TITUS - ADOPTED AUGUST 2017!!!
Titus is a 5 year old German Shepherd Dog who was surrendered to a local shelter because his elderly owner could no longer take care of him. 

He is a large energetic happy boy. He loves to play with any size ball! In fact, he has what we refer to as ball drive. Nothing makes Titus as happy as his ball. 

Titus' foster mom has been working on his basic obedience and manners. He loves treats and is a quick learner.

From what we know of Titus, he is friendly around large breed dogs and loves to be with and meet new people. Because we don’t have a lot of history on him, we believe he would do best in an adult home with German Shepherd experience and best that he be the only dog and a home without small breed dogs or cats.
 A physical fence is a must have a fenced in yard. No invisible fences for Titus

If you are interested in meeting Titus, please contact his foster mom Kathy at: 
kathy1boone9@gmail.com

Neutered: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Preventative: Yes
Microchipped:  Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Yes

Titus fosters in the Rochester NY area, please contact his foster mom if you would like to meet him. 
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.

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. 

MOE! ADOPTED 1.3.17!!

Moe is a very special 8.5 year old Akita!  Moe LOVES people. So much so that he will bark quite loudly at you (we are working on that) until you give him ear rubs and then all 105 lbs of him rolls over for belly rubs.  He currently lives with several dogs and does wonderfully!  He is not your typical Akita. 

Shortly after Moe joined BDBH his vets at Mendon Village Animal Hospital were performing a routine senior exam and found an anal gland tumor.  After much testing, which all came back with good news, including a biopsy, the tumor was removed and sent to Cornell for histopathology.   His vet did an amazing surgery job and got excellent margins when removing the tumor.  His doctor at Mendon will be more than happy to discuss. 

He deserves a calm quiet home with lots of floor space for napping, many slow walks he so enjoys and lots of loving. If you are truly interested in giving Moe a forever home, please be sure to ask his foster mom about his special friend too! 

Have we mentioned Moe is sweet, cuddly and walks well on leash!


Neutered: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
4DX Snap Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Preventative: Yes
Microchipped:  Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Yes

Moe fosters in the Rochester, NY area, please contact his foster mom about his meet & greet attendance.
SCOUT - ADOPTED 12/5/16!

Scout is a 5 year old purebred Saint Bernard! Scout is a love bug to his people and will nicely remind you that you can keep petting him should you forget and stop!

Scout is calm in the house, but does get excited if he thinks a car ride is coming!

He adores the two boys he lives with but is not used to young children so a home with older children is best. 

He loves to run and play in the yard, but can sometime be jealous for attention with other dogs, so a home with no other pets is also best for him. His human leader should have previous breed experience to help him grow.


For additional information on Scout, email his foster mom Lyn: bigdogsrulerescue@rochester.rr.com

Neutered/Spayed: Yes 
Up to Date on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm/Lyme Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Preventative: Yes
Flea/Tick Preventative: Yes
Microchipped: Yes 
Housebroken: Work in progress
Crate trained: Yes 

Scout fosters in the Rochester, NY area, please contact his foster mom about his meet & greet attendance.
LEO - ADOPTED!!!

Leo is somewhat new to the foster care program and we are still getting to know him. We do know that he is a little over 3 years old, loves people, seems to do well with children (although due to energy and need for manners,  we believe his forever home should be with children older than 15 years of age).  Leo does well with other dogs, but can be vocal in play and does have the husky play style!  Due to his exuberance he needs to have play time or live with other large breed dogs who have the same level of play. We do know that Leo will need a six foot fence or a home with no fence, who will walk him on leash. He is a climber :)

For more information on Leo, please contact darcydrons@gmail.com

Neutered: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm: Negative
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Flea/Tick Preventative: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Yes

Leo fosters in the Rochester, NY area and typically attends the Rochester Area Meet and Greets at Pet Supplies Plus on Saturdays from 11-2pm. Please confirm his attendance with his foster mom.


LOUIS - ADOPTED (APRIL 2017)!!

Louis ("Lou") is a sweet and fun/happy 1 year old Rottweiler (with a natural tail).  Lou loves attention from all people and he loves to play with his foster sisters in the backyard. Louis weighs 75lbs. and is working on adding a bit more weight (in typical rottie style - he loves food).   Lou has basic obedience and needs a calm and gentle leader to help him continue to learn.  Louis was surrendered to a local shelter with Nellie (also a Rottweiler and we suspect related).  Both were transferred to BDBH.  Louis and his Nellie have been diagnosed with heart murmurs (Lou's is less severe than Nellie's).Any surgically corrective cardiac condition has been ruled out.    Lou currently shows no symptoms of related heart problems. Should this change down the road, this issue would likely need to managed/treated with symptom management.

Louis' forever home will need to be a home without small children due to his energy and lack of experience with children. Lou would do great with another dog in the house or at least benefit from staying socialized with other dogs.  We would love Lou to go to a forever home experience with the breed, however, first and foremost will be a home who understands Lou may be special needs.    

For more information on Louis, please contact his foster mom Bess: elizabeth.sealander@gmail.com

Neutered: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm/Lyme: Negative
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Flea/Tick Preventative: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Yes

Louis fosters in the Rochester, NY area and  attends the Rochester Area Meet and Greets at Pet Supplies Plus on Saturdays from 11-2pm. Please confirm his attendance with his foster mom.

FOREST AND KING - ADOPTED TOGETHER FEBRUARY 2017!!!!!

These boys are about three years old and are looking for their forever home together. Their family lost their home and had to give them up and now these boys are looking for a new family to call their own. They love to run and play together, do well with other dogs, are very affectionate to people especially kids - they just love being with children.

We would love them to be able to stay together, but understand that may not be possible.

Please email bigdogsrulerescue@rochester.rr.com for more information about these brothers.

​Neutered: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Preventative: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Yes
FRANKIE - ADOPTED MARCH 2017!!!!

Frankie is a 5.5 year old Greyhound/Dutch Shepherd mix. He was surrendered to the local humane society when his family moved and then transferred to our foster care program. 

He is a happy, mellow guy at his foster home. The world is full of things Frankie loves, such as:

*People (especially children) he wants to meet everyone he sees
*Being with his people, he is a great companion
*Taking a walk - he is good on a leash
*Treats!!!
*Toys!!!
*Playing fetch and tug
*Car rides
*Laying in the sun
*His bed

Frankie is well behaved in the house and rarely barks. 

He would enjoy but doesn't require a fenced in yard.

Frankie is quite happy to be an only dog!

For more information on Frankie, please contact nmiller009@rochester.rr.com

​Neutered: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Preventative: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Yes

I foster in the Rochester, NY area, please contact my foster mom about my meet & greet attendance.
KAISER - ADOPTED! (March of 2017)!

This handsome little boy is Kaiser. He is a 15 week old husky mix.  At eight weeks old he was surrendered to Big Dogs Big Hearts Rescue along with his three littermates (all adopted to pre-approved families). They have all found their forever homes, and now it’s Kaiser’s turn to find his family!! 

Kaiser lives with his foster family, that includes teenagers and two canine foster brothers. He loves to pal around and play with his canine brothers, and he has done great with other dogs he has met so far.  Kaiser is very eager to learn, and he is extremely treat motivated, which comes in handy with training!!! He is working on potty training and getting better every day. He is crated at night and during the day when no one is home with him. He does great in his crate. 

Kaiser truly enjoys and seeks out the company of other dogs, so we are looking for and would like for him to go to a home that has another dog to be his buddy and show him the ropes in his new home. Kaiser needs a family that will be patient and understanding of his sometimes mischievous and goofy puppy antics. A family that will invest the time and energy in him that is required for him to become the amazing boy he is on his way to be.  We believe a family with older children or no children is best for Kaiser.

Neutered: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Preventative: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Doing well!

Kaiser fosters in the Rochester, NY area, please contact his foster mom about his meet & greet attendance.
EMMET - ADOPTED MAY 2, 2017!!!!

Emmet is 1 years old, and we have no good guess at his breed. He is a medium sized dog weighing in around 45 pounds. At about 5 months of age, Emmet and his sister Dot (already adopted!) were found in an abandoned warehouse in Texas. It took them about 5 days to catch the duo. Once safe, they were flown here to one of our area shelters.

Being on his own at such an early age, Emmet missed out on a very crucial part of his socialization process. He survived by staying away from humans and most likely had little to no contact and/or touch. While in his foster home, it took a very long time for him to actively seek out and enjoy touch from his foster parents and he has come a very long way from the boy who would shy away and shut down from touch. He still struggles with people reaching over his head, but is more excepting of an under the chin scratch. Now if his foster mom reaches her open hand out, Emmet will place his chin in her hand for “rubs”. Emmet is extremely smart, and food motivated. 

For Emmet’s continued growth and safety, there are some things that he will need in his forever home:
-A 6 foot stockade fence (he is very athletic and could easily get over a 5 foot chain link)
-A quiet home without children.
oHe is not drawn to children, as their movements and need to pet/touch would cause him to shut down. Due to this, we do no think it would be fair to Emmet to place him in this situation.
-Someone who fully understands that he will NEVER be an off-leash dog and is a flight risk.
-Someone who is patient and will understand that it will take a lot of time and trust for Emmet to actively seek out attention.
-Another well-balanced dog in the home as he learns a lot by watching his foster siblings and they help to give him confidence.

Emmet is a very special boy who deserves the chance to continue to blossom and continue to be, and feel safe.  

For more information about Emmet, please contact his foster parents at heatheraallen98@gmail.com

Neutered: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Flea/Tick Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Housebroken: Yes
Crate-Trained: Yes
Emmet fosters in the Rochester, NY area, and typically attend the Rochester Area Meet & Greets. Please confirm my attendance with my foster parents.


DAN (A/K/A DANNY) - AVAILABLE OF ADOPTION

Danny is a young exuberant Black and Tan Coonhound, who we believe to be about two years old now. He is not a first time dog owner dog. He is stubborn and also has some fear issues. Prior breed experience is preferred. Please read up on his breed: http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/black-and-tan-coonhound/detail/

Dan is not an apartment dwelling dog, as his baying would soon make him unpopular with the neighbors. Nor is he a dog to be left out in the yard alone because he desperately wants to be with his people and he will give you all the love and affection and dog could possibly give.

Dan's most appropriate forever home will be with a family familiar with the breed, as well as one willing to give him guidance socially and protect him if he feels vulnerable or that he must make his own decisions.

His forever family needs to have the time and energy to give him the exercise he needs, as well as consistent obedience and direction. A physically fenced yard, no electric fence for this boy!

While Dan currently lives with other dogs in his foster home and does very well, we are suggesting he either be an only dog or part of a well balanced pack.

For more information about Dan, please contact his foster parents at: darcydrons@gmail.com

Neutered: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
4DX Heartworm, Lyme Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Flea/Tick Preventative: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Yes



Dan is located in the Rochester, NY area, and typically attends the Rochester Area Meet & Greets. Please confirm Dan's attendance with his foster mom.
ARLO (AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION 

Arlo is about 1 ½ years old, and weighs in around 35-40 pounds, making him a great size. He was found as a stray, extremely emaciated and unable to keep food down and it was suspected that he had a condition called Megaesophagus. Knowing the experience that BDBH has with this condition, the shelter reached out. That same day Arlo was taken to Mendon Village Animal Hospital for x-rays, and health assessment where it was confirmed that he did indeed have Megaesophagus caused by a Persistent Right Aortic Arch (PRAA).

With Arlo’s diagnosis, a plan was immediately set into action. The most important thing was to alter his feedings in order to get him to keep food down and help him gain weight. This meant getting Arlo into an upright feeding position, and having him stay upright for about 20-30 minutes after his meal. For that we used what was called a Bailey Chair, which is basically a high chair for dogs. We also needed to break his meals up into four smaller ones throughout the day as well as mix his food into a slurry-like consistency. 

With this schedule, Arlo was very quickly able to put weight on, which allowed him to have corrective surgery at Cornell University Companion Animal Hospital for his PRAA. Arlo did very well with his recovery, but ended up needing to have an emergency endoscopy due to ingesting some foreign material. During the endoscopy they noticed a stricture in his esophagus. At the time, there was not a lot of undue concern as he was so soon out of surgery and that he still needed some time to heal. As time went on, Arlo continued to do well and gain. Through Barium X-rays, it was found that Arlo does indeed still have a stricture in his esophagus, which has created a narrowing in that part of his esophagus. Food moves well into his belly, it just moves more slowly in that particular area. What this means, is that Arlo will always need his food a slurry-like consistency and to have smaller meals throughout the day.  

Arlo’s current feeding routine:
- We soak his kibble for the day overnight.  
- Each morning we use a hand blender to mix his food in which we add a probiotic.
- He eats our of a slow feeder bowl.
- Can have water as he wishes.
- He is getting fed 3 times a day.

Arlo is very smart, and food driven (can have small treats) and is a blast to train! He is also crate-trained, and house-trained. Arlo does well with other dogs, and loves to play. He is also extremely affectionate and loves to curl up and settle in. Arlo is also a great companion in the car.

Due to almost starving, Arlo can be opportunistic and look for things to ingest, and because of the stricture, things that might easily pass in other dogs will not pass in Arlo and will get “hung up”. Because of this, we feel that Arlo cannot go to a home with children, as anything that they might leave behind would be fair game to him. He is a super cute, great boy, who is looking for his perfect home!

​For more information about Arlo, please contact his foster parents at heatheraallen98@gmail.com

Neutered: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
4DX Heartworm/Lyme: Negative
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Flea/Tick Preventative: Yes
Microchipped: Yes 
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Yes

Arlo fosters in the Rochester, NY area and attends the Meet and Greets at Pet Supplies Plus on Saturdays from 11-2pm. Please confirm his attendance with his foster mom.

NOAH - ADOPTED!!!!

Noah is a 3 year old German Shepherd mix. It doesn't appear that Noah has had the best life up until now. He was picked up as a stray, with his tail severely injured. The vet needed to amputate his tail. He is still recovering from the surgery and is still wearing a cone. His tail is healing exceptionally well. 

He is a very happy boy with some energy. He just wants to please his person and be next to them all the time. He is super smart and will test boundaries when he can. He likes my personal male shepherd but would be happy being an only dog too. He is the most happy when he is around his people and would love to go to a home where there will be someone there most of the time. He is very easy going and good with all animals. He is learning all basic commands like Sit, down, and come. He loves playing with balls and bones but doesn't quite know how to bring them back. He is learning how to walk outside with a leash on, and loves going for car rides!! 

Probably no cat friends for Noah.

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

Neutered: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
4DX Plus Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Yes

Noah fosters in the Buffalo, NY area. Please contact his foster mom to arrange a meet and greet.
INTRODUCING BERTRAM "BERT"  (AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION)

Bertram "Bert" is a sweet and fun/happy 2 year old (estimate) Rottweiler mix.  Bert loves attention from all people and he loves to play with his foster brothers and sisters in the backyard. Bert weighs 65lbs. and is working on adding a bit more weight (in typical rottie style - he loves food), but he will not be much bigger. We are working on basic obedience and needs a calm and gentle leader to help him continue to learn. Bert came to a local shelter as a stray and was transferred to BDBH. 

Bert's forever home will need to be a home without small children due to his energy and unknown experience with children. Bert would do best with another dog in the house or at least benefit from staying socialized with other dogs.     

For more information about Bertram "Bert", please contact his foster parents at: darcydrons@gmail.com

Neutered: Yes
UTD on Vaccines: Yes
4DX Heartworm, Lyme Test Results: Negative
Monthly Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Monthly Flea/Tick Preventative: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Crate-trained: Yes
House-trained: Yes

Bert fosters in the Rochester, NY area, and typically attends the Meet & Greets. However, please confirm Bert's attendance with his foster mom.