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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

106 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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1

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

2

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.

1

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.

5 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.

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.

1

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"

2

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.

2 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!

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!!

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello! My name is Mallory and I adopted Arya (previously known as Rosa) the lab/beagle mix in May of 2014. When I arrived at Big Dog Ranch Rescue, I was very pleased with their cleanliness and size of the facility. I had a member help me right away and they asked me what kind of dog I was looking for. They had plenty of rescue babies for me to choose from and I knew Arya was meant to be mine the moment I saw her! The adoption process was easy, but they made a couple of home visits just to make sure I was an appropriate fit. Arya and I now live in Gainesville and we love to hike with eachother on the weekends! Who said soul mates had to be human? My dog is my soul mate and I know she loves me just as much as I love her. She's definitely a mama's girl! Thank you BDRR!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My best friend, Luke, of 13 years suddenly passed without warning. My daughter had gone to BDRR through her college FAU to volunteer and told me about the Ranch. I decided to bring them some of Luke 's things that other dogs might like and need and decided this was the organization we would come to when it was time to adopt again. Never did I realize that it would be sooner than later was time to adopt another dog. The staff was so nice and spent so much time with us playing with various dogs. We decided to adopt the black weimaraner lab retriever that was created in the lobby. It was an immediate attraction to our whole family. Even though she, Muffin, was ill with heartworms and hookworms we knew she was the dog for us. BDRR was treating her for all her problems but allowed us to take her home. We were to bring her back in a month for more treatment at no cost to us. Everything we were told about Muffin was a fact her training, her medical meds, etc was told you us up front so there would be no surprises. This facility is the best thing around and I am so happy we went to BDRR to adopt. I only wish all the dogs could get a forever home. I am anxious to see their new facility that should be ready at the end of the summer vintage the meantime I encourage you to go to BDRR and adopt or at least foster a dog. BDRR makes it such a rewarding experience for the whole family including the dogs.

Please help them. Find homes for all their residents.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fantastic experience adopting our dog! The facilities are wonderful, the staff are kind, and they have a lot of information and helpful advise regarding the general adoption process and all of the specific dogs. I've worked at rescues before, and there's always going to be a few bad stories, but this place seems to genuinely care and does a fantastic job.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Worst day ever at Big Dog Ranch Rescue,found a pup that we fell in love with as soon as we came in the door, waited our turn for people ahead of us to see Sparkle. As we were outside playing with her we told the guy showing us her that we wanted her. Then the guy showing her to us said someone who was there earlier had just come back to look at again......while we were playing with her,broke our heart! The proper thing should have been wait to see what we were going to do, no deposit left by other people or hold on pup, asked 3 workers, said they didn't take deposits or hold pups and they were still showing her. Posted what happened on their Face Book Page but they deleted it. What's is the sense of having a visitors comments if you are going to delete them so people can't read? When we called on our hour ride home the guy who answered was told what happened and asked for owner or someone in charge to call and we were told he will not have them call. I have the names out of curtiousy I will not say names, wish they would have showed us the same.......