BDRR did us a great favor of rescuing an Engish Mastiff all the way from Georgia. They have a very professional atmosphere (especially considering their cramped conditions in the trailers. The gals I dealt with were very friendly and showed a lot of love for the animals they worked with. the outgoing package they gave us was very appreciated by us. I highly recommend BDRR to anyone looking for a forever pooch.
Walking into the big dog ranch rescue it was a very nice facility and there was someone to help us out as soon as we got in. They then paired us with one of the trainers to narrow down a few dogs on our list and go check them out in person. We wanted a large (90lbs+), which they had a few so we were very excited. While looking at the dog we chose they kept saying how mellow he was and have the story on how he was rescued and ended up at the ranch. Side note, they have this program where the employees are given a dog to work with and get to know them better. That being said the employee that worked with our dog was never there and didn't pick up the phone for the first few days. But going off the dogs character and calmness we decided to rescue him. They told us he was great with people and we told them we are very outgoing people and he'd be going everywhere with us, they said he's a great dog for that as mellow as he was. After bringing him home we took him for walks and played in our yard and everything was going great! We were so happy, till one night walking someone asked to pet him and we said of course he's really calm. The gentleman proceeded to pet the dog very respectfully and nicely. Then stopped and talked to us for 5 min then as he went to pet the dog saying by the dog lunged at him! We apologized so much and the man was fine so we went our ways. 2 days later he did it again to our neighbor and then the next day to another person. So we called the employee who was assigned to work with him and finally got ahold of the employee and we had gone over what had happened and the first thing he replied with was "oh yeah, he's very insecure and will attack whenever he feels threatened or someone stares hime in the eyes". Which overall I'm aware some docs get that way especially ones that have had a tough start to life and got rescued. But there was nothing in his file or their bio about this and we were very frustrated with this considering we had been told he was a big lover and nothing of this insecurity. So the next day we called the BDRR and told them of our problem, all they had to say was sorry guess it just never made it to file, we are busy trying to move to a new facility. Me and my girlfriend have young nieces and yes we would've taken it slow to start but what if this 110lb dog lunges at my 5 year old niece after meeting him a few times because he felt threatened? The dog would have done a lot of damage to our nieces. So with this we couldn't keep him and all they had to say was "fine fill out the surrender forms and we'll take him back". Makes us feel like horrible people when we got lied to and they didn't offer to refund the deposit or help anymore after that. No follow up calls or anything. Not very Pleasant or hospitable after they have your money with no other choices for us at their ranch.. Needless to say I will not promote this rescue and any friends talking about them I will be steering them clear of the big dog ranch rescue!
Hi. My name at BDR was Nina. My new name is Maggie. I was adopted about 3 months ago when my parents lost their 19 year old JR. It was love at first sight and before you could say, who wants to go for a ride in the car, I was on my way to a great furever new home. I have lots of toys and my very own pillow. My likes are belly rubs and long walks. My dislikes are garbage trucks and the dark. My mommy says I don't have to be afraid of anything ever again. She says she loves me to the moon and back and then gives me hugs and kisses. I don't know what a moon is but I do know what hugs and kisses are. Thank you BDR for giving me such a great future.
One year ago tomorrow we adopted CASH. He was delivered to us here in Pennsylvania by BDRR. A few days after he arrived we took him to our vet for a well check and I remember dr. Paul commenting what awesome condition he was in considering he came from a rescue. He has brought life back into our home after losing our dear Ms. Suzie 6 months prior to his arrival. It was a pleasure dealing with BDRR from beginning to end. A very special THANK YOU to Kristen Cowling for her help in the adoption process and for her friendship since, checking in with us along the way.
Best experience on the adoption. Payin the $300. was a bit high for me however after all the care our puppy received after we brought her home was amazing. If you add up all the vaccinations you get all the visits not to mention the microchip, spayed. You add everything up and $300 is nothing. Please visit Big Dog rescue. You'll be glad you did.
My husband and I adopted two puppies back in October 2015 (Layla and Biscotti- now Winnie and Walter). The process went smooth and the people who work there were all so helpful and amazing. Our pups are 6 1/2 months old now and they are awesome! We are so happy with our decision to support and adopt from BDRR! Their love and support of these animals is incredible!
Our experience with BDRR was great, we adopted our dog 4 months ago when they were having a event at petco. We're so happy we walked in to petco that day, Blu is such an amazing dog just like all the other doggys that need homes from BDRR! Other than them not knowing too much info on blu's behavior, like if he would be okay with cats (he was, which was fantastic), they made the whole process easy; we got to take him home right then and there and everyone was super friendly! They really care about the dogs there and I look forward to start volunteering there soon and adopting another dog in the future!!
My boyfriend and I had been wanting to adopt a dog together for some time. After months of research though, we just couldn't find quite the right dog or rescue for us. I happened upon BDRR by chance, and after seeing some adult dogs that looked promising, we made the 3 hour drive over. Even during the process of the move to their new location, everything was incredibly organized! The dogs had so much space to run and play and looked so happy, which was surprising for rescue dogs who can sometimes look sad and lonely! They had so much information and sat down with us to be sure we could find the perfect dog for us.
We didn't find any that really seemed interested in us/ones that would be cat friendly, but were told that there was one puppy left from one of the dog's litters. Olympia immediately locked eyes with my boyfriend and snuggled in his arms, covering his face in kisses. Before we knew it, we realized we were taking a puppy home!
I absolutely love BDRR; the volunteers are so kind and want to make sure you take home the perfect dog for you and your family. They aren't focused on making a quick buck; they are focused on providing forever homes to their resident dogs, and being sure they are happy and lives even while in the shelter. Thank you for helping us find our beautiful girl Midna!!!
We adopt rescues, but truth be told, they rescue us. We adopted our latest little Chi "Sprout".
We are so in love with him we can't imagine our lives without him. His sissy "Zena" is so glad to have a friend again.
Big Dog Ranch interviewed us and we had a visit with Zena at the ranch before we were allowed to officially adopt him. I am so proud of the work they do.
I am also relieved they do more than just hand out dogs to whomever passes their doors.
The volunteers and staff really DO love animals and care about each one that comes to them.
Thank you from our combined hearts.