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The heat is arriving early it seems this year, but the dogs at the shelter are all well taken care of by their human helpers. We have an air conditioning unit in the isolation room and one in the puppy room to help cool those areas down and fans scattered throughout other areas. There aren’t any puppies in the puppy room currently, but there are adult dogs that certainly appreciate the extra cooling! Don’t forget about the safety of your own dogs. Several short nosed breeds have difficulty breathing in these hot temperatures; at the shelter, we make sure those ones have access to the a/c rooms. We also shorten walk times and yard times for their well being.

Covid-19 has really affected the shelter in many ways these past few months. On the down side, we had to cancel two big fundraisers, our annual pancake breakfast and what would have been our 7th annual Putts For Mutts Golf Tournament. The shelter has also closed the doors to visitors, except by approved appointment, and our weekly transports of dogs from overcrowded shelters to NCCR often could not be arranged. BUT, on the plus side, adoptions soared as people were home all the time to help welcome a new four legged companion into their home! The volunteers were often commenting on how empty the shelter seemed as dogs seemed to leave daily for new homes and new lives. The list of available dogs on the website was changing so fast! If you were one of those people who have adopted in the past few months we hope this time with your new friend has been fun, eye opening and just the start of a life long bond for you.

Luckily for the shelter, NY has eased their restrictions on certain events and that allows us to once again have our Annual Dog-Gone Good Yard Sale! If you’ve been to it before, you know what kind of bargains there are to be had. We pack the learning center, yards and at least two big tents full of kitchenware, sporting goods, furniture, jewelry, antiques, toys, holiday items, linens, lawn and garden equipment, lamps, knickknacks, and many other items.

Your support helps some of the current dogs like Cassie Marie, Phoebe and Miley Girl pictured below.

We need to make this a super successful fundraiser since we weren’t able to hold our other events these past few months. Have you been decluttering your home, garage or barn these past few months? Unfortunately we can’t take books, clothes, mattresses, tvs, electronics, car seats, cribs or computers, but if you have some other good, clean, saleable items we are happy to take them off your hands to turn them into money for the dogs! We are accepting donations daily from 1-3pm through July 20th at the Learning Center at the shelter. We do require you to be masked for the benefit of the volunteers who will help you unload items.

Clear some space at your home, then mark your calendars and come back for the sale on July 24th and 25th from 9am-4pm to buy things to fill those empty spaces back up. We will be requiring masks at the sale and will be having social distancing requirements too, so please be patient as we work our way through all of this; remember, every penny goes to help take care of all the dogs and puppies that pass through our doors. We hope to see you there!

Stay safe and healthy and thank you!

NCCR Volunteer

NCCR is located at 7540 N. Gale St. in Westfield, NY, 14787 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. Follow/like us on Facebook or on Instagram @nccrdogs

Buy A Brick!

walkwayWe’ve recently added a beautiful brick walkway between our parking lot and our front door and you can now buy an engraved brick in memory or in honor of a pet or person for the walkway!  It’s also a great idea for a gift for the pet lover in your life.

Each brick is $50. Just complete the form below and choose submit. A confirmation message will be sent to you.  If you do not receive a confirmation message, please let us know.  Payment can be made through Paypal (the button is below).

If you prefer, click on this link, buy a brick for the dogs,  to print out the form. Mail the form along with your payment to:  NCCR, 7540 N. Gale Street, Westfield, NY  14787.  We accept payments made by check (payable to NCCR), cash or by Paypal (button is below).

If you have any questions, please let us know. (


2020 Yard Sale

If you have been home sorting through things during this “stay at home” time, perhaps you’ve found some saleable items that you would like to donate for NCCR’s Annual Yard Sale! Many or our usual fundraisers have been cancelled this spring so with your help, we are hopeful for a successful event!

We will happily start accepting saleable donations daily from 1-3 p.m. starting on July 1st. (A list of items we cannot take are above.)


Toby’s first adoption wasn’t successful, but it didn’t take him long to find just the right human for him! He gets to enjoy both city and country life now. “He is very good natured and is so affectionate. Toby’s good with other dogs, good with kids he sees, sits when asked to and is very trainable. Toby sleeps in crate at night; he likes it.  He goes in with his toys and in the morning brings them all out one by one! He’s so cute, everyone wants to pet him!”

Toby was adopted in May 2020.


Emma came from a puppy mill. She had no clue how to interact with humans, play with toys; everything was new and scary. Fast forward a year…. “Emma has come so far in this last year and has become a wonderful little companion. She loves to snuggle , go for walks and play together with her toys. Emma will approach other people and let them pet her; she also gets along well with other dogs. More than anything, she makes me happy and put a smile on my face everyday. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be her forever dog mom.”

Emma was adopted in June 2019.

Maggie (Fern) and Fudge

This bonded couple, likely mother and son, were brought to the shelter when their family moved. They are celebrating a year in their home! From their family, “They go for a long walk every morning, weather permitting.  Maggie walks with some mission in mind while Fudge prefers to take his time and enjoy the scenery.  They are still very much the bounded pair but have now included us in their family to be protected and loved – besides we give them TREATS!  Maggie is a fast eater and so has a special dish to help try to slow her down, while Fudge, yet again, prefers to take his sweet time with his meals.  Fudge likes to watch television and Maggie likes to sit in your lap and help you eat, whether you want the help or not.  Everyone needs a taste tester don’t they?  They both dislike the snow and the rain and so find that someone has to stand outside with them to prove that it is okay to be outside.  They have several sweaters and coats (who doesn’t like to dress up their family members!) and are very good about putting them on so must have worn in their previous home.

We are still learning about each other after a year, but they are a loving duo and a joyful addition to the family.  Thank you again for the wonderful work that you do.”

Maggie and Fudge were adopted in May, 2019.

Tucker (formerly Ian)

Ian came to NCCR at 5 months old from another shelter. From his family, “Ian is now named Tucker. He is so happy 😁 I’m his new 🏡 home. We are almost potty trained. He loves the peanut butter snacks that I made for his rewards. He takes naps in his crate every afternoon. He loves people and try’s to make friends with everyone he meets, and every pet that he meets. He wants to be friends with our cats. They, however don’t want to be his friend. Maggie goes to a high place and hisses at him if he comes to close. She is not afraid of him. Mitzie is afraid of her own shadow so she hides from him upstairs. We have been training him to walk next to us . He is very strong . He is part beagle and so he tracks with his nose and pulls to the left and to the right. He is learning. Then when we come home we let him run freely in the backyard. What joy he shows as he runs in circles toward us and all around the backyard and back to us. He brings that joy to us!”

Tucker was adopted in May 2020.

Sweet Molly

Eight year old Molly was left in an apartment when her family moved. Thankfully a concerned neighbor fed her through a window. She came to NCCR quite obese, but is now working on her weight with the help of her new Dad! “Molly’s doing quite well.  There have been no problems with eating, sleeping, etc.  I’m sure she would get on top of my bed if she could but for now she’s content in sleeping in her own bed next to mine.  We have had no “accidents” in the house.  We take frequent walks and there is plenty to sniff around here!  She has been to my regular vet and her diet is being monitored.  She gets along very well with any person she meets.  We have not had contact with any other pets but she is very interested in the chipmunks, particularly the ones who live in the stone pile.  She generally rests on the couch but she has also been known to take over my chair if I’m not on top of it. Thanks to everyone for helping us get together, and for all of the work you do!

Molly was adopted in May 2020.

Adoptions in May

Twenty-five lucky dogs found new homes during the month of May!

All about Zimmy-He’s been adopted!

All about Zimmy-He’s been adopted!

Zimmy, a Bichon, arrived from a breeder who kept him in a cage likely for his full 8 years and used him frequently for breeding. When Zimmy arrived he was not walking, would not look up at all and just curled into a ball when alone. In a kennel, he would poop and pee to make his new environment like what he was used to all those years of living in his own excrement. I had to bathe him to get off the stuck on feces and urine and to see what shape his skin was in. He was stiff and stoic during the entire bath. I used a cream rinse so I didn’t have to remove any of his hair and towel dried him. I did trim around his paws, his beard and cut his nails without a single protest. Skin was very fine and pink and his coat was thin. If you picked him up he was stiff as a metal rod but did not fight. He has never shown any signs of aggression and just stayed inside himself ignoring the world around him. Once placed into a larger play and sleep area he still stayed in one place. By the end of the first week he began to walk, pretty unsteady at first but got better as the days went on. His muscles were understandably weak.

By the second week he was getting pretty good at walking and was moved during the day to an outside play area with plenty of shade and water. Right away I noticed that he marked everything in his reach. If there were 3 toys he marked each separately and never seemed to stop marking any time he was moving! His water intake had been really low since his arrival and his urine extremely concentrated. We assumed he did not have water access at all times where he was living. The second week he looked up at me and later on that week wagged his tail. Still did not like to be petted or picked up but tolerated the carrying to get him from his outside play area to his inside sleep and play area. Still marking everything in his path and spending 70% of his time in one place curled up. Outside he has a 30×30 ft area to explore. He stopped doing his business right where he stayed and actually went to the farthest point of the yard to poop. Marking is constant when he is in motion.

Week 3 he was moving really well and could move away from me every time I went to pick him up or pet him. Introduced him to stairs which absolutely terrified him. Tried putting him on the second of a 3 step set only to have him fall off to the side. Tried the top step with my hand behind him and he finally got the idea. Starting to drink more water. He became much more relaxed when picked up and I took advantage of holding him to give him lots of petting and love.

Week 4 he started to get more and more aware of his surroundings and the other dogs. I let one of my dogs go into the 30×30 area with him. He took notice but was not interested in play or interaction.

Week 5 I found him still within the fenced area but by the backdoor which meant he went up the 3 wooden steps to the side deck on his own. I quietly went out onto the deck and to get away from me he slowly went down the steps and back to the main yard. He started looking up at me every time he saw me and getting up and moving around much more frequently. I noticed he did not hear me if I came up behind him but as soon as I came into sight, he got up and moved away. I checked his hearing and he has lost some but is not deaf. Could have been an untreated ear infection in his past.

Week 6 he learned to run! He looked like a free bird running and hopping from place to place with a look of sheer pleasure on his face. When I come up to him, he is less likely to move out of the way so I start by petting him before I pick him up. Leash training has been attempted since week 1 but absolutely a complete failure so far which is why I have to carry him so often. He has always eaten very well but slowly and not protective. Toys have not interested him from his first day but he checked out a hard bone chew. He will eat his flea, tick and heartworm medication without prompting.

Week 7 I started using a male wrap on him each night when inside just to control the marking issue. He never touched them and they were really full every morning. We were hoping this wrap would help and that neutering would help as well. So far 3 weeks past his neutering no change. To allow him to wander the house when I am present, he wears the wrap and is delighted to wander the rooms lifting his leg everywhere but thank goodness the wrap catches it all.

Currently he has a schedule of bedtime, mealtime, outdoor and indoor times. He is a happy boy but still would prefer no petting. He is starting to tolerate it more and a visitor petted him as he would have any of our dogs and he did not move away. 2 months now and he is starting to be more comfortable with his environment to the point where he needs his own family to bond to. He will need the wrap anytime he is in a home and we are hopeful that this might get better with time but he may always need this wrap. Otherwise he seems content. Still no tolerance for a leash. He does not mind dragging a light-weight leash around with him.

He deserves a family of his own who are willing to use the wraps and continue his progress in human acceptance. After those 8 years, he really is a different dog compared to the curled up ball of fur that arrived. He should continue his growth. With all he had to overcome, the progress in 2 months is really remarkable. So please consider adopting this special little guy (about 18 pounds) for life.

From his foster mom