“I always wondered why someone doesn’t do something about that, then I realized I was that somebody”. **
We often hear, “I could never volunteer, it would be too hard to see the dogs in kennels, too sad to hear their stories, too hard to let them go, I just couldn’t do it”. Each month volunteers will share their story of why they volunteer with hopes of encouraging others to be that “somebody” who makes a difference in the lives of the homeless dogs that we care for by joining the NCCR team.
This month we feature Mike & Toni Naeser who so willingly give immeasurable hours of their time; from hands on care of the dogs to keeping the yard mowed in summer , the snow cleared in the winter and so much more in between. (Included in the photo is Dio, who is available for adoption.)
And just why do they volunteer? Toni says: “All of the volunteers at NCCR have found their way here by different paths. I think I have sheltering in my blood. I’ve been involved with shelters since I was 15 and started volunteering at the Humane Society in Syracuse. My first paid job was a few years later at the CNY SPCA. When I went away to college I borrowed a car to volunteer at the shelter they had in their city. Luckily Mike knew what he was getting into when we were married, and soon after we moved out here we became involved with the Lakeshore Humane Society. Several years later we moved to Westfield and started taking walks down Gale St. As we went past NCCR the friendly volunteers who were out walking the dogs would talk to us and suggested that we could take dogs on our walks too. One dog walk led to another and we quickly became quite involved with the shelter.
The great thing about volunteering is that there are many different things that need to be done. I can be doing cleaning and feeding, mike can be mowing lawns or plowing snow. There are opportunities to help out with office work, dog transports, vet visits, fostering, grooming, trips to Purina for donated food, construction….the needs are many, the rewards are great.
NCCR’s motto is helping dogs adopt a human, and occasionally that can take a long time. Some of the dogs need a lot of volunteer TLC to help socialize them on their path to their “fur ever” home. That is incredibly rewarding to be a part of. Knowing that you have literally saved a dog that was either lost, discarded or unwanted by its original owners and sent it on its way to a home where it will be loved is a heartwarming feeling.
The volunteers at the shelter are wonderfully caring people who donate a few hours to many hours every week to help out the dogs. Their reward can be a doggie kiss, a tail wag or puppy breath (you know you need to volunteer if you love puppy breath!) Every person can add something by helping. The greater the number of volunteers, the greater the number of dogs that can be helped. It’s simple math.
For the love of dogs.
That’s the bottom line really. That’s why we help.”
If you would like to join this great group of volunteers, give us a call at 326-PAWS or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(**Lily Tomlin quote)
A young, very pregnant, malnourished little dog, is left at a high kill shelter. The clock starts ticking the moment she arrives. The shelter is full and inevitably more dogs will be arriving. There is no room and choices have to be made. What chance does she have to survive, much less her puppies that would soon be arriving? Shelter staff all over our country have to make these heartbreaking decisions daily; pets losing their lives through no fault of their own.
For Trixie, luck was on her side. We had room to take her at NCCR. Enter Pilots N Paws, an amazing group of private pilots who save thousands of lives by transporting homeless pets to safety for people and organizations who rescue. (www.pilotsnpaws.org). Trixie and her daughters, who had now arrived, would be flying into Jamestown Airport, courtesy of Pilot Bill from Lancaster, OH. In spite of the dismal weather on Tuesday, October 22nd, Trixie and her family arrived safe and sound; thank you Bill!
Trixie and her daughters, Sunni, Snooks, Sophie & Sushi have settled into the new puppy room at NCCR and they will all be ready for adoption mid December.
While Trixie and family have a happy ending, so many others do not. If you are thinking of adding a pet to your family, please consider adopting from a Rescue or Shelter. Each pet that is adopted makes room for one more to be saved.
See a dog that interests you? Click here for the adoption-application1.
Need to know how to adopt from NCCR?
E-mail completed application to email@example.com or snail mail it to NCCR, 7540 N. Gale Street, Westfield, NY 14787.