When animal lover Lauree Simmons launched her organization to revolutionize the dog rescue, care, adoption and education experience, she needed a financial partner who understood her passion. Lauree was introduced to First Republic by a client who already understood the Bank’s commitment to nonprofit organizations. With a construction loan from First Republic, she was able to create the largest cage-free, no-kill dog rescue in the United States and, in turn, provide loving homes through adoption of over 27,000 dogs. Big Dog Ranch Rescue’s work includes disaster relief for animals in areas hit by hurricanes across the Southeast, as well as training for dogs that will partner with soldiers returning home with PTSD. For Big Dog Ranch Rescue, the relationship with First Republic is truly very big.