My name is Sweet Boy Bernie!

Hound (Unknown Type)/Treeing Walker Coonhound Mix Dog for adoption in Durham, North Carolina - Sweet Boy Bernie
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Independent Animal Rescue, Inc

Facts about Sweet Boy Bernie

  • Breed: Hound (Unknown Type)/Treeing Walker Coonhound Mix
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: D-16-054

Description: You can't get more handsome than Bernie! He's very healthy and strong and in great physical shape. He has a short coat -- predominately white with large black spots, and brown eye spots.

Personality: Bernie has tons of personality. He's very smart and happy. He loves to play with other dogs but he also loves to lounge in a comfy dog bed. He has a great sense of smell which can keep him busy for hours when he's outside in a natural setting. He can be head-strong and it can be difficult to gain his attention when he's on a scent. Bernie bays when he gets excited. He loves attention -- being petted and cuddled.

He loves other dogs and shows absolutely no aggression towards people or dogs. He is anxious if he hears gun shots or a loud car or truck. We are currently working with him on walking on a lead and basic commands.

Bernie needs to have a little space to run and because of his strong personality he will need a human who can be a leader as well as his companion. Bernie is NOT a hunting dog and as mentioned is very anxious when he hears gunshots.

Animal History: We found Bernie along the road last February. He was starving and only weighed 38 pounds. He now weighs 63 pounds. He sleeps and lives inside and spends most of his time happily outside in a fenced in area of 8 acres.

A rather large fenced in area will be essential for his well being.

Read more about Sweet Boy Bernie on the Independent Animal Rescue website.

Or, Apply Online to Adopt Sweet Boy Bernie!

About Independent Animal Rescue, Inc

About Our Rescue Group...

IAR started with one woman's big dreams, a bigger heart, and a very distinctive purple pickup truck that helped her rescue countless numbers of unwanted, abused, and homeless Triangle pets. Originally founded in 1994, IAR earned an official 501 (c)(3) status in 1995. IAR is currently governed by a Board of Directors, managed by elected officers, and supported by over 100 unpaid volunteers. There are no paid positions within IAR, so 100% of all donations directly support animal care and rehabilitation.

Our mission is to rescue and provide safe and responsible care for homeless, abandoned, and abused animals. We shall strive to help all animals in need through our service programs. We will serve our communities through promotion of spay or neuter for all companion animals, and the education of children and adults in the humane care, respect and responsibility for animals on this earth.

At IAR, we believe that the welfare of animals is paramount. We feel that we can alleviate problems associated with animal overpopulation and abandonment using a 4-pronged approach: (1) Rescue and adoption of unwanted and abused animals; (2) funding of spay/neuter; (3) education and outreach on animal welfare to our youngest members of the community; and (4) legislation and lobbying efforts on behalf of animals.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Our wonderful IAR cats and kittens are out and about greeting folks at the Durham Petsmart (Patterson Place) and Petco (South Square) locations almost every Saturday and Sunday (1pm-5pm). In addition, some of our cats are housed at these stores for short durations. You can visit these kitties anytime during store hours! If you see a kitty that you'd like to meet and possibly adopt, please fill out an online application at We will be in touch shortly!

IAR dogs and puppies are available for "meet and greet" at the Durham Petsmart (Patterson Place) on the first and third Sundays each month (2pm-4pm). Please check our calendar for specific dates and locations where you may meet your new best friend!

Our Adoption Process...

Adoption Requirements

  • 20-year commitment to the animal

  • You may not be an undergraduate student or member of the military

  • You must be a US citizen

  • You must allow a home visit (an IAR volunteer to visit your home prior to adoption.)

Adoption Process

  • Fill out an adoption interest application HERE or call us at 919-403-2221. A volunteer will contact you shortly to discuss your application.

  • Our goal is finding lifelong, loving homes for our animals, so we try to find the best match between animal and adopter. We can help advise you on which animals to meet based on your situation.

  • You can meet some of our animals at our monthly adoption fairs, or we can arrange for a meeting in the foster home. If it’s a good match, the foster parent will come to visit your home in person. This is to make sure your home is safe and secure for a new companion animal.

  • Note: IAR makes every effort to please our adopters, but our first concern must be for the animal’s welfare. We reserve the right to deny any application.

Adoption Fees

Cat Adoption Fees

  • Cats and kittens: $100

  • Senior (7 years and older) and/or special needs cats: $50

  • Pairs of cats or kittens adopted together: $150 for the pair ($100 plus $50).
Dog Adoption Fees

  • Dogs and puppies: $150

  • Senior (7 years and older) and/or special needs dogs: $75

  • Pairs of dogs or puppies adopted together: $225 for the pair ($150 plus $75)