Charity Reg No: 1135424

Just Springers Rescue

Patrons Phil Spencer
               Jan Fennell


JSR was started in January 2008 with the aim of rehoming Springer Spaniels to good approved homes.

To help and advise owners with problems with their Springer Spaniels and especially, where appropriate, to aid an owner to keep their dog rather than rehome it, .

To assess all dogs with their suitability to be rehomed and advise accordingly.

Unfortunately we are only currently able to rehome in Surrey, Sussex and surrounding areas

How we work at Just Springers Rescue

When someone approaches us to take their dog there are varoius steps to go through.

First, after talking to us as to the reason they want their dog rehomed, we ask questions about the dog (we take notes on the answers), and a form is sent to them to fill in to provide us with more details.  On receiving all this information an appointment is made to go and assess the dog in its own surroundings, unfortunately for various reasons the facts are not always declared on the form or in the original conversation, e.g. a dog is supposed to greet you nicely but on arrival you are lucky not to be bitten!

When we decide to take a dog he/she is taken to one of various placements for further assessment, this is undertaken by a committee member and lasts approximately two weeks with the dog being assessed at all times.  The short time spent in their old home is not sufficient to find out the true character of a dog.  Some dogs go to "The Dogs Holiday Camp", a family run smallholding where the dogs can have access to various situations including children, other dogs, farm livestock, horses and vehicles of all sorts, and their temperament is tried and tested in numerous ways.  Others go to "The Geriatric Rest Home" with access to normal living conditions and they go out to meet people, have long walks, car rides etc mixing and living with other dogs.  During this time any medical conditions are sorted out and neutering etc is carried out.  All the younger dogs are tested as to their suitability for working with the police, prison service, border agency or to be trained as gun dogs working on varoius shoots.  Some dogs move from one placement to another depending on what is considered best for the dog and so more can be found out about its character.

After assessment we then look at our list of people who have applied for a dog and approach the family who we feel is most suited to the dog and invite them to come and visit it.  If all goes well and we are happy that the dog will enjoy living with the people concerned, and after a cooling off period, we then go and do a house check before the prospective new owners are allowed to take the dog home.

There are always exceptions such as a dog that is a stray, in which case the assessment period is lengthened, or if a suitable home is not available we keep the dog until such time as one is.  We do not place a dog where we feel it is not going to work.



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