ANSWER: When dogs are available for adoption through the Lone Star Rescue program, we post their pictures in Available Rescue Dogs. If there are rescued Berners in need of forever homes, you can see their pictures. If you think you'd be interested in pursuing adoption after looking at a picture that has been posted, then contact Dawn to obtain more in depth information on the rescued dog.
ANSWER: Even if we have no rescue dogs currently available and you want to adopt a rescued Berner, we hope you'll let us know. We want to hear from you if you have a place in your home and heart to offer a rescued Berner a home. Contact Lone Star using the phone or email address shown above. You can also download and fill out the Rescue Adoption Application. After filling in the Adoption Application, mail it to the address provided on the form.
QUESTION: What if I have a dog to surrender?
ANSWER: Call Dawn Letry at 817-430-2469 if you have a dog that you need to surrender. This number is for surrenders and for reporting dogs in shelters/pounds only.
QUESTION: How many dogs do you place a year?
ANSWER: On average, we place only about 5 - 12 dogs a year. That's why rescued dogs are available at some times and not at other times.
QUESTION: Do you place BMD's in my state?
ANSWER: The Lone Star Rescue has placed dogs in Texas. We actively search for dogs in our region of responsibility which includes the states of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. If you do not live in one of these four states, you may still fill out a rescue application but the likelihood of receiving a Lone Star Rescue dog is extremely remote. Instead, you should contact a club closer to you. See www.bmdca.org or here for a list of BMDCA recognized regional cubs. Most are also involved with rescue.
QUESTION: Berners cost too much from breeders; can I get one cheaper through rescue?
ANSWER: Our adoption fees are used to cover costs and can vary, but they are generally less than the price of a dog from a breeder. The dog may be examined by a vet, all shots are brought up-to-date, and it is spayed or neutered if necessary. Any detected or suspected health problems are checked out and treated if possible.
QUESTION: How long is your waiting list?
ANSWER: We do keep a list of potential adopters. The dogs are not placed on a first-come, first-served basis, but rather as a best match to an adoptive home that will be the best place for the dog. We have a lot of potential adopters and, with so few dogs a year, the wait can be long.
QUESTION: How long do you keep my adoption application active?
ANSWER: Please update your information every six months. After that, we will be less likely to contact you with a potential adoption.
QUESTION: Can I get a puppy through rescue?
ANSWER: It is somewhat unlikely. We have received a few puppies - but typically the average age of rescued dogs is 3 - 6 years old.
QUESTION: Where do your rescue Berners come from?
ANSWER: Pounds, shelters, surrenders directly to us by the owners, even just plain abandoned.
QUESTION: Can I use this dog for breeding?
ANSWER: No. All Berners placed through the Lone Star Rescue program are spayed or neutered prior to release to the adoptive home.
QUESTION: Is there a guarantee?
ANSWER: Sorry, no. We collect whatever information on the dog that we can and pass all of it on to the potential adopters so they can make an informed decision. But no one can foretell the future. If the adoption does not work out, you are required to surrender the dog back to the Lone Star BMD Rescue program.
QUESTION: I've heard that Berners are one-person dogs. How well do they adjust to their new owners?
ANSWER: Surprisingly well. Even ones from good homes that were surrendered to us have re-attached to their new families. It takes love and patience for all of them to overcome whatever baggage they have. So far, they have all done well.
QUESTION: Do your rescue dogs ever come with AKC registration papers?
ANSWER: Sometimes we get papers on surrendered Berners and gladly pass them on to adopters. It is helpful for health history. If the new owner wants to participate in AKC events, they can apply for an ILP number for the dog. The dog is then allowed to join in all AKC events, other than Conformation, like any registered dog.
QUESTION: Do you ever place Bernese mixes?
ANSWER: Lone Star Rescue only places purebred Bernese Mountain Dogs. However, we keep a list of potential homes that would also consider a BMD mix and, if we locate a mix, we notify those homes of the dog's location and they may adopt the mix directly from the current owner or shelter. You may indicate your interest in a mix on the application.
QUESTION: I want to get on your adopter list. What do I do now?
ANSWER: You can fill out an Adoption Application and mail it to the address shown on the Application.
Download Rescue Adoption Application
QUESTION: How can I donate to this worthy organization?
ANSWER: Please contact the Treasurer, Marybeth, of the Lone Star Rescue by clicking here, and she will tell you how to donate. Thank you for your generous contribution as it allows us to save the next dog.