Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network

Rating: 4.97 stars   37 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 1354 Romoland CA 92585 USA

Mission: CPCRN, founded in February 2001, rescues purebred Cairn Terriers and Cairn Terrier mixes which are homeless or soon-to-be-homeless, including, without limitation, those found in animal shelters or similar facilities and those released by their owners due to change in family circumstances or otherwise. We also rescue purebred Cairns which are being used as breeding stock by so-called puppy mills and backyard breeders, including those disposed of in puppy mill auctions. We arrange for the pick-up and transport of our rescue Cairns; arrange for their spay/neuter as well as for the provision of other appropriate veterinary care for them; rehabilitate and foster them; seek applications for and screen permanent homes for them; and adopt them to loving forever homes. We also educate the public about responsible Cairn Terrier ownership and care. CPCRN is comprised entirely of volunteers that assist in the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of Cairns throughout the United States. CPCRN maintains a website at http://www.CairnRescue.com where the public can report a Cairn in need, apply to foster or adopt a rescue Cairn and obtain information on responsible Cairn ownership and care.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I discovered Col. Potter 12 yrs ago after I bought a cairn from a 'broker' and wanted to learn more about the breed thru others' experience.. I volunteer in many areas from fostering, to transporting dogs, to craft making for fundraising, to finding homes for cairns in foster care-thru follow up after adoption. This organization truly cares about the breed/their foster dogs and great care is taken to bring the dogs' health up to par before any adoption takes place, as well as where each dog is placed in a perm. home. Each prospective home has reference checks done as well as checking with the family's vet. Home visits are always done to make sure the home actually matches what is written on the application-such as fenced yard, will dog be tied to a tree and left outdoors 24/7, etc. Dogs with expensive medical needs are taken in and fundraisers done if needed, as long as a foster home is available. This is a first class organization all the way around. This is a totally volunteer run organization,. There are no dues or membership fees requested to belong-only a love of the breed.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing other than to have even more volunteers.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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In my search for a Cairn Terrier puppy in 2007 I found Col. Potter Cairn Rescue. I decided I wasn't ready to adopt so I volunteered to help do transports -- they send the dogs each in their own crate! Wonderful! A few months later I adopted my Brodie from them. Two years later I adopted Connor, a 14 week old puppy. In early 2010 I started fostering little girl Cairns for CP -- I just sent my 17th foster to her forever home. And I have adopted my 3rd CP boy -- Harlequin! These folks are great to work with (things start a little slowly, that is just to make sure they are finding the right match between dog and forever home, don't get discouraged!), and many adopters develop a long-term relationship with the organization. You can't work with a better group to bring a ray of sunshine into your life!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I accidently found Col. Potter when I was considering adding a 2nd Cairn to my home, and decided to foster. The process was not hard, and the support I recieved as a 'foster parent' is unbelievable. I have not had more than a half dozen pups go thru my home, but each one was special in one way or other, and some I needed more help with than others. All are now in forever home and Col. Potter mentors continue with support as long as new owners desire. This is a great organization to be involved with.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I foster for Col. Potter. I have only had 5 dogs and they have stayed anywhere from 6 months to 6 weeks. I was undecided about adding a 2nd Cairn to my household, which lead me to Col. Potter. The support, encouragement and experience of this organization has made efforts to make a diffence count.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I did adopt from the organization when my resident dog died unexpectantly

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

We need more volunteers!

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What makes CPCRN a GREAT nonprofit? It isn't because CPCRN rescues dogs (specifically Cairns, ie. the 'Toto' from the film, The Wizard of Oz). Rescuing even hundreds of dogs annually doesn't make that much of a difference -- for those dogs, certainly -- but it's The BIG Picture where Colonel Potter's Cairn Rescue Network makes the difference. Case in point: CPCRN rescued my own 'Toto,' left an orphan when his owner(s) died. I stumbled upon CPCRN, looking for a pet for myself, and gave 'Toto' a home. One dog saved. However, consider the difference that has made, not just for that one 'Toto,' but for me, and the impact I have on others, and dogs in general. From CPCRN I have learned how to be a better, more responsible pet owner -- general health issues, diet, overall care -- and I've shared that with every dog owner with whom I have come into contact. I am confident with what I cite because I have learned it from experts who care, not just about Cairns, but all canines. I have learned from CPCRN the facts about mom-and-pop pet stores and the puppies they sell, backyard breeders, and large puppy mills, that sometimes take focus in the news, but more often than not, don't. I have learned what it takes to create a happy, healthy dog which, as a part of any family, makes for it being happier and healthier. Few pet owners get rid of a dog because it's perfect, and perfect for their family. So, take one rescued dog, one pet owner that rescued it, and multiply that exponentially, and you have some sense of what exactly contributes to CPCRN's being a GREAT nonprofit. It has not been unusual for me to meet any number of other dog owners, who, like me, rescue pets, and who feel good about it -- but what is different, and has made all the difference -- not just for the one dog -- but is the support given after the lines on the papers are filled-in, references are checked, vet history verified, monies exchanged, and the dog transferred. All the difference is what makes CPCRN 'great.'

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I wish there was some way to get other rescue groups emulating what CPCRN does. I suppose it is more in what we all, as CPCRN dog owners and members, do, even if only individually.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Empowered to be a better, more responsible pet owner. Educated on issues concerning dogs, and animals, in general -- including, but not limited to diet and care, but breeding (specifically over-breeding, poor breeding, breeding just for profit). Eager to share what I have learned with others. Lastly, I can walk-the-walk and not just talk-the-talk, as others see what owning my dog has done for me, and me for it.

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CPCRN impressed me SO much until when I was asked to join the organization, I jumped! I was considering several breeds a few years back, and knew I wanted my furry, four-legged companion to come from a rescue. Too many dogs, too few homes. I was impressed with Colonel Potter from the get-go, and they have never disappointed me: matching me with the right dog, and making sure a Cairn was 'right' for me; diet and care of my Cairn, health issues, education on pet stores and puppy mills, legislation regarding mills (and canines, in general), and overwhelming support from an organization that becomes 'family.' At the risk of insulting my own vet, I told him that when it came to issues with Cairn terriers, he'd just have to accept that I would defer to CPCRN. My husband's dog is also a rescue from a breed-specific group, and while they are a nice group, there is NO comparison.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The very way I look at animals -- not just dogs, and not just Cairns -- has been influenced by CPCRN. They have contributed to my being better-informed on any number of issues, and have contributed to my being a better 'animal parent.' The combined experiences of the members has proven invaluable.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you find this group?

Ironically, I stumbled upon Colonel Potter Cairn Rescue Network's site online, and immediately liked what I saw, and read. My search for my little pal started as breed-specific for a number of breeds, for a number of reasons, and I was surprised to learn 1) that a Cairn was a Cairn, and not just a 'Toto,' 2) that this group truly loved the breed, and all dogs in general, 3) that they had the dog's and potential owners' best interests at heart, 4) that they truly followed-through with their dogs.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I am a far better dog 'parent,' and animal rights' activist.

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Having some experience with rescuing a pet for the family over the years -- a JRT left with the Humane Society, and a Weimaraner with a breed-specific group -- when it came time for 'Mom' to have a pet of her own, I began researching. I had several breeds in mind, for different reasons and from a number of past experiences over the years, so I started looking at both breeders and rescue organizations.

I thought about Airedales, and ruled them as a possible 'out' just because of their size. The poodle group sort of 'blew me off' and I assumed I was just not frou-frou enough. At my age, I ruled-out another JRT (that had been dear daughter's dog, and he was a great one, albeit much like an 'energizer bunny' for real). Since childhood, I had loved Baum's work and Dorothy's little pal, Toto. Imagine my surprise when I discovered they -- Totos -- were a breed. Not just a cute mutt that filmed well in the 1939 classic.

Googling Cairns, I happened upon Colonel Potter's Cairn Rescue Network, and searching the site of available Cairns, found, easily, two dozen I would gladly bring home. Then, I got serious (I can be serious) and started applying some variables -- had to be a good companion in a size I could handle easily; should be good with children and others as I live in a family-oriented neighborhood; should mind fairly well as I live on a corner that at certain times of the day can be very busy with cars and school buses, and kids of all sizes. And really should be a rescue -- my own vanity of desiring a puppy, with its puppy breath-and-all set aside -- as there were apparently many, many dogs with need of a good home, which I felt I had to offer.

The first thing that impressed me about CPCRN was their commitment to their Cairns, and interest in making sure I would not only be a good home to a Cairn, but a right fit for the breed. (Every day, I offer up a small prayer to my now dearly-departed JRT, in that he educated me, and educated me well, in the ways and wiles of THE TERRIER.) CPCRN left no stone unturned, calling me, my husband, my references, the vet(s), and for all I know the local police department, CIA, FBI, and the AKC. I passed. CPCRN then assigned me to a matchmaker, and I would much prefer they consider a new nomer of 'magic maker.'

That I got a 'Toto' of my own was not the last of it.

Colonel Potter's Cairn Rescue Network has impressed me such, and I have been so grateful for my own little Cairn, until I jumped at the chance to become a member of the Cairn Rescue Mentoring group, and do what I can to help in the efforts they put into securing good homes for the dogs. They work hard diligently to rescue all Cairns, in need of homes and found 'wherever' -- orphaned or given-up by their owners, lost and not reclaimed, sick, elderly, and those sorely abused by puppy millers who have never known anything more than a small crate stacked upon hundreds of other small crates and left in the elements.

CPCRN has driven thousands of miles, spent small fortunes, and logged-in gazillions of hours, being true to their mission and to the Cairn they all love so much. Once that dog, in their rescue, is deemed 'adoption worthy,' the group makes sure it does, indeed, go to not only a good home, but the right home, and one worthy of THE CAIRN. It does not end with CPCRN's representative handing over a dog at the end of a leash.

The organization easily receives five stars for a rating of 'far exceeds expectations,' in that they provide the love and support to the new Cairn owner. What I have learned about diet and nutrition, dog behavior and expectations, and the love for a breed as well as personal companion or family pet, I could not have paid CPCRN enough. Not only does my own little Toto benefit, but my other dogs as well, and additionally, all of the dogs I ever come into contact, maybe to the chagrin of my neighbors, family, and mere acquaintances.

And that dozen Cairns I could have rescued? I am working on my husband now to achieve that end.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The much-improved health and general well-being of my own pets, and those of my extended family, have improved well over 200%. The JRT to which I allude prompted the search for a dog for me as veterinary experts locally gave him six months -- just doing a few things I gleaned from CPCRN gave us another two years with the JRT, who died this past December 2010 at 21 years old (maybe it was 22?).

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would increase its membership so CPCRN could help even more Cairns.

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I love Col Potter !!!!!!! I was looking for a Cairn Terrier Calender when i came across one from CP...I purchased it and I was hooked. I had a cairn terrier already(Ozzie) but he was about 14 and I knew I wouldn't have him forever...so I joined CP rescue...since the I adopted Marvel and Twinkletoes...Love them both soooo much.This rescue is sooo awesome.I would rescue from them again in a heartbeat.The volunteers and organization are wonderful......I just can't say enough good things.It's all about the dogs. Please consider adopting a Cairn...they are the best!!!! I am now a blanket auntie...when a dog comes in to rescue they each get their own fleece blanket and bandana..I am one of the volunteers who does this. i LOVE COL POtter

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

In 2006 I adopted the sweetest Wheaten Cairn ever, Minkus. My experience with Col Potter's Rescue was amazing from start to finish. Their desire to make sure both adoptive puppy parent and Cairn are happy is evident. They were thorough, caring and informative. There were so many volunteers that touched my case, I marveled at the dedication of so many caring individuals. I am beyond happy with my experience and will adopt another little guy when the time is right and will go no where else except Col Potter's Cairn Rescue.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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In 2003 we brought home our first Colonel Potter kid, a four month old puppy we named Beau ( he was a southern gentleman) and I joined CRM at that time. A few years later I responded to a request to do a home safety inspection for CPCRN and loved being able to give back to the organization that found our little guy for us, so I became an active volunteer on the communications team doing reference checks for potential adopters. I cannot say enough about the dedicated teams that make up this organization and I am very proud to be part of it all. My heart is happy helping these wonderful animals find their forever homes. We recently welcomed our 2nd Colonel Potter fur kid into our lives, a 5 year old puppy mill mumma we have named Baci which means "kisses" in Italian. I hope to be part of this volunteer organization for a long time to come!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Our own successful pet adoption.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have met many people who share the same commitment to providing loving homes to these amazing animals.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It makes my heart happy and I can't imagine not doing something to help.

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This is one of the most organized and efficient non-profits I have ever worked with. They make every penny count, they support their volunteers 100% and they put heart and soul into saving the dogs brought into their network. I do several jobs to help, including hundreds of miles of transport every year. But my favorite is fostering. It has been a life changing experience for the dogs entrusted to my care as well as for me.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the improvement in health and socialization in dogs brought in. Watching the change of a dog rescued from death's door to becoming a lively loving pet. Life changing indeed!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage more to volunteer, especially to foster.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

They are so supportive in every way I can't think of anything.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have much more confidence with dog health and behavior. Dealing with families having to give up their beloved canine members has honed my empathetic skills. Conversely, rescuing dogs from the depth-of-hell puppy mills have reinforced my diplomatic skills. And I haven't just gained new friends - CP people are family! I will volunteer for them as long as I am able.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Grew my heart several sizes!

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I lost my little cairn in 2001 and the loss created a huge hole in my heart. Thru my tears, I googled CAIRN TERRIER and was brought to the Col. Potter Cairn Rescue website. I looked at all those little ones needing an nice comfy home. I sent in my application and was approved and adopted the most darling little boy named Rocket Man. I have had my boy for over 10 years and he is now 12 yrs of age. Rocky has filled that hole left by the loss of Moses and now Col. Potter has become like family to me.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I volunteer as a Home Safety Visit Coordinator and a Foster Home Mentor. I previously fostered and rehabilitated cairn terriers and sent them on to their forever homes.
From the moment an applicant submits an application to
adopt, to the moment the newly adopted cairn becomes a member in it's forever home, Col. Potter goes to great lengths in it's process of adoption. From reference checks to the home safety visit, to the approval, to the matchmaker wo helps find the perfect cairn for the perfect home, and finally once the little furkid is in it's home, the post adoption coordinator is the final volunteer in this process making it one of the most successful rescue organizations in the US and Canada

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have adopted 3 cairn terriers. They are such a joy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing

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These people are amazing! I can't say enough.They will not only be there for you to decide if a Cairn is right for you,but will then help in finding the perfect little one,and be there for you as long as you want or need them! You will be blessed by any involvement with Col.Potter,and God bless these hard working/loving people!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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