Tennessee Big Fluffy Dog Rescue

Rating: 4.76 stars   33 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 1206 Russell St % Jean Harrison Nashville TN 37206 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered for this organization for several years now, I started fostering for them in 2012, and adopted one of my fosters in 2013. Around then I started volunteering in other ways, making phone calls, writing emails and doing clerical work. They are a fantastic organization, helping over 2000 dogs last year.

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I am a foster for this wonderful organization. The dog I fostered was part of a large group (58-60) of dogs BFDR rescued from the Magnolia, AK animal control facility. The dogs were crammed into small pens (I use that term loosely) designed for only a couple dogs, without adequate food, shelter or water. My foster dog came to the rescue emaciated, pregnant and with a badly infected eye. BFDR provided medical treatment and she spent several months with me recovering, getting to a healthy weight, socializing and learning good house manners. She was recently adopted to the PERFECT family, and BFDR was careful to screen all potential adopters. This dog, and all the dogs saved by Big Fluffy, now has a great future full of love and happiness.

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Amazing organization, always putting the dogs first, nursing them back to health and committed to finding the best possible adopters. Amazing volunteer foster community and awesome leadership team. Fostering for them when I can, great folks to work with in support of rescuing as many dogs as possible.

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I wasn't really sure whether to pick volunteer or client served because we started as client served. I heard about BFDR from a coworker when I told her I wanted a pyrenees. She had recently adopted from them and had nothing but good things to say about them. So then started my search for the perfect pup through them. My husband was a little weary of all the fur from pyrenees so we compromised and said we would get a mix. I fell in love with a pyrenees/border collie mix and started the adoption process. They informed me that the foster was torn because they wanted him to go to a good home but also wanted to keep him since they fell in love. I told them he should stay and we would keep looking. Only a few hours later I got an email from an adoption coordinator who told us they had his sister, she was searching for the right dog for us. That was back in 2012 and she has been the love of our lives since. I had such an awesome experience that I always wanted to foster. So this year 2015 I filled out foster app and got our first foster. That was when I realized how truly amazing this rescue is. They care so much about their dogs and try so hard to match the right dog with the right family. We hope to add another dog to our family but I absolutely love this rescue that I'd probably always foster or volunteer for them when I can! You won't be disappointed adopting or fostering from them!

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I volunteer with Big Fluffy Dog Rescue giving foster care to dogs with special/critical needs. . . .one with a shotgun blast to the face, one who was on the verge of death from starvation and dehydration and who was so eaten with mange that the ends of his ears had rotted away, one who had been caged in a tiny cage with raw sewage in the floor in the dark for FOUR years with the result that her back leg had become septic and was rotting from the inside out, one with congestive heart failure who was abandoned to die alone huddled in a cold cement pen. Shall I go on? BFDR never turns away ANY dog, no matter how desperate its condition and never spares any expense to turn other people's trash into real treasures and carefully matches them with homes where they can be loyal companions and loving family members.

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This is a simply awesome rescue group. They do it right. Ensure dogs get vet care, not just minimum required. Dogs are in foster homes before adopted, so they used to family life and one can get true appraisal of temperament, etc first. The volunteers care about dogs. They are there supporting adopters and foster families. They ' leave no dog behind' and so have small, non fluffy dogs too. And if that wasn't enough, everyone should read the ' late night posts on their website....so funny, so well written. BFDR is the best there is!!!!

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BFDR is an amazingly wonderful organization. I became a first-time foster in December of 2014 and I am very proud to now be a volunteer as well as a continuing foster for BFDR. The volunteers, coordinators, and the "family" of fosters are incredibly supportive of each other as the common desire and goal of all is to open their hearts and provide the tenderest of care, attention, and unending love so that each rescued dog may find the best forever home.

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I have gotten 3 of my 4 dogs from Big Fluffy Dog Rescue (BFDR) and they are the best dogs ever. I initially found them after I did a search for a dog on PetFinder. The dog *I* wanted they thought would not fit in well with my family. I was initially disappointed but then they suggested another dog, Logan. I would have never picked out Logan just from his picture. But oh my gosh, BFDR was right. He fit right into our family and he is the sweetest dog ever. We adore him. We decided to foster dogs and on our second foster with Liza, we failed. We fell in love with her and adopted her. What is especially lovely is BFDR has a FaceBook page and I am now friends with the family that adopted Logan's brother and with the family that adopted Liza's brother and also the family that has their mother. My kids and I love to watch our dogs siblings grow up. BFDR also has outings and we have actually met the dogs and families in person and have become friends outside of FB. At the camping outing I heard of a pupoy that was coming up north and needed a place so we fostered her and of course she fit right into our family too. BFDR vets the dogs down South and they foster them for a little while before they come up North so the Foster Parents down there know the dogs and know where they would fit best. We have also become friends with our dogs Foster Families. It is like one big happy family. I don't know how else to describe it. I love my dogs, they are perfect for our family of 5 and I love being a part of the BFDR family. Plus I really enjoy the Late Night Posts written by Jean Harrison on FB. I look forward to reading them. I would recommend adopting a dog from BFDR in a heartbeat.

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I love this rescue and the volunteers that work so hard for these pups. I am a sometimes foster for them and it is amazing to see the volunteers swing into action when they find a pup at risk. From rescuing dogs in hoarder situations to emptying shelters with deplorable conditions, they try their best to leave no dog behind. A typical day would have a list of volunteers transporting a dog up or down the east coast to get a dog out of a bad situation. Keep up the good work Big Fluffy!

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I have fostered six dogs for Big Fluffy in the past year and a half. And I foster failed, meaning I adopted, with a seventh. I have volunteered for other rescue groups in the past but Big Fluffy is hands down the best. Unlike another reviewer I have never had an issue with lack of medical care when one of my fosters had an issue. The volunteers I have met, emailed and talked to on the phone have all gone above and beyond to help the dogs that Big Fluffy takes in. We all celebrate when a dog goes to his or her forever home. If someone has an issue there is no shortage of people to offer advice or even drop everything and hit the road, for sometimes several hours, to lend a hand.

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