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. 
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ADOPTED - AUGUST 2017!!!
​Maxie is a 2.5 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

Maxie is located in the Rochester, NY area and typically at tends the Rochester Area Meet and Greets at Pet Supplies Plus on Saturdays from 11-2pm. Please confirm her attendance with her foster parents.
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION - SPECIAL NEEDS
Belle is a 4 1/2 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 has 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. Belle did however gain tons of confidence from her canine foster brothers and sisters, and really looked to them for guidance.  

2/7/17 Update:
In the comfort and safety of her foster home, Belle has become affectionate and playful. Outside the home Belle still gets very nervous. She does like car rides, but does not always enjoy getting out at an unfamiliar destination. She is crate trained, and enjoys her crate. She does not “bay “ a lot-only occasionally at dinnertime while she is waiting for her bowl to be filled, or if she sees the neighbor’s dog who runs over to say hello. All in all she is an easy dog, she just needs certain things in place in her forever home to ensure her progress, comfort, and safety. It needs to be kept in mind that she will never be what is considered a “normal dog”.

Things Belle will need in a forever home:
- A quiet home.
- Another well-balanced dog.
- Fence
- Possibly someone with experience with fearful dogs.
- An understanding that she will NEVER be an off-leash dog, and will ALWAYS be a flight risk.

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

Belle fosters in the Rochester, NY area.  Please check with her foster mom about her attendance at Meet & Greets.
ZOEY - ADOPTION PENDING 11.14.17!!!

Zoey is a 50 lb., 1 yr.oldish, Bi-Color German Shepherd Dog. Zoey is the size a female German Shepherd was meant to be! She was turned in to a local shelter as a stray. This sweet girl is looking for a family that enjoys being active. She would like to hike, learn agility, and/or just have plenty of play time with her people. 

 Zoey loves people and wants to meet everyone, she likes children but would be best in a home without children or with older teens. As with many of the herding breeds, Zoey is interested in all moving things on TV and passing by the house. We are working with her to not be so excited when she sees them. Zoey lives with 3 dogs and does very well with them. However, we are recommending no small dogs or cats be part of Zoey's family. Zoey will be required to attend obedience classes.


For more information on Zoey please contact nmiller009@rochester.rr.com
Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccinations: Yes
4DX Heartworm/Lyme Test Results: Negative
Monthly Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Flea/Tick Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Housebroken: Yes
Crate-Trained: Yes

Zoey fosters in the Rochester, NY area. Please check with her foster mom regarding her attendance at Meet & Greets.
CASSIE  -  ADOPTED 12.30.16!!

Cassie is a beautiful 5 year old German Shepherd Dog (GSD).   She was surrendered to a local shelter by her owners who were no longer able to care for her.

It appears that Cassie has not experienced much socialization outside the home in her life. She is very reserved and is decompressing in her foster home. This we do know, Cassie will need patience and understanding, and time to settle before she begins the search of a forever home.  

More on Cassie as we get to know her better. 

For more information on Cassie, please contact her foster mom Roseexplorer53160@msn.com

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

Cassie is located in the Buffalo, NY area. Please check with her foster mom to be sure she will be at a particular Meet & Greet

LUNA - ADOPTED 10/6/17!!
​Luna is a Siberian husky about 2.5 years old. To say that she is a love bug is an understatement!  She will give hugs and kisses and rub your legs like a cat, and if she slows down long enough, belly rubs are her absolute favorite! 

She lives with 2 young boys whom she loves to play “catch me if you can” with and also lives with other dogs and gets along with them all. She does like to talk, especially at dinner time, but is otherwise very quiet in her crate!

She is a very happy and playful girl who loves having a yard to run and run and run in so a fenced in yard is a must to keep her safe. She is a bit too interested in the kitties, so a home without any small animals is also best. She would also love to be the only dog or live with a male dog in her forever home.

For additional information on Luna, please email her foster mom Lyn: bigdogsrulerescue@rochester.rr.com

Spayed: Yes 
Up to Date on Vaccines: Yes
4DX Heartworm/Lyme Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Preventative: Yes
Flea/Tick Preventative: Yes
Microchipped: Yes 
Housebroken: Yes
Crate trained: Yes 






Luna fosters in the Rochester, NY area. Please check with my foster mom about my attendance at Meet & Greets.
DIANA - ADOPTED 1.3.17!!
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, 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 requiring that Diana's forever home have a physical fence and children over the age of 13 years of age.


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.
ABBIE - ADOPTED 2.7.17!!
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

Abbie fosters in the Corning, NY area. Please contact her foster parents if you would like to meet her.
ANGEL - AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION (MEDICAL WAIVER FOR ACL)
We believe Angel is between  7 and 8 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.  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. While Angel does have a torn ACL, it does not hinder her in the least, nor does she exhibit pain. She is currently taking daily Dasuquin MSM (joint supplement) and Rimadyl, as NSAID, but only as needed. She runs and plays as if she were a 3 year old.

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


LILLY - 
JAZZY - ADOPTED MAY 2, 2017!!

Jazzy is a 3 and 1/2 year old female German Shepherd Dog ("GSD") who was surrendered to a shelter. She is sweet and spunky, very much a typical female GSD. 

Jazzy can be a bit aloof when first meeting people, but warms up quickly. She does well with her foster siblings, all German Shepherds.

We do not know how she is with small animals (cats and squirrels) or small breed dogs, so we are recommending no small animals in her forever home. As we don't have a history on Jazzy we are also recommending an adult only home for her.

Jazzy loves to play ball and loves to run in the yard when her person is outside with her. Her foster mom is working on basic commands and manners. Jazzy learns quickly. Treats are a great motivator. 

She loves it when her foster mom gets the leash out to go for a walk. A physical fence is a must have a fenced in yard. No invisible fences for Jazzy.

If you are interested in meeting Jazzy, please contact her foster mom Kathy at: 
kathy1boone9@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

Jazzy fosters in the Rochester, NY area.                                                                            
LUNA AND PEPA - ADOPTED MARCH 2017!!
(their family is moving and can't bring them):
(Luna is the cream/tan girl and Pepa is the black with white girl).

Luna and Pepa are sisters that were born on 3/16/13 from a litter of 10. Luna and Pepa are a medium sized yellow lab/ border collie mix. Both sisters enjoy a good run and love playing in the snow. Both sisters don’t like very loud sounds (e.g. fireworks, thunder) and will look for comfort when these occur.  

Luna weighs about 40 lbs.
Luna is great with kids and very patient as she prefers to have as much attention as possible. Luna is submissive and willing to please. Luna tends to have a guilty look even if she hasn’t done anything wrong.
Luna is a great dog specially for a young family with small children. Luna does get anxious when left alone in the home. She is trained not to jump over gates so she can stay in one area of a home or a crate.

Pepa weighs about 48 lbs.
Pepa is outgoing and confident. Pepa enjoys attention but prefers to be running and playing. Pepa is also willing to please. Pepa will generally not look guilty for wrongdoings as her sister has the look for that. Pepa is also great with kids. Pepa is also a good dog for a young family with small children. Pepa is protective of her family. Pepa also get anxious when left alone in the home. She is trained not to jump over gates so she can stay in one area of a home or crate.

Luna and Pepa are both housebroken, crate trained, microchipped, and spayed and current on vaccinations.

For more information on Luna and Pepa, please email: Ruth at harner.ruth@outlook.com and Dani at DaniRadlichBDBH@yahoo.com






LILY - ADOPTED APRIL 23, 2017!!!

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 regarding her experience with cats.

We will update when Lily is ready for adoption, but we do know that we will require her to go to a forever home with working line GSD experience only! Lily will not be placed in a forever home without such.

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

Lily fosters in the Rochester, NY area and would typically attend the Rochester Area Meet and Greets at Pet Supplies Plus on Saturdays from 11-2pm. Please confirm her attendance with her foster parents.
GRACIE - 9/29/17 ADOPTED!!!!!!!!

Meet Gracie! Gracie is 4 1/2 years old and we believe she is a German Shepherd/Retriever 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. In her foster home, Gracie can be shy of new people. Out and about she is merely aloof.  

Gracie does well with children, however, due to her energy level we recommend she goes to forever home without children. Gracie's perfect home would be one where she is would live with at least one other dog (well balanced, non fearful) 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.  Gracie can live with dog savvy cats, she means them no harm!!

Obedience training with Gracie is a must! She needs to know that she is not in charge and her people/person has everything under control. A chaotic household is not ideal for Gracie, as she worries about everyone.

Miss Gracie can clear 4 feet with ease, so a fence higher than such is a must! 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.)
ANNIE (a/k/a "Annie Banana") - ADOPTED 10/6/17!!!
Annie is a mini German Shepherd Dog. She was turned in to a local shelter as a stray, along with Zoey above!. 
​Both girls were not in good physical condition, although Zoey was better than Annie.  At the time of transfer from the shelter (in early May), Annie weighed 15.4 lbs. and was initially thought to be much older.  At her most recent visit with Mendon Village Animal Hospital on August 22, 2017, Annie tipped the scales at 42 lbs., which is her maintenance weight, and is estimated to be 1-2 years old.

While Annie has gained much confidence while with her foster parents, she will most likely always be shy with humans. She currently does "drive-bys" for attention. Annie adores other dogs and is actually a spitfire in canine play, but is also respectful of less energetic dogs. Annie is also very respectful of cats!!

We prefer that Annie's forever home have a physical fence, as Annie could be a flight risk if something scares her and she enjoys exploring her fenced backyard. Annie likes children, however would due best in a home without children or with older teens. Annie needs a patient forever home, which must include at least one other socially well-balanced dog!

We will update when Annie is available for adoption.

For more information on Annie please contact darcydrons@gmail.com

Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccinations: Yes
4DX Heartworm/Lyme Test Results: Negative
Monthly Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Flea/Tick Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Housebroken: Yes (but may still have an accident if not let out regularly).
Crate-Trained: Yes (Annie loves to hang out in her crate with the door open when we are home)

Annie fosters in the Rochester, NY area. Please check with her foster mom regarding her attendance at Meet & Greets.
INTRODUCING GYPSY: AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION (10/22/17)

Gypsy is estimated to be about 3 years old and we think maybe rottie/ hound mix?   What we are sure of is she is the sweetest girl! We guess she didn't have the easiest start to life. Someone left her tied outside the city shelter. She has several congenital defects, one being her lower jaw is much smaller than it should be but her tongue hanging out is her (a most adorable feature, which doesn't seem to have any adverse affect for her:). She has bi-lateral hip dysplasia and some neurological issues (due trauma to prior unknown trauma to a disc) that causes her to have a wobbly back end at times. However, all this doesn't stop her from doing much. 

She loves people and kids (although we are looking for a forever home without young children, due to her ortho issues). She does will with all dogs, big and small (we would like her to go to a home with lower energy dogs, as rough play, even though she doesn't know it, is not good for her. 

She loves walks (short is best, although she would keep going) and needs to keep to low impact activities, e.g. swimming, treadmill walks, etc.. 

We are working with her veterinarians at Mendon Village Animal Hospital and Mendon integrative veterinary medicine and she is currently taking Dasuquin MSM as a joint supplement, fish oil (ortho dosing). All very doable and have we mentioned how sweet Gypsy is? Even though we believe her to be special needs, she doesn't know it! 

If you would like to learn more about Gypsy, please contact her foster mom Katie at kutiekt21@yahoo.com

Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
4DX Heartworm/Lyme Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Preventative: Yes
Flea/Tick Preventative: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Housebroken: Yes
Crate-trained: Yes


Gypsy fosters 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 her attendance with her foster.