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We get Cairn
Terriers from a variety of places and a variety of reasons. We
do not place Cairn mixes. We work to place purebred rescues. Rescue dogs typically come from
owner surrenders or from shelters. Owner surrenders can happen
because the owner is incompatible with the Cairn Terrier attitude,
can't give the Cairn Terrier the attention it deserves, the family
moves, there is a death, divorce, illness, or a wide range of other
personal problems. Rescues might end up in shelters for all of
the same reasons, plus some dogs are abandoned or lost and end up in
The Rescue typically comes into a Foster Home, where the dog is evaluated, given veterinary care, given a little training, and a lot of love. All of this is to get a Rescue dog ready for a nurturing, permanent home that will provide the love and care it needs and deserves.
A few dogs are not suitable for adoption, these are biters, too ill, or aggressive. Some dogs are only adopted into specific situations, such as, the only dog, or no children, or no other pets. The evaluation at the Foster Home helps make these decisions.
If the dog does not come in with a current record of veterinary care, plus records to document it, the dog will be given necessary veterinary care. All Rescues will be spayed or neutered before be released for adoption. The new adopting family will be given all health information. While there is no way to guarantee the continuing health of any Rescue, we will take back the dog if the adoption does not work out, for any reason, including health.
There are not usually a large number of Rescues available at any time. Cairns have small litters, 1 - 3 is not unusual. Shelters usually have a waiting list for small dogs, so they may place them before we hear about them. The standard says these guys weigh 13-16 pounds but many Rescues come in around 20 pounds.
Rescues come in a wide range of ages, however there are very few puppies that reach Rescue. Typically they are in the 4 - 10 year old range. Many older dogs come in when the owner has died. These little guys live to 15-16 years old, so older is a relative term, they are fairly active even when "older". Since older dogs might be more sedate, they may be a better fit for an adopter looking for a couch companion.
Cairn Terriers come in many colors, from blonde to red to black and mixes of all three, and still many change color in their life time, so there is no guarantee about color. Any one looking at Rescue for "Toto" is probably looking in the wrong place.
terriers are active dogs, independent dogs, typical terriers.
The best way to understand a terrier attitude, imagine this:
You are in your back yard, your dog is some distance away. You
call it, your favorite Golden Retriever will come to you feet and
look up and ask "What can I do next, Master?" If it is your
favorite Cairn Terrier, it will stop, look at you, in the distance,
and say, "OK, I see you, what do you want? Why?"
Rescue will ask
if there is a fenced yard because these guys are so independent, and
prey driven. If there is no fenced yard, Cairns must be
exercised on a leash. Cairns are bred to hunt vermin and will take
any opportunity to protect you from them, real or imagined. An
invisible fence will not work on these guys. They will run
through the "pain" to get what they want but they won't run through
the "pain" to come back home.
questions can be answered by the Foster Home volunteer.
Rescues may or may not be housebroken, in some cases, they spent
time in crates which made it a non issue, in some cases, they have
spent a lot of time outside where it was not an issue, in other
cases, they spent most of their time inside, and they will be fully
trained. Where there are other dogs in a house, a spate of
marking may ensue when the Rescue is first placed. It is
best that the new home assume the dog is not housebroken to set the
pattern and expectations at the beginning.
Cairns may bark, they are good watch dogs but not guard dogs. They will protect you from evil birds or airplanes but they will lick an intruder to death. They will dig, they think it is part of their job. They tend to like children but their small size may invite more attention than they desire, so there are some concerns about placing a dog with a family which has a very young child.
While Rescues don't show up with AKC registration papers, they can be registered with the AKC, by filing out the ILP Form or a PAL form from AKC. With an ILP number or Purebred Alternative Listing PAL, your new friend can compete in Earthdog, Obedience, and Agility. (Earthdog is a field exercise that tests the skill these guys are breed to have. Obedience is not one of their inbred skills. Agility ranks just below Obedience in their preferred skills list, both of these are a challenge.)
While we do
make every effort to properly evaluate a dog in Rescue, they come
with their own baggage and we may not figure out what it is. People,
who drop off dogs at a shelter or surrender them to Rescue, may not
be completely honest about the reason. The Foster Home will
make every effort to properly evaluate the dog and will clearly
state any concerns with the adopting family.
We ask that people inquiring about Rescue fill out a questionnaire. It has no correct answers but it helps us in our effort to get the right dog with the right adopter. There is no preference list or waiting list that guarantees we will contact you with a potential Rescue. After reviewing the answers and comparing notes about the Rescue dog, an effort will be made to match the right dog with the right home. While your information will be kept for some time, it is worthwhile to contact us if a period of time has passed without hearing from Rescue.
Owner to Owner
Transfer: In a few cases, we do not have available Foster
Homes for dogs that are looking for placement, or the current owner
wants to be part of the process. In that event, we may
facilitate the two parties getting in touch. When this
happens, Rescue does not know anything about the history of the dog
or its temperament. Rescue's involvement ends with referring
you to the shelter or owner.
A volunteer may contact your veterinarian and your landlord, if you rent, and ask for references. If there is a home inspection, it is more or less a safety check to make sure that your home is Cairn-ready.
Yes, you will be asked for a donation. The donation amount for an individual Rescue will depend on the age and the necessary veterinary care (including neutering). Typically, you should expect to donate more for a younger Rescue, since the actual cost for the older ones is offset by asking for a slightly higher donation for those under 4 years.
Typical donations are $150 - $200 for a Rescue
For Northern California, go to
If CTCNC has any dogs in Rescue, you can see them at AVAILABLE
California - CONTACTS
In Northern California, Oregon and Washington
Terry & Sue Broderick
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Rescue Application on line at
In Southern California, for Nevada
Mrs. Karen Smith
(760) 728-4741 fax
breed club maintains a list of other rescue contacts. at
If you find it necessary to surrender a Cairn terrier to Rescue , please click SURRENDER FORM and download it.Please be aware that we only deal with purebred Cairns. Along with the form, please bring medical history and any information that might be useful to an adopter.
Go here to look at some CTCNC Success StoriesRescue Tails
Look at the dogs placed
last year by going to:
2008 Rescue Gallery
for new adopters. Here is some information and a list of suggested reading.
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