Friday, May 20, 2016

Rescue: Saving Cairns, Mixes, & Misses...

Three well loved Cairns!  Can you tell who was rescued or who is a Mix?

Are you thinking about adopting a Rescued Cairn?  Wonderful!  There is nothing better than bonding with a precious new companion, knowing that you are making a huge difference in their lives. 

And there are so many who desperately need a huge difference in their lives! 

Adopting a Cairn from a Rescue is very different from going to a breeder and picking out that special puppy with a twinkle in its eye.  A Rescued Cairn may come from a shelter, having been found as a stray or dumped there by an owner, or it may be part of a group of overworked breeder dogs, no longer wanted because their reproductive value has been drained.  Often a Rescue will take in an owner surrender because of a change in life circumstances that was not in the best interest of the dog, including the declining health or death of an owner, the birth of a baby displacing the dog in the family unit, a forced move that precluded having any dogs, and so on.

This sweet girl was "Cairn enough" to be saved, but what is really in her DNA?

The Rescue Volunteers who are responsible for bringing the dogs into the Rescue from these various sources are often faced with desperate situations, sometimes given mere hours to save the life of a shelter dog whose time has run out.  As a Cairn Rescue, we rescue Cairns and Cairn Mixes, and these intrepid Volunteers can only make a best guess as to the genetic makeup based on limited evidence.  When a life is on the line, they do their best to be sure it is Cairn or Cairn Mix, but sometimes it turns out that a dog has no Cairn at all if and when a DNA test is done.  Oh well! 

Yes, we are a Cairn Rescue, and we have rescued many Cairns over the years, Cairns that have gone on to wonderful Forever Homes, but sometimes the Fosters in a Cairn Rescue are really a Cairn Mix or a Cairn Miss, each one in need of a loving Forever Home.

Rescued Cairns and Mixes: each one Precious and Loved
Yes, we do our best to rescue Cairns, but the most important thing is that we do our best to save each precious life and give the Rescued dog a chance for a great Forever After.

Our Mission

Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network (CPCRN) was formed for:

  • The charitable purpose of rescuing purebred Cairn Terriers, which are homeless or soon to be homeless
  • Without limitation those found in animal shelters or released by their families for a variety of reasons. Also those Cairn Terriers and Cairn Terrier mixes who have been used as breeding stock by so called puppy mills and backyard breeders.
  • Facilitate the pick up and transport of these dogs.
  • Arrange for spay/neuter and all appropriate veterinary care.
  • Rehabilitating these dogs in foster homes.
  • Seeking applications for and screening prospective adoptive homes
  • Education the public about responsible Cairn Terrier care and ownership.

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