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Jack Russell Rescue Oregon Washington & Idaho was founded in 2006. We take in unwanted or abandoned terriers and help place them in appropriate new homes where they can lead happy, healthy and interesting lives with people who understand the characteristics of the breed. We can also help families adopt a dog directly out of their own home by listing the dog online and pre-screening applicants.

Jack Russell Rescue OWII is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. All donations made to JRR OWII are tax-deductible to the contributor. This includes all adoption fees and owner surrender fees.

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The Truth About Jack Russell Terriers

Almost everyone knows that Jack Russell terriers were developed in England in the nineteenth century to pursue fox into a den or anywhere the fox went to ground. They have also been used to hunt badger and - in the United States - opossum and groundhogs. Needless to say, your modern Jack does not differentiate much between fox, badger, and a hamster or a pet rabbit or your neighbour's cat down the street. Jacks are hunting dogs with varying degrees of prey drive, and almost anything furry which runs can be fair game in their eyes. This can include squirrels, cats, cattle, goats, chickens and that big Rottweiler at the dog park. Many Jacks will live amiably with 'their' cat for years but then will casually kill a strange cat who comes in their yard. There are also numerous accounts of Jacks who destroyed a cat which they have lived with after years of peaceful cohabitation. Rule #1: if you have a Jack and also have cats, do not leave the cats alone in the house with your Jack. For the sake of your neighbours, have good fencing and be aware of where your dog is at all times. This goes double if you have more than one Jack; Jacks are pack-driven and are much more likely to attack another animal when there are two or more Jacks in a family group.

Jack Russell terriers are small and cute. This is a shame, because they are not lap dogs and do not make good pets for sedentary owners. The average Jack Russell terrier needs the same amount of daily exercise as a full-size hunting dog. Even an older Jack will still need a considerable amount of daily exercise. The Parsons type Jacks generally are higher energy and more exercise-demanding than the so-called 'pudding' type Jacks, but they ALL need to run and sniff and explore on a regular basis, and they will not self-exercise in your back yard, however large it is. Jacks are also intensely people dogs. They do not do well in a busy both parents working full time family situation or shoved in a backyard for eight hours a day. They NEED to be both physically & mentally occupied. Jacks who are left to their own devices for a great deal of time get bored and get into trouble. We do not recommend getting a Jack if the dog is going to be routinely left alone for more than six hours a day or if you enjoy a sedentary lifestyle. Rule #2: a tired Jack is a good Jack.

Jack Russell terriers are late-maturing dogs. Their emotional maturity seems to click in about the age of six or seven, which is about the same time many of them come into rescue after having exhausted their original owner. Training needs to begin with a puppy and continue to be REINFORCED for the entire course of the dog's life. Give the average Jack an inch, and s/he will take a mile. They are highly-intelligent, highly-reactive BUSY dogs and will often need reminding of what the rules are. Like Kipling's Elephant Child, they are driven by insatiable curiousity, and although they may know perfectly well what 'Come' means, they are often too busy to listen. So, if you are thinking of adopting a puppy or a younger dog, consider the fatigue factor. The mature Jack has often reached the stage in life where he is actually willing to LISTEN and is probably going to be a far better companion than that puppy-brained youngster.

Many Jacks are leash-aggressive towards other dogs. Off-leash, with room to move about and work out a compromise, most Jacks get along well with strange dogs. But not all. As noted before, Jacks are extremely reactive, quick to take offense, and think they are about 10 times bigger than they actually are. It is important to work on keeping your Jack well-socialized and well-mannered, and this can only be accomplished by jumping in at the deep end and DOING it. A good grounding in basic obedience is vital: your Jack should be taught an excellent recall and how to walk on a loose leash and pay attention to you WHATEVER is going on. 90% of leash-aggression is that accursed insatiable curiousity at work. Your Jack is like a two year old child in a store full of breakables. He wants to touch, sniff, and poke. It is your job to teach your Jack safe parameters and good listening skills. This is not a breed of dog which comes with an innate sense of good social protocol. Rule #3: teach your Jack parameters and enforce them.

I want to apologize to and congratulate all those many people who have wonderful Jacks and think I am overstating the case. I think you have either forgotten those first few years of Jack ownership or have been very very lucky in your choice of a dog. The truth is many Jacks can be hard work for the average dog owner.

So…why a Jack ?

Because a good Jack is a joy for many many years. A good Jack is smart and funny and fiercely loyal. He will walk through fire for you, or cross raging torrents balanced on a slippery log or scale sheer rock faces - just for you. He will grab the spaghetti sauce pan by the handle and carry it carefully, without spilling a drop, to a lair under a chair where he can safely consume it. And then at the end of a hard day, he will burrow in under the blankets, tuck himself up tight against your side and make you laugh. There is no better dog than a good Jack. (Especially when he is good and tired.)

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If you are interested in one of our adoptable dogs, please fill out an adoption application on our website : http://www.jackrussellrescueowi.org/ . Just click on the Adoption link on the site and complete the application. All applications will be screened and answered within a few days. Or you can e-mail the Jack Russell Rescue OWII coordinator listed on Petfinder and we will be glad to send you an adoption application.

While you are on our website, please take the opportunity to read up on the breed. Are you positive you want a Jack Russell ?

If your application is approved, we will set up a time to meet with you - and for you to meet the dog. The adoption fees we charge vary from dog to dog - they go to the rescue and are used to cover necessary veterinary expenses for the neediest dogs.

You will be expected to complete and sign an adoption contract. We do several follow up checks on our adoptees, and we expect you to contact us if you ever need to give the dog up for any reason.

Thank you for thinking of a rescue Jack !



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Our dogs love to sleep on Kuranda Dog beds, but we don't have enough for everyone. If you would like to donate a bed at a special wholesale price for a pile of Jacks to sleep on in comfort, please donate a Kuranda dog bed.