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
Meet Gracie! Gracie is believed to be a 13 month old, 50 lbs. German shepherd mix.

Gracie is loving, fun and very spirited. Gracie is a high energy girl who bonds with her people quite quickly. She adores playing with other dogs and has a good read for when one may not wish to play.  Gracie can be shy of new people, however she warms up quickly. Gracie is learning her manners, yet when it comes time for breakfast and dinner, she is one of the first to go to her place in the kitchen to eat and sit patiently. She is also extremely gentle when taking treats. She does well with children, however,due to her energy level we recommend her forever home be with children 12 years or older. 

Gracie's perfect home would be one where she is would live with at least one other dog who loves to play, where her forever mom and/or dad run and/or want to learn agility with her and is an important part of the family's activities. Miss Gracie can clear 4 feet with ease, so a fence higher than such would be best. Gracie is all about fun times!

If you are interested in Gracie, please contact Darcy and Michael at: darcydrons@gmail.com

Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccinations: Yes
Monthly Heartworm Preventative: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Monthly Flea/Tick Preventative: Yes
Micro chipped: Yes
Housebroken and Crate-Trained: Yes
Most Saturdays, Gracie can be met at the meet and greet at Pet Supplies Plus in Rochester from 11-2 (contact Darcy to confirm Gracie's attendance.)
Adoption Pending
Bailey is an Australian cattle dog mix who ended up with Big Dogs Big Hearts because her family was moving.  She is a fun girl who loves to play ball and fetch and prides herself on being the best at it.  Bailey has the energy and playfulness of a young dog with the inside temper of an older dog.  She is respectful and trustworthy of household items and sleeps next to me quietly in her bed until I get up.  She is nine years old yet she goes running with me, and loves her bones, toys, and balls.  Bailey is a very intelligent and loyal dog who impresses me everyday with how smart she is.  She forms a strong bond with her person and loves to be right at your side.   Bailey is friendly with children and does well with cats.

For more information on Bailey 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
Zena is an absolute sweetheart.  She came to BDBH from some difficult circumstances but has grown into a loving, affectionate, calm dog.  Over the past six months Zena has overcome heartworm and a terrible skin infection.  She is just about done fighting the skin infection and she looks fantastic.  She has gone from a scared withdrawn dog who would lay on her bed with little interaction to a loving dog who regularly seeks affection.  She will lay next to you even if there is an available bed to lay in now.  She loves to curl up with you and she’s very gentle with all humans including young children.  She is crate trained and house trained, knows “sit” and “shake”.  While she is now learning how fun life is as a dog, she will ideally need a fenced in yard.  She loves to chase squirrels and other animals and is always on the hunt.  Though she has overcome most of her medical problems, she continues to struggle with allergies and is currently receiving allergy shots on a regular schedule.  She will likely require these treatments as well as a weekly bath for the remainder of her life to keep her comfortable and not always scratching.  She is looking for a forever home that will continue to build her confidence and be dedicated to the care of her skin.  Ideally we would like her to continue with her veterinarian that has been seeing her all along (located in Mendon).   Zena is OK with cats and other dogs but would also be OK as the only dog. 

Donations appreciated to help with Zena's medical costs

For more information on Zena 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
Hope is a 7 month old Labrador mix that was brought into a local shelter as a stray.  BDBH was asked to help due to her medical needs.  Hope has been diagnosed with demodex mange which is the non contagious mite.   Due to Hope being left untreated she also has a skin infection.  Hope has begun treatment and will soon be on the road to recovery.  

Hope is a shy little girl afraid of new people but once she warms up to you she is an absolute love bug. She is eager to learn and please and knows sit already. She loves playing with her brothers and running around the yard.  She is very patient for her meciated baths . This poor little girl has had a rough start to life but she is a survivor with hope of a long wonderful life.

Update: Hope is almost free of her demodex mange and is ready to find her forever home.  Just a couple months later she is a happy playful puppy. Still fearful of new people and places she needs a patient gentle person to teach her life is wonderful outside of home. She loves playing with big and little dogs and would definitely gain confidence with other dogs in the home.

For more information on Hope please contact her foster mom at kutiekt21@yahoo.com

Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Too Young to test
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
Hi There. My name is Harley, but my foster mom calls me Baby Hound Dog! I am a three year old Red Bone Coon Hound and German Shepherd Mix. Though I look just like my mom, I dont howl like most hounds, I bark like my dad. I live with lots of other dogs and really enjoy having friends to play with. I get along great with all of them! I also live with a cat, but I dont really pay much attention to her. I also live with two little boys whom I just adore but I need to learn
not to jump on them when I'm so excited to see them. Im a very sweet girl, who loves to please. I am very quiet in my kennel and am very gentle with food/treats. I really like to cuddle - my favorite is to cuddle on the couch between my boys and another doggie - doesn't that sound wonderful! I would love another dog in my forever home to play with.

If you'd like to learn more about me, please email my foster mom at:
bigdogsrulerescue@rochester.rr.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 foster in the Rochester NY area.  Please check with my foster mom about my availability at Meet and Greet.
Available for Adoption
Maizie is a 18 month old German Shepherd mix, that was originally picked up as a stray, so nothing is known about her background.  She is an extremely sweet girl, who loves being with her people, but is also unconfident, and can be unsure in new situations.  Due to this, she will need to go to a home with an experienced handler, one who understands this type of dog and will be able to help her navigate appropriately through these times, as well as advocate for her, allowing her the time and space to take it all in.  Maizie would also do great in a home with a confident, well-balanced dog, as she looks to her doggie friends for guidance, and loves to play.  Obedience training will be required, and hopefully her forever home would like to get her involved in some kind of canine sport which would only continue to boost her confidence.  At this time Maizie knows, "sit", "down", "come", "touch", and we are working on loose leash walking, and the "place" command.  She is super food motivated, and a very quick learner.  She cannot go to a home with cats, and a 6 foot stockade fence is preferred, as she could make quick work of a chain link.  Maizie is a great girl, with lots of love 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
Bean is a sweet 7 month old bi-colored German Shepherd Dog.  Bean adores other dogs and would do well with another one in the home however does not need one.  Bean is learning her house manners and that she is safe and does not have to worry.  It will be important that Bean's new family continue to work on building her confidence.
Bean is housebroken, crate trained and truly a sweet girl!

For more information on Bean, 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.