Waterfront Properties Owner, Rob Thomson, was awarded the 2018 Extraordinary Philanthropy Award by Who's Who In Luxury Real Estate at the 23rd Annual Luxury Real Estate Fall Conference in September. Rob was nominated for this award because of his passion for the Jupiter community and his drive to go above and beyond to help those in need.
For more than two decades, Thomson has been giving back to the Jupiter community through various philanthropic organizations and fundraisers. Additionally, Thomson formed the “Waterfront Way Foundation”, along with Waterfront Yacht Brokerage, bringing all of his charitable efforts under one umbrella and furthering his passion to help the community.
Before establishing the foundation, Thomson has focused on helping underprivileged kids for the last 20 years by providing school supplies and holiday gifts. He has also extended his charitable support to causes such as Mike Schmidt’s Winners Circle Charities, Place of Hope, Cardinal Newman HS, Jupiter Cristian School, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and many others.
Most recently Thomson’s philanthropic focus has been on Big Dog Ranch Rescue, the largest cage-free, no-kill, dog rescue in the country. The goal of the Ranch is to give the gift of life to as many dogs as possible, enrich the lives of those who adopt them, and create a national animal welfare movement. From puppies to seniors, big dogs and small breeds, Big Dog Ranch Rescue is a loving temporary home. In its few years, Big Dog Ranch Rescue has saved over 26,000 dogs from certain death. After initially getting involved with fundraising and attending several Board of Director meetings, Thomson was named the Vice President of the Board of Directors.
One of the things that he’s appreciated most about Big Dog Ranch Rescue was seeing how rescue dogs positively change the lives of every person who adopts, including his own. Thomson and his family have now rescued three dogs, two Dobermans named Rain and Max and a great Dane-Lab mix named Rex. They have also fostered many other dogs in an effort to help save even more. Together, they are trying to educate others about the importance of adopting.
The overwhelming number of unwanted pets nationwide is what motivates Thomson to make a change. Every year, more than 6 million dogs end up in homeless shelters and rescues because there are not enough people to adopt them. Spaying and neutering prevents dogs from being born accidentally and is the most effective and humane way to save dogs’ lives. Big Dog Ranch Rescue spays and neuters every dog adopted. With Thomson generosity, the Waterfront Way Spay and Neuter continues to assist the Big Dog Ranch in saving countless dogs’ lives.
Thomson is also actively encouraging the community to volunteer, make monetary donations, adopt, or be a social media ambassador to spread awareness.