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Applying for Adoption

Rescue Adoption Application:


If you are interested in adopting a Berner (not a Bernie), please know that adoptions are not placed on a first come first serve basis.  We evaluate every application and conduct home visits to identify the best fit between Berner and family.  We hold on to applications as a result.

If you want to be considered for one of our Berner Rescues, please         

complete an adoption application and submit it to Rachel Finlay @


The ONLY way to get on our list for adoption is to complete an application!

Turning in a Berner or Reporting a Berner in Need

If you, or anyone you know is aware of a Berner in Southern California in need of rescue or rehoming, please contact our Rescue Chair, Rachel Finlay @ 949-246-1657.   Our Club will assist any Berner in need.


If you are aware of a Berner in need in another part of the country, please contact the Regional Bernese Mountain Dog Club for that area, or the National Rescue Committee that can be found at

The BMDCSC has posted our Rescue information at most shelters in the Southern California region, but this cannot always be relied upon; we will gladly accept help from all concerned about the breed and appreciate reports of Berners in any shelter in Southern California.

Any Southern California rescue that accepts a Berner in their program is also encouraged to contact the Club for placement assistance.


**Please Be Aware - The BMDCA's Rescue Committee, BARC Inc, and the Regional Club Rescues are the only valid, endorsed, and reputable Bernese Rescues in the U.S.; please be aware of any independent and un-vetted Rescue Groups calling themselves "Bernese Rescue" without any affiliation with the Bernese Community and think twice before giving money to such groups.  If in doubt, please check with the BMDCA for verification before donating

Current Dogs Available

Dogs shown here will be vetted first, and placed based on their needs



September 2023

Molly came in with Katie and appeared to be slightly better adjusted to humans, but we have quickly learned that Molly is much more limited in her world experience, and is more shy and fearful outside the home.  She loves to eat and is enjoying learning being indoors, as we suspect she was always kept outside.  That will never happen again Molly.  Molly is just 2 1/2 years old and we will begin working with her and a behaviorist to build her confidence.



September 2023

Katie came in to us with Molly, although they are not related and not particularly bonded.  We highly doubt they were raised together. Katie is just 18 months old and now beginning to learn about the world.  Her foster dad is taking her for walks with his Berners and teaching her all the great things out there as she builds her confidence. Katie is a shy girl but very affectionate and enjoys playing with the resident young Berner in the home.



Jan 2023

Milo is sadly looking for his new forever home because his mom died - and his father works full time and has to leave the country.  This is of no fault of Milo's and his sweet and sunny disposition is proof.  Milo is 5 years old and currently not neutered. Milo's mild hip issues means he will always need the best joint supplements to ensure he can continue to go for daily walks and enjoy life pain free.

Milo has lived his entire life with Luna and wants to remain with her for life. Can you give this pair their perfect home?



Jan 2023

Luna, also 5 years old, lives with Milo. Luna is as sweet and happy as her brother Milo.  Both are gentle animals and good with kids. Luna needs to lose some weight but is otherwise healthy at the moment. We are trying to keep this pair together because they have already lost enough. Can you give this pair their perfect home?

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