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Can I Drop My Jack Russell Terrier Off at an Animal Shelter?

In most cases, you can't just drop off your Jack Russell Terrier at an animal shelter. They don't want people showing up at their doors with their dogs or dropping them off outside. Additionally, different shelters will have different rules. They have a certain set of procedures and policies they need to follow when it comes to surrendering pets. Therefore, you'll want to get in touch with the shelter to understand the steps you need to take.

Contact the Shelter

You can contact the shelter online or over the phone. They'll want to know more about your dog and why you need to give her up. The reason they'll often ask about why you need to give your dog up is that they might have some other options for you. Many times, they'll have a list of resources that could help with many of the common issues people have with their dogs.

For example, they may have a list of trainers or guidance if you have a dog with behavioral issues. They may have some low-cost spay and neuter options that they could suggest. Their goal is always to do what's best for the dog, and that might mean finding a way he can stay with you.

Of course, not everyone will be capable of keeping their dog due to a wide range of circumstances beyond their control. In those cases, the shelter will let you know more about the process, along with the price of surrender fees. These fees are usually between $50 and $150, but it can vary based on location, age of the dog, etc.

Once your dog is at the shelter, the personnel will try their best to make sure she gets adopted. However, this doesn't always happen. The shelters often have a lot of dogs, and this means that not all will be adopted. Many shelters can only hold the dogs for a certain period before euthanizing. Ask the shelter about their policies.

What About Rescues?

Another option you may be considering is a dog rescue. There may be rescues available in your area, and they could be a good option. However, you'll find that because rescues are no-kill facilities, they're popular with owners who need to give up their dog. This means that it's often difficult to find rescues with any room available. While they could be an option, you can't count on them.

Consider Rehoming Your Jack Russell Terrier

Another option to consider is rehoming your dog. When you rehome your dog, you take an active role in finding someone perfect to adopt your dog. This might be a friend or a family member you already know that wants a dog, or it could be someone you find online through a site like Rehome.

Rehome allows you to create a profile for your dog, which can then be viewed by potential adopters. You'll want to make sure that the profile is filled out fully and properly, of course, and you'll need to review the applications carefully. This ensures that you can find the perfect new home for your Jack Russell Terrier.  

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