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
Introducing Miss Fluff. I am an Alaskan Malamute approximately 7 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. I am as active as you would like me to be, if you want to walk, I'll go with you. However if you would like to just bum around that's fine with me also. I live with other dogs, but I would prefer to be the only pet, you see I just want my people all to myself. I have lived with kids and do great with them! I like to talk to them! I have a slight incontinence issue, but my 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 do love the snow! 


For more information on Miss Fluff please contact 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
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 prior to adoption
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm Test Results:
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 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.
Adoption Pending
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!

Update: 
Maxie has turned into the most loving and affectionate dog. She is now 1.5 years old and she is one of the most athletic dogs I have ever seen. She is fast and agile and never gets tired. She loves to play fetch and loves to swim. Maxie is fully crate trained now and needs a home that will keep her active. She has learned that it's OK to be left alone and her new home will need to make sure they don't let her slip back into her separation anxiety. She loves other dogs but can be "too much" for some dogs due to all her energy. Maxie is a sweet and adorable girl who wants to please. 

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
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.  The more I get to know Pinky, I am finding a sweet, lovable, beautiful girl.   She continues to amaze me.    Pinky and her sister Scarlett were surrendered to a 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
Meet Annie.  Annie is a very energetic 11 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 alyndra@pugsleysplace.org

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.
Under Evaluation
Kalji (pronounced with a silent “J”),is a 2 ½ year old female Akita. She was turned in to a local shelter because her owners could no longer care for her. Kalji spent all of her life in an outdoor kennel with her mom, and due to this she has had little socialization, and every experience is new and scary to her. She has a tendency to cope with this fear by dropping onto the ground and crawling on her belly.

In her foster home, Kalji lives with other dogs and she does well. When play amps up and running starts to happen, she does get overly excited and goes into chase mode, and barks in the other dogs faces which some dogs might not be too fond of, and with the wrong dog this could lead to trouble. Potential adopters will also need to be aware that she is a very vocal girl. As stated earlier, so much is new to her. Even putting a leash on was a traumatic experience, so an experienced, patient handler would be best in order to help Kalji navigate her way through life. Kalji is a very sweet, affectionate girl with lots of room to grow and with the right support her confidence will sky rocket!


For more information on Kalji 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
Meet Abbie! She is a 1 year old mix breed who is a nice size at about 40 pounds.

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. 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
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
Bella is a 1 year old supposedly shepherd/akita mix but I think she has lab or hound in her. She is energetic and very playful. She loves all dogs big and small and has lived with cats in the past. She is a lover and a great cuddler. She has an extremely sweet disposition. She can be defiant sometimes as I don't think she had ever been given rules but she is a quick learner and catches on quickly.  Bella is friendly with children.  

For more information on Bella please contact kutiekt21@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 Rochester, NY area. Please check with my foster mom about my attendance at Meet & Greets.
Available for Adoption
Xia, is an 8 month old German Shepherd mix. She is one of the pups from the “X” litter, and BDBH alumni Noor’s daughter.  

Xia is a typical, active, girl who loves to play!  Outside of the home, she can be a bit shy, due to this we feel that she would do best in a home without small children. Xia would need to meet any residence dogs prior to adoption, as she can be a bit bossy when initially meeting other dogs. Obedience training would be mandatory.

Xia is a special needs girl, as she was born with Megaesophagus. However, due to the great care she received from the start, after a recent set of Barium X-rays, Xia’s vet, plus all of the experts and radiologists who viewed them are so excited to find that Xia has resolved her Megaesophagus. They did all discuss the increase risk of recurrence and because there simply are not enough pups that resolve this, they do not know for sure. Everyone is just so pleased with how well she is doing! Xia’s vet did discuss that she will be a dog that you will have to be watchful with, and annual X-rays would be something she would recommend in order to truly see how she is holding up.

For more information on Xia 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 Shania! She is a true beauty. Shania is a 10 yr young purebred German Shepherd. Besides a little grey fur and a lot of wisdom you would never guess she was 10. She is very energetic and full of life! Shania was dropped off at a local shelter for no fault of her own. Her owners just no longer wanted her. She was so sad at the shelter. Once we brought her home, her eyes perked up and she was just so happy to have a soft bed to sleep on. Though she has great house manners we are pretty sure she spent most of her days in a kennel. 

Shania loves to play ball! And if you are not throwing it she will lay in the grass next to you and wait for you to be ready to play again. Shania is an absolute love bug. She just wants to be wherever you are, oh and a belly rub would make her day!  

Shania is looking for someone to love. If your looking for a slightly older gal, who enjoys the comforts of life, the companionship of a human or humans and a good game of fetch, well then Shania is your girl.  

For more information on Shania please contact daniradlichbdbh@yahoo.com

Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccinations: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Flea/Tick Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Housebroken: Yes
Crate-Trained: Yes
I am located in the Buffalo, NY area. Please check with my foster parents about my attendance at Meet & Greets. 
Available for Adoption
Hey! I'm Jazzmine.  I know what you are going to say, I'm a bit of a big boned girl.  Well...I call it my winter weight and I am working to improve this.  My foster siblings are helping me run off the excess weight with playing.  Sometimes in my exuberance, I chase the kitties that live here too, but hey I'm just really into this weight loss program.  I'm a friendly girl that has lived with children and love to meet new people.  I'm house trained and crate trained.  

I'll have my foster people add more when they get me out and about more :)

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

​Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccinations: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Flea/Tick Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Housebroken: Yes
Crate-Trained: Yes
I am located in the Rochester, NY area. Please check with my foster parents about my attendance at Meet & Greets. 

Incoming
Zoey is a 7 month old lab mix that was brought to a local humane society because the owners are getting a divorce and have no time for her. She is crate trained and housebroken. She hasn’t lived with dogs but plays with the neighbor’s dog a lot and does very well. She has lived with cats is playful and chases them sometimes.  Zoey was stressed in the shelter environment so BDBH was asked to help her out.

More information once she arrives

For more information on Zoey please contact dixon.kelly.ann@gmail.com

Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccinations: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Flea/Tick Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Housebroken: Yes
Crate-Trained: Yes
I am located in the Rochester, NY area. Please check with my foster parents about my attendance at Meet & Greets. 
Available for Adoption
Callie is a 9 month old Shepherd mix.  She is a petite girl, weighing in at 40 pounds.  Callie can be a little shy when she first meets people, but quickly becomes best friends with everyone!  Callie does well with other dogs,cats and kids. 

More as we get to know her

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

Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccinations: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Flea/Tick Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Housebroken: Yes
Crate-Trained: Yes
I am located in the Rochester, NY area. Please check with my foster parents about my attendance at Meet & Greets.