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November 28, 2012
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November 28, 2012
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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!

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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

October 16, 2012
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October 3, 2012

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... more

October 16, 2012
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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.'

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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

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.

October 3, 2012

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.

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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.

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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

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.

March 29, 2011
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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.

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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?).

Ways to make it better...

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

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

October 2, 2012

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October 2, 2012

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.

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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

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
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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.

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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

October 1, 2012
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October 1, 2012
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I lost my cairn of 16.5 years on August 28, 2004. Little did I know that my Sissy was born on the same day. I went to the web looking for sites about grieving and came upon Col Potter Cairn Rescue. I filled out an application, but really wasn't serious about adopting until I saw Sissy fka Almond on the website and her birthdate. Well that was it. They did an extensive background search, checked references, etc. On December 4, 2004, Sissy became ours. I met a bunch of wonderful people through this group, especially the foster parents of Sissy who i am still in contact with and others. Thank God for these people who save and rescue Cairn Terriers/Mixes. Without them these dogs don't have a chance. I highly recommend them.

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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?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 1, 2012
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October 1, 2012
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We adopted a Cairn from this organization in April 2011. Riley had belonged to a breeder but had been in a foster home for a couple of months before we adopted her. I can't say enough about this organization. From the application process through the adoption and post adoption coordinators, everyone was friendly and professional. Foster homes help socialize the rescues and prepare them for their forever homes. The matchmakers make sure that you get the right dog for your family situation. Riley has been a wonderful addition to our family. I was so impressed with this group, I decided to become a volunteer.

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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?

2011

March 30, 2011
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March 30, 2011
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We are so impressed with Col. Potter! We brought our first Cairn, Rusty, into our lives from a breeder. Rusty is wonderful and the breeder seemed like a nice person who claimed she only bred her dogs once a year for her kids' college fund. Who knows? We always talked about finding Rusty a playmate and constantly looked in the paper and online. My husband stumbled across Col. Potter. Long story short - we adopted Pepper. Every volunteer who worked with us throughout the adoption was friendly, responsive and genuinely concerned for the welfare of the Cairns. They exercised "due diligence" in determining whether the adoptor and the adoptee would be a positive match. Pepper is the perfect match for our family. We feel as if we have a special "bond" with her foster parents - they were great matchmakers and we are grateful. Without a doubt, we will adopt more Cairns from Col. Potter when the time is right.

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

adopting Pepper in January 2011

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

none

March 29, 2011
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March 29, 2011
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Last year our wonderful Cairn called Melody died of chronic kidney disease. We still had Bilbo (our other Cairn) who was very sad and lonely without Melody. They had been together for 12 years. My husband and I decided we wanted to get a friend for Bilbo. We decided a rescue dog was the way to go because there are so many homeless dogs. We think Cairns are the perfect dog so fiesty, full of energy and inquisitive and so perky and scruffy so we wanted another Cairn and found Col Potter on the web. Everyone at Col Potter was a professional and went out of their way to help us find just the right little Cairn called Rook. Rook is remarkable and her and Bilbo are best pals. SInce there are so many Cairns in need of good homes, we are once again working with Col Potter to adopt another little Cairn. This is a remarkable organization who helps these wonderful little dogs find just the right forever home. Our hearts go out to all the dogs in need and without Col Potter these dogs would probably end up in kill shelters. God belss Col Potter and all the volunteers. Thank you Col Potter. Thank you for bringing Rook into our lives. Our lives are richer and fuller becasue of Rook.

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

I aopted Rook a wonderful little Cairn from Col Potter

Ways to make it better...

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

no

March 28, 2011
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March 28, 2011
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I went to Col Potter Cairn Rescue almost 5 years ago to adopt a Cairn Terrier after losing my beloved "Doogie". My other Cairn- Lucy seemed lost without him so I decided to get her another brother or sister but wanted to rescue a dog that needed a loving home. After spending several days on the web site looking at all of the adoptee's I focused on a dog, known then as Noodles, now known as Ricky. He had been badly affected by years spent in a puppy mill and was not the most socially adjusted dog as you can imagine. He lived with his foster mom, Mary Ellen Luthy, not too far from where I lived and after careful screening by this wonderful organization I was allowed a visit to see if it was a match- he had already been returned by one family. Well it was a match- a match made in heaven and I could not imagine life without him. I think the strength of this organization lies within its caring volunteers and the time and effort everyone puts forth in making sure these "kids" go to the right homes. I thank Col Potter for giving me the opportunity to have Ricky in my life and anyone considering making a Cairn Terrier a family member should absolutely support this organization and adopt a Cairn in need.....they will repay your kindness every day with true love and affection. And, by the way, Ricky sends his love to everyone that helped him make this journey!

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

adopting a dog

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

none

March 28, 2011
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March 28, 2011
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When our beloved 15-yr old Cairn passed away, we missed her presence so much that we knew we needed another Cairn in our lives. Rather than
go to a breeder, which I had done the first time, we decided to seek out a rescue. Colonel Potter Cairn Rescue is absolutely wonderful. They take the
time to match the right Cairn with the best forever family. It wasn't a quick process, getting matched up, but it was very thorough and positive experience when all is said and done. Our little Lucy (formerly Biscuit and Homemaker) is a precious and loving member of our family, gets along very well with the other four-legged family members, and has shed most of her fears. Her biggest accomplishment is that she will now walk through the sliding door, even if someone is standing next to it! For the first year, we had to back away from the door, almost out of sight, so she felt safe re-entering the house. Now she hops through the door and heads straight for the "treat" cabinet, wagging her tail so hard that it almost wants to fall off! I recommend Colonel Potter to anyone who truly loves these beautiful, wonderful companions. These dogs deserve so much better than what they were exposed to. It's a pleasure to love them.

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

Adopting a puppy mill rescue dog

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

None

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