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Chesney squareChesney and his 6 siblings arrived at NCCR when they were just 8 weeks old. Their mom was a purebred English Setter, father was unknown.

This handsome fellow was adopted in 2018.  His “mom” is a runner and Chesney runs with her when she’s training. His family thinks he’s a great dog and they love him to pieces!

Jack (formerly Larry)

LarryLovable Larry arrived at NCCR on 11/16/18, along with his siblings, Moe and Carly. We are told the dogs were given to an Amish family, most likely for breeding purposes.
Larry, now named Jack! was adopted on December 15th.  His family tells us, “Jack has settled in well. He is happy all the time and gets along well with kids and other adults. Our 13-year old lab Shadow tolerates him but Jack wishes she was more playful. He and our 3-year-old grandson wear each other out. Jack loves walks and is happiest when he is in a room with us. He loves  to chew on his elk horn or chase his green squeaky ball.
Overall he seems to have adjusted well! Thank you for helping us find a home for him!


Tucker collageTucker was rescued from a puppy mill where he had lived for all of his 7 years.    He was adopted in September 2019 by a family who came quite a distance to adopt him.  His family writes shortly after his adoption, “We are in love!! These are Tucker‘s new brothers, Oliver and Baron.  He’ll
always be Tucker, and we are learning so much about Malamutes.  I think Tucker would adjust anywhere, he’s quite amiable.”  In December we received this message: ” Merry Christmas from our lovebug Tucker!! We are all so in love with him!” And we couldn’t be happier for Tucker!


Nelly collage

Nelly was adopted in early December 2019.  From her family: “Nelly is doing great! She LOVES to play outside in her pen with our daughter. She tolerated many people over at our house for a birthday party her 1st weekend home! She is great with our daughter and just wants to say “hi” to everyone who comes over. She rides well in the car,  taking trips to Petsmart but gets overly excited/overwhelmed by everything in the store.The only negative is she has some separation anxiety or boredom when alone, but other than that, she’s great!”

End of Year Shelter News!

It has been a wonderful month at the shelter for us and for one dog in particular.  Sammi has gone home!  Sammi, who arrived in 2016 as a pregnant,  almost feral dog had been with us more than 1170 days (3+ years), and finally found what we all hope to be her perfect forever home.   You can read about Sammi here:    Many, many tears were shed by the volunteers and shelter staff over this news.  Sammi had become a shelter favorite of all those who took care of her, socialized her and helped her become the best dog she could be while at NCCR.   We all wish her the very best in her new home.

sam1To add to the good news for 2019 we have increased the number of dogs and pups we can handle due to our expanded foster program. This allowed us to save more puppy mill “cast offs” and take in more local strays from the surrounding area. As a result we have had more than 300 adoptions this year.

The Executive Director of the shelter makes up a holiday poem every few years, and did so again earlier this month before several of the dogs named were adopted.  If you are on the mailing list, you probably have seen this already, but it is worth repeating:

8.504 x 10.9848.504 x 10.984At this point in time little Miss Molly is still hoping for her “furever” home; she greeted me with kisses and cuddles when I was at the shelter today.

Molly banner


All of us, staff, volunteers, dogs and puppies, thank you for your support.  We literally could not do it without your help, be it a donation, an adoption or a simple FB share of one of the NCCR posts that allows others to see what we do.

Have a wonderful holiday, and know that the dogs in our care will be warm, fed, safe and loved.

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NCCR is located at 7540 N. Gale St. in Westfield, NY and is open Monday-Saturday from 1-3pm or by appointment by calling 716-326-PAWS.  Many of the dogs can be seen online at  NCCR is a New York State Registered Rescue, RR028, and is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Instagram @nccrdogs

2020 Rabies Clinics

2020 Rabies Clinics

Free Rabies Immunization Clinic.

SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2020 

from 10:00AM TO 12:00 NOON 

at the Town Barn on Chestnut St., Westfield.  

This clinic is sponsored by NCCR and the Town of Westfield. Dr. Katie Ball will be the attending veterinarian.

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.


Ridgley (Josiah)

Ridgley was one of the many “Digger Dozen” litter. His family says: “Ridgley is thriving! He is growing (over 20 lbs. now), very happy and about 80% housetrained….tough time of year for that. He wants to play with Jasper the cat but Jasper is still not ready.  Ridgley loves to sit on the couch; he is a member of the family now. Thanks so much!”

Ridgley was adopted mid November 2019.

Stop and Shop!

Wondering what gift to give to your family member or friend who loves dogs?  We have a variety of items to choose from: shirts, jewelry, memorial or honorarium bricks for the new walkway, hats and much more!  The Rescue is open Monday through Saturday from 1-3 p.m.  Proceeds go to the dogs!  (See more items here:  (the 2020 Calendars are sold out)

Christmas shop

We’ve been busy…

Stop at the Basil Fredonia showroom to see “Basil Trees for Charities” including NCCR’s tree of handmade ornaments featuring past and present NCCR residents. Donations can be left by the tree and Basil’s will be generously matching all monetary donations.  And if a new vehicle is on your Christmas list, you just might find what you are looking for!

Basil images

We recently attended the Grand Opening of Tractor Supply in Westfield and two of our residents, Ricky and Minnie attended in hopes of finding a home. As this is the “muddy season” you might be interested to know that there is a dog wash in the store.  Max and his family are testing it out on the opening day!

TS grand opening

In October, one of our volunteers and a couple “residents”  attended the Blessing of the Animals in Lily Dale.

Blessing of the Animals

In September we got out the train and dog costumes for the Grape Festival Parade in Silver Creek!

We are always looking for new volunteers, not just for caring for the dogs, but for events and outreach programs.  We have a wonderful group of volunteers and would love to have you join our team!  More info on volunteering here:

Grape festival

Luke (Josh)

This is Luke, formerly Josh of the Digger Dozen) . From his family, “He is a very patient and calm puppy. He loves to be held and cuddled! He plays with his older sister Twiggy all of the time. They love each other so much! He is an all around fantastic pup. Everyone who meets him falls in love with his big brown eyes! Thank you so much for letting us adopt this sweet guy!”

Luke was adopted in November 2019.