BIG DOG RANCH RESCUE INC

Rating: 4.96 stars   51 reviews 2,271

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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 26-3184971
561-747-9099
www.bdrr.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

We adopted our puppy, Sadie, from BDRR about 2 months ago. Our older dog had recently passed away and we were not really set on getting another dog at the moment, when I stumbled on the BDRR website. As I scrolled through the pictures, I found the cutest little pup I'd ever seen. I placed a call to talk to someone about her and spoke with a very knowledgeable staff member that gave me details about her. She was not quite ready to leave momma yet so we scheduled a date to drive over and meet her. Upon our arrival, I was immediately in awe of this amazing place. So many dogs that have been saved and are being cared for there. The staff and volunteers were kind and helpful and after meeting our pup, our hearts were set to bring her home with us. We arranged an adoption date for about a week later, when she was ready to be separated from her mom and litter mates. Our adoption process that morning was easy. Our pup had been spayed, microchipped, her nails were trimmed, she had her beginning puppy shots, and they provided us a sample of the food she had been eating to transition her when we got home. First month of heartworm pills was also provided. There were some other little special gifts from area businesses but we live about three hours away so we were not really able to take advantage of them.
Here we are 8 weeks later with the most amazing pup, she is just perfect for our family and I can never thank BDRR enough for saving her and loving her until she came home to us.
The amazing work that they do at BDRR is just unbelievable. Simply following their Facebook page, I am shocked at the cases that they see on a daily basis and yet they never back away, they take these dogs that are sick, are elderly or have been mistreated and they give them hope. They nurse them back to health. The heal emotional wounds and teach these dogs that not all humans are bad. I love BDRR and what they do for these animals. They are simply AMAZING!

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Rating: 5 stars  

We got our 1 year old Boxer-Lab-mix from BDRR two months ago. She was rescued by BDRR from a high kill shelter in South Carolina. The whole adoption process was very well handled and all the staff at the ranch was super friendly and helpful. We had two appointments there until we found our baby. There were no hurry, we got to see the surroundings and all the dogs we wanted in peace. The volunteers are of course extremely busy and using their own free time to help so we were more than pleased that someone had the time to walk with us and meet the dogs. We highly recommend everyone who considers getting a new family member to adopt from BDRR.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Thank you Big Dog Ranch Rescue for the new addition to our family,
Tucker. In all honesty I wanted to buy a pure breed Weimaraner but
my wife Gayle talked me out of it, pleading that as conscientious
people we need to rescue an older big dog from a non-profit.
Although leary of potentially getting someone Else's problematic
pet we went to The Big Dog Ranch Rescue facility in Royal Palm
Beach Florida, where we found and instantly fell in love with a
Weimaraner and Vizsla mix named "Tucker", beautiful chocolate
short hair coat, whom came with all his shots, fully house broken
and minimally trained at 3 years old and neutered. All for an
inexpensive mere $200. is incredible.

My wife and I have had full size dogs all of our lives and Tucker is
one of the best dogs we have ever had, in fact he is by far the
smartest dog either of us have ever had. Sometimes its a little scary
how smart he is. He is sweet and very loving in addition to being an
excellent guard dog / watch dog. He has literally become Gayle's
shadow every waking moment. The only unfortunate trait is that he
can't stand to ever be totally alone so on the rare occasions when
we both are gone we must keep Tucker in his crate for a few hours
or else he becomes destructive around the house.

As for our experience at Big Dog Rescue Ranch it couldn't of
possibly been any better. Although a bit difficult to find, once there
when we walked in we were met by a very nice lady that introduced
us "Carl", whom asked us what exactly we wanted in a dog and then
proceeded to take us around to meet all the perspective candidates
he thought appropriate for our desires, letting us see how they
interacted with other dogs as well as privately with just us. At all times
Carl was very knowledgeable and courteous, answering all of our
questions with patience and ensuring we always had water to drink.
We met Tucker probably about half way through and as soon as we
had met all the perspective canine candidates we immediately knew
Tucker was the dog for us.

The B.D.R.R. facility is beautiful and very humane, and hence we have
since made an additional donation as well as referring a couple of
friends there as well to find there new dog with much success.
We will continue to recommend and donate to your facility.

Thank you again B.D.R.R.;
Sincerely; John & Gayle

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Rating: 5 stars  

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We adopted our dog (German shepherd mix with hound, golden ret) that we named Sadie from the Dream Ride to benefit SPecial Olympics in Farmington, CT where Big Dog Ranch was a participant and brought up about 50 dogs from Florida. The moment we laid eyes on Sadie at the event we were in love. It was obvious that she was a very special dog that needed a forever home. She was clean, sweet, sociable and very loving. We are so thankful that BDR saved her from a kill shelter in South Carolina and brought her to their facility in Florida for a second chance. We will donate to BDR each and every year at Christmas time to thank them for all of the work they do to save dogs and find them loving homes. Cannot say enough wonderful things about BDR and what they do! Thank you.

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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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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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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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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!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

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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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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