100-Acre Cage-Free, Kill-Free Dog Shelter Opens in Alabama


Big Dog Ranch Rescue — the largest cage-free, zero-kill rescue in the United States — is opening a 100-acre facility in Alabama.

The ranch will be located in the former home of a greyhound training center in Shorter, Macon County and will serve as a rescue, rehabilitation, medical and adoption center for southern dogs.

Big Dog Ranch Rescue founder and CEO Lauree Simmons said the facility was desperately needed.

“Record numbers of dogs are being brought to shelters, leading to overcrowding and record euthanasia rates for these former pets. Higher costs for everything from fuel to food are driving owners to abandon their pets. dogs,” Simmons said, adding that Alabama ownership will allow the rescue to save an additional 5,000 dogs each year.

Big Dog Ranch currently operates a facility in Florida.

The Alabama location will be used to provide medical care for dogs and arrange adoptions, as well as serve as a hub for shelters throughout the Northeast, serving Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, La Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.

The campus has 16 kennels and several other structures that are being renovated ahead of opening, with priority given to the immediate opening of five kennels, a veterinary care center and staff housing. The first buildings should open in September.

You can go here to learn more about rescue support.


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