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NCCR Calendar Winners!

NCCR Calendar Winners!

Dog of the Month winners for the NCCR 2020 Calendar were randomly drawn by volunteers.  We only planned on drawing 12 dogs, but 15 years were represented so two dogs will share the spotlight for some of the months! We will be in touch with the winners soon to arrange for photos to be taken. All other submitted photos will be included in the calendar.

Thank you to everyone for participating and for sharing your lives with a former NCCR “resident”.

2020 Dogs of the month

2019 Yard Sale

2019 Yard Sale

We want to extend our thank you to all who donated and shopped at the Yard Sale this year, making it another successful fundraiser.  It is our largest fundraiser held every July and we are grateful for everyone’s assistance so that we may continue to help the many dogs that need us throughout the year.

It also would not be possible without the many volunteers who spend countless hours, sorting, organizing and preparing all of the donations for the sale in an effort to make the sale an easy shopping experience!

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Foster Homes Needed (for puppy mill dogs)

Foster Homes Needed (for puppy mill dogs)

Thousands of puppy mill dogs live in terrible inhumane conditions.  They are bred over an over again until they are no longer useful.  These adult dogs, along with young dogs (no longer those cute little puppies) that didn’t have a buyer,  are  frequently killed.  The Puppy Mill Rescue Team, in coordination with two veterinary clinics,  has arranged for these cast offs to be surrendered to the clinics where they receive any necessary medical treatment. Once that is complete the dogs are given to approved Rescues for continuing care and rehoming. When NCCR has foster homes available, we have been been able to take in a few of these puppy mill dogs, but we are in need of more foster families.

Puppy mill dogs need time to make the transition from often unsanitary conditions in overcrowded cages, to life with a person or family in a real home. Some dogs adjust in days, others can take longer. NCCR supplies the food, vetting and anything that is needed for basic care. If you have the time and patience and want to help prepare a puppy mill dog for his or her forever home, just fill out the application to foster (at the link below) and we will be in touch!…/19IXJlXWb2hSmpAJqwysD6DZOGzt…/

emmas arrivalEmma was a recent puppy mill intake.  To give you an idea of what fostering a mill dog is like, this is from Emma’s foster mom.  “When the call comes out for a foster for a puppy mill dog,  you can’t help but wonder what kind of shape it will be in, but you jump in with both feet because they need you. These dogs are often filthy with urine soaked fur, overgrown nails, etc. so a much needed bath is usually step one.  Slowly and carefully you come down to their level with a soft voice and touch and try to make that first connection to let them know it’s going to be alright.

I welcomed Emma to my home on April 4th. “Ems” as she affectionately became known, had all the usual puppy mill idiosyncrasies. Most prominent,  the fear of touch and sound, engaging “lawn ornament” status with each touch. We had to work on housebreaking issues which took about 3 weeks. Understanding, patience and time brought Emma out of her shell; she began to trust! My resident dogs helped immensely in her transformation. Emma loved the outdoors, this is where her inner dog came out! Scampering around and playing with me and my furgirls.

Emma outside comfortable EmmaThe first time they approach you to explore you is a breakthrough. Then as days progress, they begin to come out of their shell wanting to see the world around them; their discovery of toys, the feeling of their body finally relaxing as they sit next to you.  The transformation may take weeks or months, but it is the most beautiful thing to be a part of. You, yourself can say job well done, but the bigger picture is how you have made a difference and changed one scarred/traumatized dog’s stars.  On June 7th,  Emma went to her wonderful furever home.”

From Emma’s new mom:  “Emma and I are doing great and making slow, steady strides each day. She is eating well, sleeping well and has been able to stay on her own without any issues. She
plays well with her toys and loves to run around in her big yard. I just  love having her here with me and look forward to each day . Thank you so much for helping me find my forever friend. Foster mom, Lynn Marie, has also been so wonderful through this whole experience.”

Here is Emma in her forever home.
Adopted Emma Emma at home“It takes a special person to adopt a mill dog, to continue their journey. Yet so worth it, the bond is unbelievable.”


We currently have a couple puppy mill dogs in foster care that will be available soon.  One is this beautiful Husky, read more about her and the Puppy Mill Rescue Team here:…/nccrs-husky-makes-her-o…/…
Would you like to help the “Emma’s” in need?  If you have any questions about fostering, please don’t hesitate to call (716-326-7297) or send an email to  We would love to be able to help more dogs.

2019 Deli Dog Day

2019 Deli Dog Day

It was a perfect weather day and despite the road work right in front of the deli,  people maneuvered around and arrived at the deli for their lunch and were most generous with their donations!  Chippy, who is waiting for a home,  was a great ambassador, so calm and receptive to all of the attention. The winning ticket for the raffle was drawn by the Corner Deli owner, Joyce, for the “Celebrate Our Colors – Red, White & Blue” hamper  which was won by Sheila Hammond. Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase toys to keep the dogs busy and active while in our care.

A big THANK YOU to Joyce LeWallen, the owner of Olde Corner Deli, who has welcomed us to her premises with dogs for the last 4 years and to all who came to the event!

 Sandi Sheila Roxie and Joyce Selling tixkets Shelia Roxie Chippy

Making a Difference

No matter your age, you can make a difference! These nice young ladies  had a lemonade stand over memorial weekend (held Friday, Sunday & Monday) as a fundraiser for NCCR dogs. It was  solely manned by the three: Rylan (age 9), and her two friends Khloey (age 9), and Reagan  (age 8). They came to NCCR’s Learning Center, accompanied by NCCR resident dog, Elroy, to deliver the $50.00 made from their sale to purchase dog chews/toys. What a wonderful way to help the dogs while they wait for homes…thank you!!

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  Rylan’s family adopted Annie (formerly Zoey) from NCCR in February.

Zoey now Annie

7th Annual Yard Sale-Donations Needed!

It’s that time of year about for NCCR’s Annual Yard Sale!  We will start taking donations beginning July 1st, daily between 1 & 3 p.m.   Beginning July 20th through the 24th, donations are accepted anytime.  Wednesday, July 24th will be the last day to bring in donations.

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Please note that we cannot accept books, clothing, electronics, televisions or mattresses, but we do appreciate all other donations that are in good working order!

Everything that is left over after the sale is distributed to several Chautauqua County non-profit organizations.

6th Annual Putts For Mutts

6th Annual Putts For Mutts

NCCR’s 6th Annual Putts for Mutts Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 1st brought out so many wonderful golfers, donors, and community sponsors! We had a fabulous turnout and despite a couple of weather delays, a great time was had by all!  Along with being co-sponsored by Happy Hounds Hotel, cheers to our extra special sponsors.  Thanks to all for making this fundraiser a huge success!

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Dog Days of Kenmore

Volunteers and Ivy recently attended Dog Days of Kenmore. Nearly every breed of dog imaginable was there. Dogs in strollers, dogs in hats protecting their eyes from the bright sun, dogs wearing outfits for their outing. It was heartwarming to see the love and pride so many people felt for their dogs and the dogs for their people. A former NCCR dog, Elsa, stopped by to visit with her family.

Ivy, who has since been adopted, was a perfect ambassador for NCCR!


Ivy meets great dane Ivy

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed

Linda Mickey sWould you like to volunteer at NCCR? The next volunteer safety training session will be held on June 29th at 11 a.m. at the Rescue. Please complete the volunteer application found by following this link and forward it on to us: and we will let you know when the next volunteer training session is. While on that page, read about some of the volunteers and why they give their time to the dogs!

Please share the training information with any interested friends, family, or co-workers; new volunteers are always welcome!

Lost and Found

If you have lost or found a pet, please first check with your local dog or animal control officer to see if the pet has been reported lost or if you have lost your pet the officer may have been contacted by the person who found your pet.  Click here for the Dog & Animal Control officers.  Please also check with the local veterinarians, shelters and one of the best resources in our area, the Facebook page “Chautauqua Missing Pet Alert”.