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A new name, a new home, a new life for Heaven!

Ivy (formerly Heaven)

We took a very pregnant Heaven in from an Ohio shelter where her future was uncertain. The pups arrived (10 of them!) shortly after she settled in at NCCR and when they were old enough, they went to their new homes, but there was little interest in Heaven; she was just waiting for the home that she now has!

From her family: “She has fit in very well. She’s super sweet and craves affection. She likes to sit on the porch and watch the ducks and geese in the pond. She really bonded with our younger dog Gotham. She’s also fine with all the farm animals. We have free range chickens, ducks, geese, guinea fowl. She’s also met several of our horses and she showed a lot of interest in them. She has no problem sleeping; she snores sometimes, lol. We love her very much. I wish we could read her mind and knew what she’s thinking. She seems super happy waging her tail.  Btw, thank you for saving her. She’s very special.”

Heaven, now Ivy was adopted April 8, 2020.

Open Hours Change

NCCR’s daily open hours have been temporarily suspended until further notice, but this does not mean that you can’t still adopt! We have many wonderful dogs waiting to be chosen but we need our volunteers and staff to stay healthy to care for them. So how can you adopt? First, view the all the dogs at If you find a dog or two that interest you, just complete an application (under each dog’s photo). Applications will be processed as usual and visitation will be arranged for approved applicants. Do you have questions? Call 716/326-PAWS or send an email to It’s important to stay safe and be vigilant about your health and those around you. Together we can all make a difference. We look forward to being able to resume our daily open hours as soon as possible!

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!

Free Rabies Immunization Clinic-will be rescheduled, check back for a new date.

Fredonia Farm Festival – August 21-23, 2020

PETPALOOZA   NYS Citizens Against Puppy Mills will be holding our 5th annual  Animal Adoption event Sunday, August 30,
from Noon – 4PM  at Hull House Farmstead 5976 Genesee St. Lancaster




“Why do they keep calling me Samara, all of us at the “mill” were only a number. I remember before I was loaded into a car and brought here from Ohio, I was in an outdoor kennel with others like me.  No one ever petted us or gave us any attention other than to take our puppies and swat us. When I first got here, they put my food into a silver container, I didn’t know that I was supposed to eat out of it so I waited until they dumped my food on the ground like I was used to. I now have the bowl thing figured out but so many things that are so scary, they keep trying to put these things around my neck, they call them leashes, I have decided that nothing good can come from them. If they get a leash on me, then what, and where would they take me? 

Relaxing on the porch of the heated dog house

I spent a long time in a fenced yard with a heated dog house  after I first arrived here, and I had other huskies that played with me, I was happy, but they would soon leave for some place called “home”. I never did see them again but soon I would have another friend. I sort of got used to my foster mom and would eat chicken out of her hand and we would play, I would run and have fun but she was always trying to get me to let her touch me, I was so good at staying just far enough away so she couldn’t. I learned to do that from the “mill” where they took my puppies. Their hands were not friendly hands and I soon learned that they are not to be trusted.  I learned how to dig out from under the fence and I decided to explore the world a bit.  I didn’t go to far and settled into a spot that was pretty nice but soon I was found,  I spent a week there and people were trying to catch me, it was pretty funny really and I had no intention of letting them near me.  I was well fed and visited daily and one day I decided that it was time to follow my foster mom home.  I now knew how to get out  of my yard and my foster mom told me that I needed to come to the shelter so that I wouldn’t leave again and maybe get hurt.  I don’t know why they continue to brush and pet me, and talk to me, but every day the people here, they call themselves volunteers,  spend time with me. So far I am able to act like I don’t really like it but I have to admit that I do look at them and wonder why they are not staying longer.  I have a roommate all the time and I really like that, I can howl pretty loud if they leave me alone. I’m not sure what life has in store for me, I know that I will never forget the abuse of the mill.  And noises, oh man, some of them scare me so bad, like gunshots, but I know all to well what they mean.  Thunder can be pretty scary too, because they sound like guns sometimes.

They tell me that I deserve to have a home of my own where someone will love me just as I am, I’m not sure if I can return that love but maybe I’m getting ahead of myself.  Maybe, just maybe, there is a special someone just for me.  I know after 3 years Sammi went to a home.  I’m not exactly sure what a home is but it must be a nice place as all the other kids that live here are waiting for their “home”. So many memories, I wish I could forget them but I know how lucky I am to have got a second chance away from the “mill”. I just know that there are hundreds like me that never get that chance. Could my second chance be with you?”

Let us know if you’d like to meet Samara, just call 716/326-PAWS. A home with another dog would be the ideal situation for her. An application is on her webpage:

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

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)

Christmas shop

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).

If you have any questions, please let us know. (