Category: “General”

Love is in the air at NCCR!

Happy Valentine’s Day Week!

Are you looking for a 4 legged Valentine to keep you company?

life is better banner3 of these dogs are surprisingly still available. Noelle is a 5 year old spayed female Shepherd who loves going for walks. Heaven is a spayed 6 year old dog who has paired up well with several different shelter dogs as well as been an excellent representative at off site events. She could be a perfect couch potato, and she also LOVES belly rubs and interacts well with people of all ages. Christie is a young spayed female who aged out from a puppy mill. She’s a happy girl who will benefit from some training and someone who can work with her energy level.

This Saturday the 15th is Open House from 1-3pm at the shelter.   You can stop in, check out all the great dogs, make a donation or just look at the facilities and talk to the volunteers about helping.  Volunteers need to be over 18 years of age and can fill out the volunteer application located here

The shelter has recently had several stray dogs arrive.  Sometimes we are lucky and are able to reunite a dog via social media, but many times the dog’s people are never located.  A microchip certainly aids in a pet recovery; recently we read that a Chicago dog was reunited after 8 years due to the microchip that it had!  If possible, please have your pet microchipped.  All dogs adopted from NCCR are already chipped.

Tired of all the mud on your dog?  Need to give it a bath?  Our local Tractor Supply at 21 Nichols Avenue in Westfield has 2 pet washing stations! More details can be found here:

As part of the President’s Day Winter Festival in Mayville this weekend there is a Pet Parade Saturday the 15th at 3pm at Lakeside Park. All leashed pets are welcome! There will be prizes; the event is sponsored by North Shore Specialties and chqdogs.


Do you have young children aged 8-13? They might be interested in an event the Patterson Library in Westfield is putting on the 21st at the Library; several of the NCCR dogs will be participating!






As always, we have a number of wonderful dogs hoping that they will meet their special Valentine this week; stop in and talk to the volunteers about them. They can help match you to a dog that would meet your lifestyle, home situation and activity level.


Thank you for your support!
NCCR Volunteer

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. Follow/like us on Facebook or on Instagram @nccrdogs

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events
We hope that you will join us for the upcoming events.
See the detailed list by clicking on the “read more” tab.

It’s all about the dogs!


Open House: Saturday, February 15th from 1-3 p.m.

Read to a Dog Day at Patterson Library. Friday, February 21st.

read-to-dogs-day-flyer_origFredonia Farm Festival – August 21-23, 2020



What breed am I?

Ken now BentleyIt’s often a guessing game when puppies arrive at the Rescue as to their breeds.   The mom to Bentley here (formerly Ken) looked like a Carolina Dog (beautiful Penny who was featured in our 2020 calendar). And then the puppies had cute little boxer muzzles…well, here are the results!

Bentley’s family writes: “He’s doing great by the way.  Loves his big “sister” and enjoys being king of the house!”

Bentley was adopted in May 2019.


Freckles squareFreckles came to NCCR from an overcrowded shelter; he was adopted quickly, but returned a couple months later as he became overly protective of his “mom”.  Happily, he was readopted, and he’s still working on his people skills.  He gets along great with his “sister” Emma, even steals her little bed! His family says: “Freckles is so fast. We have a good time outside keeps me moving . He also ♥️ going for rides in the big semi. He’s learning to catch, lie down, off (the furniture) and so much more. ❣️”

Freckles was readopted in December 2019.

Little Pippa

Harper PippaHarper, now Pippa arrived at NCCR with her mom and siblings when she was 7 weeks old.  From her family: I’ve attached a few pictures of Pippa for your website. One picture is of Pippa and her “big sister” Rosie. They are getting along great! When we brought Pippa home, she would sit and fall asleep on your shoulder! She’s gotten a little bigger, but still thinks she can sit on my shoulder! Pippa is a wonderful dog and we are so happy we decided to adopt her!

Pippa was adopted in October 2019.


Chad now smokey squareSmokey (formerly Chad) was adopted in September of 2019.   He is now six months old and weighs 35 pounds!

Basil Trees for Charities

Basils donations

Thank you to Basil’s and to everyone who donated to NCCR during the Trees for Charities event! The cash donations were matched by Basil, what a  generous gift to NCCR!

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.

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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.

thumbnail_ofcaoncjchkfmcpeNCCR Volunteer

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.


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)

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