Category: “General”

We’ve been busy…

Stop at the Basil Fredonia showroom to see “Basil Trees for Charities” including NCCR’s tree of handmade ornaments featuring past and present NCCR residents. Donations can be left by the tree and Basil’s will be generously matching all monetary donations.  And if a new vehicle is on your Christmas list, you just might find what you are looking for!

Basil images

We recently attended the Grand Opening of Tractor Supply in Westfield and two of our residents, Ricky and Minnie attended in hopes of finding a home. As this is the “muddy season” you might be interested to know that there is a dog wash in the store.  Max and his family are testing it out on the opening day!

TS grand opening

In October, one of our volunteers and a couple “residents”  attended the Blessing of the Animals in Lily Dale.

Blessing of the Animals

In September we got out the train and dog costumes for the Grape Festival Parade in Silver Creek!

We are always looking for new volunteers, not just for caring for the dogs, but for events and outreach programs.  We have a wonderful group of volunteers and would love to have you join our team!  More info on volunteering here:

Grape festival

Buy A Brick!

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. Drop the form off at the Rescue or mail it to NCCR along with your payment. We are open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Our mailing address is:  NCCR, 7540 N. Gale Street, Westfield, NY  14787.  We accept payments made by check (payable to NCCR), cash or by Paypal (button is below).

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October Shelter Update!

It’s National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month!
Fall puppyHi there!

Lots of things to mention this month. Little Eden, pictured above, and her siblings were just listed on the NCCR website a few days ago. There are a number of other puppies shown there as well. Due to several extremely dedicated volunteers, the shelter has been able to increase the number of pups we have taken in this past year, either with their moms or as puppy mill cast offs. Don’t hesitate to get your application into the shelter if you see any one you might be interested in. Pups tend to go very quickly, and we often receive many apps for just one puppy.

If you think pups are too much work, we have a number of adult dogs on the website who would love to be adopted during the national Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! Many of them have lived in homes and are housetrained, like Sassy, Phoebe or Duke. Or check out Arthur’s videos (seen here who is probably housetrained, but needs a good pack leader to help him become the best adult dog he can be.

We have several fundraising efforts in the works:

brick walkway1) Buy a brick! The shelter just finished installing a brick walkway from the office to the parking lot. For only $50 you can have a brick engraved! Memorialize a beloved person or pet and know that your donation will help take care of pets in need. The engraved brick donation form has not yet been finalized, but the information will be on the website/FB page sometime this month. This would make a WONDERFUL Christmas gift for the dog lover who is tough to buy for!

2) Buy a calendar! If you read the last email, you might remember that NCCR was looking for shelter alumni to be calendar dogs for a 2020 calendar. Well, the winners were chosen and the calendar will be ready for sale next month. So watch the website and FB to see when you will have your opportunity to purchase one.

3) Bring in your nickel deposit soda cans and bottles to our Open House! October 19th will be the Shelter Open House from 1-3pm. It’s our anniversary! We will be celebrating 20 years of helping stray, orphaned and abandoned dogs find their “furever” loving homes. Come have some cake and punch with the volunteers; drop off a donation, meet the dogs or just come see where the magic happens! We will be holding a can drive that day, but if you can’t make it, feel free to drop off clean nickel deposit cans or bottles outside the shelter at any time.


4) We are always fortunate to having the community support us. Dee Wojcieszyn and Tracy Frost MacDonald are hosting a fundraiser A Cause For The Paws to benefit NCCR. The show will be at the Cassadaga American Legion post 1280, 228 Maple Avenue Cassadaga, this Saturday October 5th from 7-11pm featuring Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Inductee Terry Buchwald and his tribute to Elvis. These are the details according to their FB page:
As usual we will be having a Chinese Auction 50/50 drawing and a Door Prize. CASH BAR….Doors open @ 6pm Show starts @7pm. We will have a Dinner that consist Beef on Weck, with 3 sides Dessert is Cake and Ice Cream. Ticket Prices are Show only is $15.00 ~ with dinner.$23.00…. You will NOT be disappointed nor go away hungry .. For tickets call or text Dee and 716-595-2826 Please RSVP for dinner ASAP!!! You can have fun, listen to great music and support NCCR at the same time!

5) It’s time for the Annual Blessing of the Animals at Lily Dale by the Rev. Joanne Copley-Nigro. October 5th at 2pm at the Wolf Clan Stump Circle on Cleveland Avenue in front of the Assembly Hall. According to FB, the details for this event are as follows: People and pets who attend service will receive a healing ribbon for their pet, a prayer card and pet treat. With each donation a raffle ticket will be provided for a chance to win a pet themed gift basket. We ask that you bring a donation of pet food or a monetary love offering with proceeds to benefit Lakeshore Humane Society and Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue.
Pets must be on a leash or pet carrier and be people & pet friendly. Please be considerate of your pets needs, bring water and waste pick up bags for accidents. For your comfort we ask that you bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on, or umbrella in case of rain. If your pet can not attend you may bring a photo to honor your pet

Lastly, so far this year over 230 dogs and puppies have come to us and then found homes due to your support. We appreciate every adoption, every donation, every time you tell your friends to come to NCCR to look for their next dog. Stop by and check out the facilities and the dogs; we are always looking for dedicated volunteers who can help out a minimum of 3 hours a week. Right now we desperately need rotating help for our Saturday evening shift that usually runs from 6-9. An application can be found here (please note on it if you are looking to specifically help on Saturday night)

Hope to see you soon!
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. 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:  November 16th at NCCR 1-3 p.m.


Final Rabies Clinic, Saturday, November 9th in Jamestown

Final Rabies Clinic, Saturday, November 9th in Jamestown

The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health has announced the final free rabies vaccination clinic of 2019 is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Jamestown Fire Training Center, 240 Harrison St. in Jamestown, N.Y.

This clinic is sponsored by the City of Jamestown and Dr. Gregory Hoyt 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.


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!!

Zoey now Annie-lemonade stand and Elroy

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

Zoey now Annie