If you are interested in adopting a rescue Bernese Mountain Dog:
- If you have not had a Bernese before, we encourage you to come to any of our club events, where you can meet many dogs at one time, and talk to people who share their lives with this breed.
- Please do your research about this breed. The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America and sections of this website will provide valuable information.
- Our club handles about 15-20 rescues a year, not a large number, but enough.
- We are fortunate to receive many hundreds of applications from good homes, We carefully assess the needs of each dog and match them to the best family available. It's not a first come, first adopt process. We appreciate your understanding of our process.
- Rescues are not perfect dogs. They are different than raising a dog from a puppy. Rescues are not for everyone. They often come with bad habits and behavioral issues. Most issues can be corrected with careful training and exercise, but it will take time, patience and will sometimes need the help of a trainer.
- We prefer to adopt to families with a securely fenced yard. Many rescues have not been properly leash trained, and a large breed dog needs off leash play and training, in addition to walks on leash.
- All our dogs are spayed or neutered, and provided veterinary care, if needed, before being adopted.
- Our adoption fees vary, based on our expenses. Some need more extensive vet care and medications. Adoption fees are an important way to "pay it forward" and help future rescues.
- If you are interested in adopting a rescue Bernese, please help us get to know you by completing the Rescue Application.
- Current rescues available for adoption are listed below and on our Blue Ridge Bernese Mountain Dog Club Facebook page.
Click Here for the Rescue Application