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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Services, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: Our mission is to save 5,000 dogs each year, to heal and place them with loving families while providing service and education programs to all critical needs of the community. Focus areas include: Education about the importance of humane treatment of animals, spay/neuter and proper dog care offered online, on site and through community outreach; The training of qualified rescue dogs as companion/support for Veterans with PTSD/TBI; and Seniors for Seniors to encourage the visitation and adoption of senior dogs by senior citizens. Our mission is accomplished with active engagement of the surrounding community through volunteering, education and special programs.

Results: Since our founding in 2008, we have saved the lives of nearly 50,000 dogs.

Target demographics: Save the lives of as many dogs as possible through education, sterilization, and legislation with the goal of ending dog homelessness while also helping people know the love of a dog.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 4,000 dogs lives were saved at Big Dog Ranch Rescue in 2021. We facilitated the rescue of thousands of others through disaster recovery efforts and partnerships and reached over 135,000 through social media

Geographic areas served: South Florida, Palm Beach County, Broward & Martin Counties. Provide disaster recovery assistance in the southeast region to Puerto Rico and the Bahamas, as well as across the world from the China Meat Trade.

Programs: Hurricane and Disaster relief, Asian Dog Meat Trade Rescue, programs to train rescue dogs as companion dogs for veterans suffering with PTSD, a Seniors for Seniors program to enable more senior citizens to adopt or visit with dogs, and Big Dog Ranch University for puppy and adult dog training.

Community Stories

137 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Denise H.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted MERCY, now named LUCY, and I am posting pictures of AKA MERCY now named Lucy, Thankyou BIG DOG RANCH! We are doing just fine:)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Incredible, I have never seen a place with such well cared for dogs.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

This place is a money making organization that pretends to care about dogs but lives large on all their profits from their $300 adoption fees for any old sick dog they can sell. The go anywhere they can to get puppies to sell and pregnant dogs. They also contributed to the insurrection and trump organization with donations that were expected to go to dogs. Owners use donations to live extravagantly, not for the dogs.

Annie G.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted this sweet girl 2 years ago from Big Dog Ranch Rescue. Her name was Aspen but I renamed her Fergie because she is regal and royal and just a little bit naughty. She has been the sweetest and funniest companion throughout the pandemic. I am forever grateful for BDDR. Her hobbies include chasing squirrels, barking at thunder and cuddling. XOXO

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello, we've only been volunteering with BDRR for three months, but even on my first visit to the "ranch" I was impressed. My initial reaction was how organized and clean it was-for a dog rescue as large as this I was definitely expecting more chaos and didn't see it at all.
We selected BDRR to volunteer mainly because I have children between 10-15 and BDRR allowed me to volunteer with all my children, and when we are there all my children feel useful and important. Last weekend my 10 year old read children's books to some dogs. My 15 year old and I have been involved in some much heavier work (physical and emotional) but it amazes me the length that BDRR goes to rescuing dogs from literally all over the world. My 12 year old has bonded with a couple dogs at the "ranch" and looks forward to checking on them or finding out if they found a home each time we go back. The volunteer coordinators have been easy to work with and have been open to helping my 15 year old with research he is doing on dog breeds for his high school personal project. I foresee us volunteering here for years since each of my children will need community service hours as they progress in school and we are a dog loving family!

Brad S.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

a 35 acre, almost a thousand dogs no kill shelter. has its own animal hospital on premises. has its own veteran dog training facility for veterans that get ptsd dogs. rescues dogs as far away as china. also rescue dogs from puerto rico and many other places around the country. a very impressive and comprehensive dog rescue.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Big Dog Ranch Rescue is an amazing rescue for dogs who need a new home and to be adopted and saved from terrible circumstances. I have been involved with many areas at the Ranch from walking dogs to attending fund raising events. The founding members and all the staff at the Ranch are truely dedicated to the work they do every day 365 - 24/7 to help every dog that comes to the Ranch. I will continue to support Big Dog Ranch Rescue with my time and money because every dog needs love and care.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love animals and I saw a BDRR in an event in a plaza, then I went to become a volunteer and was surprised at the incredible infrastructure and organization, the care for animals and how they think about every detail for their well-being, I helped in different areas in the office, at events and I love the possibility of going to take them for a walk when I can do it, they are always happy and waiting for receive human love, BDRR is the paradise of dogs, they receive the care and love that some of them never had, then BDRR look for the perfect matching with their owners and homes, taking into account the life, the story, the personality of both, the dog and the owner to be sure they will be happy together. I love being a volunteer at BDRR, all the staff are very friendly and always with a good attitude! Go to the ranch makes my days heartwarming!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with the staff at this agency. They work so hard and show so much compassion toward the dogs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering at BDRR last year after my 2 border collies passed away. The first week I became a foster to Buster, a 13 yr old mutt. His companionship during the pandemic was a blessing to both of us.
I love helping BDRR at special community events and seeing precious pups adopted into loving homes!
BDRR changes lives and gives dogs like Buster a new chance for a loving home.

Bob C.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They take excellent care of all the dogs! On site medical facilities, training help, service dog training for veterans.. The people are very friendly and help you in every way possible. They have a lot of volunteers who really care about the dogs!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at BDRR for over 10yrs now, and this has to be one, if not THE, greatest rescues in all of FL. I am proud to be a part of such an awesome organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Big Dog Ranch Rescue is a non-profit organization that is near and dear to my heart. My first experience with Big Dog was 9 years ago when I adopted my dog Piper. The staff and volunteers were so welcoming and it was clear that they had a heart for the mission. About a year after adopting Piper I fostered a dog named Capri that my parents adopted and renamed Rawlings. After Rawlings, I fostered 3 more dogs from Big Dog. One of which my sister adopted. I then adopted my dog Lincoln from Big Dog. Every experience was personal and memorable. Big Dog was making a difference in the life of a dog, and in turn, my life was changed because of it. If you are interested in fostering and/or adoption, Big Dog Ranch Rescue should be your #1 choice!

1 Mycaela E.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

HORRIBLE PLACE! They make it seems so great and wonderful, and in theory when you see the facility, you are impressed. But the lack of care, disorganization and lack of proper health care for the dogs is absolutely appalling. As the weeks go by, I hear more and more horrible experiences from other dog owners as well.

My friends mom got a dog from here and it was never disclosed to her the dogs true age, she didn't know that she was suffering from SEVERE heartworm and on the edge of death, she has eye issues already at such a young age, fear problems, lack of training and she apparently was spayed while she was in heat, which is extremely dangerous to do and causes further health issues. Thank god the dog pulled through and is getting the proper health care and has recovered from the heartworm, but if she didn't get that dog out of there, she probably would have died from their lack of concern and proper care. My friends mom also tried being a volunteer there before she adopted her dog from them. She worked one day, only to find out the real ways that they treat and handle these dogs and how disorganized they are. One of the vets is a nasty and mean woman, and they have so many volunteers that are unqualified to be handling any of these dogs and taking care of them. No one knows what anyone is doing there and everyone is all over the place. Who knows what else goes on. My friends mom was so appalled and sent a letter to their staff and directors only for them not to care at all!

I have met dogs and their owners at the dog park and I have heard from multiple people how no information regarding the dogs current health status is ever disclosed to them and a lot of these dogs are very sick when they are adopted. These dogs should be fully recovered before adopting them out and their health issues disclosed when they are adopted. One woman I met said that her daughters dog from BDRR was spayed at 6 WEEKS OLD!!! That is wayyyy too young to do that and now the dog has seizures, bladder issues with leakage, not being able to hold herself and is on hormone medication because of their early spay. This poor dog could have had less health issues if it wasn't for their lack of negligence.

Before knowing all of this I was giving them the benefit of the doubt. But in my personal experience I am just as upset. I went to them with a donation from my small local business. I make handmade dog bandanas. I had a donor pay me to make my product for these dogs so that I can donate them to the dogs being adopted and going home that weekend. I spoke with the adoptions coordinator in person and her right hand woman and they SEEMED very appreciative. I put a lot of hard work into making these products by hand and rushing them to BDDR for that specific adoption weekend. I even sent a nice follow up email to Robin Friedman, who is their executive director and I couldn't even get a response back. NOTHING, NADA. My product was never used, never given to any of the dogs as asked, and as far as I know they are shoved in a closet somewhere. The donors money, wasted, and my product not even appreciated. At least an email back saying thank you when I went out of my way making these and a donor that invests a lot of money already to BDDR should have been appreciated.

I really hoped all the negative reviews that I have already seen weren't true. But after all of my experiences, I believe everything that I have heard... So sad that it is coming to this and the dogs aren't even properly taken care of when hey are rescued. I hope they turn themselves around and start to care soon...

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the best dog rescue organizations I have had the pleasure of volunteering with! It is evident that the love and passion for rescuing animals is the main priority. All the staff was so friendly and really knowledgeable about animals. I highly recommend this rescue to anyone looking for a place to donate, volunteer or adopt!!

dbrad357

Board Member

Rating: 5

Absolutely the best rescue!! Our rescue, Cooper was hit by a car and suffered a collapsed lung, fractured pelvis and a broken back leg. Big Dog Ranch rescued Cooper from Animal Care and Control and immediately took him to the emergency veterinarian for medical treatment. Thanks to Big Dog Ranch, Cooper is not only able to walk, but he is able to run and play with our other two rescues from Big Dog Ranch. Cannot say enough about how grateful we are to BDRR.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My rescue, Cooper was saved by Big Dog Ranch Rescue. Cooper had been hit by a car and suffered a collapsed lung, fractured pelvis and a broken femur on his back leg. BDRR rescued him from Animal Control and took him immediately to Jupiter Pet Emergency where he cared for. Cooper has a pin in his pelvis and 8 screws in his back leg. I took him home the night after his surgery to provide medical watch and care. After sleeping next to him for 5 nights, I knew he would be my forever "boy." I cannot say enough about BDRR and all that the do for homeless, abandoned or injured dogs. BDRR consistently exceeds expectations and is the largest cage free, no kill facility in South Florida.

Susan T.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

This Rescue is truly amazing. From walking in the doors to this incredible facility, dealing with the compassionate staff and volunteers and following up after adopting our pup- the experience was tremendous. The founder is always around to help adopters, volunteers and staff create a great environment for each dog and a pleasant experience for each future adopter. I have adopted dogs in the past, and no facility is quite like this. Thank you BDRR for all you do to help save the lives of these precious animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

My name is Eric Thornton, who has a left knee brace, I clean all the rooms for the dogs here at the Big Dog Ranch Rescue Loxahatchee. I believe every animal and customer counts, your donations is what helps us make the environment for all dogs safe and feel at home. I've been here since October 2019, I've learned and still learning more about walking dogs, feedings, emergency situations. Remember all foster parents, and adoptionee words matter with ideas here. I love doing service for pets because I have pets of my own.

Rescued or surrendered dogs need a home. They need our help to make them make them feel as healthy as possible, so they can live a long life with a new home and family. Even though we are on lockdown still due to the pandemic, I love everyone's story to completely understand my story.
My story in a nutshell is: education in hotels, guest services and restaurant strategic management.... Love animals of all kinds, I'm disabled due to a stroke in September 2012 working HVAC with my dad, so I want to share my experiences with those less fortunate both emotionally and mentally. I'm here for all ethnicities, ages and disabilities to feel good about their environment.

Michelle Pancher C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I saw him on a dog meat truck in China that came through my FB, I could not let go! I followed him for months & then I was contacted by Plus Bears Shelter that he was flying to Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Florida. They answered all my calls, questions & concerns even after hours. They have an amazing facility & staff & volunteers! They really care about the dogs & who adopts them, always looking to give the dogs their best life & future. Casper couldn’t be happier in his new home with his brother, Clarence! He will be loved & cared for forever!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Community involvement an Animal Rescue are my priorities and possibly my mission and purpose in life. I’ve had the opportunity to work with many people throughout the United States and I can honestly and passionately speak about Big Dog Ranch Rescue - the people, the mission, the volunteers and the ranch!

In a time when you don’t where to donate, who you can trust, and why you should help, I would urge you to do your own research and start with BDRR. They set the standards for how it should be.

I’m grateful for an opportunity to work with all the good people and the loving animals here.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I retired last year and decided to volunteer at BDRR because of my love for dogs. Not only did I fall in love with all of the dogs but the facility and staff are awesome. During the COVID evacuation I decided to foster and immediately fell in love with Maisel when she kissed me as if to thank me on the way home. Needless to say she found her forever home. Although I gained a companion the ranch suffered due to cancellations of fundraisers, etc. Hopefully through donations and help from the community they will be able to continue to do the good they do for our canine friends.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife Lee and I are longtime volunteers. We had recently lost our 12-year-old golden retriever to cancer and our house seemed a bit “empty” with “just” 3 dogs left - 2 of which were adopted from Big Dog Ranch.
A long time employee there Stephanie Ernst Was a huge help in making sure that our newest pack member would be a good fit. The adoption process went smoothly and Big Dog Ranch has done a great job taking precautions during the pandemic. We could not be happier with our newest addition, Mikey a.k.a. big Mike and with Big Dog Ranch Rescue

1 Sandra M.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a lifelong volunteer for many non-profit organizations. Big Dog Ranch Rescue is by far the most dedicated , volunteer supportive, and commitment oriented group I have ever been proud to serve. The volunteer opportunities are as diverse as the dogs we rescue.
When we get the dogs they are in such distress and unable to communicate with words how maltreated, scared, and lonely they have been. We change that immediately upon their arrival with the outpouring of affection and attention. We care for their physical needs as well as their emotional needs as we work toward finding them a permanent family in a "fur ever" home. As the loving mom of two rescue " fur babies". myself, I know the joy of adoption. Big Dog Ranch Rescue invites you to experience that joy too.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had been told great stories about BDRR & the people who work there for years.

When our family was ready welcome another dog into our family we knew that it had to be from a rescue that truly cares.

We heard of a great event happening in our community called Countdown 2 Zero. This was an event for all the local rescues to get together and place as many animals in loving homes as possible.

Once we saw that BDRR was there, we went right over to their section and that's where we laid eyes what would be our newest fur baby.

The staff was so accommodating and friendly. They made the process easy and even better they made it abundantly clear that they care about their animals and their cause.

2 Kerri O'Grady H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted from them a year and a half ago. The first day I spent well over 2 hours meeting dogs and talking with staff at the ranch. The staff were incredibly, the animals environments and care looked amazing. I cannot say enough good things about this organization. I drove well over an hour to get to this beautiful place. Their dedication and love they have for all the animals there meant so much to me. If they were not so far away I would volunteer there as I love dogs and all animals. They really take the time to make sure the dog is the fit for your family. We even brought our other dog down to meet the new one to make sure it works out. The dog we got had heartworm and they took care of all of that and they really informed our family of the process they go through for this treatment, which I had no idea. I thank them from the bottom of our hearts for the care and love they give to their animals and the knowledge and support they give to the new owners. I would recommend them to anyone. They are also a no kill shelter which means a lot to me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful place. All the people I dealt with there were wonderful and very pationate about their love for animals. I would recommend them to anyone looking for anew fur friend. They really help match you with the perfect addition to your family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Love Big Dog Ranch Rescue. I got my , then, 2 year old pup from there. He had lived at the ranch for 9 months and they knew him pretty well so they were able to inform me of the do's and don'ts when taking care of him. Now after a little over a year later, he is a very well adjusted member of our family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Scooby almost 3 months ago. He is the most wonderful addition to our family. Not only do we love him, but his cousins and grandparents love him as well. BDRR did a great job with the adoption. They made sure we were made aware of his insecurities to make his transition into our home that much easier. I highly recommend adopting from them or donating to them.

2 Alessandra D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my wonderful dog Shadow from this organization and they have been nothing but helpful and kind. They do their best to see that every dog that comes through their rescue finds a home that is appropriate for each individual dog, not just any home. Thank you BDRR!

1 Yesenia A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing place! It feels as though the dogs are in a 5 star hotel! All under A/C and huge backyard to play in! So happy we saw that news cast of their location when we did because we went to their location and immediately felt so welcomed! The staff was very helpful and kind! Thank you to especially Cody, Julia, and Melissa! You guys rock! We now have our puppy in his furever home. ♥️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Enzo (formerly named, Blondie) about a month ago and have been overwhelmingly happy with him. We had an excellent experience with BDRR from start to finish.

Living in Tampa we wanted to make sure our drive to the ranch would be worthwhile so we communicated ahead of time with your staff to make sure our application was received and approved prior to our arrival at the ranch as well as to make sure that the dogs we were most interested in were available for adoption that day. Everyone we spoke with was very helpful and the whole process was efficient and pleasant.

We could tell right away that in the short time Enzo was with BDRR he had been well cared for and well socialized.

He has been a DREAM of an addition to our family and we have been singing your praises all over town whenever anyone asks us where we adopted him from.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted our new dog Fagan from BDRR and we had a great experience! We spent a long time trying to decide which dog was best for our family and the staff really helped us out. They are very knowledgeable and patient. The general condition of the “kennels” is very clean and the dogs seem quite content. Our vet was also very impressed with the detail of his medical records. We love our new friend and we would adopt from Big Dog again. Thanks for all the great work that you do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My first time adopting from them, and I was incredibly impressed. The layout, grounds, care and condition of the dogs- as well as a very knowledgeable and helpful staff. The person who took me around knew every dog, their personality, history and in what environment they would be best suited. I found a lovely, affectionate, low-key girl who was everything they said. She was in excellent shape.

My dog came with a complete medical record, history, labs, vaccines and check-up, and was chipped. The process was very easy and relatively quick (just a few days).

I would adopt from them again in a heartbeat!

1 jbchaifetz

Board Member

Rating: 5

Big Dog Ranch is simply an amazing organization that sets the example for what rescue can, and should be. Lauree Simmons, Founder, is amazing. Everything, from care of the dogs, to development of special programs, as well as development of their 33 acre campus is exceptionally done. Unparalleled organization !!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm proud to be a new board member for Big Dog Ranch. They are absolutely transforming all aspects of "traditional" rescue. Their entrepreneurial approach is exciting and refreshing. They set the bar very high and are an exemplary model for other rescue groups.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Three rescues from this fabulous rescue!!
Largest cage free no kill facility in the US.

1 Earl S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

After learning more about BDRR and Lauree Simmons, founder and CEO, I chose to put this amazing organization #1 on my charitable contribution list.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at Big Dog Ranch Rescue and love it. I see the care with which they treat their dogs and how happy and healthy they are. They have great compassion and take so many loving dogs that otherwise would be homeless or worse and give them a second chance at finding the perfect forever home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Judge has brought the greatest joy into our lives. He is a loyal, happy, loving pup who is so eager to please us! We think that his time at BDRR allowed him to become a social dog instead of a shy, timid one. We are thankful for the Ranch for introducing us to our favorite guy and for making the process so easy and memorable.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Big Dog Ranch Rescue changed my life! I adopted my Xena Warrior Princess a couple months ago (her name was Shasta at the rescue) and my life is so much fuller! She is the perfect dog for me. We go trail hiking, canoeing, running, pretty much everything together. BDRR is truly a one of a kind rescue. Their hearts are in the right place and they are making big differences in the lives of these otherwise forgotten dogs. I am beyond thankful that I rescued my dog from here. I have even decided to volunteer there this summer. Really can’t say enough. Just look how happy we are!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I rescued my puppy CJ from Big little dog ranch but I think he rescued this momma instead. What a sweet boy! BDSDR did everything from making sure my apt was a fit to insuring I had all the details on how to care for him since I’ve never had a dog before . They really wanted to make sure CJ went to a good home. The adoption process was a breeze. They honestly gave me a response within a day. I kept calling to make sure they had everything because I just wanted my baby home. Everyone was super professional and efficient. CJ will definitely be getting a brother soon and we will be back at The ranch to pick the perfect brother for him. Thanks again guys for everything ! He just graduated puppy classes . CJ will be 6 months in 4 days and we can’t wait til he stops chewing on mommy’s throw pillows !!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Several months ago I had to put my 13 1/2 yr. old Boxer to sleep. I was devastated and knew I was not ready to get another dog. I looked into other rescue operations, but was so impressed with Big Dog Ranch Rescue, Inc., and their appreciation of their volunteers. They do not demand your time, and appreciate any time that you can give to help them and the dogs (especially the dogs). Lauree Simmons, the owner, is amazing, she gets down and dirty like the rest of us. Sindy. Tracy and Lori are in charge of the events, and they do an amazing job, they do whatever they can do to bring dogs to the public in hopes of the dogs finding their forever home. I am happy to assist with events and whatever is needed at the ranch. I have been a volunteer since June of 2017 and so honored to be a part of this wonderful organization.

Not only am I able to help this organization, but they have no idea how much they have helped me.

Thank you so much for all that you do!!!!!

Glenn S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing rescue organization lead by Lauree Simmons that provides furever homes to SO many dogs. They also take in many dogs needing medical attention that other rescues do not - giving them the chance for a happy life that they deserve. My wife and I have been volunteers for over 3 years and see first hand all of the amazing things BDRR does. They are always looking for volunteers to help with adoption events, fostering, or even simply coming to BDRR in Loxahatchee to walk and play with the dogs. Adopt Don't Shop!

Bill V.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for many years. The thing that impresses me most is the care and concern and love for all the dogs from everyone connected to Big Dog Ranch.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BDRR is a charity that is committed to saving lives! Your donation gives an 100% return- all the donations and volunteer work are completely utilized to save the dogs they work for!
Below is a dog rescued from a hoarding situation. With love, care, and patience, and the right owner his life is a joyful one now while he brings great joy to his new owner!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted 3 dogs from Big Dog Ranch Rescue and have fostered over 200 plus. This is one great organization! I love to volunteer there and donate too. BDRR is top rated!

Faith P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Big Dog Ranch Rescue is an outstanding organization! They are the largest No-Kill Shelter in the Southeastern United States. This organization saves dogs that most shelters would put down. I fostered a Dog for them that was surrendered to Pinellas County Animal Services, who called Big Dog to take this 180 lb Great Dane because they didn't have a kennel big enough for him. Big Dog responded immediately. He was out of the pound the same day.

2 Linda A.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One walk through this amazing facility is all it takes to see how hard every hand works to show ❤️ To innocent animals. Unconditional love !

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They also save small dogs! I have fostered many small senior hospice dogs. BDRR does everything to make sure their end of life care is exceptional.
Everyone is so kind and the dogs are truly taken care of.

Geraldine Travers A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer, & foster mum with Big Dog for over 4 years now. Everyone at the Ranch is so passionate about what they do,and always give the dogs 100% . I had personally had so many fosters that had some major surgeries done, or in need of medications on a daily basis. Big Dog Ranch goes above and beyond for any dog they can help. Being a volunteer & foster parent has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done, to see the joy on the face of a new foster I bring home to a safe place to run and play is priceless. I can't say enough good things about all the staff, volunteers & of course Lauree Simmons without them thousands of dogs would never have found a forever home to feel safe & loved in.
Geraldine A

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough wonderful things about this organization. The dogs that are rescued are treated like gold and given the best environment to heal and grow. I rescued both of my dogs from BDRR and am so thankful to the staff for all their hard work, making our rescue process perfect.

Janice34

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My mother, daughter and I have volunteered at BDRR for the past 5 years. It is one of the most dedicated groups I've ever worked with. The President has an amazing vision for the organization and does an excellent job of executing to make the vision a reality.
The dogs are treated wonderfully. From the time they are picked up or received to the time they are sent to the furever homes, the dogs are well cared for, shown love and given any and all medical treatment that they need.
The organization has an amazing reputation in the community. I am very proud to be a volunteer here.
The organization has also helped my daughter find her passion. She loves animals and through volunteering at the ranch, has learned how to organize supply drives, do fundraising and use every opportunity to tell their story and increase awareness. Her growth from 8-13 has been amazing and the support from the people at BDRR has been a big part of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The folks at Big Dog Ranch Rescue are awesome. They came all the way to Texas to rescue animals from the flood. The entire time they were here they had the best uplifting attitudes. Keep up the great work. -Doug from Kountze VFD

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

This is "OAKLEY" She was a result of what Puppy Mills get away with it in our Country. She was owned by Bailey n Kelsey Thompson. AKA Remington Danes, of Arcadia Fl.
I offered to foster her through Big Dog Rescue in Fl. (7/15) After the puppy mill raid.
Oakley was around 2 years of age and had never been indoors. She with over 100 Danes had been kept in outdoor pens where they were mated and had liter after liter.
Oakley was special and adapted quickly to domestic life. She did not like the outdoors or rain. She loved the fact that she escaped her abuse.
Not long after agreeing to foster this precious girl, I realised that Big Dog Rescue was in unethical relations with the owners if the puppy mill.
Against everything that I have stood for in 12 years of Dane rescue, many threatening emails and calls from their board of directors, threatening legal action, I drove to Orlando and returned her to a representative they sent to meet me.
I have rescued many Danes in all kinds of conditions, this particular rescue, due to the outcome, will always and forever eat at my heart.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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!

1 Louise30

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 GL B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I fel in love with the ranch after adopting my dog in 2012. I have since volunteered a few times at the ranch and have felt so grateful each time. It's hard to beat hanging out with incredible dogs and getting to call it "volunteering"

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3 Meli003

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!

1 Maggie49

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Mickey6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted Jack last weekend, and he is so happy! Feels good to give a dog a living home after he's been through so much!!!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Was looking for a perfect pup for our family and bdrr allowed us to find her. We couldn't be happier with our baby

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I rescued a dog from Big Dog Ranch Rescue after i lost my dog to lymphoma. When i arrived at the ranch, i asked the adoption coordinator which dog was the sweetest small dog they had and she took me right to *Joseph*. I fell in love instantly. He had been abandoned in a home and when Big Dog Ranch got the call about him, they didn't hesitate to take him and a team of volunteers went right over and rescued him. He had been with Big Dog Ranch Rescue about 3 days when i saw him and just knew that he would help feel the huge hole in my heart after losing my other dog. His name is now Squish. They do a great job, take really good care of their dogs and really help to make sure that people are matched with the right dog.