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Jack Russell rescue is one of the most awarding parts of my life – you will get an unconditional love like no other from rescuing a Jack Russell! It’s so easy to fall in love with this excitable and energetic breed. So is a Jack Russell the right dog for you? Where do you go to rescue a Jack Russell? And how do you help your new rescue dog to settle into his new home?
Is a Rescue Jack Russell Right for me?
A rescue Jack Russell could be right for you if:
- You have experience with dogs particularly terriers
- You are training minded and able to use positive reinforcement dog training methods
- You have a safe and secure home with a decent yard or garden
- You have no children (or children used to dogs or old enough to understand how to respect them and treat them)
- You have no other pets such as cats or hamsters (Jack Russells are prey driven so this could be a recipe for disaster!)
- You are an active household who enjoys the outdoors and walking/hiking
- You work short hours or work from home
Where to Look for a Rescue Jack Russell
If you are looking for a Jack Russell rescue, go to a reputable shelter or charity, because this will mean that they have had the necessary checks needed to be rehomed. They will have been neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. I have adopted Jack Russells from both the RSPCA (Blake) and the Dog’s Trust (Milo). There are also several websites dedicated to terrier and Jack Russell rescue.
Certainly avoid puppy farms which are unethical, profit driven and don’t have the dogs best interests at heart. I would also avoid buying online through Facebook or Craigslist because this may be people who are profit driven and have not done the necessary checks needed before rehoming the dog. Facebook now actually bans the sale of dogs and puppies for animal welfare reasons.
Here are some of the best places to look for a rescue Jack Russell:
Dog’s Trust – I got my first rescue Jack Russell Terrier Milo from the Dog’s Trust and he was one in a million! You can filter on the website by size and breed which is great if you are specifically looking for a Jack Russell. They have branches all around the UK including Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds and Devon.
RSPCA – Dogs rehomed by the RSPCA are often rescued from abusive situations or households with domestic violence. As a result, they will need extra patience, love and care. We got our Blake from here and although he has been a challenge, he has an extremely strong bond with us now and we love him so much! The RSPCA is the largest animal welfare charity in the UK.
Jack Russell Terrier Rescue – Jack Russell Rescue UK is a non-profit organisation that specialises in rescuing Jack Russells. They never put a healthy dog to sleep and they rehome dogs all over the UK. Their dogs are mainly in foster homes in Wales, North London, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Cheshire, & West Yorkshire before they are adopted. This helps them to socialise and get used to family life.
Oldies – Dedicated to the rescue of Older senior dogs, this is a great website to find an older Jack Russell.
A Better Life Dog Rescue – A Better Life Dog Rescue specialises in rescuing dogs from Romania and helps them to get the medical treatment that they need before being re-homed in the UK. Many are large dogs but the often have Jack Russell mix type terriers. It’s an excellent place to get your dog if you want to rescue from abroad.
Bringing your Rescue Jack Russell Home
When your new Jack Russell arrives home, he/she will be quite shocked at first. He/she may not want to eat or drink straight away and may wee or poo in the house. Fill your new pets life with kindness. Have plenty of food and water always readily available and let your new dog eat and drink when they want to and when they feel comfortable to do so. It is important to recognise that they might not want cuddles and strokes straight away – give your new dog space that he needs to settle and when he has developed a bond he can come to you. Don’t do anything that might stress out your dog in his early days such as put him in the bath or leave him alone for prolonged periods. Here are my top tips for bringing your rescue dog home…
- Stock up on all the dog essentials that you might need including food, bed, lead, treats and poo bags.
- Make sure that he has a place to go to where he feels safe – his bed or crate is very important in the early days.
- Don’t use the crate as punishment – if you use a crate keep it open and he can have it as his ‘safe place’
- Avoid bathing your dog or taking your dog to too many unfamiliar place in the early days.
- Give him space – don’t approach and stroke your new dog too often in the early days – let him approach you.
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