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: Maggie 💕 8 year old female
Currently, in: Pensacola, FL

Maggie recently celebrated her 8th birthday! She is a super chill senior Berner that is quiet and respectful. Her favorite place to be is lounging in the back yard. 💕

Her Personality – This pup is a gentle sweetheart! She is friendly with people, but is very shy at first. She doesn’t pay any attention to cats. She lets you know when she has to do her business, sleeps through the night, & doesn’t bark. Maggie keeps to herself and isn’t interested in typical dog bones or toys. She is a great leash walker and enjoys the sights and smells, but tires after 15 minutes or so (even in cooler weather). 🐾

Her Likes – Maggie absolutely would love to hang out in the back yard for hours and roll around and nap. Although not treat motivated, she will stop what she’s doing for a taste of bacon or steak. 🥓🥩 She enjoys occasional wet food! She also likes to hide in safe places when inside, such as the back of a closet or her crate; small spaces. Maggie does great on car rides! 🚗🐾

Her Dislikes – Vacuuming near her is not her favorite, nor is the blow dryer at the groomers. She is also not a fan of sudden movements – especially involving feet or legs. She also doesn’t like to be snuck up on; being petted or touched when she doesn’t see you coming really startles her. 😱

She’s been through a lot in 8 years. We know that with love, time, & patience, Maggie will blossom into the amazing companion she was meant to be. 🐾 She seeks a quiet slow paced home, preferably with someone there most of the time. This sweet senior girl deserves a loving forever family to live out her golden years with. 💛



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. 🐾




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.