If you want to bring a JRT into your life, this is definitely an option to consider. Millions of dogs are put down each year because they don't have a home. Already decided you want to adopt a Jack Russell? Take a look at the
featured Jack Russells up for adoption.
If you are looking for information on the other side of JRT Rescue - ie, you want to give your dog away to a good home - take a look at this information on dog rehoming.
Why Do Dogs End Up At Shelters?
Many people buy a Jack Russell without a real understanding of what the pup will become when it grows up. They don't have the patience or the energy for an adult Jack Russell. So, the dogs, sadly, are abandoned by irresponsible owners, or given away, and end up at a Jack Russell rescue centre to be re-homed - if they're lucky.
Jack Russells are also notorious for escaping. They are vigorous diggers and will slip under fences, through gates or out of car doors, never to be seen again. If you own or want to own a JRT, it's essential to make sure your house and yard are totally escape proof. Unfortunately, because of this built-in tendency to dig, many Jack Russells will escape even from a home where they are happy. Males are particularly bad for this because they will try extra hard to get out if they catch the scent of a bitch in heat nearby.
If you're really serious about giving one of these little champs a loving new home, I'd recommend signing up for my free special report on Jack Russell training. It will let you know what to expect, help your new dog to settle in more easily and get your training off to the right start.
Why Adopt a Jack Russell?
There are several major benefits to dog or puppy adoption over buying a dog:
it's generally a lot cheaper to adopt a Jack Russell than to buy one at 8 weeks old
you don't have to worry about the time and money involved in raising a pup if you adopt an adult dog
JRTs from a rescue centre will generally be neutered, so you don't have to worry about unexpected pregnancies and the cost of neutering
If you choose to adopt a Jack Russell, you can expect that someone from the Jack Russell Rescue centre, or wherever you are adopting from, will want to check your details and possibly check the security of your house and garden. Don't be offended - they are simply trying to ensure the dog is going to a good, safe home.
How Do I Adopt a Jack Russell?
In order to find a dog to adopt, you can take a look at the featured Jack Russells up for adoption on this site. Alternatively, you can contact your local JRT clubs, local training clubs or breeders, or take a look at Jack Russell Terrier rescue websites. These organizations are kept alive by volunteer work, so if you have the time and passion for JRTS, volunteering may also be an option for you. Take a look at these sites (links open a new browser window):
- a JRT rescue site that covers the US and Canada.
If you can't decide whether you want to adopt a puppy or an older dog, you can also read more specific info on the pros and cons of
adult Jack Russell Terrier rescue
If you're still not sure if you and your family are ready to adopt a Jack Russell, or if you're wondering how exactly to prepare yourself to adopt, check out this Jack Russell Terrier adoption self-assessment and preparation guide.
For an extensive list of Jack Russell rescue organizations in various places around the world, as well as more information on the adoption process, take a look at the Jack Russell Terrier Rescues page.
Training Rescue Dogs
If you adopt a Jack Russell, you may be faced with some peculiar training challenges. To find out more about how to deal with these challenges, you can read about training rescue dogs.