Rehoming 

Assistance

WORKING FOR HAPPY ENDINGS

We've been active in Rescue work since our inception.  Click on the Gallery to see some of the dogs we've helped along the way.

Rescue is a popular term that may infer some degree of hero status to the rescuer.  We're not heroes, but concerned individuals focused on the goal of finding the best new home for purebred Bernese Mountain Dogs that, due to a variety of circumstances, come to our attention.  We have been involved with innumerable placements over the years due to changing life situations, from give-ups because buying the puppy was a mistake or the dog's personality did not suit its family, to  family emergencies such as  illness, divorce, relocation, or economic stress.  Please visit the Gallery to read about some of the Happy Endings by clicking on the pictures to see summaries of how we've helped some of the dogs along their way to their forever homes.

 

 

PLEASE CONTACT OUR RESCUE COORDINATOR MARY McKNIGHT WITH ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE CONCERNING A BERNER IN NEED OR TO REQUEST AN APPLICATION TO BE ON THE WAITING LIST FOR A DOG LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME. 

Contact Mary McKnight for assistance. 

 (THE APPLICATION FORM IS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE)

To assure dogs in need receive the best service we can render, PVBMDC adopted the following guidelines, intended not to limit our concern for the welfare of the dogs, but to establish a uniform approach to each individual situation and to limit the legal ramifications to our club, officers, directors and members by inappropriate actions taken by any individual without our knowledge or consent.

PVBMDC RESCUE POLICY GUIDELINES

PVBMDC is committed to the welfare of Bernese Mountain Dogs of which rescue is an important part.  We educate and counsel both those who wish to give up a dog and those who are seeking a rescue dog.  We can help put those seeking a rescue in touch with those who have a BMD they want to re-home.  We work with individuals and organizations such as dog shelters which have purebred Bernese Mountain Dogs for adoption.

We DO NOT evaluate or foster any dogs, nor do we determine the suitability of an individual dog for adoption.  We DO NOT recommend any specific dog to anyone.  The responsibility of determining whether or not a dog is suitable for adoption rests solely between the prospective new owner and the current owner.  We will not refer dogs that are known to us to be aggressive toward humans.  We encourage owners and/or adopters to neuter intact dogs.

PVBMDC members may not take a dog into their home for evaluation as a representative of the Club.  If a Club member does evaluate a dog, he/she understands that the responsibility and liability rests with that member and not the Club.

If you have made the difficult decision to give up a dog, we offer our support and counsel, but cannot foster or shelter your dog.   We encourage you to contact the dog's breeder as most responsible breeders will want to help re-settle the dog if possible (check your sales contract as it may specify what is to happen if you give up your pet).  

Mr. Merlin Magee with Deborah Adler in Wyoming, a successful rehome from a boy turned into Loudoun County Animal Shelter