Ernie is a charmer and buried inside of him is the sweetest, gentlest guy you will ever meet.  Ernie’s prior home was in West Virginia, where he was never socialized.  He arrived in town as a very scared boy, afraid of all new things and people but never showed any signs of aggression.  Ernie has been though a lot since he got here,  he was a fence jumper with a curious nature and ended up playing with a porcupine, and collecting some quills in his nose in the process, then he managed to get his paw caught in a trap but was fortunately able to break free and get back to his foster. At this time, with the help of sedatives we were able to catch him.  Ernie has learned that a gentle hand is nice and playing with other dogs is wonderful.  If you are looking for a true blue buddy and are willing to spend some extra time making it happen,  Ernie just may be the one for you. We would suggest a few visits before taking him home so that he can get used to you.

If you think you might be interested in adopting, your first step should be to complete an  Adoption Application.  *After you have completed your application, you will get a confirmation that we have received your application. It takes a lot of time to process the applications, so we ask for your patience while we do so. If you see that the dog you were interested in has been adopted it means there were many applications for that dog and we did not get as far as processing your application before a home was found. We welcome you to apply again if you see another dog that interests you.   If you have a question, please email your question to It is much easier and quicker for us to respond by email as we receive many phone calls each day.

We do adopt out of state, however we do not transport or ship dogs. Potential adopter must be able and willing to travel to the Rescue to meet the dog they are interested in.

*PLEASE double check all of the phone numbers that you provide as if they are incorrect, we will be unable to process your application. Please also let your references know that someone from NCCR will be calling them. Most adoption team members call from their personal phone so advise your references that there may be an unknown number or a private number calling them.

Ernie is sponsored by Robert Tipton, Sandra Pavlock, Jill Reese, Elaine Tschari and Ron and Brenda Johnson, Lucinda Gelsmino, Randy and Debby Ruhland and Will and Cindy Hepfer in memory of Skye and Rosa McDonald. Thank you everyone!

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