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Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network
October 16, 2012

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.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network
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.

The Great!

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.

MY ROLE:
Client Served

Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network
March 29, 2011

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.

The Great!

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.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I volunteered to work with the oranization, and am open to do whatever I can do, and whatever members of CRM will teach me to do.