Big Dog & Small Dog Ranch Rescue
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Big Dog Ranch Rescue is a not-for-profit organization that
assists displaced dogs in finding new homes. Filling out our
surrender form does not guarantee that we can take your dog.
Someone from our team will contact you if we are able
to accept your surrendered dog.

We consider educating the public about the dogs to be just
as important. Our goal is to keep as many dogs as we can
out of rescue shelters and keep them in the loving arms
of their families.

Most people who contact us erroneously think they would
be doing their dog a huge favor by finding them a home
that “has more time for them” or “can give them the home
they deserves.” In actuality, most dogs are better off remaining
in the home they know and love if their owners can provide
15 minutes a day of attention, a safe environment,
food and water.

If you can answer “YES” to any of the questions below, please
take the time to explore those options before surrendering
your dog.

Experiencing financial issues?

The following groups exist to assist people who truly want to keep their pets, but are experiencing financial difficulties.
They may be able to help you.

Red Rover Relief Grants

Humane Society

Angels 4 Animals


A credit card company for health care:

Care Credit

Help owners that need urgent veterinary care, emergency vet visits or expensive surgery:

The Pet Fund

Assistance for caretakers of disabled pets:


Pet Food stamps Aid for Struggling Owners

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Did you acquire them as a puppy from a breeder?


If so, have you contacted that person? If he or she is at all reputable, you would have signed
a contract at the time you purchased your puppy, stipulating that the dog should be returned
if you decide to no longer keep them. Please contact your breeder first before contacting Big Dog Ranch Rescue.


Did you acquire your dog from a Rescue Organization?


If so, have you contacted that rescue organization? If they are reputable, you would have signed a contract at the time you adopted your dog, stipulating that the dog must be returned to them if you decide to no longer keep him or her for any reason.


New baby in the family?


How lucky for you that most dogs are fantastic family pets! If you can take care of your new baby, you can take care of a dog. Some of our educational materials are listed below to help you ease the transition:

Introduce Your Baby to a Resident Dog
Safety Tips for Kids and Dog




There are plenty of apartments, townhouses, condos, and hotels that accept medium
and large breeds of dog. Many places will even allow you to spread payment of your pet deposit over multiple months as part of your rent. Here is a list of rentals that allow pets:

People With Pets


Think you don’t have enough time for your dog?


Experts in the animal field agree that a dog requires a mere 15 minutes of one-on-one time with their master per day to be happy, healthy, and well-adjusted! That time could be simply spent laying in bed at night watching TV together, playing ball in the backyard for 15 minutes while dinner is cooking, or going for a walk or jog! Surely you can spare 15 minutes per day. Pets reduce personal stress and can add years to your life – make the time for you
AND your dog.


Are there behavioral issues?


Is your dog having trouble getting along with other animals in the household or are there other behavioral issues that have led to the decision to give up your dog? If so, let us help you. Send us an email – we can most likely recommend a trainer in your area. If you didn’t socialize your dog as a puppy, it’s never too late to enroll them in obedience school. It’s fun and can count as your 15 minutes of bonding time!

If you haven’t found any solutions after carefully considering the information above, then you are welcome to fill out the form below. We are always at capacity at the Ranch so we may not be able to take your dog but we review all applications. We receive many applications each day and only reply to those we can take, but it may take up to a week to hear from us.

Thank you. We realize this is a difficult decision and we wish you all the best.