Big Dog Ranch Rescue

Loxahatchee Groves, Florida

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About Big Dog Ranch Rescue

Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Loxahatchee Groves, Florida is the largest cage-free, no-kill dog rescue in the United States. It was established in 2009 on the idea that every dog deserves to live a full and happy life. Since then, they’ve saved the lives of more than 40,000 dogs!

Their staff is devoted to creating a healing community for dogs, both big and small, who have been neglected, abandoned, and mistreated. They regularly sends teams to China to bring back precious pups that had been earmarked for slaughterhouses. Dogs are photographed, and their biographies are created in Asia before flying them to the US. This means many are adopted before they’ve even left Asia.

This also means many breeds not commonly available in the US find loving homes with families who have made specific requests.

Considering adoption from Big Dog Ranch Rescue? Keep reading below for more information on their adoption process and fees.

Contact Info

14444 Okeechobee Blvd
Loxahatchee Groves
(561) 791-6465

Hours of Operation

Mon: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

Adoption Process

Each week, Big Dog Ranch has over 500 adult dogs and 100 puppies just waiting to meet you. The process of adopting one of these lucky animals is straightforward:

  1. Find your perfect match online, at the Ranch, or at one of the weekly community adoption events. Each dog's personality and rescue stories will touch your heart.
  2. To expedite your adoption, please complete an adoption interest form.
  3. An adoption specialist will review your information to make sure you’re ready and equipped for a new dog.
  4. After your initial paperwork is approved, Big Dog Ranch Rescue may ask to schedule a home visit. During this visit, feel free to ask any questions you might have about your potential new pet.
  5. If you currently have a dog, arrange a meet-and-sniff introduction.
  6. To finalize the adoption, complete the required paperwork and pay the adoption fee.
  7. Bring your new dog home where they can live happily ever after!

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Big Dog Ranch Rescue are as follows:

Puppies (Under 1 Year)

  • Purebreds: $500 or $400 for veterans and first responders
  • General adoption: $300 or $200 for veterans and first responders


  • Juveniles (under 2 years): $200 or $100 for veterans and first responders
  • Adults (under 7 years): $100 or $50 for veterans and first responders
  • Purebreds (adults and juveniles): $400 or $200 for veterans and first responders
  • Special needs (adults and juveniles): $100 or $50 for veterans and first responders

Adults (2-7 Years)

  • General adoption: $200
  • Adults (2-7 years, adopted by veterans & first responders): $50
  • Seniors (7+ years): $100


  • Seniors (7+ years, adopted by veterans & first responders): $50
  • Adults (purebred): $400
  • Adults (purebred, adopted by veterans & first responders): $200

China Dogs

  • General adoption: $600 or $400 for veterans and first responders
  • Seniors (7+ years): $300 or $200 for veterans and first responders


  • Pets for Patriots: 25% off select dogs
  • Sponsored Dogs: $0 for select dogs

Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, up-to-date vaccinations, and microchipping. Each dog goes home with sample food and one month’s supply of heartworm preventative medication based on availability.

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Big Dog Ranch Rescue
Loxahatchee Groves
directly using the contact info above.

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