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

Available for Adoption
Maizie is a 2-year old German Shepherd mix, that was originally picked up as a stray, so nothing is known about her background.  She is an extremely sweet, affectionate girl, who loves being with her people.  Maizie is working on building her confidence in new situations, and would benefit from a home where she can continue to work on her obedience training.  She is extremely food motivated and a quick learner!  At this time Maizie knows, “sit”, “down”, “touch” and is working on the “place” command.  Agility classes have been great for her and she truly enjoys it.  She is a natural at it and not afraid of working, showing no hesitation through the shoot, tunnel, or A-frame!

Maizie lives with foster brothers and sisters of all sizes and loves to romp around with them.  She would do best in a home without cats and a 6-foot stockade fence would be preferred.  Maizie is a great girl, with lots of love and affection to give, and will blossom with consistent, experienced handling. 

For more information on Maizie 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: 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
Introducing Miss Fluff. I am an Alaskan Malamute approximately 6 yrs old. There is not a lot known about my past but I am glad Big Dogs Big Hearts committed to giving me a second chance to find my forever home.  Though I am a big girl, I’m not super high energy. I have numerous foster brothers and sisters that I live with now, but I really prefer the company of my people. I also really like the two little boys I live with. I like to talk to them! I have a slight incontinence issue, but my new foster mom puts medicine in my food once a day and then I am fine. I think it’s a special treat in my food and lucky for me, it’s not very expensive at all. I know many basic commands and love to give kiss’s. Though I was raised in the South, I think I’m really going to like playing in the snow when it comes! More information to come as my foster mom learns all about me.

For more information on Miss Fluff please contact bigdogsrulerescue@rochester.rr.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 Rochester, NY area.  Please check with my foster mom about my attendance at Meet & Greets.
Available for Adoption
Introducing Jana (pronounced ya-na).  Jana is an absolutely beautiful and amazingly sweet 7 year old Rottweiler.  She is a total love bug and just wants to hang out.  She is what we would consider to be a very low maintenance girl!  She loves other dogs and is actually starting to play with them a bit.  She also loves to chew on a bone from time to time and just nap!

Jana is a special needs girl because she has seizures.  She is now on a combination of two medications and since she started them she has not had any seizures!  Jana will need to remain her seizure medication for the rest of her life.  She has a very soft mouth and takes her pills every 12 hours.

For more information on Jana, please contact her foster mom and dad; Tim and Lindsay at: lheberg3@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
Meet Indie! Indie is a 7 month old mix breed.  DNA results say I am a German Shepherd, Collie, Chihuahua mix.  Upon meeting Indie you will notice that she has the softest fur and is a typical 7 month old puppy.  She is working on her basic obedience and still has moments when she can be mouthy.  Indie loves other dogs and could play for hours.  She also is great about coming into the house and picking up a bone to chew on.  Indie does well in her crate and loves car rides.  Indie would do best in a home with older children due to her being mouthy.

Indie is a special needs girl.  Indie is special in that she has an Intrahepatic Liver Shunt.  Basically, this means that she has a very large vein that is running through her liver and her liver is unable to work as it should.  At this time, Indie shows no clinical signs of her condition.  She truly is a typical pup!  Indie has been seen by our wonderful vets (Mendon Village Animal Hospital) and also took a trip to Cornell.  Based on what they saw it is felt that the best plan of action for Indie is to medically manage her.   This means that Indie will continue to eat prescription food that is low in protein and she will need to have a urinalysis and bloodwork every 4 months or so for her lifetime to monitor her liver function.

Click here to learn more about Indie's condition: http://www.vet.utk.edu/clinical/sacs/shunt/faq.php

For more information on Indie, please contact her foster mom and dad; Lindsay and Tim at: lheberg3@gmail.com

Spayed: Will be
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm Test Results:
Heartworm Preventative: Yes
Flea/Tick Preventative: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Housebroken: Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
Available for Adoption
Meet Abby! She is a 7 year old Lab mix who will steal your heart from the moment you meet her!

She is a great companion who loves to cuddle and stay by your side. A perfect day for Abby includes a going for a leisurely walk or hike, playing a game of fetch in the yard, then snuggling up next to you for a nap. She is friendly with other dogs and has lived with another dog all of her life. Her foster parents say that she has the sweetest personality and is an absolute joy! If you are looking for a loyal, furry companion who will give you lots of love and tail wags, you might be the perfect match for Abby!

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

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

Neutered:   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
Hi! My name is Reese. I was named after the candy- look at my peanut butter and chocolate colored swirls!  I'm a mixed breed- some boxer, dachshund, rottweiler and a few other things. I'm a little over a year old and I weigh about 40 pounds.  I won't be growing much more.

My favorite thing in the entire world is water! I love to slurp it, play in it, bite it- you name it, I love it! Hot dogs come in a close second though. My foster parents take me to Corbett's Glen and let me play in the creek. If it's hot I just like to lay in the water for awhile. I haven't had much experience swimming yet, but I really hope I do soon!

I'm an active pup at home. I love being outside, running after birds and squirrels, and chasing my ball of course. I really need to get my energy out so having a fence is a must!  I am working on my leash skills, but I would love to go for walks or hikes. Rain or snow doesn't bother me much.

I can be a little shy until I know you but I love meeting new people. I do still need work on the proper way to show my excitement when people come over. I love other dogs- I live with a foster brother right now. We love to wrestle and play chase (inside and outside much to my foster parents chagrin).  I go to daycare once a week. It's so much fun! At the end of the day though I love to snuggle up in the blankets with everyone.

I am crated when my foster parents go to work, but it would be best for me if someone was home with me most of the time. Weekend days are my favorite because I get to hang out with my foster parents all day.

I would do best in a home without children.  Experienced owners preferred.  

If you are interested in Reese please contact Lindsay and Jon at JandLdogs@gmail.com

Neutered/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 am located in the Rochester, NY area.  Please check with my foster mom about my attendance at Meet & Greets.
Available for Adoption
Jewel is a one year old PitBull Terrier mix. She is a beautiful happy girl looking for that special person that would be devoted to her love and care. She likes to keep busy going for walks or playing with her favorite toys.

She is fully crate trained, and we are working on house training.

Due to missing out on important, early socialization, Jewel can become excited when meeting new dogs.  She never learned how to properly greet other dogs, and her interaction can be quite awkward.  I am working on her socialization by meeting and walking with other dogs.  Jewel is also enrolled in training classes which are important to keep her engaged and focused. She has made a lot of progress learning commands and has become more comfortable being around other dogs.

Jewel has an undetermined medical issue being referred to as "loss of hind legs". When exercised for a period of time Jewel’s hind legs will get stiff.  She does recover to normal after a short time. She is currently being evaluated for this condition. 

If you would like to meet Jewel please contact jakdepki@gmail.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 Rochester, NY area.  Please check with my foster mom about my attendance at Meet & Greets.
Available for Adoption
Maddie is a 10 month old Australian Shepherd mix.  She's a petite girl weighing in at 30 pounds.  Maddie is a very smart girl who loves to learn and wants to please.  Maddie can be shy with new people and is working on her socialization, because of this she will do best with an adult family.    She's an energetic girl who would excel at an active sport, and is looking for someone that will have the time to socialize her and give her an energy outlet.

Maddie would benefit from an experienced owner, and will be required to attend obedience classes with her adopters.

If you are interested in Maddie please contact her foster mom at pickadilee@aol.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 Rochester, NY area.  Please check with my foster mom about my attendance at Meet & Greets.
Available for Adoption
Noor is a beautiful black German Shepherd Dog. She is the mother to our X litter and is about a year and half old.  Noor has integrated into our pack and does wonderfully with all dogs.  Noor is working on building her confidence. She trusts woman easily but takes a bit longer to trust men. Once she knows them she is a typical dog!  Noor does well in her crate and sleeps out at night. She loves the snow and is great about coming inside and chewing on a bone.

Noor is a smart girl who will benefit from obedience and an active home.

For more information on Noor, please contact Tim and Lindsay at: lheberg3@gmail.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 Rochester, NY area.  Please check with my foster mom about my attendance at Meet & Greets.
Adoption Pending
Scarlett is a lovable fun 8 month old mastiff mix (we think).  She has the most beautiful red coat and she weighs 63lbs.  She gets along great with other dogs and she adores her foster sisters.  She loves to lay down with a bone.  Scarlett can be a little nervous at times but she is gaining confidence everyday.  She is crate trained and house trained but puppy obedience classes would be necessary for her to help channel all her energy.  More as we get to know her

For more information on Scarlett please contact her fosters 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
Introducing Kada! Kada is a 5 year old Rottweiler who was admitted to a local shelter when her owners got divorced.  You may notice Kada has a bit of an odd left front foot, this is apparently from her mom stepping on her when she was young.   She likes to spend her days lounging on the couch, or snuggling with whoever she can find. Kada would enjoy a home free of other dogs, but seems to be ok with the cat in her current foster home. She would love a family who has lots of time to spend with her, she even likes accompanying her people to work! If a beautiful, sweet girl is what you've been looking for, here she is!!

For more information on Kada please contact scowen54@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: Unknown
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
Maxie is a 10 month old German Shepherd mix who was surrendered to the shelter due to unfortunate circumstances of her owner.  She is a high-energy, sweet, and smart girl.  She has a strong bond with her foster sisters and can always be found cuddling with one.  However, initial meets with new dogs have to be done carefully as Maxie does have some insecurity. She sleeps quietly through the night in her bed.  She is still learning that she is safe now and if she’s left alone that we will be back.  Initially, Maxie struggled with some separation anxiety but she is almost fully crate trained now.  Maxie would excel in a home with a confident and gentle leader that would continue working with her to overcome her anxiety, work on her boundaries, and get her involved in agility training or something to channel all of her energy.  She can easily jump a 4ft baby gate.  She is very food/treat motivated and loves to learn new things!  Obedience training will be mandatory for her but she’s already learned sit, stay, come, and shake.  Ideally, Maxie’s forever home would have experience with German Shepherds and another confident dog in the home.  In return, this girl has a lot of love to give!

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
Hope is a 1 year old mixed breed that was brought into a local shelter as a stray.  BDBH was asked to help due to her medical needs.   Hope came to us with demodex mange covered in scabs in pain and afraid. She has come such a long way! Fully healed and much more trusting. She loves women but still takes time to warm up to men. She has a great time playing with her furry friends big and small at daycare and at home. She takes time to come out of her shell with new people but one she does she won't leave your side. She would do best in a home with other dogs, patience and no small kids.

For more information on Hope please contact her foster mom 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 parents.
Available for Adoption
Margo is a 5 year old Rottweiller.  Margo came to us from a breeding situation where her owner could no longer care for her.  Margo came to BDBH knowing nothing of what it was like to be a pet.  Margo is definitely enjoying being a valued member of a family, and being able to live indoors.  Margo is basically a puppy in an adult body and needs adopters that will treat her as such.  All the normal things we take for granted are all new to Margo, such as leash walking, toys, and being a family member.  Margo is making great strides, she loves to play, and loves to go for walks.  She is doing very well on her house training, she is great in her crate.  Margo is friendly with other dogs and cats.  She loves attention, and although she can be nervous with new situations and people, she is always up for a pet and a belly rub.

Margo's adopters will be required to attend obedience class with her to continue to build her confidence.

For more information on Margo please contact pickadilee@aol.com

Spayed: Will be prior to adoption
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
Please say hello to Xia.  Xia is a 10 week old German Shepherd mix puppy!  Her mother is Noor, a purebred black German Shepherd but we do not know who her dad is. Xia is a typical pup - sweet and smart!  She already has an understanding of housebreaking and enjoys going in her crate.  She is a confident girl and loves playing with all of her foster siblings!

Xia is a special needs girl as she has Megaesophagus.  For more information on mega-e take a look here: http://www.akcchf.org/canine-health/your-dogs-health/disease-information/megaesophagus.html

Fortunately, Xia Mega-e has been pretty manageable.  Ashes needs her food made into a slurry and she must relax for 30 minutes after she eats.  As long as we do those things for her she has had minimal regurgitation.

For more information on Xia please contact Tim and Lindsay at: lheberg3@gmail.com

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.
New Arrival
Sherri is a 1 year old female, German Shepherd.  She was admitted to a local humane society as a stray so we don't know anything about her past.  Sherri is a friendly girl that gets a long well with dogs. 

More as we get to know her.

If you are interested in Sherri please contact kathy1boone9@gmail.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 Rochester, NY area.  Please check with my foster mom about my attendance at Meet & Greets.