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We are thankful!

Shelby - CopyAll the shelter dogs past and present, big and small, young and old would like to thank everyone for their donations over the past year.  There will always be dogs and puppies waiting for good homes, and your donations help feed them, keep them warm and pay for all their veterinary bills.  If you volunteer they thank you for their walks and playtime, cuddles and pats on the head, kind words and loving touches.   If you adopt or tell others to adopt then you’ve helped make a home for a very lucky dog and in turn made a space at the shelter for another dog to get a second chance.  We would not be able to do what we do without your help.  We all are grateful!

NCCR is located at 7540 N. Gale St. in Westfield and is open Monday-Saturday from 1-3pm (closed Christmas and New Year’s Day) or by appointment  by calling (716)326-7297.



Sammi recently passed her two year anniversary at NCCR. Many of you know her story and if not you can read about her here:  She has come a long way during her stay, but she would benefit greatly from the one on one attention that a person or family could give her.  Sammi loves her daily walks and she keeps her kennel very neat. If  you have the time, patience (and a fenced yard), she just might be the one for you!  Sammi has seen hundreds of dogs come and go during her stay, maybe it will be her turn this holiday season?

We welcome you to stop in and get to know Sammi. We are open Monday through Saturday from 1-3 p.m. or  call 326-7297 and make an appointment to visit her.

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NCCR Newsletter

NCCR Newsletter

It has been another very busy year at NCCR.  Learn more about what NCCR does in our latest newsletter.

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Stop, Shop, Sponsor or Donate!!

Do you need a gift for the petlover in your life?  We have a nice selection of sweatshirts, long and short sleeve t-shirts, hats, fleece pet blankets, handmade jewelry, magnets and more!  The prices are reasonable and the proceeds benefit the dogs, a win/win situation! Here is the link to see some of the items that are available

Or if you’d like to sponsor a dog or donate items or even cash, check out some of the options Here is a list of needed items or more suggestions at


We are so thankful for your support!



Why Volunteer? Why Not!

Volunteers are the heart of the NCCR team. They generously give their time each week to care for the many dogs that arrive on our doorstep. We welcome volunteers that have a love for dogs and would like to join the NCCR team!  A training class is required and offered each month to prepare volunteers to begin hands on work with the dogs.  If you are interested, send us an email ( or stop in during open hours (Mon-Sat, 1-3 p.m.)


Janie WillieThis month we feature Janie Raynor, another wonderful volunteer that NCCR has been so fortunate to have on our team for the past seven years. Her assistance has been invaluable in so many areas of the Rescue over the years.”Growing up, my family always had a stray dog living in our house; almost always a big black dog. I started my married life with a black lab and eventually two at a time to keep each other company while I worked. When one passed in April of 2011, I went to NCCR to meet a lab named Preston and adopted him. At that time, I observed a very clean, well run shelter where the dogs seemed comfortable on their raised beds with soft blankets and they were excited to see people come in. After that visit I knew that I wanted to volunteer there and spend my time with the dogs.A few months later when I fully retired in September of 2011, I immediately began volunteering on the day shift. In April of 2012, I started the evening shift and continue to do so presently. During this time, in addition to doing shelter chores, I make adoption follow-up calls, puppy spay-neuter checks, schedule Safety Training for new volunteer applicants, update the volunteer listing, set up and attend events, rabies immunization clinics, etc. There is so much to do at the shelter and we need many volunteers to help with the care of the dogs. It is a heartwarming experience seeing the dogs have things they probably never had before and watching them come out of their shell and loving life. When trying to recruit volunteers, I’m often told “I couldn’t do that” and my response always is “Why not? Try it, you’ll like it.”

“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.” (author unknown).



NCCR’s 1st Annual Walk & Wag

NCCR’s 1st Annual Walk & Wag

Even though the forecast for rain looked pretty certain all week, the sun arrived just in time NCCR’s 1st Annual Walk & Wag at Lake Erie State Park! Thank you to everyone who attended, all of the dogs were well behaved and we hope that everyone had a good time! A special thank you to the Park for allowing us to hold the event there.

Here are a few photos of some of the participants.

2018 Animal Rabies Immunization Clinics

2018 Animal Rabies Immunization Clinics




Saturday November 3, 2018

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Firemen Training Grounds

240 Harrison St, Jamestown, NY

(between Foote Ave. & Winsor St.)


Vaccinations will be provided free of charge to all dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets three months of age and older. All pets must be on a leash or in a cage and pet owners should bring rabies vaccination records for each animal that will be receiving a shot to ensure proper and effective vaccination.

New York State Public Health Law requires each dog, cat and domesticated ferret over the age of four months be vaccinated against rabies and county residents are encouraged to be responsible pet owners by having their pets vaccinated.

Rabies is a very serious disease of warm-blooded animals caused by a virus. Raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes are the common disease carriers. The virus is transmitted to humans and animals through saliva and it can enter the body from a bite, scratch, scrape or open cut. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system and can cause brain swelling and ultimately death within days of the onset of symptoms.

For more information about the clinics and rabies in general, click here or contact the Division of Public Health at (716) 753-4481.


2018 Dog-gone Good Yard Sale

2018 Dog-gone Good Yard Sale

IMG_2030On Friday morning, opening day of the Sixth Annual Dog-gone Good Yard Sale, we were met with a long line of shoppers waiting to see what was available! Thank you to all who donated and shopped;  this is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we certainly couldn’t have had such success without the assistance of so many generous people.   A huge thank you also to our wonderful dedicated volunteers who spent countless hours organizing and tagging all of the items and being on site for the sale days.

It turns out that this was our best year yet! The proceeds from this event enable NCCR to continue caring for the large number of dogs in need that enter the Rescue each year. Our heartfelt thank you for all who participated!

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2018 Deli Dog Day

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Unlike last year when it rained, it was a beautiful, very warm weather day for Deli Day at the Old Corner Deli. Pepper was our ambassador and he was so calm and well mannered (Pepper has been adopted!).



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A former NCCR resident stopped in to say hi. Taylor, renamed Abbey was adopted in May and her family thinks she’s great! We were happy to hear from others who talked with us that they had rescue dogs.





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Thank you to everyone that came to the event and to Joyce Lewallen, who welcomed us on her premises to hold this event for the 3rd year and gift certificate for the raffle basket.The winning raffle ticket was drawn by Joyce and the basket was won by Sandy Lutes. Proceeds are being used to purchase a new supply of durable toys for the shelter dogs.