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Canine Commitment of New England has been a 501c3 non-profit since December, 2010. We have one location that is a licensed shelter facility in the state of NH. In New Boston, the pups have their own building on Ross’ property. With the help of 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!

  • Ross Norwood
    Ross Norwood

    Ross 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.

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