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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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 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.
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!

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.
Adoption Pending
Sadie is a 3 year old Siberian Husky that was admitted to local humane society as she didn't do well with the resident cat.  Sadie is friendly with dogs.  

Update: Sadie has been with us for a while now and we have found her to be super sweet.Sadie is living with 3 dogs and loves them all. She is playful and would enjoy another dog to rough house with.Sadie is not real excited by toys but likes balls and plays fetch.She likes walks and I think she would make a good running partner.Sadie is great in the house and is happy to sit with or near her people.She is not living with children but has been good with all ages that she has met.


For more information on Sadie please contact nmiller009@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
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's a 40lb., one year old...wombat! We don't really know what her breed is. She's a very active girl who came to us through a local shelter as a stray. So, we don't have any history on her. She absolutely loves to romp and run around the yard and will do so in the blink of an eye. She enjoys playing with other dogs and likes to vocalize about it too. She likes cats but might be a little intense for some. So, she would be best with a "dog savvy" cat. At this time, we feel she would be best in a home with older children, due to her high energy level and physical play-style. She is currently crated when her foster parents go to work and has been doing quite well with her house training. 

For more information on Abbie 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.  
Adoption Pending
Roxie is a very loving and affectionate little girl.  Roxie is 1.5 years old.  Through no fault of her own she seems to have been bounced around through several homes, that we know of and probably a few others.   She is very sweet, submissive and sensitive like some Border Collies I have met and who knows, maybe she is a Border Collie mix.  For a home that is familiar with her sensitive nature she will be a wonderful companion. She is housebroken, crate trained and walks beautifully on leash with just a flat collar. She loves to play tug and is far more interested in her human than other dogs but she has no dog aggression whatsoever. She also is ok with my cat. Actually she would love to play with her but my cat is 13 and is not at all interested.

Roxie needs a quiet home with adults. Due to her sensitive nature, a home with kids and a high level of activity would be too stressful for her. This gentle creature needs owners with gentle hands and gentle voices. She is very responsive and just telling her No in a quiet but firm voice is all that is needed to correct her. A fenced in yard is a must for her and I would never let her off leash. Due to her sensitive temperament she can easily spook.  She needs some guidance and a little shaping behavior exercises will help but I suspect she will always be somewhat uncertain.  As I say she is fine with other dogs but does not necessarily need one around. If there is another dog in the household, I would recommend it be a quiet low key dog.  In the right home, Roxie will be a gem. She wants to be close to me whatever I do but not in a pushy way. She will be a source of loving companionship and affection.  

​For more information on Roxie please contact mbogey@rocketmail.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
​Molly is a 1 and a half year old Shepherd mix. She is all legs and ears! Molly was surrendered to a local shelter. Her owners stated that the unneutered male dog in the home was attacking Molly. She has transitioned very well from the shelter to her foster home. She is pretty easy going and is getting along well with our two female dogs. Molly is a little uncertain and fearful of overly excited and pushy dogs but has shown no aggression. She would do well in a home with calmer and more mature dogs. We have decided that Molly is a studier of cats as she spends a great deal of time observing their behaviors. She will often tilt her head during her observations as if their every move is fascinating to her. It is very entertaining to watch. When one of the cats has had enough of Molly’s company she will get a swat to the face in which she respects and moves on to other things like chewing a bone or just relaxing. Molly walks exceptionally well on the leash. I have taken her for a few jogging trips and she did well but I am not sure it’s her absolute favorite past time, can’t say it is mine either! She has had zero accidents in the house and shows no food aggression. She is appropriate with toys and bones around our other dogs. We have been crating her when we leave the house and she does very well. She also has no issues on car rides. Molly enjoys meeting new people and I believe she favors human company over the four legged kind. She has met one small child and did very well. Molly is a calm and sweet girl. She would be an excellent choice for a first time adopter or just about anyone really.  

For more information on Molly once she arrives 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: 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
Cocoa (who we affectionately call Cocoa Puff) is a spayed, 7 month old mix breed that was turned into a local shelter because, as per her previous owners, “she is an escape artist”. She may not be big in stature (about 30 pounds), but she is big in heart and affection!

In her foster home, Cocoa lives with dogs of many breeds, shapes, and sizes and does great with them all! She is a very smart, food motivated girl that will do great with obedience training, which will be required. As stated earlier, Cocoa is very affectionate and loves to crawl up on your lap and cuddle. Due to her age, and tendency to get excited, we would not place her in a home with small children.  

For more information on Cocoa please contact her foster mom at: heatheraallen98@gmail.com

Spayed: Yes
UTD on Vaccinations: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Will be prior to adoption
Heartworm Prevention: 
Flea/Tick Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Will be prior to adoption
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
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.