Bernese Mountain Dog Club of the Finger Lakes

Rescue and Rehoming


Annie was rescued following extreme neglect (starving, living outside with no shelter and never having vaccinations).   She also needed both cruciate ligament repaired.  She is now happily, living indoors and being a part of a family, who loves her to pieces. 

continues to grow stronger following his orthopedic surgery.  He is receiving acupuncture to improve his mobility.  He is loving his new home.

is doing wonderfully in his new home.  He loves to hike and swim.  He is sweet, very sociable boy who has been learning to walk with his owners on and off leash. 


Bernese Mountain Dog Club of the Finger Lakes depends solely on donations and volunteers to continue providing activities and Rescue/Rehome Services.  Donations are very much appreciated. Feel free to specify if the donation is to be used for General Club Funding or Rescue and Rehoming. 

Checks should be made out to BMDCFL and mailed to:

539 County Road 8
Farmington NY  14425

A purebred Bernese Mountain Dog who has been placed in a
shelter, is a stray, lost or abandoned, or no longer can be cared for
by the owner of record or caretaker.

A purebred Bernese Mountain Dog who can no longer remain with
its owner of record or caretaker and will be placed directly into a
foster or permanent home.

Our rescue and rehoming program is run entirely by volunteers and through donations.  It prides itself on being responsive to every situation we learn of, where we may be of assistance.  Our goals are to be therefore the dogs, the people looking to us for help and the great homes eager to adopt a Bernese Mountain Dog in need.

Most of our “forever home placements” are the result of matchmaking.  We keep a list of applicants interested in adoption, and when a dog becomes available, that seems a suitable match for an applicant - the next conversation begins.  If we do not have a home available, and/or the match would be easier outside of our geographical area - we coordinate efforts with other regional cubs across the country. 

Rescue dogs need immediate attention.  Dogs with “special needs” require  specialized plans, compassion and often foster care evaluations and care to address medical and temperament issues before placement .  This of course requires money. 

-If you are interested in becoming a “forever home” for a Berner in need please contact us.

-If you considering the placement of your dog, in another home, please contact us. 

-If you might wish to volunteer your time, you expertise, or your home for temporary foster care etc. please contact us. 

Galen Zimmer            Lara Riley