Rescue Committee

If you need help with rehoming your Berner or know of a Berner in need of rescue in the Southeast. Please email Michelle Maendler at:


CVBMDC rescue/re-home is limited to those dogs that are representative of the breed and clearly appear to be purebred Bernese Mountain Dogs. The primary objective of the rescue, re-home program is to provide a loving home and good living conditions for any Berner which is currently homeless, in a shelter, in an abusive situation or for Bernese Mountain Dog owners who are no longer able to keep their dog due changing life circumstances.


Please heed the invaluable advice that all breeds do not fit all life styles. Responsible pet ownership requires an honest and factual assessment of whether a specific breed is right for you. Not all breeds fit all lifestyles. If you have never owned a Berner, please visit and view their BMD Info Series to learn more about the breed. There you will find information on the breed history, breed versatility, health, geriatric care, grooming, and rescue.


We are actively seeking qualified families to help with foster care and transportation. If you can assist us with our rescue efforts by providing foster care or transportation for a Berner in our rescue program, please let us know by contacting one of our rescue committee members, or for foster care, you can fill out our foster application and for non-members please fill out the release of liability for foster care.

To help you think through a variety of breed-specific issues and understand whether a Berner is right for you, Please read about the breed at our national Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America website. Please know, this breed is not right for everyone. At some point, all Bernese will have a health challenge. Many have temperament issues. You need to understand the breed possibilities and the individual dog issues, before you take on a Bernese and particularly a rescue.