We Save Sams in Need!

Our mission is to rescue and find loving homes for Samoyeds in need, regardless of age, health, or geography.

Y-Not Save a Sam is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that rescues Samoyeds in need, whether they are in shelters, on the streets or surrendered. We save dogs in all geographic areas (both in the United States and abroad), of all ages, and in all health conditions.

We try to help dogs that no one else will.  Y-Not Save a Sam operates independently and must generate our own donations to fund operational costs including veterinary care, travel expenses, boarding, and training. We do what we can, and always wish we could do more.

SOPHIE

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

A little over two years ago I heard from a friend of the breeder of two of my samoyeds…   she was looking for a samoyed but didn’t want a puppy…  of course I recommended Yvette and Y Not Save a Sam…   and soon Sophie came to live with Theresa… …in October 2015 I heard from…

AMBER

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

What do you do when you pick up a dog you know is sick, you put her in your bed and she puts both paws on top of you and rests her head on you and falls asleep? You take her to the vet of course! And then when she looks at you like you…

LUCKY

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

So I wake up one day and I hear I’m “Lucky” as I’m heading to America to maybe live in the OC.  However, I’ve got other plans in mind. Move over Psy, with your Gangnam style domination, I’ve got my eyes set on Hollywood as well. And, here’s how I’m going to do it: First, I…

ZURI

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

My boyfriend and I first laid eyes on a Samoyed about 4 years ago and instantly fell in love.  We had never seen a dog so beautiful and we half jokingly said to each other, “If we get a dog lets get one like this!” I did a ton of research on the breed and…

KLOWEE

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

Klowee also known as Bug, Love Bug, Klowee Bear, Puppy, Lovey Dovey, and many other names was brought to us in sunny Southern California on October 7, 2015.  After being rescued from a puppy mill and then fostered by the AMAZING Yvette, Klowee, at 6 years old, found her forever home with us!  Words cannot…

JINJU

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

She came into our lives as a welcome angel right after I’d finished my 9 week course of radiation for breast cancer.  She’s a smart and active girl who loves chewing her rubber Chuckit ball and loves chewing her Nylabone and hoards all of the bones.  She’s definitely the boss and keeps her younger brother,…

NIKE (FKA BATMAN)

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

About 6 months ago we started fostering for Yvette, after our first foster she sent me a text with a picture of two little Pomeranian mixes coming from Korea that needed a foster home. We weren’t really looking to get a 3rd dog but after seeing Nike aka Batman, we somehow knew if he came…

NIKI (FKA NIKITA)

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

Our beautiful Niki (was Nikita): My life with Samoyeds (and Sammy-mixes) goes back to my childhood. Niki is #8 for me. The last four have been rescues – three from Samoyed Rescue of S Cal and our most current member, Niki, from dear Yvette and from Korea. Our home is now filled with three –…

DANNY

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

After my first Samoyed died in 2005, my living situation did not allow me to get another dog. Last year I moved to a house with a fenced backyard and began searching again for another Samoyed. I thought I’d get a rescue this time. For whatever reason, rescue Sams are hard to come by in…

FINN

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

Spending my time helping my daughter with her pet sitting business, my brother on his horse farm and loving my own harem of different breeds; There was no doubt my next dog would be selected with intent and it would be a Samoyed.  There is no breed that compares to their human like compassion, emotional…

KENOBI

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

Adorable, Cute, Fluffy, Marshmallow, Majestic, Fur ball, Snowball, Precious, Soft, Happy, Smiley, Fun, Playful, Well behaved, Mellow, Calm, Snuggly, Cuddly, Beautiful, Awesome, Loyal, Obedient… These are not the words I use to describe Kenobi- they are the words of strangers, friends, and family. I can’t take him out in public without getting showered in compliments.…

KUNO

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

For more than three long years, we mourned our Sammie (Kobe), and we dreamed of again having that smile in our family. Over the years, our hearts were broken by unsavory breeders and opportunities missed. When we met Yvette, we knew we met a kindred spirit. When she made it possible for us to bring…

KEIKO (FKA ELSA)

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

We are so lucky that we had the opportunity to adopt this beautiful Samoyed. My husband knew there was something special about this dog when we met her at her foster’s house for the first time.  She had only been in the USA for a couple of days.  Although quite skittish upon meeting us, within…

DYLAN

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

After searching rescues all over the US for over a year and being told repeatedly that unless I had someone to do a home visit, even though I had many Samoyed Club members who would verify for me that our family was a good one to take in an adopted Samoyed,they would not let me adopt. …

KATIE

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

Katie was brought into our lives by Yvette last summer 2014. She was a owner turn in at the Tucson shelter. Yvette knew I was looking for another Samoyed, but couldn’t find one in Arizona. She found out that Katie was turned in and contacted me, I told her absolutely. We got in the car…

TASHA (FKA KASHA)

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

In March 2012 we were returning from Alaska after having enjoyed the start of the Iditarod sled dog race. Our flight took us through Salt Lake City. A few days before I had received an email from Yvette saying that a 3 ½ month old Sammy puppy was up for sale and adoption and would…

WHITNEY

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

I first saw Whitney in a photo from Korea with another larger Samoyed on Facebook. I told Yvette I would take one. This was back in the very beginning (about two and a half years ago). She was named Lilac and is the very first Korean dog to come to the US through Yvette’s YNot…

BUDDY

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

Buddy was found by Yvette in a shelter in Arizona. He was first fostered by the wonderful rescuer, Kim Handsaker and her family. After she got him through Desert Tick fever and mammary cancer, he moved to California for us to foster. We became fast foster failures.Buddy’s favorite hobby is sleeping, he also likes walks and…

MIA

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

Our beautiful Mia, adopted through Yvette and her organization, YNotSaveASam, truly rescued us.  We had lost our wonderful Sammie after 13 years of unconditional love.  Our hearts were broken.  It was March and we told Yvette we would probably be ready to add a Sammie to our home in the fall.  Thankfully she didn’t pay…

SHADOW and IGGY

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

Meet Shadow and Iggy, the two newest members of the Whitworth Family. We first laid eyes on them when Yvette sent me pictures of two dogs in the Ulsan Pound in South Korea. They had both been there for over four months in tiny little cages and didn’t have much time left before being euthanized.…

SUNNY (FKA SONGI)

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

Sunny (Songi) came from Ynot Save a Sam Rescue and is doing extremely well.  Fred’s (her new master) Vet was extremely impressed with the thorough paperwork that came with Songi from Korea. Fred and Gizmo (Sunny’s new “boyfriend”) just love her.  She loves them and her big back yard to play in. She enjoys ‘dog parties’ and BBQ’s with…

GHOST (FKA BOBO)

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

Ghost came from a horrible situation in South Korea. His first stop was on landing in the US was to a vet in California where he had 2 teeth pulled. He then flew to Chicago on Christmas Eve and was picked up by the CER rescue. They called me New Year’s Eve and asked if…

KAMEO (FKA KAMEY)

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

From Survivor to Thriver– Yvette had already committed to sponsoring & flying a full group of Samoyeds to the USA when a dedicated South Korean Lady dog rescuer pleaded for a very sweet but badly injured Samoyed mixed dog to be a last minute addition so she would not end up sent to the butcher…

DAKOTA

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

I have had the joy of having Samoyeds most of my adult life.  I fell in love with the breed years before I had one, for their beauty and that incredible “Sammy smile.” And then later with my first Sammy Misty, fell in love with her incredible demeanor and the unconditional love and kindness she possessed.…

KENZIE

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

…when Yvette asked if I could foster a Korean rescue that had just arrived in California for a few days I said sure…  in the back of my mind I knew once she got as far as my house I’d probably never be able to let her go…  and even though I faked it for…

KANIN

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

I began my search for what would be my 4th Samoyed.  I was open to finding a puppy or a younger dog to bring into my family.  My last Sam, Yukon, passed away in 2012 at the age of 11.  Being newly divorced and on my own, I was lonely. I really wanted a Samoyed.  I…

KONA (FKA BLAZE)

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

We are so happy that we adopted Kona from YNotSaveaSam Rescue!  In spite of a poor beginning in life, he is one of the most loving Sams I have ever had.  He fit into my family and has re-energized my older dogs.  Kona came from Wyoming and was only about 6 months old when we…

TREK

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

A former live-in boyfriend had two Samoyeds, which is how I fell in love with the breed.  After he moved out, my house was so empty that I knew that it was time for me to get my own.  I ran into a gal in town (Bend, Oregon) who told me about Yvette and her…

GUSTY

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

He was the bundle of energy that you promised. I wanted a dog to pull me on my scooter and on my skis, he certainly was more than willing to do that. He filled out a lot once we’d had him for a while, and I liked to joke that we had adopted a tongue…

KUMA, KILI and LUCKY

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

I’m sure that everyone has heard the saying, “When God closes a door, He opens a window.”  This is exactly what happened for us last year.  Sadly, we lost our Samoyed Kai to brain cancer.  Although devastated, we were put into contact with Yvette and the story goes from there.  We  adopted not one but…

SISSY

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

It wasn’t long after meeting Sissy for the first time that we knew she was going to have a permanent place in our hearts and in our home! After meeting Sissy and her wonderful foster mom at the dog park, we requested a home visit to see how our current puppy, 3 year old Great…

LUCA

By ynotasam@gmail.com | September 22, 2021

After adopting my first Samoyed, Pippa (and falling head over heels in love!) I started doing research so that I could find another one to join my family.  It was not that easy.  I did not want to go to a breeder when I knew so many dogs are euthanized every year.  The lovely person we…

SOJU

By turnkeywp | August 15, 2020

          It’s crazy to think she’s only been with us a year, but she’s fit in since day 1 and I’m sure that’s rare. She’s one of the best decisions we’ve ever made and we’d do it all over again. She’s been so great with our kids and she’s very protective…

LOGAN

By turnkeywp | June 4, 2020

Aspen’s vet wanted me to put him on canned crap and after arguing, I told him there’s nothing in that can, that I can’t make myself, without the added crap. He didn’t say anything for a few seconds and then said,,,,,,,,,,,,”I agree”. The vet gave Aspen 1 year WITH lacted ringers (not sure I have…

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