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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 (adoptions@caninerescue.org) or stop in during open hours (Mon-Sat, 1-3 p.m.)

 
One of our long time wonderful volunteers is Charlie Fisher, who we are featuring this month.   Here is a little insight as to why he volunteers his time at NCCR.

Great Things About NCCR by Charles Fisher

Charlie & Murphy“My co-worker and friend, Elaine, had been volunteering at NCCR for years and had at one time mentioned the wonderful care their staff and volunteers provided to homeless puppies and dogs.  After suffering the loss of my closest family member and dearest friend Forrest, my golden retriever, I decided to stop and visit this shelter in the summer/fall of 2011.  Within a few days I started volunteering, first walking dogs which I believe not only they, but I also enjoyed.  By being and having adequate volunteers, it gives the dogs and puppies in the shelter more time and opportunity to interact with people, other dogs, and the outside environment.  I believe it makes the lives of the dogs and puppies at NCCR less stressful, more enjoyable, more diverse, and better prepares them for adoption.  What I really love about NCCR is that it is a no kill shelter which goes above and beyond to insure that every dog or puppy they get in is well cared for and loved.  I also am very pleased and very happy to see that they are able to adopt a lot of dogs and puppies each year.

 

In addition to having the benefit of feeling good about providing some comfort and interaction with the dogs and puppies at NCCR, volunteering there opens your eyes to the good that others in our communities are doing, i.e.  I am most appreciative of all staff members and volunteers at NCCR for all their contributions and efforts in improving and saving the lives of countless puppies and dogs and making this a better world.  Marcia, the current director of NCCR, excels in this regard, whether it involves/involved driving to Erie, PA day after day trying to catch a loose dog or the countless puppies and dogs she has taken home to nurse, care for, and pull through a potentially fatal illness or injury.

The staff and volunteers are all wonderful and interaction with some of them have changed my life, i.e  I first started working with Stephanie.  I was most impressed how easily she could get along with any dog, no matter how big or how frightened it was.  In talking with her I learned she was a vegetarian.  Not long afterward, I also adopted this practice and have yet to deviate from it, which hopefully improves my health.

Being involved with NCCR and the volunteers and staff have also been rewarding personally in other ways,  i.e. Jann, who I believe is the 1st founder of NCCR and an excellent photographer who takes pictures of all the dogs and puppies coming into the shelter, went to the trouble of taking numerous studio quality photographs of my dog Murphy and I on a very, very cold winter day- [these are pictures I will always cherish].  NCCR also provided Murphy the opportunity to have his picture taken with Santa Claus.

Thus, volunteering with NCCR will give an individual the opportunity to help dogs and puppies in need, feel good about helping out some of the less fortunate puppies and dogs in our country, open ones eyes to the good that is being done by others, and may possibly change your life in other ways.”

October Shelter News

Hello and happy fall to you!

This is an early October email as October has been designated by the ASPCA and the American Humane Association as National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. So think about it for your own family or spread the word at work or to your friends that NCCR has many great dogs available for just about any lifestyle! I’ve added a poster of the current dogs; things can change quickly though so if you see one you are interested in call 716-326-7297 or go online to www.caninerescue.org to fill out an application. The shelter is located at 7540 N. Gale St. in Westfield, NY and is open Monday-Saturday from 1-3pm or by appointment.

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Currently NCCR has adopted out over 200 dogs this year! We thank every person/family that has chosen to add one of our dogs to their home. We hope everything is going well and your new 4 legged friend has settled right in. Don’t forget, NCCR created and offers the HASDA program for new adoptions. The Helping A Shelter Dog Adjust program offers training tips and/or hands on training to new adopters to help their dog adjust to its new home. Many of these dogs arrive to us with little to no background information on them. Some dogs adjust easily to new situations, others can take a lot of time, training and effort, but in the end we often hear back how worthwhile it all was.

The shelter does have a great fundraiser coming up this month, the First Annual Walk and Wag on October 20th. Details can be found online at http://www.caninerescue.org/nccrs-1st-annual-walk-wag/ The first 100 walkers to sign up will receive a gift bag! Gather your friends and family and come on out for this fun event for the dogs. Walk by yourself or with a dog, whatever suits you.
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Open House is also Saturday October 20th from 1-3pm, so you can go for a nice walk at the park in the morning at the NCCR fundraiser and then stop by in the afternoon and see the dogs that are being cared for thanks to your donations. We’ve recently expanded our parking area and there should be plenty of space to park in now so people don’t need to park on the side of the road.

Thank you for your support. We could not help out all these dogs and puppies without it!

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(You’re receiving this email because you’ve either donated to us, adopted from us, are an animal related business or have given us your email at one of our many events. If you’d prefer not to receive these emails in the future, please just email us back with a note that you want to be removed, and you will be.)

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NCCR’s 1st Annual Walk & Wag

NCCR’s 1st Annual Walk & Wag

NCCR’s 1st Annual Walk & Wag will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Lake Erie State Park, 5838 Route 5, Brocton NY 14716.  (Canine companions welcome, but not required.) Walk & Wag is an approximately 2 mile walk on paved lanes around the beautiful park. The event will be held rain or shine. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m, paws on the ground at 11:00 a.m. Registration is at the picnic pavilion near the Parking Lot on the beach side of the park.

Cost: $20 per walker. The first 100 walkers will receive a gift bag! You can sign up by one of the following ways:

1.  Printing out the event form here: 2018 Walk and Wag form and forwarding it to Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue, 7540 N Gale St, Westfield NY 14787 along with your check payable to NCCR; or

2.  Checks or cash only accepted on the day of the event; or

          3. Completing the online form below and paying with paypal.

 


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All dogs participating must have current vaccinations, including rabies. Dogs must be on leash, and under control at all times. Clean up bags will be provided.

If you have any questions, call 716/326-7297 or send an email to adoptions@caninerescue.org.

Holiday Wishes Campaign

Holiday Wishes Campaign

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We have a chance at $100,000 in lifesaving funds, but we need your help!

The Petco Foundation, in partnership with Petco, will be granting more than $750,000 to animal welfare organizations like ours during their annual Holiday Wishes campaign.

Share your story of love!
The Petco Foundation wants to know all the ways, big and small, that the love of your adopted pet has changed your life for the better. Share your story, along with photos and/or video, illustrating how your pet brings more joy to your life each day. You could help us win a lifesaving grant and have the chance to win a Petco shopping spree for your pet, up to $1,000!

How to Participate:

Write your story of love in 500 words or less. Visit petcofoundation.org/holidaywishes to read prior year’s winning entries and get some inspiration!

Include one photo of your pet by him/herself, one photo of you or your family with your pet and up to two other photos to illustrate how your pet has changed your life. Pets must have been adopted from our organization, and they must be living to qualify.

Submit your story and photos to petcofoundation.org/holidaywishes by Monday, Oct. 1 at noon CST but hurry because only the first 10,000 stories are guaranteed to be reviewed.

Include our organization’s contact information so that we can be eligible for a grant award!

  1. Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue, Inc.
  2. Marcia Okerlund Director
  3. adoptions@caninerescue.org
  4. Phone: 716-326-7297
  5. Fed. ID#: 16-1578179

Marcia Okerlund – Director

Winners will be announced live in mid November on Petco Foundation’s Facebook page. Finalists will receive a Petco shopping spree (up to $1,000) and the organization they adopted from will receive a grant ranging from $5,000 up to $100,000!

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.

 

2018 Animal Rabies Immunization Clinics

2018 Animal Rabies Immunization Clinics

The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health has announced the following free rabies vaccination clinics in Chautauqua County:

    + Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Town of Ellicott Highway Garage on East Mosher Street in Falconer, N.Y. This clinic is sponsored by the Town of Ellicott and Dr. Mary Fales will be the attending veterinarian.

    + Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Town of Hanover Highway Department, 11966 Hanover Rd. in Silver Creek, N.Y. This clinic is sponsored by the Town of Hanover and the Village of Silver Creek. Dr. Katie Ball will be the attending veterinarian.

    + Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Town of Ellington Highway Garage on East Main Street in Ellington, N.Y. This clinic is sponsored by the Town of Ellington and Dr. Mary Fales 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.

 

2018 Putts for Mutts

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The 5th Annual Putts for Mutts was held last Saturday at the Pinehurst Golf Club in Westfield and fun was had by all! Thank you to all of the players and sponsors who contributed to the great success of this event!

Gold Sponsor:
Happy Hounds Hotel

Silver Sponsors:
Paula Bobik & Family
Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate
Larry Romance & Son
Shults Auto
Walmart Fredonia

Bronze Sponsors:
Arkwright Printing Company
Barber Construction
Barnes Green Houses
Donna & Wally Carnrite
Certo Brothers Distributors
Chautauqua Institution
Chautauqua Suites
DFT Communications
Evergreen Outfitters
Fredonia Beaver Club
Fredonia Massage Therapy
Great Tree Inn
Jack’s Barcelona Drive In
MWJ Tents
Nickel Plate Depot
The Okerlund Family
Olde Corner Deli
Ottaway’s Auto Body
Pinehurst Golf Club
Deb & Mark Puckhaber
Trish, Charlie & Angie Rexford
Shorewood Country Club
The Studio at Panterra
Subway of New Hampshire
Tammy’s Country Kitchen
Tom Rugani In Loving Memory of Chi Rugani
VFW Post 8647 Mayville
Village Veterinary Clinic
Westfield Moose
Westfield Nursery
Westfield Veterinary Hospital

301 Animals Immunized at Free Rabies Clinic in Westfield

The May 19th Rabies Clinic sponsored by NCCR and the Town of Westfield was a great success.  93 dogs and 208 cats were vaccinated.  This is up from last years clinic where a total of 222  (60 cats and 162 dogs) were vaccinated.

Vaccinations were provided free of charge to all dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets three months of age and older. 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, visit www.co.chautauqua.ny.us/243/Environmental-Health or contact the Division of Public Health at (716) 753-4481.

Pancake Breakfast Success!

Pancake Breakfast Success!

Thank you to everyone who came out to NCCR’s Annual Pancake Breakfast. A huge thank you to those who donated supplies to make the event possible; Big Rick’s One Stop, Brazil’s, Dennis & Sandy Lutes, Anne Moelk and Marcia Okerlund and of course the NCCR volunteers who did the cooking, serving and clean-up. We also had some great raffle baskets donated by Toni Naeser, Barb Kosierb & Lynn Gresham. We are so grateful for everyone’s support, over $1100 was raised and it’s all for the dogs!

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