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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.
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:
Adoption fees at Big Dog Ranch Rescue are as follows:
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.
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, below you'll find some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
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:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
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.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
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.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.