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.
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.
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.
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.'
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 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
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!
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.
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!
What a great nonprofit! They first and foremost objective is to help cairns in need. I am a volunteer and also rescued one of the dogs after fostering him! We just couldn't let him go. The volunteers with the group are very special, kind and thoutful. Every need is taken care of and usually above and beyond. I couldn't think of a better group.
I have been a Col Potter foster parent for a few years. I needed help then and still getting it today. The leaders, Mentors and all Volunteers are always at your email or phone to help you out. Not only all the wonderful and different dogs I get to care for but all the forever parents that have become my forever friend. I have to thank Col potter org. all the time for all this.
I discovered Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network when we decided to adopt a companion for our cairn terrier, Chewy. After adopting Walter, we started volunteering with Col. Potter in order to "pay it forward" and also because we were so impressed with the organization. We started out doing some transportations and since then have fostered ten Cairns. We were honored to help them on their way to a forever home. As a volunteer I am even more impressed with the workings of Col. Potter as an organization. The board of directors is very involved and many work directly with the volunteers. Col. Potter is very open with their policy and procedures and with unfailing patience explains them both to their volunteers as needed. The intakes, fostering and matchmaking process is a well-oiled machine and handled in a very fair and professional manner. And there are NO paid employees - NONE! Every penny of every donation goes directly to helping cairns in need. I am very proud to be a part of Col. Potter and I recommend them whenever possible.