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March 30, 2012
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March 30, 2012
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My name is Linda Bagley and I am a volunteer with Col. Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue, www.cairnrescue.com .

I came across your website and saw your page on helping our rescue.

As part of the Promotions team we are very open to any avenue that we can find to raise money while
raising awareness to adopt and not to shop. Our organization places approximately 300 - 400 cairn terriers in forever homes every year. We turn no dog away. As we are a breed specific rescue our dogs are cairn terrier or cairn terrier mixes.

When I say we turn no dog away that means even if they have medical conditions. Our objective is to raise money to rescue cairns and get them the medical treatment that they need, be it basic or emergency surgeries. This is a common occurrence for us as 1/2 the dogs we take in are from puppymills and kill shelters, the other half are owner surrenders.

Here is the story of Miracle, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzRwhNYe_IU .

Before and after pictures of many of the dogs that we have rescued
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlDGGokAWxo

We are approximately 800 strong, everyone playing an intricate part, be it foster home, blanket auntie, transports, our list of volunteers sometimes do double duty. We have no building, no kennels, just people working out of their homes all across the US and parts of Canada communicating over the internet.

We are looking forward to hearing from you as to what kind of a partnership we can form to raise money. I never want to think we will ever have to turn a dog away, not during my lifetime. Thanks so much for this opportunity. If I haven't overwhelmed you enough here are some stories from families that have adopted our rescues, http://www.cairnrescue.com/adoption/stories.php

To us it doesn't make sense to rescue a dog and keep it locked in a kennel. Putting dogs in foster homes so that they can learn what a loving home is is the only answer.

Saving just one dog won't change the world, but it surely will change the world for that one dog.


Linda Bagley
Port St. Lucie, FL
Foster Mentor & Foster Home
Promotions Group/Grants Group
Mom to Dude, Redford, Miles, & Oliver


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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

March 30, 2012
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March 29, 2011

In 2008 our oldest cairn died of heart failure leaving our 6 yr. old cairn, Tigger, extremely lonely and our family grieving for the loss of our wonderful companion. We decided that our family needed... more

March 30, 2012
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I continue to be involved with the wonderful organization of Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network. We decided to become a foster home for rescued cairn terriers in 2010. Fostering is one of the most gratifying experiences. It is truely amazing the comprehensive vetting and care Col. Potter provides for each one of their rescues. Col. Potter will take a cairn that no other rescue wants because of health issues, and fully vets them and gives them the chance to be happy and healthy cairns in a loving forever home.

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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

March 29, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

In 2008 our oldest cairn died of heart failure leaving our 6 yr. old cairn, Tigger, extremely lonely and our family grieving for the loss of our wonderful companion. We decided that our family needed another cairn and started searching cairn rescues. We found Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network during one of our web searches. After checking out their web-site and reading all of the information we could on Col. Potter, we applied to adopt one of their cairns. We were so totally impressed by how thorough they were. This group makes sure that every one of their cairns is placed in the proper home -- the right cairn for the right people. After the adoption of our wonderful Wiggles was complete, we decided that we would like to give back to this wonderful rescue organization as is is 100% volunteer and it takes a lot of time and energy to do all that they do. We became volunteers in Jan. of 2009 and help in different capacities. I can't say enought good things about this rescue organization. If anything needs to be done for any rescued cairn, then it is done, no matter how much money it costs.

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

Being a volunteer and a foster parent, I've seen unhealthy an very scared cairns become the most amazing confident and healthy cairns who are placed with wonderful forever homes.

Ways to make it better...

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

There are no changes I would make. I would love to see more monetary donations so that we could see even more cairns rescued.

March 29, 2011
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March 29, 2011
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We bought a Cairn in a pet store many years ago. She was an awesome little dog and lived with us for almost 18 years. We got a couple of dogs from a shelter after she passed but we really wanted a Cairn again. I searched for many hours on the internet and finally found the very beginnings of Col. Potter. We started fostering shortly after 9/11 and we are thrilled with fostering. It's a way to 'make up' for having gotten a dog from a pet store which we now know is a terrible way to acquire a dog (ALWAYS go to a rescue or shelter). We've fostered over 60 Cairns since then. We've adopted two of our fosters. We enjoy having different dogs in our home and we think our dogs enjoy that as well. Every one brings something different to the relationship. We laugh, we cry, and we totally enjoy fostering and working to help Cairns in other ways as well. There are many different ways that people can help, join us and find your way. You'll be so glad you did!

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

Fostering, adopting, helping in many other ways over the internet.

Ways to make it better...

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

Have more volunteers to share the joy of helping Cairns in need. We always say "There are more at the door" and there are so if you want to volunteer, jump in - the water's fine!

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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

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

I've learned lots of new things, I've got lots of new friends, I'm very happy to be doing what I'm doing.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Wonderful!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 29, 2011
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March 29, 2011
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I wanted to let you know we adoped the PERFECT 5 year old Cairn Terrier from Col. Potter. If pet shops and breeds did their homework like the Col. Potter organization did to see if we were good adoptive parents, there would be alot less animals that need rescuing. The love and attention given to every individual pet is unconditional. I will go back to Col. Potter anytime to adopt another loving pet and refer as many people as I can to do the same thing. Save a life!!!!! I love this organization and will always be a supportive voice.

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

They have brought so much love back to our home after losing 2 long time pets to old age.

Ways to make it better...

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

Want to get more people involved in pet adoption and supporting this wonderful organization.

March 28, 2011
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March 28, 2011
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I ran across Col. Potter when I was searching for my Cairn Terrier a playmate. This organization gave a detailed screening to make sure the dog I adopted was going to a good home and would be taken care of. It took a little while but finally the right dog came along for my family. Lucy joined us 2 years ago and has been a joy ever since. I was so impressed wtih the organization I have become a volunteer. EVERYTHING this organization does is on volunteer basis, and it's a LOT of work. Good people working for a good cause and I'm proud to be associated with them.

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

adopting a cairn.

Ways to make it better...

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

have to think a whole lot longer on what I would change. They are doing a pretty good job. Wish there could be more ways to raise funds.

March 28, 2011
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March 28, 2011
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After I adopted my little puppy mill rescue from Col. Potter, I was so impressed with all that they do that I now help as a volunteer. Col. Potter does wonders for cairn terriers that others would deam "unadoptable." They are also dedicated and very organized.

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

I have utilized the knowledge of the volunteers as a resource in helping to socialize my rescue.

Ways to make it better...

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

They would benefit from more "younger" volunteers.

October 1, 2012
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March 28, 2011

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 s... more

October 1, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

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.

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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

March 28, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

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

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

not change a thing

March 28, 2011
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March 28, 2011
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This is a wonderful organization with the most caring people I've ever met. The love and concern for the Cairn Terrier leaves me in awe. My wife and I adopted from Colonel Potter 2 years ago and received our female named Meadowlark who we now call Miri. Along with our male, Finny, they have become great friends and he's very much the gentlemen toward her. Miri is always wagging her tail and dive-bombing Finny when he's not looking. She is smart and very affectionate toward everyone she meets. There are so many great people who contribute their own time and money to this endeavor and give to others of themselves when we are need of advice. God bless Colonel Potter Cairn Rescue Network!!! If you're thinking about adopting from this great organization, don't hesitate. You may miss the opportunity of a lifetime to help and own a great dog!!! Rich & Barbara Oliver, Hawthorne, NJ

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

Through adopting, volunteering and participating in a yearly picnic promoting and supporting the Colonel Potter organization.

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

Right now, the organization appears to be very strong and because of the cooperation of considerate volunteers in all aspects and steps leading to adoption, we are thriving. We always need help in those voluteering and especially transporting when necessary but overall, the people who run this are very organized, managed well and first and foremost, professional.

March 28, 2011
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March 28, 2011
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I cannot say enough good things about Col. Potter. We have had cairns for close to 20 years. We adopted Kasey, a former puppy mill mom rescued by Col. Potter, this past October. She is such a great dog! The organization is 100% volunteer - all funds go directly into the dogs.
My husband
and I have just begun to volunteer - first with a last-minute transport, and soon I will be helping with a home safety inspection.
The adoption process is very thorough and Col. Potter is there for adoptive "parents" afterward with any questions or problems.

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

the adoption of our cairn, Kasey.

Ways to make it better...

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

not change a thing (except make it easier for them to obtain funds :)

March 28, 2011
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March 28, 2011
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I am both an adopter of cairns from Col Potter and a volunteer. This generous group of people give way more than money, they give hope, kindness and support to the cairns they rescue, to their members and to rescues of all sorts. No one needing advice or help with dogs is turned away and when there might be "no room at the Inn" for cairns in need members step up to find space for these wonderful cairns. The hearts of the members are evey bit as big as those of the cairns they help.

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

I have two cairns from this rescue and have transported more than 23 dogs on route to foster homes

Ways to make it better...

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

Beyond needing funding this group is self regulating without being critical, supportive when needed and both professionally competent with humor and understanding.

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