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Big Dog Ranch Rescue, Inc.

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The mission of Big Dog Ranch Rescue is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home 5,000 dogs every year. As the largest no-kill dog rescue in the country, our 33-acre, cage-free campus is designed to save the lives and be the happiest place on earth for dogs while they transition from homeless to their forever homes. The philosophy behind the Big Dog Ranch Rescue campus hinges on the novel idea that rescue facilities need not be sad places and that rescue dogs are just dogs without a home!

Results: Over the past 13 years, through April 2018, we have save over 25,000 dogs.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,500 dogs lives were saved.

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.

Community Stories

99 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Kerri O'Grady H.

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.

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.

1 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.

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.

4 Kyle36

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!

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.