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kitten Russell Refuge, Inc. provides temporary shelter to Jack Russell Terriers in the northeastern United States who are no longer wanted or have been placed in public shelters. Our organization is staffed by volunteers that help with dog care, transportation, donations and the web site. Please let us know if you would like to become a Refuge volunteer. Keep up with the latest news from the Refuge.

Put your paw here to read about the staff at Russell Rescue.

Rescue Statement of Commitment: We reserve the right to refuse any applicant for any reason if we feel the needs of the dog will not be properly met or the adoption is not in the best interest of the dog. Russell Refuge, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, therefore the adoption fees are donations to help us continue the work in helping dogs in need. The medical history of the dog is provided to the best of Russell Refuge's ability, as well as shots necessary for adoption.


If you are interested in adopting a Jack Russell Terrier through Russell Refuge, Inc., you must fill out an adoption application. You may complete an application using the online or printed form.

The adoption process is designed to match appropriate homes with appropriate dogs. While many dogs may be attractive to the eye, we are very careful to understand the lifestyle of each adopter since we clearly understand the individual dogs in our care. Remember, not all Jack Russell terriers are the same.

Russell Refuge does not ship dogs and requires that the applicant come to the Russell Refuge (in Rhinebeck, New York) to meet us and the dog before an adoption will be made. Please email or call before visiting our facility.

We have many dogs here at the Refuge that are not pictured. We may have the perfect dog for you! Do not be shy about adding additional comments to your application. It will help us to get to know you better. Our goal is to place terriers in happy, forever homes where the adopting party and dogs are both winners. Thank you for considering a Refuge Jack Russell Terrier.

The terriers at the Refuge have been examined by a veterinarian, are up to date with their shots and have been spayed or neutered. Your adoption donation will help us to continue to provide this level of care.

:: Check out the list of Available Terriers ::

Adoption Procedures

You can apply to adopt online by completing an Online Russell Refuge Adoption Application

or you can download and print a Russell Refuge Adoption Application and fax it to: 845.758.3028

Included With Each Adoption:

All terriers are spay/neutered, vet-checked and heartworm negative unless otherwise noted.



If you are a donor, you may be able to increase your donation with a matching gift made by your employer. Employees wishing to secure a matching gift from their company must initiate the process directly with their employer on our behalf (inquire with your human resources, charitable contributions, or payroll department).

  • Online: You can make a one-time donation as a general donation, for a Starlight Terrier, In Memory of, or In Honor of. :: Put your paw here to donate today ::
  • Russell Refuge Sponsorships: Monthly donations are a great way to help the Russell Refuge do even more to save lives and find forever homes for our terriers. As a Refuge sponsor, you'll make a difference by providing steady income to the Refuge, month after month... income that we can count on to do our work of providing shelter, food, veterinary care, love and protection.

    When you sign up to be a Refuge sponsor, your contributions will be charged automatically via PayPal to your credit card, or deducted from your checking account, on an ongoing basis. Your donations are tax deductible. You can select your level of giving, and if you wish, you can sponsor one of our terriers by writing his or her name above the subscription button. You may leave this area blank if you'd like the money to go where it is needed most.

    Each sponsorship subscription lasts 12 months (i.e., $5.00 sponsorship = $5.00/month x 12 months = $60.00 total). We offer sponsorships in six denominations: $5, $10, $25, $50, $75 and $100.
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  • By Mail: You can send a personal check or your non-monetary donations.

    Send personal check to:
    Russell Refuge, Inc.
    Attention: Donations
    PO Box 725
    Rhinebeck, NY 12572

    Non-monetary items you can send to:
    Russell Refuge, Inc.
    3500 RT 9-G
    Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Please visit their Gift Store. They have charm sets (for you and your dog), individual charms, birthday charms and jewelry for sale.

All of the proceeds from the sale of their silver plated charms go directly to the Refuge. Whether you choose a coordinating set or an individual zipper pull or dog collar charm, your purchase will help them take care of our terriers.


Russell Refuge, Inc. provides temporary shelter to Jack Russell Terriers in the northeastern United States that are no longer wanted or have been placed in public shelters. Our organization is staffed by volunteers that help with dog care, transportation and the web site.

Russell Refuge receives daily requests from all over the country for assistance with terriers in need. In order to effectively help, we are compiling a database of individuals for each state, as well as professional animal services and rescue groups that can be called upon if needed. Acquiring foster homes is a priority but there are many ways that you can help. Your donation can make an immediate difference in safeguarding the terriers at our Refuge.


Check out their Adoption Successes: Here you will see the fortunate dogs, some of the many Jacks Russells that have passed through the Refuge gates on their way to their forever homes.

They were understood by the volunteers and allowed their time to heal, learn and play. They have taken that important step into the world of being loved by people who adopted them for their spirit and their character, and for the desire to give these kind souls a chance to trust and live again. Below are the faces of those who we will always hold deep in our hearts, for the Refuge will always remember them as the lucky ones.


Russell Refuge, Inc.
PO Box 725
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

To contact the Russell Refuge, Inc. please put your paw here and fill out their online email form.



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