BIG DOG RANCH RESCUE INC

Rating: 4.96 stars   47 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 10948 Acme Road Wellington FL 33414 USA

Mission: The mission of Big Dog Ranch Rescue is to provide shelter, care and affection to homeless dogs of all breeds and adopt them out into loving homes. We also promote animal welfare and celebrate the special bond between dogs and families through education, awareness and community outreach.
Programs: Our current outreach programs include: Palm Beach County’s Department of Therapeutic Recreation, the Place of Hope, the Veterinary Magnet Program at Wellington High School, Pets for Patriots and Special Olympics. We have also established a program with the special needs class from ARC of Palm Beach.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have heard about Big Dog Ranch Rescue for a long time and followed them on Facebook. I really love and support their cause. I finally got around to visiting (I'm 180 miles away) and seeing the operation in person was even more impressive. They save hundreds of dogs and are always full. As soon as one is rescued, they save some more. The staff was super friendly, patient and definitely cared about all of the dogs. We adopted our dog and can't be more thankful for all that they do.

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Rating: 3 stars  

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They do save lives and that earns them some stars but there are some things about BDRR that bother me. I don't like when you walk into the ranch you see all of these dogs in crates, not runs but crates. Most sit there all day with the exception of a walk now and then. The outdoor dogs are in fenced in areas and most have tarp like shelters and I do not think they are brought in at night. I went there looking for a dog that I saw on their website. I walked around and did not see it then I learned it was in the "Monkey area" (no clue why its called that). This is not an area that is available to the public unless they are walked back there and shown. I follow them on FB and noticed that some dogs have been there for way over a year. I fear those dogs are forgotten in the monkey area. I wish they were more of a cage free rescue or that the dogs had better enclosures and shelter and for God sake toss out those damn crates!

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Rating: 5 stars  

We adopted our little girl YOLO, formerly Yellow, from BDRR back in March. She has brightened up our home and is now a BFF to two little girls, ages 10 and 6. She was housebroken and knew basic commands. The staff at BDRR are a compassionate, loving, dedicated group of individuals. Even after the adoption , they were available to provide guidance, support and answer questions as YOLO
transitioned into her new home. As my girls would say, "YOLO is the best dog ever!" We are so very thankful that BDRR saved her life and rehabilitated her until she could find her furever home with us. Cannot imagine life without her. More importantly, my kids learned a powerful lesson and often tell others to adopt, not shop in order to help other dogs find a loving, forever home!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter, 10, and I started volunteering at BDRR about a year ago. We go once a week after school. It is a wonderful experience. Everyone who works there truly cares about every single dog there. I'm amazed at how they know all their names. They put us to work walking, bathing, cleaning. I truly enjoy doing this with my daughter. We are both so happy when a dog that we've been caring for is adopted.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

A wonderful experience. Looking forward to returning. Educational as well as entertaining. The property is immaculate and the big cats look very content. Hard to believe that some of these animals had not been well taken care at their previous homes. The big cats all look so healthy and happy now!

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

When our German Shepherd mix of almost 16 years passed away, I was absolutely devastated. I had been to a BDRR fundraiser before, and had just fallen in love with their organization. The work that they do is wonderful, and a true service to our community. My husband and I immediately went down there, and looked around. I think the hardest part is adopting just one - I would take them all if I could! But after a few weeks of getting through all of the background work on us, and actually coming to a decision on a pup, we brought home our baby girl, Rina Beane! She was so small and thin when we first got her because they had rescued her from a kill shelter in Miami. Now she is a long-legged, 73 pound lap dog with so much puppy energy! She lights up our whole lives! I would recommend BDRR to any and every dog lover is who might be able to either rescue a pup or volunteer their time to such a worthy cause! As soon as we outgrow our town home and buy a home with a yard, I hope we can adopt another.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I recently adopted "Lady" a mix lab. Lady is being trained to be a service dog for me. I was fortunate enough to meet a trainer that went to BDRR and chose a dog she thought would train well for me. Lady has been with Melody Owens, trainer/owner at Star Dog Obedience.

Our experience with the Ranch Rescue was nothing but 5 star from beginning to end.

We have had many dogs in our life time from standard poodles, to minerature poodles, to shar-peis, to german shepherds, but "Lady" is the sweetest, most loving dog. She is approximately 1-3 years old, was house broken and is just fabulous.

I have never purchased a shelter dog before, now I would only recommend them. I love Big Dog Ranch Rescue and I love our Lady!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None - they are great!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been to BDRR's fundraisers and seen first hand how awesome their volunteers are. They really work hard to find homes for their animals and to raise money for their medical care. They really do perform miracles. I love the fact that they are dedicated to the Big Dogs that have a harder time getting adopted due to their size and the fact that most rentals limit the dogs size to 30lbs or less.

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Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

We had previously adopted a pointer/hound mix from another shelter. Luna is now 2 years old and we were looking to adopt a puppy to be a companion to her and also because we're used to being a two dog home. We were very happy with the other shelter but they didn't have any puppies available so we took a chance after seeing the available puppies on BDR's website and drove up from south county to pay them a visit. While the road could use some paving, the ranch is very clean and well kept and the dogs were all well-cared for. We found an adorable 5 month old black and tan coonhound mix who'd been rescued from South Carolina running wild in the woods with her 5 brothers and sisters. After just 4 weeks Cinnamon and Luna are now inseparable and I can't imagine being without both of them. The counselor at BDR explained all the paperwork in detail and made sure we understood everything. Excellent documentation...shots, spay...even down to having a copy of the relocation contract from the South Carolina shelter. We were VERY happy with BDR. Thanks for helping us find our newest family member!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I adopted Frisco (a Mountain Feist Terrier) May 20th He is adjusting to his home very well. Full of energy and lots of fun. I cannot express how Wonderful Big Dog Ranch was in working with me. His Foster mom had to keep him a couple extra days as I was going out of town and didnt want to bring him home to only leave. Zara and all the volunteers work so hard and are truly dedicated!!!! I look forward to attending an event so show off how well and Happy Frisco and I are with each other.
Thank You and God Bless you all!
Ann Marie

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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