Trust is a big part of a successful placement
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.
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.