Adopting A Jack Russell Terrier
The Internet has been a valuable tool for finding jack Russell terrier breeders in California. A quick search on the subject will turn up hundreds of results. Each one of them will tell you a little bit about the breeder, and possibly some history about him or her. There is one concern that should be kept in mind. Some breeders, although they may be “legitimate,” may not be as ethical as others.
When a jack Russell Terrier is abandoned, he often goes to a place called the local animal shelter or the nearest animal shelter. People who adopt them there are not really supposed to be taking responsibility for the dog’s welfare or looking out for his best interests. Many times they are just adopting a dog because it is too little money to pay for boarding at the local shelter and they need a good, loving home. They are never “bred” to be part of a breeding program and it would be unethical to do so anyway.
There are legitimate places on the Internet that can help you find good homes for your pets.
However, there are also unscrupulous places that take advantage of pets who need a good home. Sites that advertise that they are dedicated to helping you find a good dog or a puppy are typically run by people who have a financial interest in those who sell dogs and puppies for their breeding programs. Anytime you encounter such a site, it is a good idea to steer clear.
It is perfectly acceptable to look for a good place from which to adopt a Jack Russell Terrier if the price is right. That is a legitimate thing to search for on the Internet. However, keep in mind that adopting a dog or a puppy from an unlicensed breeder will most likely cost you more than if you were to purchase one from a responsible and licensed breeder. If the price difference is substantial, ask questions to find out why.
When you find a place from which you may adopt a Jack Russell Terrier, you should also make sure that it is a good environment for your pet.
That means you should consider checking out the type of housing the animal is in and whether or not it meets your standards for healthy living conditions. It is good to find a breeder who offers a cage, a catheter, or a special enclosure for your pet. Those are better options than having them live in a cage just like a hamster!
Also, you need to make sure that the prospective owner has had previous experience with pets. That means you need to make sure that the current owner has taken good care of the animal. A lot of people fail to do this. If you adopt from an unscrupulous person or place, you could end up with a pet that has been mistreated. Don’t risk a lifetime of health problems for something that may have been mistreated.
In the case that you adopt from a private owner, you should ask for a detailed list of references.
You should also consider checking out the dog’s medical history. Make sure the animal has no previous illnesses or diseases that would make it a risky pet to own. As you are considering any pet, you should make sure that it isn’t a candidate for euthanasia.
Finally, you should consider talking to the local animal control officers in your area. They will be familiar with the local laws regarding owning exotic animals and can help you determine whether or not your new pet is a good fit. They can also help you find local support groups that can give you further advice. Once you consider all these factors, you should have no problem adopting a Jack Russell Terrier in California.