Why do Jack Russell Terriers need rescue? Sometimes it is a case of a young JR that was given to elderly parents by their children, but the dog is too active for the recipient. Sometimes a JR is lost and we are unable to find the owner. Sometimes the owner has made a wrong choice in buying a JR, is unprepared for the care required of a feisty terrier, and is unwilling to get proper training for the JR. Sometimes life situations and jobs change which make keeping the dog impractical. Many of these dogs are unwanted simply because the owner has not done the proper research before purchasing the JR and does not provide the attention and training necessary for the JR.
Is there a charge to place a JR in Rescue? A contribution of $100 is required to place your JRT in the program. All shots must be current, a heartworm test must be done, and the dog must be spayed/neutered prior to adoption. JRRS is happy to arrange for these low cost services, but it is the responsibility of the owner to pay these costs which usually cost around $100 total. If the owner wishes to make an additional contribution to JRRS, we welcome a monetary gesture of thanks. When an owner calls JRRS about giving up a JR, we first try to refer the owner to a certified behavior modification expert for the purpose of helping the owner keep the JR. That failing, we take and place the JR.
Is there a charge for adopting a JR? Yes. The fee is $300 per dog. All JRs are spayed/neutered, Heartworm test is negative, the JR has been microchipped, and all shots are current. The adoption fee goes into the rescue fund to help with future veterinary expenses of other JRs.
What about behavioral problems in a Rescue dog? JRRS rarely sees an abused JR and we do not take chronic biters. We work closely with certified behavior modification experts to help in correcting any problems prior to placement. We refer adopters to the same experts who can help with any training, such as obedience lessons. The former owner must complete a lengthy Dog Personality Profile which acquaints JRRS with the JR. Then the JR is observed and evaluated on site by JRRS prior to placement.
Is a JR the right dog for everyone? No. The JR is first and foremost a hunting dog. JRs need a fenced yard and lots of room to run...no condos or apartments. Terriers do not always work well with children under 6 and seldom tolerate cats. JRs are big dogs in little bodies and require firm, consistent discipline. JRs do not tolerate same sex dogs in the same family. JRs require patience and lots of love, and at least basic obedience training. JRs can be destructive if left alone without a job to do. Eddie on Frazier and Wishbone are MOVIE DOGS, not JRs in the REAL world! It takes special patience and lots of determination to be a successful JR owner. Those of us who are owned by a JR say that Jack Russell Terriers are always a work in progress! Never underestimate life with a Jack Russell Terrier.
HOWEVER….If you are a prospective Jack Russell Terrier owner, be sure you understand the unique needs and character of this feisty little Working Terrier BEFORE you adopt or purchase!!!! A JR lives to be 15-20 years old, so a Jack is always a puppy at heart! A JR may look at its owner as its own personal property and may be very protective of that owner. A Jack is the smartest dog alive, and you have to be smarter than your Jack. A JR is a barrel of laughs with high intelligence and an even higher energy level. A Jack will bring you great joy under the right circumstances. There is no dog more loyal to its owner than the Jack Russell Terrier. They are small and easy with which to travel – it’s a go-anywhere dog! They can be a laugh a minute and can also bring you grief if the owner does not understand the breed. If all of this does not appeal to you, please consider another breed! Living with a JR is like living with a little clown in a dog suit!
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