We have been asking ourselves since early spring where all the jacks are. Jacks Galore cannot remember a time in all of our years of rescue where we’ve not had at least 8 to 12 dogs in the kennels waiting for their forever home.
When the pandemic hit JG had many dogs come in but all of them were adopted quickly, mainly because we have never had so many approved applications waiting for a Jack Russell. In some ways COVID19 has been a blessing because of the wonderful new JRT humans that figured it was a great time to adopt and have a dog settle in their new home before a busy schedule and work began again. So now, we have an amazing amount of wonderful approved applications but no dogs to offer. Most of the recent requests for Jack Russells needing to come in have been seniors or mixes. Moreover, they are being adopted, but that still leaves many of you without a Jack to rescue.
Currently Suzie, a wonderful three-year-old Jack Russell mix and dear old BeBe, are waiting for the right match. We have a few more dogs coming in, but until we get to know them and they have been vetted we cannot really commit to who will be their best new human.
There have been people who have said that I should just let the individuals waiting to adopt whoever they want, but for us it is much more important that the right home be found for each individual dog that comes into our care. I try to explain to people that it does not mean that they are not good homes, it just means that they are not able to provide exactly what we feel these dogs need. It might be a fenced yard, an enormous amount of exercise, no children, no cats, not too much time alone, or maybe they need a dog pal, but maybe they do not. I know that over the years we have probably lost some very wonderful homes because people do not have the patience to wait for a Jack Russell that we feel is the right match.
We do the best we can, and I can only say to all of you who have applied and are patiently waiting that we are definitely working very hard to find you that great JRT match. However, as I tell people, rescue is a crapshoot, and I could be called tomorrow with 20 dogs in need and yet again, it could be many more weeks or months before we are asked to help.
I hope that everyone understands the predicament that Jacks Galore is in, and that we value all of you who have applied, even those of you who have decided to move on and seek a dog elsewhere. We are very proud of the work we do and how we evaluate our dogs. And for those of you who are willing to stand by us for the long haul, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Especially those of you who have adopted from us in recent months, we value that you were there to work with us and find the perfect match.
And in the end, the truth of the matter is, the jacks come first!