Category: “General”


Hi there!

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.)


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.

Adoptions in May

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



You can help NCCR just by turning on the ResQwalk app when you are out for a walk, run, or biking even if you don’t have a dog! More information on how it works below from Best Friends website.


Is ResQwalk available for both iOS and Android?
Yes, ResQwalk is available for both iOS and Android.

Does it cost anything to use ResQwalk?
No. ResQwalk is free to use for both you and the animal welfare organizations we support.

How does it work?
Throughout the year, we’ll announce a ResQpool of cash and other resources provided by generous corporate sponsors. To help earn money for your favorite organization, simply download the app, select your favorite ResQwalk partner to support and press “Start.” We’ll also mix it up with monthly promotions that will enable you to earn additional resources for animals in need (like food, toys and treats). So keep your walking shoes ready!

Is ResQwalk limited to walking?
No. You can participate in any distance-related activity — walking, running or biking —that can be measured by GPS and involves a speed of less than 14 miles per hour.

Is there a limit to how many miles I can log each day?
Yes. There is a limit of 30 miles per day, which is just enough to run a marathon and take a walk to stretch out your muscles afterward.

How is the monthly ResQpool funded?
ResQpool is funded by some generous corporate sponsors, for whom we are very grateful!

How is the monthly ResQpool divided up among the ResQpartners?
Every quarter, the ResQpool is proportionally distributed to the ResQwalk partners based on miles walked on their behalf. For example, let’s say everyone using ResQpool walked a total of 1,000 miles in one month. Charity A logs in 800 miles and Charity B logs in 200 miles. For that month, Charity A will receive 80 percent of the ResQpool while Charity B will receive 20 percent.

Can my ResQwalk benefit multiple ResQpartners simultaneously?
You can follow multiple ResQwalk partners, but you can only ResQwalk for one at a time. However, you can change who you’re benefiting by selecting from the “Start ResQwalk” screen.

What if I don’t see my favorite animal welfare organization listed as a ResQpartner on the app?
If your favorite shelter or animal welfare group is not listed, be sure to let them know about ResQwalk and invite them to become a Best Friends Network partner.

How do I change to a new ResQpartner beneficiary?

You can change back to an eligible partner by going to the “Start Walk” screen, clicking on the rescue currently listed as receiving funds. This will bring up a page to allow you to search for other rescues. Search for a new rescue, click follow, then designate them on the Start Walk screen.

Is ResQwalk limited to shelters and other organizations that rescue animals?
Yes. In fact, ResQwalk is only open to registered 501(c)3 or charity animal welfare organizations that meet the qualifications to be a Best Friends Network partner.

How does the Goal feature work?
The app provides you with the option to create weekly distance goals based on your personal fitness objectives.

I would like to email someone at ResQwalk and ask a specific question. Is that possible?
Absolutely! Email and we’ll get back to you within one or two business days.

Be Like Murph

Be Like Murph

Little Murphy arrived at NCCR in January 2020, coming to us from an overcrowded shelter. He was quickly adopted and he and his dad want to help out NCCR as some of our fundraising events, like the annual golf event, “Putts for Mutts” and our “Pancake Breakfast” were cancelled due to the virus.

So here is their plan! “Murphy has turned out to be the greatest dog ever! Got him in January and we are having so much fun! So we want to give back to you guys with the Be Smart, Be like Murph challenge! Let’s have some laughs and fun! Post a pic of your dog with glasses or doing anything smart like Murphy to NCCR’s facebook page If you are able to, please make a donation to NCCR (link is posted below); every dollar helps!”

(If you don’t use facebook, just email your image to and we will share it!)

Murphy is following the stay safe orders for the covid 19 pandemic! So stay safe and Be Smart! BE LIKE MURPH! ”
If you would like to help out, you can make a donation with paypal using the “Donate” button below.

Or if you prefer, donations can be mailed to: NCCR, 7540 North Gale Street, Westfield, NY  14787.

All donations are greatly appreciated!

April Adopteds

April was a busy month for adoptions even though currently there are no open hours at the Rescue. Twenty-nine dogs set off to begin their new lives. With many families home, it is a great time to get a new companion settled into a home.

To see what dogs are available, just look under the Available Pets tab. If one interests you, please complete an application. Once your application is approved, a time for visitation is arranged. (We generally receive multiple applications for each dog, the little dogs usually are adopted quite quickly.)