Big Dogs Big Hearts rescues are microchipped with a 24PetWatch microchip. This includes free registration into the 24PetWatch pet recovery service
Big Dogs Big Hearts rescues come with 30 days of pre-paid pet health insurance through 24PetWatch, which will be provided on adoption day! 
Our non-refundable adoption fee is $295 ($275, plus $20 application fee). The adoption fee helps defray some of BDBH's expenses, which allows us to save more dogs. 
ShelterCare offers a variety of affordable programs for Dogs and Cats of all ages!
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Males for AdoptionFemales for AdoptionNon BDBH Dogs

While BDBH does its best to accurately label a rescue dog's breed(s), BDBH cannot guarantee its accuracy.



Available for Adoption
​Maxie is a 2 year old GSD mix with lots of energy and athleticism. She is a loving and playful girl weighing in at 55lbs. She is an excellent swimmer, dock jumper, hiker, and running partner. Maxie's forever home must be one that will keep her active. Maxie lacks confidence and still struggles with some separation anxiety. This has been better with a steady routine and crate training but her new home would need to continue to work on this. Maxie takes leadership from her foster siblings and would to best if adopted with another confident dog. Maxie loves other dogs but introductions have to be done carefully. Small dogs get her overly excited and probably would do best in a home without them. She forms very strong bonds with her canine friends and can often be found cuddling with them. Maxie can climb over a 4ft fence so a taller fence would be best for this girl. Maxie is very motivated and loves to learn new things!

For more information on Maxie please contact her foster mom Bess at elizabeth.sealander@gmail.com

Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Preventative: Yes
Flea/Tick Preventative: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Housebroken: Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
I am located in the Rochester, NY area and am typically at the Rochester Area Meet and Greets at Pet Supplies Plus on Saturdays from 11-2pm. Please confirm my attendance with my foster parents.
Available for Adoption
Belle is a 2 year old, female, English Foxhound mix that was turned into a local animal shelter as an owner surrender.  She was put into the shelter’s behavioral modification program due to her shyness and fear issues, but it was soon decided that she would do much better in a home in foster care.  

Belle’s nervousness/shyness is due to the lack of socialization she received as she spent the beginnings of her life tied up outside.  From the start we found that Belle was very nervous being handled.  Once getting a hold of her, she would allow all handling, but would tuck her tail and shake.  Loud noises would send her running for cover.  Being inside a home was such a new and scary thing, that she would spend most of the time pacing back and forth between the doors, or hiding down the hallway.  Outside in the yard (which is a 6 foot stockade fence), we initially had to keep her on a 30 foot lead, otherwise we would not be able to get her back into the house because of her fear of new people (especially men-she does much better with women inititially).  Belle did however gain tons of confidence from her canine foster brothers and sisters, and really looked to them for guidance.  

Now Belle will lie near us on the couch, cuddled with one of her dog friends, go back into the house when she is told to, goes straight into her crate, handles loud noises much better, and comes to both my husband and I to be rubbed and loved up on.   She will never be what people think of as a “normal” dog.  Belle will only be able to go to a home with a 6-foot stockade fence, and it will need to have another well-balanced dog or even better, dogs.  Her new home will need to understand this type of “shy” dog, and be willing to give her a lot of time and space, and never leave her unobserved outdoors. 

For more information on Belle please contact her foster mom at: heatheraallen98@gmail.com

Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccinations: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Flea/Tick Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Housebroken: Will have an occasional accident if frightened
Crate-Trained: Yes
I am located in the Rochester, NY area.  Please check with my foster mom about my attendance at Meet & Greets.
Available for Adoption
Meet Annie.  Annie is a very energetic 11.5 year old German Shepherd mix, who has the curiosity and enthusiasm of a much younger dog. Annie is a very bright girl and loves to please her family. Annie loves nothing more than to have attention and pets and will come seeking them often climbing into your lap for loving. She learns things very quickly and has already picked up several commands. Annie is fully crate trained and house trained and knows the following commands; sit, wait, leave it, crate and off. She is working on her leash manners and is coming along very nicely. She is a very sweet girl who loves to explore and run and should have a fenced in yard the she can be in.

Annie would do best with older children

For more information on Annie please contact smercado14215@yahoo.com

Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccinations: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Flea/Tick Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Housebroken: Yes
Crate-Trained: Yes
I am located in the Buffalo, NY area. Please check with my foster mom about my attendance at Meet & Greets.
INTRODUCING LANEY (AUGUST 2016)
Laney Laney is a beautiful 3 year old pure breed coated white German Shepherd Dog (a/k/a WGSD). She loves being outside and is happy running in a fenced in yard and keeping an eye out for all the squirrels.

Laney is doing great with her training and has most of her commands down but loves working on them on a daily basis. She really loves being around her humans and does everything she can to please. Laney thrives on structure and routine and likes having her crate as her safe place. She also loves having a couple of comfy spots around the house to go to unwind and relax. Laney loves long walks and does great on leash.

Laney does have a bit of anxiety which can cause her some stress. Daily training and structured routine schedules help relieve her anxiety. However, due to this we recommend her not being in a home with children under the age of 13. She does great with other dogs as well as her foster cat brother. She would do best with another confident, yet calm dog to help with her anxiety as well. Laney is a smart, loyal and very sweet girl that will surely bring joy to her forever home.

​         For more information on Laney, please contact her foster parents at: faulkner.shawn@gmail.com


Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
4DX Heartworm, Lyme Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Yes

Laney is located in the Buffalo, NY area. Please check with her foster parents to be sure she will be at a particular Meet & Greet.
MOLLY (JULY 2016)

Molly is believed to be about a one year old black shepherd mix. She is a beautiful, happy girl. As Molly is brand new to foster care, we are just starting to get to know her.

Molly is young and fun and will benefit from a confident, calm, experienced forever family to help her continue all she has learned.  She has learned house manners and knows the verbal and hand signal for sit so far.  She loves attention from her humans and is very sweet.

We would love her to go to home with another dog or dog(s) and it will be dog specific - she has much energy, she loves to play and run with her foster friends.  We would love her to have a fenced yard to do so.  In her foster home she lives with large breed dogs, male and female, as well as a 35 lbs. hound mix, who she respects. We do know that we will not place Molly in a home with cats. Due to Molly's energy and being young herself, she will be placed in a forever home with children over 15 years of age.

Here is a short video of Molly, playing on leash at a recent meet and greet, with BDBH's Frankie (see our Available Males page):

https://youtu.be/J8iNoTW7YOw

And one of her enjoying some frozen yogurt:   https://goo.gl/photos/AKQwd1zEhM9eoKrb9

​For more information on Molly please contact: darcydrons@gmail.com

Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccinations: Yes
Heartworm/Lyme (4dx) Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Flea/Tick Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Housebroken: Yes
Crate-Trained: Yes

I am located in the Rochester, NY area. Please check with my foster mom about my attendance at Meet & Greets.
Available for Adoption
Diana is estimated to be a 6 year old shepherd mix. She was transferred to BDBH from a local shelter as a stray. Diana is shy and is now learning about the world and how to enjoy life. Diana has begun to play with the other dogs she lives with and seeking out attention from humans. She has come a long way in just a few weeks, however, she will need a patient forever family, as well as another dog(s) who is well balanced (to help her with her confidence) to help her truly blossom. She is house trained, walks well on a leash and barely makes a noise. She is a very sweet girl and will follow her human everywhere :).

We are still getting to know Diana and are not sure yet about how she will do with cats or children.

Better pictures to come.

For more information on Diana, please contact Katie at: kutiekt21@yahoo.com



Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Preventative: Yes
Flea/Tick Preventative: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Housebroken: Yes
Crate-trained: Yes

I am located in the Rochester, NY area and am typically at the Rochester Area Meet and Greets at Pet Supplies Plus on Saturdays from 11-2pm. Please confirm my attendance with my foster.
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION
Meet Abbie! She is a 1 year old Terrier mix who weighs in at about 40 lbs. Abbie is a very friendly and happy girl who always has a smile on her face! She loves attention and is very eager to please her people. Her foster parents say she is a sweetheart! Abbie is a quick learner and already knows her basic commands. 

Abbie is an energetic girl who loves to run and play. Her ideal home would have a big fenced in yard for her to romp around in. At the end of a busy day, Abbie loves to curl up on your lap and snuggle in for a long nap. If you live an active lifestyle and are looking for a furry companion to join in on your adventures, you might be the perfect match for Abbie! 

Be sure to check out Abbie's Facebook page at  www.facebook.com/fosteringlove2013  for more pictures and videos.

For more information on Abbie please contact her foster parents at: fosteringlove2013@gmail.com

Spayed: Yes
Up-to-Date on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative  
Heartworm Preventative: Yes
Flea/tick Preventative: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Housebroken: Yes
Crate Trained: Yes

I foster in the Corning, NY area. Please contact my foster parents if you would like to meet me.
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION
We believe Angel is between 6 and 7 years of age, however, she acts much younger and is a high energy girl! She was surrendered to a local shelter due to a change in the family situation. 

Angel is terrific with her people and has been great with her foster pack, who are all very solid and accepting. We are saying that Angel is "special needs" not for medical reasons (she is in great health), but rather for behavior needs. From what little we know of her history we presume she lacked proper socialization and due to such has some fear behavior. She is very obedient and loving with her foster family who has and continues to properly help her learn what is appropriate behavior, but she will always need help in this area and to be protected due to her fears.

Angel lived with children and seems very appropriate with them, however, we will not place her in a forever home with children as we believe that is best. She is good with other dogs of all ages. including the 35 lbs. hound mix she currently lives with, but can be overpowering in her play style. We will be looking for an appropriate canine match.

Angel's appropriate forever home will be with a calm, confident person or couple, with German Shepherd or large breed experience a must. Her ideal forever home environment will be more of a country setting, with a fence. As you can see from the pictures she is a good girl who needs her people to understand her and guide her. Once you have her trust, you have her heart.

For more information on Angel please contact: darcydrons@gmail.com

Spayed: Yes
Up-to-Date on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm/Lyme Test Results: Negative  
Heartworm Preventative: Yes
Flea/tick Preventative: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Housebroken: Yes
Crate Trained: Yes

I foster in the Rochester, NY area. Please contact my foster parents if you would like to meet me.
DOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION! (JUNE 2016)

Hi, my name is Dot! I'm about 10 months old and am about 25 pounds (I will not be a "big dog"). I am definitely a mix of breeds which probably includes some Catahoula Leopard. I spent the first few months of my life with my brother in Texas (check out Emmet's profile on BDBH's Available Males page too!). A general person flew us up to a local shelter.  Upon arrival there, it was determined that we would due best with a rescue in a foster home.   We didn't have any humans around so I am still trying to figure it out! There is a ton to learn, but my foster parents are so proud at how far I've come already. Do you know how delicious carrots, green beans, string cheese and peanut butter are?!  And I ADORE and NEED other dogs!

I will definitely need to go to a home that has another dog- having a canine buddy makes me feel more relaxed and I learn a lot quicker that way too! I have a bit of energy as I'm still a pup so an active canine friend is key. I am really a morning person. I can settle down if everyone else is asleep (boring!) but I'm much prefer to get moving! My foster parents work during the day so I do spend some time in a crate.

I LOVE being outdoors! It's so much fun to run through the grass and find all the interesting smells. I have been splashing around in a baby pool since it's been so nice out. I guess I have webbed feet for a reason. 

I do currently live with a cat. I'm more curious about her than she is about me, but we get along pretty well. Since I am a herding breed it's probably best if I go to a family without young children. I will need a family that knows how to be patient with me, and will support my growth in confidence.  

For more information on Dot please contact her foster parents at JandLdogs@gmail.com

Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Preventative: Yes
Flea/Tick Preventative: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Housebroken: Yes
Crate-trained: Yes

I am located in the Rochester, NY area and am typically at the Rochester Area Meet and Greets at Pet Supplies Plus on Saturdays from 11-2pm. Please confirm my attendance with my foster parents.
LILLY - AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION! (AUGUST 2016)

Lilly is a 2 year old Rottweiler. Her previous owner had to move and could not take her with him, and surrendered her to a local shelter. She did not do well in that environment, and BDBH came to her rescue. While Lilly was shy and somewhat fearful at the shelter, she has blossomed in our home. She is a wonderful dog: loving, playful and eager to please. She is food motivated, and has quickly learned basic commands.

Her ideal home would have a fenced yard, as she loves to run and play with her toys. She is a wonderful combination of quiet when inside and active while outside. She gets along well with other dogs and would do well with a medium to large-sized canine companion. She has not been around cats, so we do not know how she gets along with them. While Lilly is on the small side (65 pounds), she would do best in a home without small (under age 6) children.

There are a couple more pictures of Lilly on our Petfinder site!

For more information about Lilly, please contact her foster mom, Jo Beth, at mertens@hws.edu

Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
4DX Heartworm, Lyme Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Yes

I foster in the Rochester, NY area and am typically at the Rochester Area Meet and Greets at Pet Supplies Plus on Saturdays from 11-2pm. Please confirm my attendance with my foster parents.
ILSE - AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION! (AUGUST 2016)

Ilse is a beautiful 2 year old spayed female purebred German Shepherd who had an unfortunate start to life. It is not that she was abused, rather she had no socialization and no guidance as to how to be a real dog. This inadequate rearing left her confused and uncertain and with no clear idea of how to behavior in the world of humans. She is sweet and soft in temperament but can be overwhelmed by loud voices, strangers and new places and activities. She gets stressed by these things and then withdraws.

Now for the good news! Ilse plays well with other large dogs and gains confidence from being with confident, well-balanced dogs. She plays too rough and comes on a bit too strong for small dogs, but amazingly is very good with my elderly, dog-savvy cat.  She loves going for walks and I have taken her swimming several times as well.  Currently she is enrolled in classes geared towards helping dogs like herself gain confidence.

Her ideal home would be with calm adults in a quiet home and possibly another large dog. She needs a fenced yard and I would recommend no children even teens as their rambunctiousness might be too much for her.
Ilse has made a lot of progress during the time I have fostered her and I foresee her gaining in confidence in the months and years to come. I recommend she be placed in a home with owners who have experience with dogs who need confidence building.

For more information about Ilse, please contact her foster mom, Alex, at mbogey@rocketmail.com

Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
4DX Heartworm, Lyme Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Yes

I foster in the Rochester, NY area and am typically at the Rochester Area Meet and Greets at Pet Supplies Plus on Saturdays from 11-2pm. Please confirm my attendance with my foster mom.


MAGGIE - NEWLY ARRIVED/UNDER EVALUATION (AUGUST 2016)

Maggie is approximately 2 years old and we believe she is a cattle dog mix.   We will update as we get to know her more!

​For more information about Maggie, please contact her foster mom, Kelly, at dixon.kelly.ann@gmail.com

Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
4DX Heartworm, Lyme Test Results: Pending
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Yes

I foster in the Rochester, NY area and am typically at the Rochester Area Meet and Greets at Pet Supplies Plus on Saturdays from 11-2pm. Please confirm my attendance with my foster mom.




LILY - NEWLY ARRIVED/UNDER EVALUATION (AUGUST 2016)

Lily is a purebred sable German Shepherd Dog.  We believe she is four years old.   Lily does well with other dogs and it is recommended that her forever home have another large breed dog who likes to romp and be chased in play.  We do not have knowledge on any experience Lily may have had with cats before joining us.

We will update as we get to know her more, but we do know that we will require her to go to a forever home with working line GSD experience only!

​For more information about Lily, please contact her foster parents Michael and Darcy at darcydrons@gmail.com

Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
4DX Heartworm, Lyme Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Yes


I foster in the Rochester, NY area and am typically at the Rochester Area Meet and Greets at Pet Supplies Plus on Saturdays from 11-2pm. Please confirm my attendance with my foster mom.
SADIE - ADOPTION PENDING (AUGUST 2016)

Sadie is approximately 6 years old and is a petite shepherd mix.  She is a lovely, shy but fun lady!

​Sadie entered the foster care program and her foster mom Jean G. happened to have an appropriate forever family in mind!


Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
4DX Heartworm, Lyme Test Results: Pending (8.24.16)
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Yes