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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Cairn Rescue USA, founded in November 2002, is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization which rescues purebred Cairn Terrier dogs and Cairn Terrier mixes nationwide that are homeless or soon-to-be-homeless, rehabilitates them in the private homes of its volunteers, procures them food and necessary veterinary care, and finds and screens loving forever homes to adopt them. CRUSA rescues its Cairns from animal shelters and similar facilities, as well as from puppymills and backyard breeders which often dispose of their old breeding stock at auctions. CRUSA also takes into its rescue program Cairns which need rehoming because they are being surrendered by their current owners for any number of reasons, ranging from death or terminal illness of the Cairn''s owner, divorce, relocation, behavioral issues or illness of the Cairn, neglect, etc. Most of CRUSA''s operations are conducted over the internet. We do not have a shelter or facility but depend instead on a wonderful network of foster homes throughout the United States who under our officers'' guidance evaluate and rehabilitate our rescue Cairns until they are ready for placement. We are committed to rescuing as many Cairns as our funding and number of foster homes and volunteers will permit.

Programs: All dogs in CRUSA's rescue program are spayed/neutered, brought up to date on all shots, tested (and if necessary, treated) for heartworm and other parasites, and provided any other necessary and appropriate veterinary care prior to being adopted. To identify Cairns in need of rescue, CRUSA monitors websites maintained by animal shelters throughout the country as well as internet discussion groups focused on Cairns and other companion animals. CRUSA then contacts the shelter or other organization having the Cairn in need and arranges for its pick-up and transport by volunteers in the area, finds a foster home for the Cairn to be temporarily homed and rehabilitated prior to placement, screens applications from potential adoptive families, checks their references, arranges for a home-visit by a CRUSA representative and if satisfactory, places the Cairn with that adoptive family. CRUSA maintains a website at http://www.cairnrescueusa.com where it lists available Cairns in its program. The list of available Cairns is updated at least weekly. The website also allows members of the public to report a cairn in need, potential adoptive families to submit CRUSA's online adoption application, and people who wish to volunteer to foster, transport, etc. to submit CRUSA's online volunteer and foster home forms.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my Cairn Bix from CRUSA in 2006. They had rescued and fostered him and his litter mates from a disgusting, filthy, neglectful puppy mill. I have since fostered for CRUSA, written for their newsletter, performed reference checks, and made small monthly donations. That said, my contributions PALE in comparison to the amazing, immense efforts of so many of their volunteers. These CRUSA "stars" could not be move loving and generous with their time, money, and spirit. Their lives are dedicated to helping Cairns -- including the most sick, injured, neglected, and senior dogs. CRUSA is a model grassroots rescue organization. I encourage readers to donate, foster, adopt, and give back through CRUSA. I am forever grateful to them for bringing Bix to me, and for all the good they do for countless other dogs.


Rating: 5

Cairn Rescue USA is a great organization saving so many of these wonderful little dogs right out of the Wizard of Oz. My wife and I are volunteers with Cairn Rescue USA and have been impressed with the energy an organization of those running this non-profit. We fell in love with Cairn's when our son brought home Stewie as a puppy four years ago. He stays with us for a few weeks every other month just to visit and we love him. We appreciate the stubborn little terrier personality and are good with dogs so wanted to share that with some Cairn's in need. Cairn Rescue USA had so much positive information available that we applied. The interview process was quick and effective and our home passed. Soon we we were on the road to rescue little abused Gizmo. The folks at Cairn Rescue USA arranged for everything, told us all they knew about Gizmo's history, kept in touch as we arranged to pick little dirty Gizmo up, talked us through the paperwork, registered Gizmo, sent us his Cairn Rescue USA tag, his flea preventative, talked to our vet about any charges in case something might come up, gave us guidance on pictures and details they would like to get Gizmo on the adoption website. We are so happy to be of help to this great organization.


Client Served

Rating: 5

Cairn Rescue USA is an absolutely wonderful organization! Their volunteers are just that -- volunteers. They work their own full time jobs and have their own families, yet they put in countless hours to rescue and foster cairns, check references for potential adopters, match potential adopters to the best cairn for their lifestyle, the list goes on and on. My family has always had cairn terriers, and when our sweet Hannah passed away last year, we went to CRUSA to find our newest family members (yes, we adopted two!). All of the volunteers who helped us were thorough and caring -- it was clear they were making sure their cairns get the perfect forever home. The process does involve reference checks, vet checks, and a home visit, but all of this is for the protection of the cairns, and the volunteers communicated well with us throughout the process. Their adoption fees are very reasonable. In almost every case, the adoption fee won't even make up for the cost the rescue has paid to care for the cairn. We absolutely love our CRUSA cairns, and we can't thank CRUSA enough for saving their lives and letting us be their forever family. Pippa and Jack bring us so much happiness every single day. CRUSA and its volunteers do wonderful work. PLEASE consider adopting, donating, or volunteering with CRUSA. This summer I have volunteered to help transport rescue cairns -- you may not realize it, but you can save a life just by driving a couple hours to take a cairn to his/her foster home!


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The contract and website is very very misleading. I filled out an online application for a dog that I seen through this organization, ten minutes later a lady calls me and tells me that through my application process, she feels as though another dog would be better suited for my family, the foster lady seems very nice. So, I asked about this new dog she is telling me about and look him up and he is very cute and will still fit in my guidelines for a puppy. I have my references checked and they were excellent, then comes the home visit. On their website it states that for a mixed breed under ten years of age, they "ask" for a donation of $150. I have never rescued a dog before so I assumed that you can donate anything that is of reasonable value and it would be fine. The nice foster lady had never went over any of this with me before hand and we spoke several times. She comes over for the home visit and my kids fall in love with this dog. He is super adorable mixed cairn and seems to want to chew on everything and definitely wants to mark his territory everywhere, which of course is just what puppies do. She then tells me that everything looks great and all we need to do is sign the contract and we are good to go. She starts going over the contract and then tells me it's $245 since he has a microchip, I explain that I never really intended to pay over $75 and pay for the microchip fee. She said that she was sorry she had been sick and thought that she had went over it with me on the phone. She leaves with the dog and I have three kids looking at me with the saddest eyes, she did inform me that they had recently changed their prices for mixed breeds and they had not updated their website. I felt that this organization was very misleading because first off they had the wrong "asking" price on their website and second because you can't just donate what you want. I told her that I would definitely willing to donate more throughout the year if they would accept the $75 donation, however I couldn't justify sending that much money with someone without really having any history of the dog and whether or not it would bite my daughter which I listed in the application I wanted a dog good with kids, and she told me he liked to chew....and then she told me when she got here, he liked to nip. Then when I sent an email to the organization explaining that I totally thought their contract was misleading, the reply I got back was extremely rude. This is the reply, "The Adoption Contract does not say suggested anywhere. That is a fact. We
can't help it if you see and read things that are not there. Maybe you
think Quid-Pro-Quo means suggested? It does not.

And fyi, it is donor not donator.

In any event, we must move on.


Cairn Rescue USA" So beware of this organization, and yes i did tell her that I thought it said "suggested" donation, but it said they "ask for a donation". Either way, very unprofessional email response. It's really not that I cared to donate to a reputable organization, it was the fact that I was not told any of this until they bring the puppy into the home while my kids were there, before I was told that it was required. That was wrong.

Review from Guidestar