FAQ

Where do most of the Berners requiring rescue or rehome come from?

Most BMDs that are rescued or rehomed come from their owners who are no longer able to care for them because of changing life circumstances or there are issues with the dogs’ health or behavior.

How can I adopt a rescue or rehome dog through your program?

In order for an adoption to be successful we need make sure an appropriate match is made taking into consideration the Berner’s needs and adoptive family’s needs. Completion of our Prospective Rescue Adoption Questionnaire will assist in our efforts to make sure Berners that come through our rescue program find their way into the most appropriate homes.

How long will I have to wait for a rescue/rehome Berner?

Our club rescue and rehome program places an average of 10 dogs per year. We never know when we will be contacted so we are always looking for just the right match for each dog. Once available, we encourage you to fill out our Rescue Questionnaire if you think a rescue dog might be right for you.

Can I get a puppy through rescue/rehome?

The average age of dogs that come into are program are between 1 to 4 years of age.

Are there any special challenges with adopting a rescued or rehomed Berner?

YES. Each dog that we take in has its own unique challenges. Some rescue dogs have temperament issues such as shyness or separation anxiety and may have extra obstacles for the adoptive family to overcome. Others may have behavior issues such as: barking, digging, chewing, jumping up on people, housebreaking. Adoptive families should plan on spending anywhere from 8 to 24 weeks in a professional obedience training program. Training will help the dog overcome an often traumatic stage while they adjust to a totally new environment and it will help the adoptive family solve most common behavior problems.

What are the adoption fees?

Adoption fees for rescues are currently set at whatever costs the club incurs to rescue the dog including any additional medical costs, vaccinations, etc. The amount can vary depending on the age, health and circumstances of the dog.

We appreciate you reviewing the information on our rescue and rehome page. Berners are very loyal companions and are happiest when they are surrounded by their family and friends. By adopting a rescue or rehome Berner the real joy of ownership is in having a dog that will always be your number one fan.