’s Ady
Laurie Stone
Terry Taddeo*, Sammy Reno and Dolly
Janet Taylor and Terry Schaffer*
Special Education Consulting Group
Carol Tenny - In memory of Nancy Tenny’s Kumo
Lana Theodoropoulos* - In memory of David Harsch’s Ady in memory of Melissa Howell’s Lali
Dana and Mark Thomas - In memory of Ashley
Deborah Thompson* - In honor of David Harsch and Ady
Tomkins Corp. Foundation
Moira Towriss-Smith - In memory of Beckham
Jean and Bob Ungar, The Buddman and Frankie* - In memory of Rosemary Rambo
Jim Vail* - In honor of David Harsch and Ady in memory of Melissa Howell’s Lali
Pisut Vongkasemsiri
Bo & Deana Wadsack*
Palmer Warner - For the love of Sammies specifically her sweet Luka
Louis Wasson - In memory of Toby
Weight Pull Fundraisers - Thank you to everyone who participates in the Weight Pull Fundraisers at the Nationals!
Shelley Wehrspann - In honor of Kody
Arleen Wheat* - In memory of Kodyak, Will and Grace in memory of Marcy Christian, a hero to dog rescue in honor of Merilee D’Antonio’s Spirit
Aiden Wiley
Dave and Lisa Wiley*
Nolan Wiley
Mary Wolf* - In honor of David Harsch and Ady
Matt Yeazel - In memory of Kodi
Jan Young* - In memory of Mico and in honor of Cherie Rankin’s Patina
Friends and co-workers in Pharmaceutical Planning at Merck & Co - In memory of Stacey Weaver
Anonymous - In memory of Knika
Special Donations in Memory of Amanda and Michael Berkeley's Moxie: Barb Adams, Kristina Belzer, Randy Bradley, Carol Brockfield, Sharon Buxton Bregola, Kathleen Byrd, Carmela Campbell, Kelly Cramer-Strine, Jill Crisp, Pamela Crowell, Patricia Cummins, Susan Davies, Diane Dings, Diane Karen Doucette, Roxanne Duke, Robin Finerty, Elisabeth GS, Shannon Hedges, Nancy Johansen, Bonnie Bywater Juras, Cheryl Larsen, Arleen Louise, Dave Marano, Trish Mitchell, Tracy Lilly-Rose Murrell, Laurie Olsson, Lee Owen, Denise Parker, Anngharaad Reid, Kathy Rufer, Kenneth Shalaby, Adele Shankie, Hadley Thompson, Melissa J Tomkins, Jim Vail, Kathy Walimaki-Thomas
Anonymous - In memory of Ch. Sunny, CD, TDI… an extra special Samoyed
Anonymous - In memory of Kara Stitley
Anonymous - In honor of Summer and Winter

* denotes multiple donations

SamUrgency is entirely funded by donations. To donate so we can continue our mission, please visit [email protected] on Paypal or send a donation to SamUrgency, PO Box 184, Haralson, GA 30229. Thank you!

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The Springers

In 2001, SamUrgency was developed to help Samoyeds that had come into rescue, were in foster care and had an extraordinary and urgent medical need. In 2009 we were contacted by Jim Springer. He and his wife, Cathy, had Samoyeds and Cathy had recently passed. He found SamUrgency online and asked what we were all about. We never heard anything from him after that, until the end of 2010 when we were contacted by an attorney who said that Jim had died and had left SamUrgency money with the request that we help people who love their Samoyeds. SamUrgency is. 501(c)3 non-profit.

The SamUrgency Board decided the best way to honor the Springers’ request was to provide funding for medical care for Samoyeds and their owners whether “owned” and with their families, from breeders, rescues, pet stores, or found on the street. Their love of the Samoyed breed has blanketed us with a gift of uncommon generosity. “Kachina” was the Springers beloved Samoyed so we wanted to honor them, and their Samoyeds by calling our program The Kachina Fund. The Springers’ unexpected thoughtfulness and kindness will make the lives of so many Samoyeds and their loving owners just a little easier when confronted with dire medical diagnoses and bills. We owe them a debt of gratitude that can never be surpassed.

How Can I Help SamUrgency?

  • Paypal or mail a donation to SamUrgency, Inc (PO Box 184, Haralson, GA 30229) to be used to help Samoyeds who meet our guidelines.
  • Become a sponsor of a dog in need.
  • If one wishes to donate their IGive shopping rewards, we have now listed Sam Urgency at www.igive.com.
  • You might consider making a planned gift to SamUrgency, There are many ways to include charitable giving to SamUrgency in your estate plan to gain valuable tax relief as well as support our work on behalf of Samoyeds in need. Bequests are the easiest and most common planned gift. With a bequest, you can leave all or part of your estate to SamUrgency, in your will. Funds are invested and ensure the future strength of our organization. Restricted bequests can also be made for specific programs or uses.