Bernese Rescue & Rehoming

Welcome to the Club’s Rescue page where we give information about the club’s Rescue activities to help Bernese in need of new homes.  

Parade of Rescued dogs with their owners at the Spring Garden Party in 2023


The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Great Britain’s Rescue and Rehoming service is in existence to help any Bernese who is in need of a new home. We will take in Bernese of any age and we try to get a full picture of the temperament and needs of the dogs who come into our care. Reputable breeders should be willing to help with any Bernese of their breeding who is in need of rehoming and sometimes a phone call to the breeder is all that is needed to put this in place. When this cannot be then Rescue can step in.

If you are thinking of looking for a Rescue dog or feeling you might need to give up your own Bernese, and there are many valid reasons for having to do so, people’s health and circumstances can change through absolutely no fault of their own, then please read the information on this page and then use the contact details below to get in touch.



As you may be visiting this page to initiate a response to an urgent need we start with our contact details.

The BMDC of GB RESCUE is open 365 days of the year and we are always willing to talk through any problems and to be asked to help with a dog at any time of day. Ideally some notice is preferable for dogs to be evaluated and matched up to a home to reduce disruption but sometimes dogs have to be taken with virtually no notice.


Fiona Hallam 07916 306156

or email



Rescue is extremely busy at times and has to rely heavily on help from volunteers within our club. This is not just the obvious providing of a new home for a Rescued dog but volunteers are needed in all areas of the country to help with things such as ….

  • assessing of dogs prior to the rehoming,
  • assessing of homes prior to them being considered as a suitable home,
  • assist with collecting dogs, sometimes at short notice,
  • help with transporting dogs,
  • fostering dogs whilst arrangements are completed and a new home identified and checked out if necessary,
  • an experienced person can just help and advise a new Bernese owner who may need reassurance with a Rescue dog they have taken on.

Depending on your exact role you may be asked to complete a form and sign a confidentiality statement and if you are interested in finding out more about how you could help please get in touch with Fiona for a chat. Volunteers are given guidance and support by Rescue and most people find this a fulfilling activity to help with.