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!
Males for AdoptionFemales for AdoptionNon BDBH Dogs

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
​Maxie is a 2 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
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
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 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.
Adopted
Ella is a six (6) year old, female German Shepherd. Please don’t let her age fool you, she has the energy of a much younger dog. Ella came to BDBH foster care as a transfer from a local humane society. Even though we know quite a bit about Ella’s previous life, there are some missing parts and it is one of those instances in which we wish she could verbally speak to us.

Even though Ella is quite obedient in her foster home, formal obedience training is mandatory with her forever family. In her foster home, she lives with other female and male dogs and does well (including a 35 lbs. dog)! However, her current pack is very stable and her foster parents are experienced , who believe her most appropriate forever home will 1) be dog or dog(s) specific; and 2) previous GSD or large breed experience. Ella will not be placed in a forever home with cats. Due to her energy, Ella will not be placed in a home with children under the age of fifteen.

Ella is a smart, very loving girl who bonds extremely quickly. She is a typical female GSD. She wants to please her people, listens extremely well to her people, can be a bit bossy with other dogs. She has zero food or possession issues with humans nor dogs. She does well with men, women and has always been appropriate with children she has met while in foster care. She is particular attached to her foster mom and when on leash can take it upon herself to be protective of her foster mom (not with people, rather unknown dogs). 

If you believe you might be an appropriate forever home for Ella, please contact her foster mom at: darcydrons@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
Ella is located in the Rochester, NY area. Please check with her foster mom to be sure she will be at a particular Meet & Greet.

Available for Adoption
Bella is a German Shepherd mix who is approximately four and a half years old and weighs 70 lbs. She has lots of energy and enthusiasm, and loves her people. She is great playing with my German Shepherd and loves all the dogs that come to visit my house. Bella's forever home must be one that will keep her active because she needs to release her energy! Bella loves going for car rides and taking long walks with her foster shepherd brother. They love to play in the backyard and will chase each other for hours. Bella does have some herding instincts and she would best fit in with someone who knows the breed.

For more information please contact her foster mom at DaniRadlichBDBH@yahoo.com

Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Yes
Bella is located in the Buffalo, NY area. Please check with her foster mom to be sure she will be at a particular Meet & Greet.
Available for Adoption
Jewel is a one and a half year old Pit Bull 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.

We are so very proud of our Jewel! She has come so far. When she first came to BDBH she had zero skills with other dogs and her impulse control needed some work, but we knew she had such abilities. She fosters with a very stable pack who have shown her what is means to be part of a pack through their guidance, patience and reward with her very loving foster dad supervising all. So much so that Jewel has been able to take the skills she has learn over the months and demonstrate she can now do the same outside her pack. Jewel very recently was even a test dog for another dog who needed to be evaluated and those of us who have watched her blossom had tears in our eyes watching her. She was appropriate, gave wonderful signals to calm the other dog and let him know she would play appropriately! Jewel is a perfect example of the right home being critical.

Jewel adores every man, woman and child she has met. Due to her bully energy, we do feel that she should be placed in a home with children fifteen or older. Jewel will need a confident, calm, experienced forever parent/parents to help her continue all she has learned. We would love her to go to home with another dog or dog(s) and it will be dog specific - she has much energy. Jewel does not have any food or possession issues with people or other dogs.

Have we mentioned how proud we are of Jewel? If you love the breed and 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.
Adopted
​Riser is a Pit Bull mix although she looked more like a Chihuahua when we first got her. She is now 10 months old and weighs around 40 pounds. Her story, before she came to us, was sad, downright awful. I remember holding her on my lap on the car ride home from the shelter, not caring that she was covered in dried up blood or that she smelled like urine and feces. I could feel every single bone in her small body. Her eyes were hollow. She rested her head heavily on my shoulder and I just held her as tight as her frail body could handle. I told her that her life before us was over, whatever the outcome; she would know love and compassion from that moment forward. We chose to call her Riser in the hopes that she would live up to her name, emphasis on the word live. The first couple of weeks were full of baby steps, each one a milestone that was celebrated. Slowly, Riser’s desire to live sparked and eventually ignited. With the guided help of Mendon Village Animal Hospital, Riser not only began to gain weight and confidence. She started walking and climbing stairs. Riser began to trust. Eventually, she was introduced to the routine of walking each morning and snuggling at night. She started enjoying chewing on bones and just being a puppy. (We have chosen not to share Riser's before us pictures in her bio, as we want to focus on now and her future - however, the same can be seen on BDBH's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BDBHrescue/posts/685000004935905)

Today, Riser is still on the mend but is for all intents and purposes, a health and happy pup. Riser does very well with cats. Although she lives with two other dogs, due to her life before us, we feel she would do best as an only dog, plus she prefers the companionship of humans. She has attended obedience classes and knows her commands very well. She is very intelligent and food motivated. Riser does great on walks and does not pull. She is still maturing as a pup and will continue to need obedience training within the home. Riser is an absolute love who is perfectly content snuggling on your lap. She also does very well in her crate and is housetrained. She tolerates baths and loves the vet! She has not been child tested; however, again, due to her before us life, we believe she should be placed in an adult only home. Riser has known the ‘good life’ for only a very short time. She is still adjusting and will continue to need reassurance and a lot of love. Riser has fought hard for her happily ever after and more than anything needs a stable and calm environment to enjoy the rest of her life.

Riser is on track medically for clearance to spay in April.

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

Spayed: Will be prior to adoption
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Will be prior to adoption
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Yes
Riser is located in the Rochester, NY area. Please check with her foster mom to be sure she will be at a particular Meet & Greet.
Adoption Pending
Meet Nora! She is a 2 year old German Shepherd who is looking for her forever home. Nora is a sweet girl with a gentle soul. She came to us as a stray and was a very quiet, reserved dog who was timid and shy. With time and patience, Nora slowly began to trust us and blossomed into the confident and goofy girl she is today. New situations can still be scary for her, but with patience and lots of yummy treats she becomes more comfortable. Nora loves her people and enjoys attention. She gets along well with other dogs and will do best in a home with another furry friend to help her build confidence. Nora has a lot of love to give and is ready to find her forever family! 

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

For more information on Nora 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 Corning, NY area. Please check with my foster parents about my attendance at Meet & Greets.