Who We Are

Twelve years in the making, and the vision of founder Lauree Simmons, Big Dog Ranch Rescue is a step beyond state of the art.  We completely reimagined the “rescue facility” as a campus-centered rescue “community.”

Big Dog Ranch Rescue is the largest cage-free, no-kill dog rescue in the country.  Our new 33-acre, cage-free campus is designed to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome the beautiful animals that rely on us for their very existence.  Every day we receive hundreds of requests from high-kill shelters about the precious dogs that are literally on their last day – dogs who will be euthanized due to space constraints.  Over the past 13 years, Big Dog Ranch Rescue has saved over 25,000 dogs.

As we complete construction on phase one of our rescue campus, we have increased our life saving capacity and are well on our way to our goal to save 5,000 lives per year!  At the Ranch we provide a temporary home, provide routine and life-saving medical care and prepare our dogs for their forever families.

The philosophy behind the Big Dog Ranch Rescue campus hinges on the novel idea that rescue facilities need not be sad places. That was the starting point. Over many years of design, redesign and ongoing construction, we doubled down on that mindset. Today, Big Dog Ranch Rescue is the happiest place on earth for dogs transitioning from homeless to forever homes.

Education is the key to eradicating dog homelessness and needless euthanasia.  Educating the wider community about dog care, health, safety as well as stray and abuse prevention is the one of the most important initiatives Big Dog Ranch Rescue offers the local community and the rescue industry at large.

Another key goal is to make Big Dog Ranch Rescue a self-sustaining entity.  Every possible aspect of our prototype campus has a revenue generating component designed to help offset the ongoing operating expenses to maintain the Rescue. 

While Phase One of our campus is concentrated on our immediate needs - medical treatment, housing, adoption and care of our dogs.   Phase Two takes Big Dog Ranch Rescue to the next level with a focus on education and sustainability.  Included will be a training center for canine companions of PTSD veterans, a dog boarding facility, and a 10,000 square foot education and event barn to provide community services and events that will make the ranch a true destination for animal lovers.

Dog Rescue is a 24/7 calling and Big Dog Ranch Rescue will not rest until every dog has a loving family and we end dog homelessness forever. 

For more information, please contact Robin Friedman, Director of Development, Big Dog Ranch Rescue.


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