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Looking Back at 2014

See the many faces of those dogs who were chosen to join new families throughout 2014. The dogs came to us from many different situations. Many came with broken bodies or hearts that needed mending and with loving care from the volunteers, they were each prepared for their second chance.

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Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue Inc.

Why Volunteer? Why Not!

Volunteers are the very heart and soul of NCCR.  Without everyone’s efforts we would not be able to care for 200-300 dogs each year.  Each month we feature one of our great volunteers and this month it is Lynn Marie Schroeder.  If you have a few hours a week to spare, come and join the great team at NCCR! Your contribution of time can make a huge impact of the lives of the dogs in the care of NCCR.  Fill out a volunteer application today!     Volunteer Application

IM000837.JPGI have always been an animal lover, and knew there was a soul behind their eyes. Compassion for every stray I saw, and wanting to shelter and give them love. The chance came to do just that about 8 years ago when I visited NCCR with my mom as she wanted to adopt a friend. From the moment I walked into the building, the feeling of love, compassion, friendship & common goal drew me to apply to volunteer. I started out with a 2 day morning shift of feed,water,walk,play,love.I had to scale back a bit and help with events and sponsorships, but always found time to enter each kennel and love up a furbaby. Nothing is more beautiful to see that scared,confused dog crawl into your lap, trying to trust again in a human. I have fostered over the years, litters of puppies ( I love puppy breath)  terrified puppy mill dogs, abused dogs and dogs dropped off because they aren’t wanted any longer. Watching their transformation into happy, playful, smiling, devoted creatures is wonderful for my soul, not to mention theirs.
Then there is the friendships of my fellow rescuers. We keep each other going when it gets rough, laugh at ourselves and our charges, and share our devotion to help these amazing creatures. I treasure these wonderful people I consider my friends. LM


When people learn that I volunteer, I hear the same old ” I could never do that I would bring them all home”  That was me,I thought that way…but that changed when I held my first little terrified furbaby, I knew I was making a difference in their lives without bringing them all home. And this is why I volunteer.


NCCF Grant

NCCF Grant

NCCR is very pleased to announce that we recently received a Community Grant in the amount of $2500 from the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (NCCF).  This grant will enable us to purchase a new computer and software programs that are focused specifically to the needs of an animal shelter organization.    We very much appreciate the Foundation accepting our grant proposal and recognizing how important daily record keeping can be as part of our work at the shelter.

Pictured are volunteer Kristine Newman, NCCF Board member Helen Baran and volunteer Gwen Papania.   Kristine and Gwen were presented the check by Helen at the recent NCCF Grants Recipient’s Open House.    Thank you again Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation!

Our thanks..

Our thanks.. Bob Evans who recently donated 15% of their September 26th sales (from all who presented the Bob Evans Flyer when they dined at the Vineyard Drive restaurant) to NCCR. Thank you also to all who dined out that day! We could not care for the number of dogs that we do each year without assistance from so many others.

Pancake Breakfast Success!

Pancake Breakfast Success!

Our thanks to all the attendees and donators; Westfield Methodist Church, Welch’s, Tom & Georgie Timmerman, Arkwright Printing, Kimberly Smith, Dennis & Sandy Lutes and all of the volunteers who lent a hand!


Mark your calendars for a delicious spaghetti dinner fundraiser to be held on November 8th.  Details will be posted soon.

Why Volunteer? Why Not!

Volunteers are the very heart and soul of NCCR.  Without everyone’s efforts we would not be able to care for 200-300 dogs each year.  Each month we feature one of our great volunteers and this month it is Dana Baker.  If you have a few hours a week to spare, come and join the great team at NCCR!

“I became a volunteer for Northern Chautauqua Rescue because of my compassion for dogs.  Dana2As a young child I had bonded with every dog I ever came across.  It seemed that all the strays in town knew exactly where I lived.  And if one should happen to need a place to stay, food, or even a sore spot treated, I was there to provide it for them. I had accidentally come upon NCCR when they resided in an old pole barn where NCCR first began.  I was looking for a missing dog for a friend of mine. That’s when I met the founders of NCCR, Jann Balsano and Brenda Luce, and saw all the wonderful things they were doing for the many homeless, abused and surrendered dogs.  I knew immediately that this was my calling.  And so it began… The many hours of helping these poor pups that were in need of the love, compassion and companionship that we were able to give them, was very fulfilling.  I knew from the first day that I looked into their empty eyes, that I could not just turn my back and walk away from them.  They needed me.  They needed us.  And never a day went by that I regretted the hard work that was involved.  Because at the end of each day, I knew I helped save these poor helpless pups that would never have survived without us.  It made me feel complete.  To this day, I still help NCCR out in many ways.  I started my own boarding kennels so that I still had the day to day contact with my furry friends and I always keep a kennel or two opened for a rescue in need.

If you have even just a few hours a week to give, you will find caring for these dogs in need to be a very rewarding experience.”

Dana served as Co-Director, Dog Control Officer for Westfield/Ripley and NCCR Board Member for many years. In addition to providing foster care for dogs or puppies when needed, she owns and operates Creekside Boarding located on Minton Road in Westfield.


Canned Food Drive!

food fundraiserNCCR was recently thrilled to receive the  news that Dave Schmeh of Final Communications  Computer Repair and Service on Central Avenue in Silver Creek had organized a canned food drive in support of the shelter.  He put an ad in a local paper as well as numerous posts on his Facebook page asking all his friends and customers to  donate canned dog food.   Canned food is one of those  big expenses the shelter can’t always afford to spend money on.   Dave collected over 500 cans of food for us, plus treats, detergent and dog toys!  He is pictured here with the newest addition to his household, little Lexi, along with just some of the donations he collected.  Dave and Lisa Smith adopted Lexi earlier this month from NCCR.   We thank Dave, his friends and the customers of Final Communications for their overwhelming support and        generosity. The dogs all add their “woofs” too!

Wheatley, Whitney, Wembley & Waldo have all found homes!

Wheatley, Whitney, Wembley & Waldo have all found homes!

Whether human or animal, life starts in all different places and varying social classes. For some, there is a warm wonderful setting, excitement and a life ahead filled with joy and love. A hospital setting with all the comforts of home, family waiting to welcome a new life, gentle hands immediately holding a tiny infant, or for a puppy, in some cases, it’s a whelping box, with warm lights, fuzzy blankets, heating pads and a family right by their side to cuddle with that little ball of fur.

  All too often the opposite happens, as in the case of these four little pups. They were born in a house with no heat, no electric, and no one to pick them up and play with them. Momma fed them the best that she could but they spent their first 11 weeks in a crate under a bed. They were fed once a day as they got older. Puppies need to be given worm medicine starting at a very young age and of course these kids did not receive it and between that and a poor diet their little tummies became bigger and bigger until they looked ready to explode. Their bed was also the potty area as well as where they played.  When they arrived at NCCR, they were completely caked in their own feces.

A nice warm bath, a bowl of food, worm medicine and a very large place with toys to play with and these four little unwanted puppies are as happy as can be. They love attention and they love to be held and loved. So from a very bad beginning to a safe haven is a start but now they are looking for that special someone that will make them feel wanted for the rest of their lives. Do you have room in your home and in your heart for a pup that needs to forget the past and become your best friend? Did I mention that they are very cute??

A “Major” Change *UPDATE* Major has been adopted!

A “Major” Change *UPDATE* Major has been adopted!

Dogs depend on humans for their food, water, medical care, companionship and love. One should not take on the responsibility of a pet if they are unable or unwilling to provide for their dog’s basic needs.

This is his story.

He got into the garbage. They put him in the basement. They stopped feeding him.

Major skinny

He is now in foster care. They do feed him, play with him, love him. He is thriving.

He is lucky. He was rescued.

Major foster family

Major is a 3 yr. old Tennessee Walker mix. He is wonderful people of all ages and other dogs. He would be perfect for that person or family that isn’t gone for long hours as he loves to be by your side.  Give us a call at 326-PAWS if you’d like to meet him!

Our heartfelt thank you to Major’s rescuers and his foster families.