BARC, Inc.

BARC, Inc.

BARC, Inc. is a non-profit corporation dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating Bernese Mountain Dogs from dog brokers, dog auctions, puppy mills, and any other dangerous, exploitative or abusive situation.  BARC, Inc. places these dogs in loving pet homes as spayed or neutered companions.

Adoptable Bernese Mountain Dogs .


Meet: Elsa (4 year old female) 💕

Elsa is a sweet, loving little 4 year old Berner. She gets attached to her people and doesn’t want to let go! She will insist you pet, cuddle, and hug her for as long as you can! You will need to be around alot for her, or at least have another dog for her to be with. 💕🐾

Elsa gets along well with our other BARC dogs – one male & one female. She has exhibited some dominant behavior to work her way as top dog of the three dogs, though.🏆 She’s been good with other dogs she has met, but can also get nervous by their presence. 🐾

Elsa is still learning that people she does not live with can be friends. She tends to get nervous around strangers and new situations, so she would like space and understanding to learn that they mean no harm. 💕

We have not been able to see how she’d do with cats or small children. But, she is happy and loving with our teenage daughter. She’s mostly house broken – but, we take her out before she can make mistakes! 🐾



Meet: Dolly (6 year old female)
Currently, in: Denver, Colorado

Dolly is such a sweetheart. 💕 Dolly has learned to walk on a leash after some initial leash paralysis, she’s now going on walks around the block 3x/day! She comes out of her coat closet for walks without having to be picked up any longer, and she’s eating well. She still doesn’t like to eat from a bowl, so we put her meals on her bed with her. She likes to eat in private, but eats very quickly once she’s alone 🙂

Dolly is very interested in our rescue cat Hank, and they are very gentle with each other. On walks, Dolly gets very scared of other dogs and stimuli, but does better at night when there’s less to see. We’ve set up our security camera to peep on her when we are at work and sleeping. She has been brave enough to venture into our kitchen a few times now and getting the lay of the land here!

I think Dolly may do well with another dog in the house to show her the ropes and teach her love, walks, food, and affection are all good things. 💕

Dolly got her second puppachino this morning and even ate some of it in front of us. She will take high value foods right from our hands very gently — she loves sausage and rotisserie chicken. 🍗

She’s has not had a single accident in the house and regularly goes potty on her walks. She doesn’t like the yard, and won’t go potty in it quite yet. She doesn’t seek attention, but doesn’t shy away from our touch and allows us to pet her head, torso and back, and likes butt scratches (as most Berners seem to). She seems to be much happier and calmer when we’re home, so we know she is starting to enjoy the company of humans, even though she hangs out in her closet. We even catch her peeking around the corner at us. 👀🐾

Three times per day we lay on the ground outside the closet and love on her for 10 minutes. We also give her scratches and love every time we walk by (20+ times per day). She seems to like this, but isn’t brave enough quite yet to venture out for attention. 💕

We haven’t attempted anything too scary — i.e. bath, park walk, more car rides, etc until she feels a bit more comfortable with her routine with us. We are showing her love, patience, and kindness every day while keeping her routine very regular so she knows what to expect. I don’t think she would do well with small children in the home, but is never aggressive, just fearful. Even in her most scared moments, she just freezes, and will still allow love and physical touch.

The bottom line, Dolly is just like all Berners; she’s sweet, calm, and kind. She’s curious and will be an amazing dog with love, patience, and time.

We love seeing her make progress day after day and are so grateful we can foster her while she waits her forever home.



Meet: Lady (3 year old female) 💕
Currently, in: Olathe, KS 🐾

Lady is a very loving, but timid 3 year old girl. She has been with us a week and has made huge strides to fit in. She now sometimes wags her tail when we call her name, and she is starting to eat her meals at regular feeding times verses in the middle of the night when she feels no one is watching. 💕

Lady does however prefer to eat meals away from other animals. She can get grumbly when they get too close to her food. She is getting more confident with stairs, and at going outside on a leash! Lady has done extremely well with other dogs, cats, chickens, and horses! 😊🐾🐱🐔🐴

She will however need a lot of love and attention to overcome her previous life. Loud noises & quick movements still cause Lady to cower into a ball, whether inside or out. At this time, young children would probably be too much for her. A quiet patient home is what Lady is looking for. As heartbreaking as this is, in just a short week Lady has shown that she truly wants to become a part of a family! 💕

With love, time, and patience we feel she will learn how to be the dog she was born to be! A sweet girl who just wants to love and be loved. 💕🐾


Meet: Puff (5 year old male) 💕
Currently, in: Long Island, NY 🐾

Puff is a sweet 5 year old male berner. 💕🐾 Puff gets along great with our 2 BARC girls and plays nicely with other males and females at the dog park. He has made friends with our cat, which is no small accomplishment!! 😻🐾

He will make a family very happy with his big presence and personality! He attaches quickly to ladies, a little slower to men/boys but a little effort will go a long way with this doggie, and you will quickly gain his trust. Puff’s large size, strength and bouncy personality will match well with a family with a fenced in yard and older children. 💕

He knows his name and a few commands but will need training. 💕 He is house broken and we have not had any accidents, but, will initially try to mark his new territory. 😇

Puff loves being outside, snuggling with the family, going to the dog park and car rides!! 🐾


Although safe, these dogs may be undergoing medical treatment, temperament testing, and/or foster placement for socialization.  If you are interested in one of our special babies, we ask that you read the FAQ’s and then complete the adoption application.  Questions and applications can be sent to our Board Member, Lisa Florin.   

We have extremely an extremely high volume of applications to review and are very serious about where our rescues are placed. Unfortunately, due to the number of applications we receive, we are no longer able to reply personally to each one. However, we do hope to contact you when we have an available rescue that might be a fit.

Our rescues are fostered throughout the United States. Transportation arrangements of BARC babies to their new homes are the responsibility of the adopters.

Please also note, many of our rescues are placed quickly and don’t even make it to our website for posting…that’s a great thing!


Prior to placement all BARC dogs are:  spayed or neutered; microchipped; checked for heartworms and parasites and treated if necessary; brought up-to-date on all vaccinations, in some cases boosters may be necessary; and are on heartworm and flea/tick preventives.  In the event that a puppy is too young or a dog too ill to be spayed or neutered prior to placement, the contract will require the adopter to spay/neuter the dog within a reasonable timeframe.