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NCCR provides update, at 148 adoptions in 2016

September 8, 2016
Westfield Republican

Hello everyone!

We are finally enjoying a bit of more comfortable weather! That's great news for the shelter because it has been HOT and HUMID in there and the dogs (and people!) have not been comfortable. At some point in the future NCCR would like to raise the funds to insulate the building better and perhaps install air conditioning, but that will be a future endeavor. We did install a window air conditioning unit in the puppy room; that room was so hot for the moms and pups that it was starting to affect their health. We could tell pretty quickly how much better it made them feel! Otherwise, we made do in the main shelter with a number of stand fans which at least helped to circulate the air more.

The shelter had their 4th Annual Doggone Good Yard Sale the end of July and it was a great success! Thank you so much if you donated items to us or shopped at the event. We had so much to sell that we even needed another tent and expanded the sales area. Over $6000 was raised, and that will go a long way to helping take care of the dogs. We paid it forward too by donating unsold things such as books to local libraries, children's items to the Family Court system, and all other things went to the Westfield Stray Cat Rescue and Rural Ministry.

Our next event will be at the Fredonia Farm Festival August 26-28, held at the Barker Commons in Fredonia. We will be in a different spot from previous years, but walk around, you are sure to find us. If you've been thinking of volunteering or adopting it's a great chance to talk to other volunteers as well as to look at the adoption book to see what dogs are currently available. From big to small, we have them all! We will also have a number of items for sale and some really great raffle baskets too. So take a few minutes, stop by and chat; you can easily make some new two legged friends and hopefully four legged ones too :-)

Shelter hours have just expanded to include Saturday; the shelter is now open Monday to Saturday from 1-3pm or by calling 326-7297 to make an appointment for another time. We hope that by adding the Saturday hours we will make it easier for more people to stop by and check out the dogs. The shelter is located at 7540 N. Gale St. in Westfield; most of the available dogs can be seen online at Dogs can change frequently; if there is one you are interested in don't hesitate-put in your application as soon as possible!

Have you wondered about how you can help the dogs?

We are always looking for volunteers to work shifts, help at events, even just do yard work. Haven't got the time to volunteer? How about helping financially and donating your empty nickel deposit cans and bottles. Several of the local redemption centers such as Get Your Nickel Back in Fredonia, Don's Car Wash in Lakewood and Farm Fresh Variety Store Bottle & Can Redemption in Jamestown will even take your returns and send us the money!

Another painless way is by shopping via Amazon Smile and designating Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue as your charity of choice. Amazon donates .5% of your purchases (at no additional cost to you!) to the charity you've chosen. Every penny counts!

Lastly, but most importantly, how about adding a new canine member to your family? We are at 148 adoptions so far this year! That's terrific news, and if you were one of those lucky people, congratulations! Here are two dogs currently looking for their forever homes:

Both dogs are about a little over a year old; Wrangler is a neutered male mix of something and Luna is a spayed female who we believe to be a Basenji mix due to her curly tail, ear set and coat colors. Both dogs are very people friendly and obviously dog friendly too! So if you already have a dog and are looking to add another one to your home, either of these might be a good choice to look at more closely!



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