The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Alaska is committed to the health and welfare of our wonderful breed. We hope each Berner has a lifelong owner responsible for the health and happiness of this devoted dog. Unfortunately, an owner may decide they can no longer care for their dog. Our club is devoted to helping Alaska Bernese Mountain Dogs in need of rescue or re-homing assistance.
What is a rescue or re-home?
A purebred Berner that can no longer remain with its owner due to various circumstances, and the owner requests help placing dog in a new home.
We often have families looking to adopt a Berner, and can assist in connecting families for adoption. This direct transition is much easier for the dog, avoiding multiple transitions and added stress.
A "rescue dog' is a purebred Berner that has been placed in a shelter, is a stray, has been abandoned, or can no longer be cared for by the owner. Our club may provide temporary "foster" care until health and other needs may be assessed, and a permanent home found.
Herman exploring the beach with his new forever family
If you are interested in adopting a Berner, please contact a member of our rescue group, or a board member. We will gather information about you & your family, your breed experience and knowledge. This will help us connect you with a rescue or re-home that's a great fit for your family.
Whether you need help with your own Berner or know a Berner family in need, contact a member of our rescue committee (club contact page). We can help evaluate the situation and assist you with advice, re-home connections, or a rescue. We're here to help!
Providing a forever home isn't for everyone, but there are other ways to help. Assistance can be provided through financial support for transportation, medical care, and shelter fees. You may also donate to our rescue fund when renewing your membership.
Berners are known for their loyalty and devotion. Inviting a rescue into your family is a special commitment. Many dogs relax and adapt quickly. Some may take longer depending on their situation and personality. With time & patience, you'll see the typical Berner smile of a loyal Berner companion for lif