Dog Adoptions At Big Dog Ranch Rescue (Our Story)

My kids begged my husband and I for a dog. Finally, my husband and I caved. I had certain criteria though. It had to be a low shedding dog. It had to be a dog breed that is good with kids. We wanted a female smaller dog because a huge dog running around our home would add even more chaos to our home.

My oldest daughter did research all on her own. It is funny how when kids really want something how much they will educate themselves on it! So, for a month we checked daily several rescues near us but none of them had what we were looking for. We were starting to get discouraged. I put in a few applications for 2 local rescues so that when a dog was available with our criteria we would be ready to adopt quickly. We even went to a rescue center but unfortunately, it was not a good experience for my family.

The rescue center that I was most impressed with was Big Dog Ranch Rescue which is one of the largest NO kill rescues in the United States. It is clear that they truly have a passion for rescuing dogs. They are devoted to finding homes for dogs that have been mistreated, abused, or no longer wanted.

So when I received an email from Big Dog Ranch Rescue that our application was approved and we could come in and look at their selections of dogs we were thrilled! We had been looking on their website which is updated frequently with dogs that are available for adoption. We made a list of what dogs we were interested in. Thankfully the dogs we were interested in were still available once we got there. We could tell that the adoption counselor listened to what we were looking for, and he took what we wanted into consideration.

Of course, we wanted to leave with every puppy there chose a sweet puppy named Mavis (we immediately changed her name to Scout. At the time of the adoption, she was 5 months. In mid-December, Big Dog Ranch Rescue did a rescue mission to Puerto Rico. Scout was one of the 128 rescued dogs that were rescued on that mission.

I could tell that Big Dog Ranch Rescue really cared about the pup we were adopting because they sat with my family and went over everything from her shots to her everyday needs. They were not just looking to get rid of a dog, they are looking for her to find her forever family.

The great thing is that all the rescues from Big Dog Ranch Rescue are spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccines, and are microchipped before adoption. Plus each dog is sent home with sample food and one month’s supply of heartworm preventative medication.

I share my experience with you about Big Dog Ranch Rescue because it was a great experience. Scout has been a perfect addition to our family. She is well-loved. She fits right in with our family. The kids love playing fetch with her in our backyard. She loves her long walks and then coming home and taking a nap on my lap. We could have not asked for a better dog. I never understood why people were so crazy about their dogs, I get it now. She is not just a dog, she is like having another child.

If you are looking to add a dog to your family I highly recommend rescuing a dog from Big Dog Ranch Rescue. I just want to say thank you so much Big Dog Ranch Rescue – we look forward to spending every day with our new addition to our big family!

I could never understand why people are so crazy about their dogs. I thought they are just dogs. Nope — far from the truth, we are crazy about our dog! I never considered myself a dog person until now! Are you a dog person?


  1. Anne marie says:

    Having had many dogs over the years, I agree it’s so important to do your research first and find what works best with your family. Adding a pet, especially a dog, is a big commitment and costs a lot of money. I’m glad there are places like Big Dog Ranch to make the whole process smoother.

  2. I fully believe in adopt, don’t shop. I think it’s awesome that you shared this story and put a spotlight on this great rescue.

  3. Scout looks so cute and happy in his new home! I love that you chose a rescue dog and gave him another shot at life!

  4. AHH! Scout is so stinking cute, it’s unbelievable. I’m so glad you adopted, and I’m so glad you put this shelter on everyone’s radar! Love it!

  5. She’s so adorable! I love being able to rescue animals as well. Mine will always be rescues. I have two cats that were rescues too.

  6. Monica Simpson says:

    Good job rescuing! Scout looks so happy. We rescued a dog too this past summer.

  7. Ryan Escat says:

    Haha,I agree. I find it so cute how the kids are able to do their own research..

  8. That sounds like a great rescue place!

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