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Here is a great way to help the NCCR raise funds for the dogs! 240 miles were walked in December and again in January and 2308 miles since we joined to benefit NCCR…great job everyone!  Want to join in the fun?  Just download the free app, choose Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue as the shelter to benefit and start walking, running or biking!  At the beginning of each month, a ResQpool is announced. In order to earn part of the pool for us, just hit start on the app and get moving!!     Have questions?  Here is some more information to get you started: 

Nip & Tuck Spay & Neuter Fund


Established as a lasting memorial for the late Jeanne and Bruce Steger of Fredonia, the Nip and Tuck Spay & Neuter Fund offers assistance to dog owners in Chautauqua County.


Sponsored by NCCR, the program hopes to reduce overpopulation and unplanned litters by making spay and neuter surgery affordable to those in need. Applicants must meet income guidelines to qualify for assistance.


Nip & Tuck Team: Fran Sliwinski, Kim Stewart, Barb Tompsett, LeeAnne Cogdill, BJ Swansfeger, Joan Leopold and Jackie Grant. Missing: Barbara Sam.


The passing of their good friend, Jeanne Steger, in 2013, led a group of dog enthusiasts to ask, “What can we do as a memorial for our friend and help dogs too?” Rather than make a one-time donation, the group decided to create the spay-neuter fund which would honor the Steger’s commitment to their community and their passion for animals.


The program is administered by NCCR, while the Nip and Tuck team actively promotes spay and neuter in the community and does fundraising to sustain the program.


For more information about the Nip and Tuck Spay & Neuter Fund, send email to or contact us at (716) 326-7297.

For a spay or neuter application click here: Nip Tuck Application.




man haters-smUpdate:   Max has been adopted, but Peaches is still waiting!!

Every now and then we get little dogs in that for some reason have personalities that do not fit into every home. Such is the case of Peaches and Max.  We have to assume that at some time in their lives they had a bad experience with men.  Peaches is a very cute pug mix that absolutely has no use for men, she is great with women and would be a really nice little companion as long as there were no men that came to the house, or could be put in another room if they did visit. Max, also a “man hater” can become extremely possessive of his owner and home so he would love a home with a single gal.  We know that he was dumped off, in terrible shape, so life has not been very good to him. It’s a tall order for this guy but with some work he could be a best friend for someone.

Yard Sale Success!

Our thanks to everyone from the hard working volunteers to all those who donated and shopped!   We are delighted to say that over $6,000 was raised this year!  All of the money raised is used directly for the care of the many dogs that we are able to help out each year…we couldn’t do this without the assistance of so many.



4th of July Parade

4th of July Parade

Volunteers accompanied by shelter residents and best buddies, “Wrangler” and “Merlin”,  participated in the 4th of July parade in Mayville! We took 3rd place! Click on the “read more” to see some photos from the event.

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Deli Day Success!

Deli Day Success!

Thank you to deli owner Joyce Lewallen and  everyone who came out to the Olde Corner Deli in Hartfield for Deli Dog Day on June 30th! Winners of the drawings were Jim Shuck and Ken Sortore.   Our wonderful Duke and Jameson came along for the adventure and to show everyone their wonderful personalities. These handsome boys are still patiently waiting for their forever homes!

Miles For Smiles-5K Run

Miles for Smiles 5K run for the dogs!

Here are a few photos from the event!

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Hanna Pets-adopt a pet program

Hanna Pets-adopt a pet program


Why volunteer? Why not!

Do you have a love for animals and have a few hours a week to spare?  Opportunities are available from hands on care, fundraising events, grant writing to foster care and so much more.  Your contribution of time can make a huge impact of the lives of the dogs in the care of NCCR.  Volunteers are the very heart and soul of NCCR and without everyone’s efforts we would not be able to care for 200-300 dogs that we do each year.Fill out a volunteer application today!     Volunteer Application

This month we are featuring two of our amazing volunteers, Steve and Linda Douglas. There is no job too big or too small for Steve and Linda and we are so grateful to have them on the NCCR team!

Turner and familyIn 2009¸ Steve and I were looking for a dog to adopt as a companion for our Princess, a Pomeranian/Corgi mix. We searched rescue websites, visited the Chautauqua County Humane Society, the Erie County SPCA and others, looking for just the right “small” dog. I saw a Rottweiler, Turner, on the Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue website that stuck in my mind. Over and over I returned to the website to look at him. Steve reminded me that we were looking for a small dog. I just couldn’t get Turner out of my mind. I decided to go to NCCR to meet him. That meeting and several more changed our lives. Turner became a part of our family shortly after.

What I saw at NCCR really struck me. Everyone that I met and talked to there was so kind and caring. It was obvious that they cared about each and every dog and wanted the right homes for each of them. The kennels were all clean and were individualized to meet the particular dog’s needs and likes. All had kuranda beds; some had hard toys; some had stuffed toys, some had a blanket; some had more than one.

I sent regular updates to NCCR on Turner’s progress and new life. Sadly, Turner was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and that news was shared with NCCR.The support from everyone at NCCR meant so much to us. We lost Turner to cancer in October of 2011. Sympathy cards came from NCCR that touched our hearts.

steve-sAfter losing Turner, we wanted to give back to NCCR by volunteering our time. We began working the Friday night shift and still are now. We also help at events, such as spaghetti dinners, the Fredonia Farm Festival, Tractor Supply pet events, Westfield rabies clinics and other events promoting and benefiting the dogs of NCCR. Steve has worn a dog costume in the Mayville parade and at Trunk or Treat in Jamestown this past Halloween. We have fostered, too. Every time a dog is adopted, we know that we’ve been a part of helping that dog and it’s a good feeling.

In 2012, we learned of rescue transports. Groups/teams of drivers all across the country drive “legs” of relay teams, transporting dogs from kill shelters to rescues, foster homes and even to forever homes. We became a part of many of these teams and drive almost every weekend. Sometimes we drive one dog; sometimes we drive several. Our transports average 50 miles. We meet other drivers who hand off dogs to us, then drive those dogs to a meeting place where we hand them off to the next drivers. We are helping to save lives of dogs that otherwise may have been lost.

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Through NCCR and transporting, we have met many new friends and are a part of changing the lives of many, many dogs. It all started with Turner!

~Linda Douglas

We’ve found homes!

NCCR is celebrating sixteen years of “Helping Dogs Adopt a Human”! The dogs who arrive at NCCR come from many different situations but they all have one thing in common….they need a temporary home where their needs are met and they find that at NCCR. See who the lucky dogs are that have already found homes in 2016!

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