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: Rylee 💕 5 year old female
Currently, in:  Chicago, Illinois

Rylee is a five year old BMD. She is a smaller dog at about 65 pounds, tested negative for heartworm and parasites, is spayed and has had several lumps removed that were noncancerous. 🐾

Rylee is house trained and has had no accidents at her foster home. She is submissive with other dogs and can be easily intimidated by pushy dogs. She enjoys playing with easy going dogs. She likes toys and collects (hoards) them in her crate. She has one favorite that she will carry outside with her and usually remembers to bring back inside.

Rylee is a very shy dog and is considered an extreme flight risk. Her crate is her safe place where she feels secure. At least a five foot tall physical fence is required. I think she would do best in an adult only home that is fairly quiet. A home with children would be too stressful for her.

She will walk on a leash though she’s quite timid in new places. She’s kind of a goofy girl and will come out of her crate for pets from her foster mom if her mom is sitting but won’t allow it if her foster mom is standing. She will come over to lick peanut butter off her finger in the kitchen when the other dogs get their pills.

We think that Rylee has it in her to be a great companion once she learns to trust her people. She wags her tail and will give kisses when she’s feeling confident which makes her foster mom very happy!!



Meet: Charlie 💜 4 year old male
Currently, in: Joliet, Illinois 🐾

Charlie is a goofy, animated 4-year-old boy. He’s been through a lot in his 4 years – from needing a complete tail amputation, to having & being treated for heartworm disease, IBD, pancreatitis, & a vitamin deficiency. Charlie has had a rough life thus far & truly deserves a loving forever home. 💜🐾

He has been living with his foster family in the SW suburbs of Chicago since November & has made large strides in his comfort level around people! He can still be quite scared & nervous around new people, especially children, although he is very very gentle. Loud noises & quick movements tend to startle him. He loves to play with other dogs (big & small) and is great with cats as well. 🐾

He will need lots of love & attention to overcome his prior life. A quiet patient home is what he is seeking. Charlie just wants to become part of a family! 💜 With love, time, & patience we feel he’ll learn how to be the dog he was born to be; a sweet boy with no tail who just wants to love & be loved. 🐾



Otto is a wonderful 3.5 year old male that is up to date on shots & house trained. He’s been with a loving family all his life; so, he is socialized & well adjusted to living as a pet & family member. He is a sweet boy who is good with children, cats, and rabbits. He was surrendered to BARC because the family had to relocate to the busy city due to work and since relocating, Otto has become reactive to other dogs. Otto must go to a home with NO other dogs. 🐱🐰🐾

When Otto lived in Vermont his family ran an Air B-n-B and was great with all the guests coming and going. He even loved playing with the neighbors two labs when they lived there. He had a very large yard in VT, so someplace similar to allow him to run and play will be important. Otto would not be happy in the hustle and bustle of large city life. 🏞🏡

Otto is a handsome guy and so loving. He loves attention and asks for face scratches. He sits on your feet and backs up as close as he can to you when you sit on a chair or couch. He likes to be with people as much as possible. He loves popcorn, peanuts, peanut butter, and poptarts (blueberry or strawberry unfrosted)! 🥜🍿

The family is devastated, but they want Otto to enjoy his life to the fullest; he is not thriving in their new normal. Don’t you think Otto deserves a loving forever home with a big yard and plenty of pop tarts? We do. ❤️🐾


Missy is a very shy young lady, she’s no fan of paparazzi! 😎 Her personality is currently stifled, but with enough time and love, she will shine! She deserves a forever family who will show her the love she needs. 💜

“She likes to tear up bath mats, but probably not a good thing to put in the initial post. 🤣😅 She seems to be good with being outside and isn’t afraid of the mower, etc.! She keeps clear of it, but doesn’t run and hide. She is more scared of the person operating the mower (me). 😔 She will join you in the bathroom, if you are sitting down.. if you know what I mean. 😬 She also likes her stuffed toys!”

Missy has been through a lot in her life thus far; she’s been through the system, heart worm treatment, and had a run in with a semi-truck. She is a survivor. She is fearful due to her past; she has anxiety and is an extreme flight risk. This poor girl has been broken and bonding will probably take awhile.. but, will be worth it! This little lady has a bright future ahead of her!

We know that with love, time, & patience, Missy will blossom into the amazing companion she was meant to be. 🐾 She seeks an understanding home, preferably with another dog. This sweet girl deserves a loving forever family. 💜

Her foster family said they would really like to see if we can find a home in the KC area because they would like to be a part of her transition into her forever home 💕



Due to a death in the family, this sweet pair is needing a new forever home. Sasha & Charlie have been together since their beginning, so they will stay together now 🐾

They really are your typical sweet Berners who are house trained with good manners! They love to be petted and hugged and follow their people all over the house. They are eating and sleeping very well. They both get along great with other dogs, but we don’t know about cats at this time. They lived with children in their previous home. They both ride well in a car and like to be brushed.

Charlie is a big boy and may need a diet going forward as he really does love to eat and may have taken that a little too far. 🍖 He is always keeping an eye on his sister. I’m told he can be vocal with a bit of barking but we haven’t observed that yet. He thinks he could be a lap dog if that’s what you want or is happy to lay at your feet or in a cool area.

Sasha is such a sweetie and is the Queen of the ‘Berner Lean’. 👑 She still has some good energy for trotting around in the yard and really would like to accompany you into the bathroom just to make sure you are ok. Due to a tear duct malfunction, she does have a chronic dry eye condition which may require her to take eye drops or ointment routinely to give her relief from a chronic irritation of her cornea. She tolerates the drops very well.

Both of these sweeties could use leash training, but are very willing to please their people.

If you have ever wanted 2 ready to go Bernese Mountain Dogs, they are ready for your loving home! 💕🐾



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.