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Our Featured Waterbury, CT Partner:

Big Fluffy Dog Rescue of New England

Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Rescue Group:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

We are located in several states in New England and the Tennessee valley. We place big fluffy dogs all over the New England area.

About Our Rescue Group:

Big Fluffy Dog Rescue of New England is affiliated with Tennessee Big Fluffy Dog Rescue, a 501(C)(3) non-profit, rescue group headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. Big Fluffy Dog Rescue values dogs of all breeds, but specializes in what the name says: big, fluffy dogs. We have volunteers in several states in the South and New England who want to help homeless, fluffy dogs find a place to call their own. We do not have a shelter and all our dogs are in private foster homes. Our ability to help dogs is directly related to the availability of foster space. We are always grateful for foster volunteers or other donations of time or goods.

Many of our dogs come from southern states where spay neuter laws do not exist and where the pet overpopulation problem is critical. Hundreds of thousands of extremely adoptable dogs and puppies are euthanized every year in the South as there simply are not enough homes for the dogs who end up in shelters. We rescue dogs from southern shelters and house them in foster homes in the South until they are ready to come to foster homes in the New England area. We use a USDA- licensed transport company to bring dogs from the South to New England. Transport is a weekly occurrence and fosters and adoptive homes meet the transport at points from Virginia to New Hampshire. We strictly adhere to all laws regarding the transport of animals. Many times adoptions are long-distance and a dog goes directly from our southern homes to a northern home. We encourage our adopters to talk to the foster parents to learn about the dog they are interested in.

Come Meet our Pets:

All the dogs listed are in private foster homes either in the South or in several states in New England waiting to be adopted. If a dog is locally fostered, we are happy to schedule a meet and greet.

Our Adoption Process:

All our dogs have a $250 adoption fee which pays for their vetting. All of our dogs are spayed/neutered, have had all shots age appropriate including bordetella (kennel cough), fecal exams and deworming, are heartworm negative and up to date on frontline and heartgard. The transport fee is $150 and does not come to rescue.

Adoption requires an application with reference checks and a home visit. We do out of state adoptions regularly. All our dogs are strictly indoor companions. We do not do livestock guardian dog placements with limited exceptions as most of our dogs would be particularly bad livestock guardians. In simple terms, our dogs would probably think chickens are tasty. Adoptions are made on a best home basis. If two excellent applications come in for the same dog, it's first in time, first in line. Our goal is to have the very best home for all our dogs.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.