About Us

Canine Commitment of New England (CCNE) is an all-breed canine rescue group. This fully volunteer based and run organization is dedicated to saving lives and finding forever homes for stray, abandoned and surrendered companion animals.

Our Mission

CCNE works to save adoptable puppies and dogs from southern, high-kill shelters, to provide a loving and caring temporary home, to acquire medical care, and eventually to rehome the animals in permanent homes.  CCNE educates all potential adopters about the horrific pet overpopulation problem in the US,
and works toward a future with no more homeless pets through altering of all CCNE dogs at an
appropriate age.

Meet the team

CCNE is made up of volunteers who work in coordination with experienced and devoted rescuers from Tennessee, Arkansas, and Georgia to help facilitate successful adoptions for dogs needing great homes in New England.

ROSS NORWOOD, President

Ross received her bachelor of arts degree in Plan II (an intensive, award-winning, interdisciplinary honors liberal arts program) from the University of Texas in Austin, then joined the not-for-profit Texas Beef Council as Director of International Marketing. She spent six years managing all aspects of the international marketing program, traveling to Latin America, Mexcio, Asia, as well as all over the United States. After marrying and moving to New Hampshire to be with her husband, Ross continued to work in marketing until the birth of her first daughter in 2003. Over the years, Ross' passion for animal welfare and rescue has led to various volunteer opportunities and in 2007 those efforts intensified as Ross began rescuing and fostering puppies and dogs from southern, high-kill states. Rescue truly is her passion and avocation, and she plans to work until she works herself out of a job: when there are no more homeless pets.


MELISSA M. ANGEL,
Board Member

Melissa was born and raised in Clarks Summit and Lake Winola Pennsylvania.  In 1998 she moved to Burlington Massachusetts and in 2000 moved to Bedford NH. After working at Fidelity Investments for 5 years as an analyst and project manager Melissa made the decision to become a stay at home mom to her twin boys Ben and Nick, along with furbabies Ranah and Harry.  Harry lost his battle with cancer in August 2008.  In October 2008 Bosco joined the family and the fun continued. For the past eight years Melissa has concentrated on her family and extensive volunteer work with numerous organizations and proud to be part of the Canine Commitment of New England family.


VALERIE LAPOINTE, Board Member

Valerie is a busy stay at home mother of 2 girls, Meghan, age 11 and Sarah, age 6.  She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in English.  Her work experience includes medical claims auditing, sales, and most recently administrative work for a local non-profit company.  When not busy with her family, she enjoys skiing, golfing and walking her two adopted dogs, Bruin and Sadie. 


SHANNON COOK , Board Member