Inside The Largest No-Kill Shelter In The United States


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There is a major pet overpopulation crisis in the US. Sadly, that means that many animals who go into shelters will most likely never come back out.

Even with no-kill shelters dedicated to saving all the animals, it’s still a problem. However, down in the southeastern United States, there is the largest no-kill rescue shelter in the country dedicated to making a difference in the pet population crisis.


That shelter, known as the Macon County Kennels, was built on an old greyhound training center that had been renovated and converted into a shelter facility to house, rehabilitate, and save up to 5,000 dogs per year!

It was built in Macon County, but the facility’s founders built it with the intention that it would serve an area spanning eight states, including Florida, in order to help get dogs adopted across the US.


According to, the Big Dog Ranch Rescue Founder and CEO, Lauree Simmons, said: “The opening of a second Big Dog Ranch Rescue location is something I’ve prayed for over the years. It’s a great day for us and, more importantly, it’s a great day for the dogs.”

Since its founding back in 2008, Big Dog Ranch Rescue is estimated to have saved more than 53,000 dogs from being euthanized. Now, with its large Macon County location, it will hopefully be able to do even more for stray dogs.


Currently, three of the renovated buildings have enough space for 100 dogs plus a vet center. However, there are still 13 other kennels that are undergoing renovation. All in all, the 33-acre facility will include work centers for several admirable programs, such as one that unites veterans suffering from PTSD with abandoned service dogs. Another one is a senior dog center that will be pairing dogs with senior citizens who are looking for a furry companion. This all sounds like incredible work!

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