Trust is a big part of a successful placement

Trust is the key in a successful adoption

Four Steps in Adopting a Berner:

1) Please read and understand our adoption policies

2) Complete the Application

3) If the application is approved, you have an interview, followed by a home check.

4) If the previous are approved, than you schedule a visit and meet the dog. If it is a good match, you are on your way to being a Berner Owner!

Want to Adopt? Please read the policy, then complete an application.  

The application is are our first step in determining a potential adoptive home. We use this to determine the  potential of a perspective home, depending on what the dog’s needs are. If we do not have a background on what type of home you can provide, then we cannot consider you as a home.

Bernese Mountain Dog Rescue/Re-home Adoption Policy

The Bernese Mountain Dog Rescue/Re-home services of the HMBMDR exists to place stray or abandoned Bernese Mountain Dogs, in homes which will provide a high level of care and love. The HMBMDR will also assist with the re-homing of dogs for BMD owners, who, for any reason, can no longer provide a home for their dog. Rescues and Re-homing shall be at the discretion of the rescue committee.

In all cases, except when the HMBMDR deems it inappropriate, the breeder of record (if known) will generally be the first person contacted in regard to a rescue Berner, and be given the opportunity of participating in the rescue/re-homing and placement of the dog, or dogs involved, or having the dog, or dogs returned to them. Then all dogs that come to us are checked with any local lost and found ads.

Once a dog has come into our program, they are taken to appropriate health professionals to evaluate the dog’s health and temperament. The exams shall include: a health examination, any needed vaccines, treatment for parasites (internal and external), and any other necessary health care. The dogs are then assessed, so that their behavior and temperament can be properly evaluated. The dog will then be placed into Foster Care (if different from the Rescue Home) to continue to evaluate the dog until a permanent home is found.

In order to be accepted for placement in the HMBMDR rescue/re-home program, the BMD must have a stable temperament and be in good health. A dog that is found to be overly aggressive, or of poor health, shall not be made available outside of the HMBMDC members. A dog the rescue is unable to place due to unstable temperament or health problems too extensive to treat, is euthanized. The decision to have the dog euthanized shall be based on the recommendation of the health care professionals and the HMBMDR and Rescue/Re-home President. Dogs with a history of temperament issues will require a “real, above ground” fence.About 70% of the dogs that come into rescue have some sort of temperament issue, either shy, fearful or aggressive. Most issues are able to be worked through which is why we have the evaluation process. Occasionally the fence requirement can be waved, on a case by case basis.  We do NOT adopt to homes that use an ‘invisible fence’ or any other type of shock collar.

All dogs shall be spayed or neutered before being made available for adoption. If, for age or health reasons (old age or ill health), the dog is placed before alteration, the new owner must agree to alter the dog by a specified date, to be set by the rescue. If the dog is not altered by the specified date, the rescue will re-obtain the dog due to breach of contract.

Adoption applicants are carefully screened, first by written adoption application, then by telephone interview, and finally by an in-person interview. Adopter(s) must agree to follow the “HMDMDR Adoption Agreement” contract.

Our standard adoption fee is $500.  This includes altering, vaccines, microchip, and all needed medical care.  Occasionally, senior dogs may have a reduced adoption fee.  This will be mentioned in the dog’s bio.

Complete records are kept on each dog accepted into the rescue/re-home program, including the breeder, all old and new owners and rescue/foster homes, and follow-up records. The HMBMDR  will maintain a permanent file for each dog placed, and publish an annual report to the HMBMDR pertaining to the dogs placed.  Each foster home is responsible to keep detailed records of each dog. The HMBMD Rescue/Re-home President should be contacted as soon as a Berner is going to enter the rescue/re-home service.

I have read the policies, and wish to complete an application – Click Here

“I have decided not to adopt, but I would like to donate”

Donate Funds for the HMBMDR Bernese Mountain Dog Rescue/Re-home are derived from adoption donations, and donations from other concerned individuals. If you are concerned about rescue, please consider making a donation to the HMBMDR BMD Rescue/Re-homing service.

One comment on “Adopting
  1. Warren C. Holmes says:


    My name is Warren Holmes. I am looking at the possibility of adopting a Burnese Mountain Dog. I live just north of Cincinnati, Ohio. My wife and I attended a ‘pet’ event down in Cincinnati earlier today where we met both a Burnese and a ‘Swissie’. We both were ‘captured’ by both animals but I think just a ‘tad’ more so with the Burnese.

    We will be welcoming a Lab (Male) puppy into our home at the end of July (early august — depending on birth date) but we are also wanting a second dog as well — however, we intend on this dog being a rescue.

    I ‘worked’ with OKI Lab Rescue (Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana Lab Rescue) as a foster, transport and trainer for the previous seven years — having over 60 Labradors being successfully adopted in that time.

    Our last two Labs were dogs that 1) I couldn’t let go 2) Was too old (looking) to have anyone have interest in him. Unfortunately, about a year ago, Bear, our Chocolate Labrador succumbed to a stroke and our remaining Lab, Jimmy, while a wonderful pet is now almost 15 years old and unfortunately, I don’t think he is doing very well. I hate to admit it but I think his time might be drawing near.

    Thus, we are looking for dog that will also compliment our soon-to-be Lab Puppy. I don’t know if you can help. My wife and I are looking for a dog that is healthy and does possess that certain ‘trainability’ To be honest, the sex of the animal isn’t important but I think if we had our ‘druthers’ we would prefer a female (again, a younger dog if possible). I do not mind a puppy nor do I mind an adult dog – either is fine with us.

    If you can give me any further information, it would be greatly appreciated.


    Warren Holmes