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
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 bigdogsbigheartsrescue@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
Hi, I’m Kada and I’m a queen!! They tell me I’m a 5 year old Rottweiler who was admitted to a local shelter when my owners got a divorce. Let me tell you a little bit about me. I’m a full figured gal topping the scales at a bit over 100 pounds. I love cuddling on the couch with my people or accompanying them to work or errands or the bathroom, I mean hey you never know when you may need a helping hand! Speaking of hands, I hope you don’t discriminate…as you can see my left paw is a bit different.  You see I’m really special, well ok we think my birth mom stepped on me when I was a wee little baby and left me with this odd deformity, but really I’m just sticking with I’m special ya know like a unicorn and being different from the rest just makes me more awesome. I don’t really like other dogs, I mean other dogs means sharing attention and who wants to do that?! I need and deserve all the attention! I do however not mind those little things they call cats, they are kind of weird but I guess they are alright.  Did I mention I love to cuddle?!  Are you looking for a dog who’s laid back, easy going, loving and not afraid of a bit of extra baggage? (I’ll need a good joint supplement for life to help with arthritis due to my unicorn paw putting a bit of extra work on my other 3 legs). Well what are you waiting for?? Email my foster mom so you can come and meet me asap!! I’ll be waiting for you.

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, who came to us from a breeding situation where her owner could no longer care for her.  She came to BDBH not knowing what it was like to be somebody's pet.  She is definitely enjoying being a valued member of a family now and  loves 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 new to her. Things like leash walking, toys, and just being part of a family.  But Margo is making great strides.  She loves to play and go for walks.  She is doing very well with her house training and behaves in her crate.  Margo is friendly and appropriate with other dogs and cats.  While she can be nervous with new people and situations, she loves attention and is always up for pets and a belly rub.

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.  Xia 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.
Adoption Pending
Kamani is a 2 year old German Shepherd mix.  Kamani was admitted to a local shelter as she needed too much attention.  She is a super smart girl who wants to please.  Kamani knows sit and down and LOVES to play fetch.  Kamani has lived with teenage children.  Kamani can be fearful of new people at first but is definitely a lover once she knows you.  She is looking for someone that will keep her stimulated both mentally and physically.

More as we get to know her

For more information on Kamani please contact bigdogsbigheartsrescue@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.
We are no longer accepting applications for Buttercup, adopters will be choosen from current applicants
Buttercup was thrown out of a person's car as they drove off. How anyone could resist this face is beyond me!  She is a sweet spunky mixed breed with one blue eye and one brown. Maybe husky/boxer. She is about 7 weeks old.  She loves to play hard and has quite the big personality for not even being 9 lbs. She tires out quickly though and is a great cuddler.

For more information on Buttercup please contact kutiekt21@yahoo.com

Spayed: Will be prior to adoption
UTD on Vaccinations: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Too Young to test
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Flea/Tick Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Housebroken: Will be prior to adoption
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
Fia is an 8 year old, female German Shepherd.  She was surrendered to a local shelter because her owner had passed away.  Fia had a very bad case of flea dermatitis with secondary infections, an ear infection, and malnourished as well as very underweight.  She was immediately put on good food, supplements, and antibiotics to treat her ailments.  At that time, we also noticed that Fia was having a very hard time regaining weight, and digesting food.  After running a blood test, it was found that Fia was having some gastric issues.  She was then put on weekly B12 injections (for 6 weeks), and Tylan Powder was added to her food.  Fia has had a vast improvement!  Her fur has  grown back and it is beautiful, she is starting to gain weight, and is bright eyed and bushy tailed! 

In her foster home, Fia does live with other dogs and does well with all.  Most of all, Fia loves her people and attaches very quickly.  She is especially fond of her foster mom, and prefers to follow her wherever she can.  All in all, Fia is a very low maintenance girl, who is truly enjoying the weight gaining process, and just being loved and cared for.  If you are looking for a well-aged, “just hang out with you” king of lady, then Fia could be the dog for you.

For more information on Fia 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 availability at Meet & Greets.
Available for Adoption
Hi, I’m  Etta a 5 year old Rottweiler and I’d like to tell you my story. Up until a few months back, I knew nothing but living outside with my canine pack and having puppies.  I didn’t get a whole lot of socialization that most dogs get nor one on one attention with my person.  My owner could no longer care for me and some nice rescue people stepped in to help me and my canine family.  It was rather scary at first having strange people handle me and taking me into what they called a house.  Well I took a look around and decided it was a pretty nice place and I wanted to stay! Every day I grew more and more confident, especially with the help of my new canine friends in my foster home and my foster mom and dad.  I continue daily to learn how to respond to new things in life, and sometimes I respond like a puppy as all this stuff is so new to me I’m not sure how else I’m supposed to respond!  As much as I love my foster mom and dad and they love me I’d really like a family to call my own.  I’ll need a patient loving family who is willing to help me adjust to my new life, because of my past it’s going to take me some time but I know together we can do it, I just need a chance!  I like other dogs and don’t mind cats.  Do I sound like the girl for you? Perhaps you should email my foster mom and set up a time to meet me.  I will probably be a bit nervous at first, but with a little bit of time and some loving and belly rubs we will be friends!!


For more information on Etta please contact bigdogsbigheartsrescue@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 Pinky.  Pinky is a 7 year old Dutch Shepherd mix.  She and her sister Scarlett were admitted to a local humane society when there owner could no longer care for them.  Pinky does well with dogs and cats.  She can be shy at first but warms up quickly and loves a good belly rub.

More as we get to know her

Update:The more I get to know Pinky, if am finding a sweet, lovable, beautiful girl.   She continues to amaze me.    Pinky and her sister Scarlett were surrendered toa local animal shelter.    Pinky who would do best with the company of another dog.    She absolutely loves the resident Shepherd     There was an immediate bond between the two.     She is calm and laid back once she settles in.    Her big thing is to cuddle and give kisses, as she looks for approval and praise.     She has not been around children, and would do best in a quite environment with adults.     This beautiful, brindle colored girl is looking for forever home where she can just hang out with her person.    She has wonderful house manners,  no accidents, and has not destroyed anything in my home.   She would make a wonderful companion dog where she would be loved forever.  

For more information on Pinky 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.
Available for Adoption
Scarlett is a beautiful, 7 year old Dutch Shepherd mix. She and her sister Pinky were surrendered to a local shelter when their owner lost his home. They had been with the same owner since they were pups. It is clear that Scarlett was very loved and very well cared for. We have only had her for a couple of days but we can already tell that she is a very sweet soul. There is no doubt that she is stunning to look at from her gorgeous coat and goofy ears to her paralyzing eyes. She is currently being fostered in a home with two female dogs and four cats and she is getting along great with all. Scarlett does well on the leash and has had no accidents in the house. She also does well in her crate. I have spent a lot of time snuggling with her, which she really enjoys. Scarlett would do well in a quiet home. She has been through a lot and really just wants to be loved and find a place that she can call home again.

For more information on Scarlett please contact jessicareitz1414@yahoo.com

Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccinations: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Flea/Tick Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Housebroken: Work in progress
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
Big Ange is a very energetic puppy. She is about 2 months old and we think maybe rottie/shepherd mix. Loves to play and chew on everything! She is super smart and already learning to use a bell to go outside. She knows sit and is learning wait.

For more information on Ange please contact kutiekt21@yahoo.com

Spayed: Will be prior to adoption
UTD on Vaccinations: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Too Young to test
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Flea/Tick Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Housebroken: Will be prior to adoption
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
Luna is a 8 month old German Shepherd/Husky mix.  She was admitted to a local shelter as she was too much for the children in the house.  Luna does well with other dogs, we can cat test upon request   Luna will do best with older children

For more information on Luna please contact kutiekt21@yahoo.com

Spayed: Will be prior to adoption
UTD on Vaccinations: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Too Young to test
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Flea/Tick Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Housebroken: Will be prior to adoption
Crate-Trained: Yes
I am located in the Rochester, NY area.  Please check with my foster mom about my attendance at Meet & Greets.