Knox (formerly Nugget, adopted from NCCR as a 2 ½ months old puppy) arrived at NCCR on 12/1/22, returned due to being too rough with his owner. He is a neutered male Golden Retriever/ German Shepherd mix, around 6 months old. Knox is reportedly very friendly with other dogs, loves people, and enjoys playing with toys. He had been spending much of his time in a crate at home, and was not getting the activity or enrichment he needed. Knox exhibited arousal biting (overly strong, rough mouthing and play-biting due to over-excitement or anxiety & frustration) toward his owner in the home setting, but was well-behaved and friendly in all other settings and with all other people. He requires a family that can provide him with a significant amount of daily exercise, play time, training, and enrichment to keep both his body and his mind busy and happy. The right family for Knox should be willing to provide consistent structure and strong leadership so that Knox feels confident and comfortable with his routine, and secure within his place in the household dynamic.

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 immediately 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.  Completing an application does not commit you to adopt, but please be sure that you are serious about adopting and have the time and patience to raise a puppy before you apply.

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.

Knox is kindly sponsored by Suzanne and former NCCR residents, Tillie Mae and Bron Bron, Barb Smith in memory of Gary Smith, Dan Courtine in honor of Amy Peterson, David and Patricia Nye, Tina and James McCroskey, Melford Swanson and Craig Cassaday.

NYS Registration #RR028.