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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

102 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization, here it's all about the DOGS! The staff and facility are top rate! I have adopted twice from BDRR and have become their number one fan and frequent volunteer. Love, love, love Big Dog Ranch Rescue!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a beautiful dog from the Big Dog Ranch on June 13, 2015. Jake is the sweetest dog ever. He is so smart. He is good with adults, children, babies and all animals. Our dog of 16 years died on June 12th and the next day we were blessed with Jake. His name was Zeus there but he learned his new name in a couple of hours. He's the best!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog from Big Dog Ranch Rescue, and the entire adoption process was a joy! Our relationship with the ranch didn't end when we took our pup home, it continued to grow as they would follow up to see how the pup was doing in his new home. I have since volunteered at the ranch for the last 5 years and I truly admire the passion that all the staff and volunteers possess. They are making a big difference in saving lives and I'm excited that they will be expanding into their new facility soon. I've watched BDRR grow into an incredible organization and I'm proud to be a part of it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is very rare to find a rescue facility that actually takes the necessary time and measures to make sure that a dog up for adoption is truly appropriate for an interested family (and vice versa). I am so grateful to Big Dog Ranch Rescue, as well as my recently adopted dog's foster mom, Judy, for making "finding the right match" such a high priority. The facility itself is clean and well kept, and the staff are caring and helpful. My dog came to me spayed, fully vetted, well socialized, and with an honest, in-depth description of who she really is as a furry person. Her transition over the last two months into my household has been essentially seamless due to all the above care and precautions from BDRR, and I cannot thank them enough for that, or for enabling me to add my newest furry family member to our home. Thank you BDRR. Keep up the stellar work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Five years ago, I walked inside BDRR and my life was changed. My intent was to teach my son about the less fortunate and play with some puppies. Little did I know, how much it was to be a part of my life. Big Dog Ranch Rescue not only saves the lives of innocent dogs but also strives to make the community a better place. I have adopted 2 dogs, 1 hospice foster and fostered over a hundred dogs. The dogs are given the best care during their stay while waiting for a forever home. Big Dog Ranch Rescue is by far a leader in it's class. I can not recommend this rescue enough!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

On May 10th 2015 I brought my 2 boys to Big Dog Ranch Rescue to just look at puppies. We had just lost our 2 senior dogs in the last 4 months and we were thinking a new puppy would brighten our spirits. I had never Adopted from a rescue before so I wasn't sure what to expect. I was so impressed with the facility, volunteers employees. Duke (Liam) was brought out to us and we immediately fell in love.. He wouldn't stop giving my boys kisses. He was obviously so well taken care of during his stay there. He has made a great addition to our family! I will continue to recommend them and adopt again.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful place to visit and Adopt and new Fur Ever friend. I was greeted and toured the facility with 3 very welcoming individuals. I adopted "Copper" the Basset Hound and we have never been more delighted!!! I praise Big Dog Ranch every chance I get and send more people your way! Thanks!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love BDRR, they were all very helpful with our adoption process. Helping us to find the perfect match to us and our current senior dog.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This summer I started looking for a dog to join our "Pack", I have an 8 year old Rat Terrier. I started looking for one of two breeds, either a Carolina Dog (very difficult to find) or a Weimariner. During the search I came across Big Dog Ranch Rescue, made contact with them and discussed what I was looking for. I was assured there would be several dogs that met my requirements. After making the trip to BDRR I was introduced to Jordan a six year old Weimariner that is fabulously healthy and attentive. Jordan won my heart in just a few minutes, and I knew from the time we got into my Toyota I had made the right choice. Jordan is a fabulous addition to the pack, and one that will be here for years to come.

Paul May
Palm Coast, Florida

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Soon after losing our precious Allie, my husband and I were introduced to Big Dog Ranch Rescue. Though we intended to wait a bit before looking for another dog we were introduced to a little girl dog named Maya. We had the opportunity to visit and interact with her and she picked us. She was spayed, chipped, and we had a 30 insurance plan. Big Dog Ranch Rescue made us feel valued and more importantly that the dogs in their care are valued. I have subsequently recommended them to others who may be looking for a dog to rescue. They have also followed up with us on Maya and how she is adapting to us and with us. If you are looking to adopt I highly recommend Big Dog Ranch Rescue.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They provide desperately needed forever homes for homeless and abandoned dogs. This rescue saves thousands of unwanted dogs and puppies every year from high kill shelters and do their utmost to find them good homes where they will thrive. The staff is caring and the place is small but is spotless. They constantly have creative fundraisers and have a huge outreach of volunteers from all the surrounding communities.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our puppy, Sadie, from BDRR about 2 months ago. Our older dog had recently passed away and we were not really set on getting another dog at the moment, when I stumbled on the BDRR website. As I scrolled through the pictures, I found the cutest little pup I'd ever seen. I placed a call to talk to someone about her and spoke with a very knowledgeable staff member that gave me details about her. She was not quite ready to leave momma yet so we scheduled a date to drive over and meet her. Upon our arrival, I was immediately in awe of this amazing place. So many dogs that have been saved and are being cared for there. The staff and volunteers were kind and helpful and after meeting our pup, our hearts were set to bring her home with us. We arranged an adoption date for about a week later, when she was ready to be separated from her mom and litter mates. Our adoption process that morning was easy. Our pup had been spayed, microchipped, her nails were trimmed, she had her beginning puppy shots, and they provided us a sample of the food she had been eating to transition her when we got home. First month of heartworm pills was also provided. There were some other little special gifts from area businesses but we live about three hours away so we were not really able to take advantage of them.
Here we are 8 weeks later with the most amazing pup, she is just perfect for our family and I can never thank BDRR enough for saving her and loving her until she came home to us.
The amazing work that they do at BDRR is just unbelievable. Simply following their Facebook page, I am shocked at the cases that they see on a daily basis and yet they never back away, they take these dogs that are sick, are elderly or have been mistreated and they give them hope. They nurse them back to health. The heal emotional wounds and teach these dogs that not all humans are bad. I love BDRR and what they do for these animals. They are simply AMAZING!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We got our 1 year old Boxer-Lab-mix from BDRR two months ago. She was rescued by BDRR from a high kill shelter in South Carolina. The whole adoption process was very well handled and all the staff at the ranch was super friendly and helpful. We had two appointments there until we found our baby. There were no hurry, we got to see the surroundings and all the dogs we wanted in peace. The volunteers are of course extremely busy and using their own free time to help so we were more than pleased that someone had the time to walk with us and meet the dogs. We highly recommend everyone who considers getting a new family member to adopt from BDRR.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Big Dog Ranch Rescue for the new addition to our family,
Tucker. In all honesty I wanted to buy a pure breed Weimaraner but
my wife Gayle talked me out of it, pleading that as conscientious
people we need to rescue an older big dog from a non-profit.
Although leary of potentially getting someone Else's problematic
pet we went to The Big Dog Ranch Rescue facility in Royal Palm
Beach Florida, where we found and instantly fell in love with a
Weimaraner and Vizsla mix named "Tucker", beautiful chocolate
short hair coat, whom came with all his shots, fully house broken
and minimally trained at 3 years old and neutered. All for an
inexpensive mere $200. is incredible.

My wife and I have had full size dogs all of our lives and Tucker is
one of the best dogs we have ever had, in fact he is by far the
smartest dog either of us have ever had. Sometimes its a little scary
how smart he is. He is sweet and very loving in addition to being an
excellent guard dog / watch dog. He has literally become Gayle's
shadow every waking moment. The only unfortunate trait is that he
can't stand to ever be totally alone so on the rare occasions when
we both are gone we must keep Tucker in his crate for a few hours
or else he becomes destructive around the house.

As for our experience at Big Dog Rescue Ranch it couldn't of
possibly been any better. Although a bit difficult to find, once there
when we walked in we were met by a very nice lady that introduced
us "Carl", whom asked us what exactly we wanted in a dog and then
proceeded to take us around to meet all the perspective candidates
he thought appropriate for our desires, letting us see how they
interacted with other dogs as well as privately with just us. At all times
Carl was very knowledgeable and courteous, answering all of our
questions with patience and ensuring we always had water to drink.
We met Tucker probably about half way through and as soon as we
had met all the perspective canine candidates we immediately knew
Tucker was the dog for us.

The B.D.R.R. facility is beautiful and very humane, and hence we have
since made an additional donation as well as referring a couple of
friends there as well to find there new dog with much success.
We will continue to recommend and donate to your facility.

Thank you again B.D.R.R.;
Sincerely; John & Gayle

2 Lisa421

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog (German shepherd mix with hound, golden ret) that we named Sadie from the Dream Ride to benefit SPecial Olympics in Farmington, CT where Big Dog Ranch was a participant and brought up about 50 dogs from Florida. The moment we laid eyes on Sadie at the event we were in love. It was obvious that she was a very special dog that needed a forever home. She was clean, sweet, sociable and very loving. We are so thankful that BDR saved her from a kill shelter in South Carolina and brought her to their facility in Florida for a second chance. We will donate to BDR each and every year at Christmas time to thank them for all of the work they do to save dogs and find them loving homes. Cannot say enough wonderful things about BDR and what they do! Thank you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have heard about Big Dog Ranch Rescue for a long time and followed them on Facebook. I really love and support their cause. I finally got around to visiting (I'm 180 miles away) and seeing the operation in person was even more impressive. They save hundreds of dogs and are always full. As soon as one is rescued, they save some more. The staff was super friendly, patient and definitely cared about all of the dogs. We adopted our dog and can't be more thankful for all that they do.

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Client Served

Rating: 3

They do save lives and that earns them some stars but there are some things about BDRR that bother me. I don't like when you walk into the ranch you see all of these dogs in crates, not runs but crates. Most sit there all day with the exception of a walk now and then. The outdoor dogs are in fenced in areas and most have tarp like shelters and I do not think they are brought in at night. I went there looking for a dog that I saw on their website. I walked around and did not see it then I learned it was in the "Monkey area" (no clue why its called that). This is not an area that is available to the public unless they are walked back there and shown. I follow them on FB and noticed that some dogs have been there for way over a year. I fear those dogs are forgotten in the monkey area. I wish they were more of a cage free rescue or that the dogs had better enclosures and shelter and for God sake toss out those damn crates!

1 Alicia28

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our little girl YOLO, formerly Yellow, from BDRR back in March. She has brightened up our home and is now a BFF to two little girls, ages 10 and 6. She was housebroken and knew basic commands. The staff at BDRR are a compassionate, loving, dedicated group of individuals. Even after the adoption , they were available to provide guidance, support and answer questions as YOLO
transitioned into her new home. As my girls would say, "YOLO is the best dog ever!" We are so very thankful that BDRR saved her life and rehabilitated her until she could find her furever home with us. Cannot imagine life without her. More importantly, my kids learned a powerful lesson and often tell others to adopt, not shop in order to help other dogs find a loving, forever home!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful experience. Looking forward to returning. Educational as well as entertaining. The property is immaculate and the big cats look very content. Hard to believe that some of these animals had not been well taken care at their previous homes. The big cats all look so healthy and happy now!

2 Danielle A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When our German Shepherd mix of almost 16 years passed away, I was absolutely devastated. I had been to a BDRR fundraiser before, and had just fallen in love with their organization. The work that they do is wonderful, and a true service to our community. My husband and I immediately went down there, and looked around. I think the hardest part is adopting just one - I would take them all if I could! But after a few weeks of getting through all of the background work on us, and actually coming to a decision on a pup, we brought home our baby girl, Rina Beane! She was so small and thin when we first got her because they had rescued her from a kill shelter in Miami. Now she is a long-legged, 73 pound lap dog with so much puppy energy! She lights up our whole lives! I would recommend BDRR to any and every dog lover is who might be able to either rescue a pup or volunteer their time to such a worthy cause! As soon as we outgrow our town home and buy a home with a yard, I hope we can adopt another.