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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 provide shelter, care and affection to homeless dogs of all breeds and adopt them out into loving homes. We also promote animal welfare and celebrate the special bond between dogs and families through education, awareness and community outreach.

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

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Kelsey (formerly Mary) from BDRR. Her story was not a good one but because of BDRR caring, love and medical attention she is now a happy healthy dog. The staff was very friendly and you can tell they love the dogs they care for. They were patient and answered all of our questions and concerns. Mary was starved by her former owners so is putting on weight slowly. 5 1/2 lbs. so far. We go for weigh ins at the vet every two weeks. My vet says she is doing fine. She is getting stronger everyday and runs like the wind. If not for BDRR we would not have our precious Kelsey. Thank you for rescuing her and giving Kelsey the medical attention she greatly needed. She is a great addition to our family with our other two rescues. Thank you for the great work you do. I would recommend BDRR if you are looking to adopt. If you cannot adopt please help out in any way you can. Donations or your time to volunteer. This is a great organization and adoption center. Without places like this many dogs like Kelsey would not make it. What a loss that would be.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi! We adopted Clancy, an eight-year old, sweet walker coonhound from Big Dog Ranch Rescue. The staff and volunteers at BDRR is incredible. Clancy has come around with obedience training and is a part of our family now. Clancy is still treating for heartworms because it is a difficult worm to get rid of, but we are hopeful that he will be rid of them soon with continued treatment. We thank the donors of his medicine at BDRR. I would highly recommend BDRR.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bid Dog Ranch made it so easy to adopt my dog. They were amazing from telling me about the specifics of thes dogs and what they do. I adopted my dog in March and they made it so easy. Please donate or adopt from BDR!

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!!!

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.

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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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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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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.