About CCNE

Canine Commitment of New England has been a 501c3 non-profit since December, 2010. We have two locations that are licensed shelter facilities in the state of NH. In Manchester, Melissa houses pups in her home while awaiting adoption. In New Boston, the pups have their own building on Ross’ property. Between the two locations, and a wonderful group of volunteers that help us care for the dogs, advertise the dogs, and process applications, Canine Commitment is saving hundreds of lives each year – and we continue to grow each year!

Our dogs primarily are advertised on Facebook and Petfinder. We adopt dogs throughout the New England area. We rescue all sizes, shapes, breed mixes, and degrees of fluffiness in our rescue. Unlike most rescues in our area, we do not adopt dogs sight-unseen! Our dogs are not posted on Petfinder until they are here in NH and available to meet prior to committing to adopt. We encourage you and the members of your household to meet a pup before deciding if it is the right fit for you!

Our Rescue Team

Ross Norwood

RossNorwoodRoss grew up primarily in Texas, and attended the University of Texas in Austin where she graduated with an honors interdisciplinary liberal arts degree. Professionally, she spent her career in marketing and PR in both Austin, Texas, and Boston, Massachusetts. She became a stay-at-home mother in March of 2003 with the birth of her first daughter, Jamison. Annelise followed in November of 2006. In 2008 Ross and her family adopted a dog through Canine Commitment in Maine, where she met the director and told her “if you ever need someone to pick up a dog or anything, you should give me a call.” The rest is history. Ross and her family eventually moved from their home in Bedford, NH, to a home in New Boston on 22 acres, where the rescue pups could have their own building. Ross raises her two daughters with her husband, Scott Setzler, while managing the day-to-day activities of Canine Commitment. As a full-on ADD sufferer, Ross’ favorite saying is: Rescue is a lot of things, but it is never, ever boring. She has not been bored one day since starting this rescue journey. It provides the highest highs and lowest lows, but she knows she could never go back to not being a part, no matter how small, of a solution to our country’s overpopulation and killing. In the future, Ross hopes to work on educational programs to help teach children that animals deserve our respect and kindness. Perhaps, if we start with kids, we can all achieve a day where there will be no more dogs killed in our country for lack of a home.

Melissa Le Clerc

MelissaLeClercWhen asked why she is involved with rescue, Melissa’s first answer is “I’m crazy.” Rescue does that to you, but crazy or not Melissa is wonderful at rescue and has found homes for hundreds of dogs.

Raised in southern New Hampshire, Melissa always has had a big heart for animals. She and her wife own three Chihuahuas and one foster failure, the super smiley Etta terrier terror. Outside of work, they have dedicated their lives to rescuing dogs and puppies of all breeds and sizes, and matching them with wonderful families. When not caring for the fosters in their home, Melissa is busy at the computer fielding questions and applications, taking dogs to the vet, and finding the next lucky pups to come into Canine Commitment.
Outside of rescue, Melissa is a passionate traveler who enjoys planning vacations to new parts of the world and attends many, many concerts.