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Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: CPCRN, founded in February 2001, rescues purebred Cairn Terriers and Cairn Terrier mixes which are homeless or soon-to-be-homeless, including, without limitation, those found in animal shelters or similar facilities and those released by their owners due to change in family circumstances or otherwise. We also rescue purebred Cairns which are being used as breeding stock by so-called puppy mills and backyard breeders, including those disposed of in puppy mill auctions. We arrange for the pick-up and transport of our rescue Cairns; arrange for their spay/neuter as well as for the provision of other appropriate veterinary care for them; rehabilitate and foster them; seek applications for and screen permanent homes for them; and adopt them to loving forever homes. We also educate the public about responsible Cairn Terrier ownership and care.

CPCRN is comprised entirely of volunteers that assist in the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of Cairns throughout the United States. CPCRN maintains a website at http://www.CairnRescue.com where the public can report a Cairn in need, apply to foster or adopt a rescue Cairn and obtain information on responsible Cairn ownership and care.

Programs: To rescue purebred cairn terriers and cairn terrier mixes which are homeless or soon-to-be-homeless and provide veterinary care, rehabilitation, fostering and adoption for these dogs as well as educating the public about responsible cairn terrier care and ownership.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Pk D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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2

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

2 centsuble1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

3 Ann_27

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3 Rook

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

4 Carolyn P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a female Cairn Terrier from Colonel Potter last year. What a great organization. When I think of what my little girl went through at a puppy mill, it makes me sad and angry. Thank God for Colonel Potter and their mission to rescue as many Cairn Terriers as possible. Adopting from them was wonderful, so good in fact I have done it again. It is such a herculean undertaking. They do it so well. I have also donated to the cause, and will probably continue to do so.

These dogs have brought us an enormous amount of joy and just plain fun. Whether it God's hand or providence, I don't know. I am just grateful for Colonel Potter.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Col. Potter Cairn Rescue is just the greatest.
We adopted our little girl from them 4 years ago and it has been the best thing for us and her.
Not only did they insure her good health, they were with us every step of the way of the adoption and after the adoption.
If and when the time comes, we will surely adopt through them again.