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Special Fundraisers by our Supporters

We love when our friends and supporters want to create their own fundraisers to raise money for the dogs at the Ranch! As you might already know, we don't receive any state or federal funding and rely soley on grants and donations from the community, corporations and our special events. Therefore we would LOVE for you to create a fundraiser and we'll help to make it easy for you.

We have added a component to our website that allows you to fundraise for your purpose. All you need to do is to complete an online submission to tell us about your fundraiser and what you would like displayed on your page. Once your submission is received, we will review it with our team for approval. Once a decision has been made, we will set up your fundraising page with a friendly url link and off you go! You will then be ready to fundraise for the dogs!

Click here to submit an online fundraiser request.


Current fundraising campaigns...


The Valerie Pottruck Fund

Valerie Ward Pottruck August 8, 1960 - January 19, 2016 Valerie was a special daughter, wife, mother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, sister-in law, daughter-in-law, and friend. She was a spirit of love and light who glowed even more brilliantly when with her family and friends. Val absolutely adored her children, Adam and Hayley. She and Jeff raised their two glorious children in a home filled with love, support, guidance, fun, friends, and always dogs. Her world orbited around her children and all their accomplishments. Her universe was vast. One only needs to look at her Facebook page to see just how large it was. She loved going out with friends and having people over. Their parties were legendary and became a tradition for their many friends. Valerie was raised in Illinois and moved to Florida in 1980. She met Jeff and it was love at first sight. Their 34 year marriage was the foundation for the wonderful life they built together. Val loved everything about the beach: the sun, the sand, the surf. Her ideal place was any beach surrounded by her family, friends, and dogs. Her love of dogs was instilled in her children. It was typical to have multiple pets at their home on any given day. Recently, Valerie started a pet sitting service which quickly grew because of her wonderful care. Valerie will be missed by more people than can be mentioned in this tribute. In addition to her husband, Jeff, and her children Adam and Hayley; she was the daughter of Janet (Okoniewski) Ward, whose death preceded her daughter's, and Jack Ward; sister to Tim (Mary); aunt to Eva (Andy), Juliet, Stephanie(Aaron), Craig, Ryan, and Kelly; sister-in-law to Garry (Mindy), Rory, David, Emily; daughter-in-law to Teddy; niece to Jeanne. Her lifelong friends, Anna (Rick) and Veronica (Kerry) represent a large cadre of friends. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Big Dog Ranch Rescue (www.bdrr.org) to honor her and her passion for dogs. Please make mention of The Valerie Pottruck Fund. As the plaque in the family living room reads, "who rescues whom?" A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at Coral Springs Funeral Home (1420 N. University Dr., Coral Springs) on Friday, January 22, at 4:00 pm. The family will be accepting visitors at their home immediately following the service.

Click here to donate in memory of Valerie

Please mail checks to 1090 Jupiter Park Drive, Suite 201, Jupiter FL 33458.


In Memory of Brian Gershon 

Brian Edward Gershon, 27 years old of Palm Beach County, FL, formerly of Sudbury, MA, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 26, 2015.  Brian was currently attending Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL and he spent countless hours volunteering, most recently at the Big Dog Ranch Rescue. Brian will always be remembered for his tremendous love of animals, his world-wide love of travel and his gentle spirit.

Click here read more about Brian and to give in memory of him.