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Joining is simple.

Submit a membership form with your first year's dues.


Rescue FAQ

Know of a Bernese who needs rescuing?

Contact our Rescue Coordinators Renee Hoem and Jean Nielsen.

Are you interested in helping?

Contact a rescue coordinator.

Adopt a rescued Berner?

Please fill out our Rescue Application (PDF) and send it by email or USPS to our Rescue Coordinators.

Ben, Oct. 2012

At ease in his forever home

Tell me about rescue? 

A rescue dog is a purebred Bernese Mountain Dog that has been placed in a shelter, is a stray, has been abandoned or no longer can be cared for by the owner of record or caretaker. A re-homed dog is a purebred Bernese Mountain Dog that can no longer remain with its owner of record or caretaker and will be placed directly into a foster or permanent home. Placement is the process through which a dog is placed in a new home.

Bernese Mountain Dogs are such beautiful dogs! Why would a Berner need to be rescued? 

As Bernese Mountain Dogs become more popular, more and more people are drawn to this wonderful breed. Unhappily, many of these people do not understand the challenges of living with a large breed dog until it becomes too much for them to handle. When the reality of owning a 100-pound dog becomes overwhelming many owners recognize that they cannot meet the responsibility. This is when the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Oregon steps in.

Should I expect any special challenges with a rescued Berner?

The short answer is YES. Plan to spend a lot of time helping your new Berner adjust to a new home and family. Some rescue dogs have temperament issues such as shyness that may require extra efforts to overcome. Others may have health problems that require special attention. Our rescue coordinator will work with you to ensure that you understand your dog's special needs. The BMDCO is committed to helping you meet any challenges you may face with your re-homed Berner. Your hard work will be repaid with a wonderful companion. 

How can I qualify as a rescue home?

Educate yourself on the breed, proper dog training, housing and care. Join our club to meet Berner families. Contact our Rescue Coordinator or any of the Board Members. Fill out our rescue information form to help us with placement.

I'm not ready to provide a permanent home for a rescued Bernese Mountain Dog, but I would like to help. What can I do?

Providing a forever home is not for everyone but you can help out in other ways. Assistance is always appreciated for short term foster care, transportation, financial assistance for medical care, placement evaluation, mentoring, training, temperament testing, and education. Contact our rescue coordinator for more information.

Why should I consider providing a home to a rescued Berner? 

While adopting a rescued Bernese Mountain Dog is not for everyone for those who can step up to the challenge it is a wonderful way to enjoy the breed and help out dogs with special needs.

I've heard that Berners are very loyal to their families. Can an adult Berner adapt to a new home?

Berners can do very well in new homes with consistent and loving care. It can take from three months to a year for your rescued Berner to make the change. Once the transition is complete, you will have a loyal friend and companion for life.

For more information about rescue please read the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America Info Series on Rescue

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Ben, Oct. 2011

Thin and isolated before being rescued