December Update

December Update

Hi Everyone and Happy December!

We thank all of you out there that continue to support us, through fundraisers, donations and of course adopting one of the dogs or pups that enter our shelter.  We have had over 240 adoptions so far this year!

We have a group of very dedicated volunteers who keep us going day in and day out. It takes many hours each week to complete the tasks that are to be done.  We are always looking for more volunteers if you have 3 hours a week to spare.

sammi faceThis year has brought in some unique situations. Sammi arrived over a year ago, a feral frightened stray dog; two days later she delivered 8 puppies.  The pups have all gone to homes but Sammi still continues to make her home at the shelter.  Her goal for Christmas would be to live with someone that is patient and willing to help her become their best friend.


Little Dolly and Pixie arrived in the spring when their human mom dolly pixie santa-sbecame ill and had to move where she could not take them with her.  They are a Mother and Daughter duo who are so bonded that there is no way we will separate them. A home for Christmas would be a dream come true for these two. We don’t give up on these duos that come to us every now and then and we will keep them until a home is found.


We often see many wonderful transformations at NCCR.  Grizz, an English Bullog mix, is just one example. He came to us from a cruelty case, basically a rack of bones and heart worm positive when he arrived.  He has been treated, loved and has turned into a very happy healthy fellow who just left with his new family.

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Our stories go on and on, from young to old, from abused and starved to very sick; we take them in.

Keeping up with shelter repairs and the addition of things to make life safer and better for the dogs is a continuing process. We finished the isolation room which has proven to be a blessing as we have been able to use that for dogs that really needed to be away from the general population. We have put a roof over the back door so the dogs can shelter when they are ready to come in.  Grants through Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, the Bertha Hamilton and Kenneth Scott Foundations and the wonderful donations from the community have helped make these things possible.  We always have a wish list of projects that we would like to start if we have the funds.

Unfortunately, expenses are many, and we rely on donations to keep the lights and heat on and the vets paid.  It seems like we always have our hands out for help, but the dogs count on us, and so we continue to ask.  If you have someone on your list that has everything and you don’t know what to give them, you could sponsor a dog in their name for only $10/month; we’ll even take care of sending a card to them.   We have had several children that chose to have their birthday gifts go to the dogs and so that is another possibility for Christmas. We also have attached a list below of things that we use on a daily basis, and we are currently collecting clean, not crushed, returnable bottles and cans. Or stop by and do some Christmas shopping at our small gift store!  We still have a few 2018 calendars highlighting current and past NCCR dogs (

At this time, all of us at NCCR would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all of you for your continued support. There will always be more dogs than there are homes for, but NCCR will continue to help all that we can. We will continue to get them back on their feet, to love them until they learn to trust and to get them into homes that will take care of them for the rest of their lives.

From NCCR to your house, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with health and happiness!

The NCCR Executive Director

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7540 N. Gale St. Westfield, NY 14787      716-326-7297     Open Mon-Sat 1-3pm or by appt.      Open House December 16 Noon-3pm.

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