It is our gift to see beyond the dirt, terror, sadness, and despair and find the true soul that lies within.


Kristen Greenwood - 443-243-3177 -

If you can no longer care for your Bernese Mountain Dog, please contact Babs to make arrangements to turn the dog into the MDBMDC Rescue Program.


Rescue first and foremost is a volunteer job. Most of our volunteers work full time jobs have homes, families, and pets of their own to care for in addition to the activities they perform for rescue. Please be patient and take this into consideration when you are waiting for us to process your adoption application. We ask for a donation fee that is used to help offset vet and dog care. Donations are also used for the next dog coming into rescue.


— Ensure all dogs are healthy, up to date on all vaccinations, heartworm and Lyme tested/on prevention, and have received necessary vet care before placement.
— Spay/neuter all dogs before placement.
— Micro chip All dogs that are micro chipped in Pennsylvania are eligible for a lifetime one fee license.
— Require adoption application and contract. The contract includes a clause to have the dog returned to this rescue if the new adopter relinquishes ownership.
— Screen every potential adopter with a mandatory home visit before a dog is placed.


Some rescue dogs have survived the difficult journey from puppy mills to pet shops to their first home. Then they are turned in by owners who realize that getting a Bernese Mountain Dog was a bad mistake. Some dogs are deprived of attention and affection. Some have proven to be too big and strong for their owners. Some rescued dog's owners have not provided necessary training to teach their dog good manners. Some owners don't realize Bernese Mountain Dogs SHED A LOT and are not willing to live with 'too much hair'. Others are turned in by owners who are moving, getting divorced, or making other life changes and are unable or unwilling to include the dogs in their changed lives. Some are rescued from local animal shelters. Some dogs show no sign of abuse. In others, the signs of neglect or mismanagement are unmistakable. One of the pleasures of rescuing such a dog is the privilege of teaching the lesson that, from now on, human hands and voices mean kindness and love.


Rescue situations can change daily. If you are interested in adopting a rescued dog from our program please contact:
Kristen Greenwood - 443-243-3177 -

Adoption process

1. Request an adoption application.
2. Fill out in detail. The more we know about your family and daily life, the better match we can make.
3. Return application with signature.
4. We will notify you when your application is received and your references have been checked.
5. You will be notified when a dog that matches your application is taken into rescue. We Will supply pictures via email.
6. Home visit will be done.
7 You and your entire family will meet our rescue.
8. If all goes well, we will return in a day or so and you will begin your new adventure with your new family member.
9. At this time you will sign our contract and supply the donation fee. We will hold the donation fee for 4 weeks. During this period we are available to you 24/7 for questions and/or concerns. If we don't hear from you, we will contact you by phone at least 3 times during this time period.
10. We will contact you before we deposit the donation.
11. Most importantly we will be available to you for the life of the dog. We will invite you to join in on our activities. Also if you would like to join our club, we will be glad to assist you in the membership process. You will receive the club newsletter for one year after your adoption.



• If you would like more information about our available rescues, please contact Kristen Greenwood - 443-243-3177 -


Your role as a foster family:
— Provide a safe and nurturing environment. — Provide food and routine care (bathing brushing, cleaning ears, etc...)
— Working with your foster on perfecting their house training or basic obedience.
— Provide information about your foster to other members of rescue and potential new homes.
— Most importantly love and treat your foster the same as you would one of your own dogs.
— Foster families will be asked to fill out the same application as adopting families.

Please let us know if you would like to become a foster home.


They place it first on their short list of needs.
J.R. Ackerly


2015 Rescue Events

Rescue Events may be added as time and coverage allow. Check back often or contact Kristen Greenwood [] to get more information about supporting Rescue.


The following vendors have generously supported MDBMDC Rescue ways and means. If you would like to support rescue by purchasing one of their products, please visit us at one of our rescue events or email Kristen Greenwood at for more information.

Dig and Bark - tee-shirts and totes -
Dig and Bark popular Ying Yang tee-shirt design by Jennifer Lennon.
Sara England Designs - prints and coasters -