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Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed

Would you like to volunteer at NCCR? Our next Safety Training for new volunteer applicants is SATURDAY, MARCH 9th, 10:45am at NCCR. Please complete the volunteer application found by following this link and forward it on to us: 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!

Sampson: A Lasting Legacy

Sampson: A Lasting Legacy

3 5 8 Productions has produced a short film with the help of filmmaker Ashley Baron on NCCR, focusing on the help we provide for dogs in need, some of the challenges we face and how the Sampson Fund enables us to care for the ill and injured dogs that arrive at NCCR each year. We hope you will take a few moments to watch the film here:

In addition to the film, Logan Alexander of 3 5 8 Productions, recently delivered their very generous donation of over $1500 from their sale of limited edition hoodies. Thank you to all who took part in making the film and to those who sold and purchased the hoodies. We could not help as many dogs as we do year after year without the support of so many community members!

February Shelter News

Happy February from all the shelter dogs!

Are you realizing that a 4 legged Valentine might be what your home needs this year? There is always a shelter dog who would love to be your furry Valentine!

Stop by Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue this week and show the dogs how much you care. Sure, they might bark for a bit at first, but that’s because they are so happy to see new people…people mean walks and treats and hopefully adoptions! Tell your friends, family and coworkers about all the dogs just waiting to be their Valentine. Put the poster up at your place of work if you’re allowed or around your town; free advertising and word of mouth helps tremendously to get the dogs adopted.

The shelter is located at 7540 N. Gale St. in Westfield, NY and is open Monday-Saturday from 1-3pm or by appointment by calling 716-326-7297. Many of the dogs can be seen online at

Saturday, February 16th is Open House from 1-3pm. Meet some of the volunteers who can tell you how you can help out at the shelter. It is great exercise, helps the dogs to socialize more and will make you feel better too.

Here are some of the current dogs that are available. Things can change quickly, so if you see one you are interested in, don’t hesitate to call or fill out an application online. There are always more dogs available than are shown; the Lab mix puppies are adorable and are sure to be quite popular!


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We are thankful!

Shelby - CopyAll the shelter dogs past and present, big and small, young and old would like to thank everyone for their donations over the past year.  There will always be dogs and puppies waiting for good homes, and your donations help feed them, keep them warm and pay for all their veterinary bills.  If you volunteer they thank you for their walks and playtime, cuddles and pats on the head, kind words and loving touches.   If you adopt or tell others to adopt then you’ve helped make a home for a very lucky dog and in turn made a space at the shelter for another dog to get a second chance.  We would not be able to do what we do without your help.  We all are grateful!

NCCR is located at 7540 N. Gale St. in Westfield and is open Monday-Saturday from 1-3pm (closed Christmas and New Year’s Day) or by appointment  by calling (716)326-7297.



Sammi recently passed her two year anniversary at NCCR. Many of you know her story and if not you can read about her here:  She has come a long way during her stay, but she would benefit greatly from the one on one attention that a person or family could give her.  Sammi loves her daily walks and she keeps her kennel very neat. If  you have the time, patience (and a fenced yard), she just might be the one for you!  Sammi has seen hundreds of dogs come and go during her stay, maybe it will be her turn this holiday season?

We welcome you to stop in and get to know Sammi. We are open Monday through Saturday from 1-3 p.m. or  call 326-7297 and make an appointment to visit her.

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NCCR Newsletter

NCCR Newsletter

It has been another very busy year at NCCR.  Learn more about what NCCR does in our latest newsletter.

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Stop, Shop, Sponsor or Donate!!

Do you need a gift for the petlover in your life?  We have a nice selection of sweatshirts, long and short sleeve t-shirts, hats, fleece pet blankets, handmade jewelry, magnets and more!  The prices are reasonable and the proceeds benefit the dogs, a win/win situation! Here is the link to see some of the items that are available

Or if you’d like to sponsor a dog or donate items or even cash, check out some of the options Here is a list of needed items or more suggestions at


We are so thankful for your support!



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


Janie WillieThis month we feature Janie Raynor, another wonderful volunteer that NCCR has been so fortunate to have on our team for the past seven years. Her assistance has been invaluable in so many areas of the Rescue over the years.”Growing up, my family always had a stray dog living in our house; almost always a big black dog. I started my married life with a black lab and eventually two at a time to keep each other company while I worked. When one passed in April of 2011, I went to NCCR to meet a lab named Preston and adopted him. At that time, I observed a very clean, well run shelter where the dogs seemed comfortable on their raised beds with soft blankets and they were excited to see people come in. After that visit I knew that I wanted to volunteer there and spend my time with the dogs.A few months later when I fully retired in September of 2011, I immediately began volunteering on the day shift. In April of 2012, I started the evening shift and continue to do so presently. During this time, in addition to doing shelter chores, I make adoption follow-up calls, puppy spay-neuter checks, schedule Safety Training for new volunteer applicants, update the volunteer listing, set up and attend events, rabies immunization clinics, etc. There is so much to do at the shelter and we need many volunteers to help with the care of the dogs. It is a heartwarming experience seeing the dogs have things they probably never had before and watching them come out of their shell and loving life. When trying to recruit volunteers, I’m often told “I couldn’t do that” and my response always is “Why not? Try it, you’ll like it.”

“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.” (author unknown).



NCCR’s 1st Annual Walk & Wag

NCCR’s 1st Annual Walk & Wag

Even though the forecast for rain looked pretty certain all week, the sun arrived just in time NCCR’s 1st Annual Walk & Wag at Lake Erie State Park! Thank you to everyone who attended, all of the dogs were well behaved and we hope that everyone had a good time! A special thank you to the Park for allowing us to hold the event there.

Here are a few photos of some of the participants.