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2

Volunteer

Rating: 1

To whom this may concern:
So apparently our coordinator Amanda Lin thought it was appropriate to have London taken away over an email response that took longer than 8 hours for a reply. But she didnt call or text us for a status update. She says she did but thats a lie. She implied that because we didnt respond fast enough to the email, we were imcompetent & too busy to take the dog to the vet. So next thing you know she tells our neighbor who is also involved in the bug fluffy group to take the dog away from us making her feel very uncomfortable the next morning.

Amanda,
Ill have you know that we took well care of the London. We worked 24/7 with London. We took him to beach , dog parks , and fed him top of the line food.To imply that we are incompetent to take care of an ill dog makes you a false accuser. Never once did you try to call or text us , if you wanted us to process further action for the dog. So sorry my husband didnt respond to you in the time you wanted but if you would of clearly read our emails the dog was healthy & back to normal after his diarrhea mishap. And if you were serious about taking him to the vet right away you had our number. But let me guess ? Too busy too call ? You have to deal with other foster dog families too ? Maybe you shouldnt bargain more than you can handle. We told you that the dog was well & healthy. But, you should learn how to communicate before you jump into conclusions. You are a very disrespectful & offensive person to bring our neighbor involve. What makes you think we are incapable of taking the dog to our vet ourselves ? Someone is with London around the clock. Just because we didnt reply the same night of the email but the next morning! Oh my gosh ! We are sooooo busy..too busy to go to the vet right ? Too busy to be a foster parent? Wrong. We put our dogs first & our jobs are willing to comply with any last minute visits. But how would you know when you didnt even get the chance to know us. How dramatic of you to make such action over night. Its either your way or the high way ? How do you feel seperarting London from our dog, which are insperable. Causing mental emotion to both our dogs. Yeah you supposedly had the best interests of the dog when he was completely happy with us. We had interests in adopting the dog because of how well our dogs were getting along. But no, you have given us an ill taste in your non profit organization. Let me guess . Delete anything negative that anyone says about yall to make yall look oh so perfect. We have insiders telling us what type of people are behind this company. So far they are proving us right. Hopefully, yourre content with your decision because people like you just like bringing people down with them. Because of ignorant people like you in this company , you lose great dog foster parents.

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6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have dogs from Big Fluffy and they are very thorough and spot on when placing their dogs with adopters. Very happy to be part of them. ;-)

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7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BFDR saves so many beautiful dogs who are about to be euthanized due to expensive health problems and/or no more room in a shelter. These people spend countless hours saving the lives of these beautiful animals. They always seem to manage to save some poor dog at the last minute even though they don't really have the money. I respect these people very much.

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5 Margaret66

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Olivia from BFDR last October. We had to wait several months before she could travel because she was being treated for heartworm. This organization is amazing and has done so much for dogs in need. I can't thank them enough for what they do for homeless dogs in need whether they are big and fluffy or not.

6 Jennifer248

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted all three of my dogs from this organization! They made sure to check my references in advance, they are clear in the rules for their dogs in order to keep them safe after adoption, and are happy to take back any dog from a home that doesn't work out so they can rehome them and the cycle of abandonment doesn't continue. The director and volunteers clearly put their heart and soul into the work and save so many beautiful souls. Even though they are called "big fluffy dog rescue" they don't leave a dog behind just because she isn't big or fluffy - they take our tired, poor, and huddled doggies no matter their needs or appearance. They are a godsend to rescue!

6 Sarah240

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was looking for a dog for my two boys of course looking online and was set to go visit another dog about 45 min from us , when i ended up seeing this goofy dog on the big fluffy dog site so i contacted them and come to find out he was 10 min away! So we went to visit and he came out from under his bush and proceded to play with and herd my boys. They loved each other! The foster said he didnt do that with the other families he saw . So i suppose he chose us ! We ended up taking him home a week later he has been a wonderful fit! The people who work with bfdr are wonderful and he was very loved at his foster there were lots of tears when he left. The dogs are fixed ,vetted and chipped also driven from down south. Working with animals my self i can say they go out of their way for these animals they are wonderful!

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our current fuzzy family member from BFDR, and we could not be happier. BFDR does amazing things, taking on cases that no other rescue (or major organization--yes, I'm looking at you Humane Society) will touch, regardless of how much deeper some of those pockets are. They step in with grace and energy, and they make things happen. I love the honesty and sincerity demonstrated by these dedicated folks. Our fuzzy might just be the most perfect pet ever.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big Fluffy raises the benchmark on how to be a successful rescue organization. Using a 'no dog left behind' can-do attitude even when their resources are stretched beyond capacity, these folks say "what else is possible" every single day. If I lived in Tennessee, I would volunteer because I want to be around people that are inspiring, decisive and ok, damn funny. I live for the witty social media posts that highlight their dogs' stories, before/afters and things going on. Seriously, those posts alone could be compiled and sold in a book. Creative fundraising, BIG out of the box thinking, I just love these people. Call me smitten and unabashed fan forever.

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4

Donor

Rating: 5

WONDERFUL organization that places the animals in their care above everything else. I have donated to them a few times and will continue to support their mission!

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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2 Laura237

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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1 Lynda19

Board Member

Rating: 5

My family has fostered 61 dogs for BFDR and have adopted 2 from them. This is a top notch organization, highly responsive when things were not going well, and celebratory when things were great. We had fostered many dogs before becoming a board member, so this just makes us more proud to be part of the extended BFDR family!

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1 Pamela93

Client Served

Rating: 5

I LOVE BFDR!!!! I got an adorable golden ret / pyr mix about a year and a half from them. They were very accommodating and waited a week until I could come and pick her up. I will definitely get another dog from them.

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1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently started fostering for BFDR. They are a wonderful organization that truly goes above and beyond for their dogs. You will not find a more hardworking and compassionate group of volunteers anywhere. While communication may not always be as quick as some would like, you have to realize that these are volunteers with full-time jobs, children, family obligations, and lives. The foster and adoption coordinators are essentially working a second job, 24/7, since dogs don't only need rescue and fosters and adopters don't only need questions answered during weekday business hours. They work tirelessly to find the best fit for each dog. They do not rush dogs through, mislead you, and hide any "bad" qualities about any dog just for the sake of placing it in an adoptive home. This organization cares for and loves each dog. Thanks BFDR for all you do, and I recommend this rescue to everyone I know!

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7 Bill103

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a dog from Big Fluffy and I foster for them as well. The people that work at BFDR are dedicated, caring, and tireless in their efforts to see every dog in a happy, safe place. They are responsive to questions and work hard to make sure that they are matching dogs with the correct families. I am impressed every time I have an interaction with anyone that works at BFDR - from the drivers, to the the vets, to the adoption and foster coordinators, and everyone else. I can't say enough great things about BFDR and the work that they do.

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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