January 28, 2005
Communiqué of the Barry Foundation
New owners of the Saint Bernard dogs
The Saint Bernards: These former rescue dogs have been saved.
A new Foundation has bought the Hospitality House of the Grand Saint Bernard (Congregation of the Canons of the Grand Saint Bernard) the kennel of the renown breed. The continuity of the famous and legendary dogs of the Grand Saint Bernard is assured.
On January 28, 2005, in the House of the Congregation of the Canons in Martigny, a new foundation called the Barry Foundation of the Grand Saint Bernard was constituted. At the same time, the deed for the purchase by the new foundation of the kennel building in Martigny as well as the Saint Bernard kennel and furnishings was signed. The Foundation has taken over the running of the Kennel as of April 1, 2005.
A benefactor has made this rescue possible.
This purchase has been possible thanks to the generosity of a benefactor, Ms. Christine Cerletti-Sarasin of Bottmingen/Basilea. The founding members are as follows: Ms. Christine Cerletti, the Hospitality House of the Grand Saint Bernard, Mr. Rudolf Thomann, former president of the Swiss Saint Bernard Club and five public and private entities of the region. The Board of Advisors of the Foundation is presided by Mr. Angelin Luisier, prefect of the district of Entremont. The Board of Directors is presided by Mr. Rudolf Thomann, Ms. Susanna Kull, doctor in veterinary medicine (Honorary Member of the Swiss Cynological Society) according to the vice-presidency of the Board and management of the kennel.
The presence of dogs in the Grand Saint Bernard Pass continues. The tradition carries on.
An agreement of co-participation between the new Foundation and the Hospitality House has also been signed. The objective is to maintain the presence of the dogs of the breed as well as of puppies, as they become available, in the Grand Saint Bernard Pass during the summer period from the beginning of June to the end of October. That is to say, from the official opening of the road to the Pass until its closing. It is a sine qua non condition of the buyer.
Furthermore, a second agreement of co-participation was signed in December of 2004 between the Barry Foundation and the Bernard and Caroline de Watteville Foundation in Martigny. The objective is to make between six and eight dogs available, as well as puppies (as they become available) in the museum of Martigny during the whole year starting in April of 2006. There has also been a contract signed for sponsorship between the Barry Foundation and the firm Eukanuba, a distributor of food for dogs.