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Owner Surrender

Do you have a Giant Breed Dog that you need to turn into Rescue?


Big Dogs Huge Paws is a 501c3, non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming giant breed dogs in need. We work with Great Danes, Great Pyrenees, Newfoundlands, Saint Bernards, Mastiffs (All Types), Irish Wolfhounds, and Scottish Deerhounds and our core philosophy is that “Every BIG dog deserves a chance!”

We strive to have all dogs in our program are housed in foster homes where they receive only the best of care, food, and training. We determine which foster home is most appropriate based on what we know about the existing pets, family members, and any special needs. All of our foster families undergo rigorous screening and training in order to be a part of our foster team.

All dogs are thoroughly evaluated medically and behaviorally while in our care. They will be microchipped, spayed/neutered, gastropexied (when possible), vaccinated for Rabies, Distemper/Parvo, and Bordetella, heartworm tested, and we treat any pre-existing medical conditions that they may come in with. All of our foster families also work with them on basic obedience as well as any advanced behavioral issues they may suffer from. Our goal is to rehabilitate them so that they will ultimately be successful when they are adopted and our success rate is extremely high. Big Dogs Huge Paws will keep our foster dogs within the program for as long as it takes to work with them and find them the perfect forever home once they are ready to be placed.

All potential adopting families must fill out a multi-page application and we check references. They also must partake in a phone interview and allow one of our volunteers to come to their home for an official homecheck. Our volunteer will bring a giant breed dog along during their visit so the family can get a feel for what it is like to have such a large dog in their home and personal space. We will take a look around the house and yard to make sure it is a safe and healthy environment, get to know all members of the household, evaluate existing pets, and educate the applicant/s about giant breeds(health risks, feeding, exercise, temperament, training, vet care, etc). Once the homecheck is completed, our leadership team will play an active role in determining which adoptable dog would be the best match based on what we know about the dogs in our program and what we have learned about the applicant/s throughout the adoption process.

If you are interested in turning your giant breed dog into Big Dogs Huge Paws, please download and fill out our owner release form. You can email it to or fax it back to us at: 303-474-5861. Please have your vet fax any available records to the same number. We also appreciate any photos you can share!

Please contact us with any additional questions or concerns. We are standing by to help if you need us!