Cairn Rescue USA (CRUSA) lists Cairn Terriers and mostly-Cairn mixes that are available for adoption from many other organizations, shelters, and rescue groups as a courtesy to help find them homes. All Cairn Terriers and Cairn Mixes that are in CRUSA’s program can be easily identified by the CRUSA logo located in the "Notes" portion of their listing. For Cairns in CRUSA’s program, please complete our Adoption Application. For all others, please follow the link provided in the listing, as each shelter/rescue group has its own requirements for the adoption of their dogs. To keep our list of adoptable dogs current, we would greatly appreciate your notifying us of ANY non-CRUSA dog listed below that has been placed already.
All dogs are listed by state, and the states are in alphabetical order. This listing is rarely complete as we often have Cairns that have just come into our program and are undergoing evaluation prior to being listed. Please check the listing often as it is updated on a regular basis and at least weekly. All CRUSA dogs are up-to-date on their shots, have been tested for heartworm and parasites, are on heartworm preventive, and have been (or prior to adoption will be) spayed/neutered.
Meet Louie in Florida!
Hi, I'm Louie and I am a 10 year old male Cairn terrier. My foster mom calls me Sweet. I love to sit on her lap and give her adoring looks and kisses any time I can. I'm polite too. I wait to be picked up and put on the furniture or her lap, but I do admit that I will beg to be there. I'm a smart, loveable, cuddly guy who wants to be your new BFF.
I'm crate trained, leash trained and I know my name. Foster Mom calls me a "holy terror" when I'm chasing the cat. She think that I should not live with any cat...ok, I admit it, I do like to chase and harass them, after all, I AM a terrier! But I do like other dogs, big and small. Foster Mom says I'm a talker, so she says I'm not a good fit for an apartment. I'm housebroken but I wear a belly band inside the house (I come with it) since every now and then my male genes tempt me to mark things. However, I'm really a very good boy and would love someone to call my own.
Like all CRUSA dogs, Louie is neutered, current on his vaccines, has tested negative for heartworm and is on a monthly heartworm preventative. Louie is located in a private home in Winter Haven, Florida. To adopt him, please complete our Online Adoption Application.
Zuka is a 10 year old female Cairn Terrier. She came to CRUSA after her owner, who was dying of cancer, gave her to a shelter.
My Special Needs. Please Be Sure You Can Meet Them.
When we first got Zuka from the shelter, she weighed only seven pounds and you could see every bone in her body. As it turned out, Zuka had an undiagnosed pancreatic enzyme deficiency and was starving to death as a result of it. Her levels were 0.4 while normal levels are 5 to 35. CRUSA's vet brought her pancreatic enzyme deficiency under control with Viokase-V and she began gaining weight slowly but surely, to a normal level. She now weighs 15 pounds and requires a 1/4 teaspoon of the Viokase-V twice daily. She will need to stay on the Viokase-V for the rest of her life plus she will also need to take a daily Vitamin B pill and a multivitamin supplement.
I Am Housetrained! Plus I Am Good at Catching Treats!
Zuka is housebroken and will let you know when she wants to go out. She sleeps nicely in bed with her foster mom every night and does not leave the bed until the morning. Overall, she is a very happy little girl and loves the attention her foster mom gives her. She also is very good at catching bites when thrown to her!
I Walk Nicely on A Leash and Love Cuddling! I Like Children! I Also Like Other Dogs So Long as They Don't Live With Me.
Zuka walks nicely on the leash and she loves to cuddle next to someone. She is a really sweet little girl and likes children and other dogs. However, while she likes other dogs she meets and plays nicely with them, she is too alpha and will eventually intimidate them or even beat them up if they live with her, so she should really be an only dog. Zuka has been adopted twice to homes with other dogs and has been returned precisely because she ended up intimidating the resident dog (two labs the first time and a cairn the second time).
I Am a Goofy Dog!
Zuka is a sweet goofy dog, who likes to have fun and entertain you. She likes to wear t-shirts and will ask you to put one on her.
I Am Up To Date!
Zuka is up-to-date on her vaccinations, has been spayed, is microchipped, has tested negative for heartworm disease and is on a monthly heartworm preventative. As noted above she does require Viokase-V twice daily, a vitamin B pill and a multivitamin supplement.
Where is Zuka Now?
Zuka is being fostered in a private home in Odenton, Maryland.
See More Photos of Me and Watch My Video!
To see more photos of Zuka, click HERE. Below is a short video of Zuka:
Please Sponsor Me!
If you cannot adopt me, please consider sponsoring me. Make a tax-deductible donation to help CRUSA buy the Viokase-V that I need to take twice daily by clicking on the paypal button below (I thank you!):
Cairn Poodle Mixed Together - You Get Me!
Kobi is a 10 year old male. He is a Cairn mix, likely mixed with poodle from the texture of his coat.
I Am Fully Housetrained!
Kobi is fully housetrained.
No Special Diet Required
Kobi's only problem is that he eats just about anything he can get into his mouth, including paper, leaves, cigarette butts, etc. His new owners will need to be watchful on walks. When he gets something he wants he stands over it and guards it and growls. However, he knows the command "DROP IT" and when he walks away the object can be picked up. If he is a little stubborn to "DROP IT", a little squirt from a water bottle will do the trick.
I Am Very Loving!
Kobi is a very affectionate dog. He also walks very nicely on the leash, just watch out for those stray cigarette butts or trash! As for sleeping habits, he does like to sleep in bed with you.
Where Is Kobi Now?
Kobi is located in a private foster home in Odenton, MD.
I Am Up-To-Date
Kobi is up-to-date on all vaccinations, has been neutered, has tested negative for heartworm disease, micro-chipped and is on a monthly heartworm preventative. If you are interested in adopting Kobi, please complete our Adoption Application.
See More Photos of Me!
To see more photos of Kobi, click HERE.
Rusty is a very handsome and affectionate male Cairn Terrier, with a gorgeous red coat. He turned 7 yo on August 29, 2015.
Rusty grew up in a Louisiana puppymill where he was kept as an outside dog and was rescued by CRUSA in April 2014. He was flown to New Jersey for fostering and was adopted locally but unfortunately his new dad passed away this past June from a heart attack and Rusty once again found himself parentless and looking for a home of his own.
In his foster home Rusty loves the fenced back yard where he hunts the squirrels, chipmunks and birds that visit (he has caught at least one chipmunk). He also loves playing with squeaky toys. He loves humans but is not very fond of other dogs, especially male dogs, which he tends to challenge because he was the alpha male in the puppymill where he lived. His ideal home should NOT have any other dogs and MUST have a fenced yard as he can be reactive to other dogs on walks and at 25 lbs can pull you, and we also think that he would benefit from having an owner that is retired and home a lot or that works from home. Cairn experience is also a must. Children over the age of 7 are okay since he does love humans. No cats, however, since he has a strong hunting instinct. He is housetrained but as a male can engage in marking, so he wears a bellyband when inside the house and he keeps it dry.
Like all CRUSA dogs, Rusty is neutered, current on his vaccines, microchipped, has tested negative for heartworm disease and is on a monthly heartworm preventative.
Below is a video of Rusty playing on the deck with his toys:
Tito is a 4 year old Cairn Terrier Mix who was given up for being too high energy and also for not wanting to share his food with his GSD brother. We are not sure what Tito is mixed with, but he has unusually long legs that are not typical of a Cairn. Those legs give him a running advantage over the other cairns in his foster home and also allow him to jump over baby gates and exercise pens. He does not like crates and will soil them if you crate them.
Tito is housetrained but may mark if there are other male dogs in the house. He does come with a bellyband to prevent accidents in the house. In his foster home, he uses a doggie door to let himself out into the fully fenced yard. He also loves to go on leashed walks but can be reactive when he encounters other people with dogs being walked. A stay at home owner that can spend time training him or taking him to obedience training would be best for him. With the right training, he could also do very well in agility.
I Am Affectionate!
Even though he is high energy, Tito loves to also be a lap dog, and will jump on the couch when he sees you sitting down and will put his head on your lap hoping that you will pet him and will give you his belly to get a belly rub. He is very playful with the female dogs in his foster home and pretty much ignores the males. He loves wrestling with the females but knows how to play without injuring his playmates. We are not sure how he would do with cats as his foster home does not have any, but given how agile and tireless he is, we would NOT recommend that he go to a home with a cat. He also tends to be clutsy and will often fall on another dog when jumping off furniture or when escaping from an x-pen. He takes treats from you gently. In his foster home all dogs are fed separately so he has not growled at any one when eating.
Needs a Quiet Home
Tito tends to bark at strangers, especially men of any age, even children, and it takes him a few hours to warm up to them. He would therefore NOT do well in a household with children nor in a household with lots of visitors. In his prior home, he was mistreated by a man and thus he tends to fear men and gravitates towards women. A stay-at-home owner that can spend time retraining him and/or taking him to obedience training would be best for him. With the right training, he could also do very well in agility.
Up To Date & Location
Tito is neutered, current on his vaccines, has tested negative for heartworm disease, is microchipped and is on a monthly heartworm preventative. He is located in a private foster home in Princeton Junction, New Jersey.
See More Photos of Me!
To see more photos of Tito, click HERE.
Meet Littermates Chip and Dale!
Chip and Dale are two very, very affectionate male Cairn Terriers who have lived their entire lives together, since birth. Chip is the wheaten (beige) one and Dale is the black brindle one. They just turned 9 on August 29, 2015 but they are still quite active and spunky. Dale is about 22 pounds while Chip is 18 pounds.
We Love Hunting & Digging & Playing Ball!
The boys both like to hunt but Dale is better at it and is also a serious digger. In their prior home, the boys dug out of their fenced yard and went missing for 6 weeks so they need to be watched and should not be left unattended in the yard. If somebody throws a ball, they both run like mad to get to it but Chip will defer to Dale and let him take the ball in his mouth and run back with it, with Chip running along right at his side.
We Must Be Adopted Together
The boys have a lot of brotherly love and enjoy doing things together, and that is why they have to be adopted together. You should see them when they are rolling around on their backs right next to each other. It looks like synchronized swimming! They were shaved for the summer prior to being surrendered to CRUSA, with Dale getting the worse cut of the 2, but their hair will grow back and they will once again look like their handsome selves.
We Love People, Especially Children!
The boys just loooove people - even the little ones whom some Cairns find annoying. They were raised in a home with young children. Unfortunately the most recent baby in their home was born with serious medical conditions, including a severe allergy to the boys’ saliva and hair, and that is why their family had to rehome them. Their former family had a thirteen year old, a seven year old, a four year old, and a baby. The seven and four year old would use the boys as pillows on the couch! The boys love to watch television, preferably from a human’s lap, and love to give kisses and cuddle. Chip is such a kisser that he even kisses Dale sometimes!
We Get Along With Other Dogs
The boys get along well with the other Cairns in their foster home and all hunt together in the fenced yard. They currently use a doggie door to go in and out of the house and into the fenced yard. Given Dale’s strong hunting instincts we could NOT guarantee the safety of a cat.
Our Ideal Home
The boys’ ideal home is one where there is someone home most of the time to give them the attention they crave and a fenced yard would be great too.
We Are Housetrained
Both boys are housetrained, but they are males and may engage in occasional marking, so they will come with bellybands to wear inside the house.
Up To Date
Both boys are neutered, current on their vaccines and microchipped, have tested negative for heartworm disease and are on a heartworm preventative.
Where We Are Now
The boys are currently located in a private home in Princeton Junction, New Jersey. If you wish to adopt them, please complete our online Adoption Application.
See More Photos of Us!
To See More Photos of Chip and Dale, click HERE
Tracie is a very pretty and affectionate 11 year old, cream-colored female Cairn terrier who loves food, attention and toys. She is looking for an adult-only, terrier experienced home where she can be the only dog.
Tracie came to CRUSA from NYC, from a situation of neglect, with elephant skin on her back and tail from untreated skin allergies, infected ears, and a urinary tract infection. She was found roaming the streets of New York City and when her owners were contacted (she is microchipped) they said that they did not want her back as she had been purchased for a son who was no longer living at home. We also found out that they kept her as an outside dog all year round (in Queen NY which has harsh, cold winters).
My Special Needs: Apoquel & Insulin & Blindness
Initially we were able to bring Tracie's allergies under control with medicated baths and a corn-free diet, otomax for her ears and antibiotics. Her skin healed, her hair grew back and she got over her UTI and ear infection. Eventually, however, her skin allergies returned and she developed crusty lesions all over her body. Changing food had no effect. She was put on Atopica to suppress her immune system and thereby keep her skin healthy, and that worked for 2 years, her hair grew back and the lesions disappeared. In 2014, however, we noticed that she had developed several side effects from the Atopica and had to be taken off it. She is now on Apoquel 5.4 mg. In May 2014, Tracie was also diagnosed with diabetes and now takes 6 units of insulin twice a day. As a result of the diabetes, Tracie also developed cataracts in both eyes and will need surgery to remove them.
I Am Housetrained!
Tracie is 100% housetrained. She is also crate trained and will just as easily sleep in her crate, as in a dog bed.
I Am a Laidback, Yet Spunky Cairn!
Tracie has a spunky personality. She always appears to be laughing and enjoys being a little mischievous by, for example, going into rooms where she is normally not allowed to go. She also prances when her humans come home. With toys, she loves destroying the stuffed ones and will even un-stuff a dog bed if she is bored and alone. At the vets, she is very well behaved with the doctors but may bark at other dogs in the waiting room. With regards to her insulin shots, she lets you give her the injection without any fuzz. Tracie also enjoys watching television with her humans and sitting next to them on the couch. She will actively ask to be petted, putting her head under your hand and loves to give kisses too. She also loves going for walks and walks nicely on the leash but she can be reactive to cars, buses, trucks, bicyclists and other dogs and needs to be corrected. It is best to walk Tracie at a time when there are not too many people or traffic outside, and her home should have a fenced yard for the times when the streets are too busy to walk her.
I Get Along With Other Dogs But Would Do Best as an Only Dog. Cats are Okay.
While Tracie has learned to get along and play with the other cairns in her foster home, she can still pick up fights over food, attention and toys and that is why we would prefer a home where she is the only dog. She has come across some cats and appears indifferent to them.
I Need Exercise!
Tracie is a little overweight at the moment and needs a new forever home that will walk her to lose those extra pounds. She has a very good appetite and is very smart and will work for treats.
I Am Up To Date
Tracie is spayed, current on her vaccinations, microchipped, has been tested for heartworm disease and is on a monthly heartworm preventative. As noted above, she also take Apoquel 5.4 mg twice a day for her allergies and 6 units of insulin twice a day for her diabetes. In addition she has cataracts in both eyes which make her blind and these will be surgically removed sometime in July 2015.
Where is Tracie Now? (Local Adoptions Only Please)
Tracie is located in a private foster home in Princeton Junction, NJ. Due to her issues (see above), she can only be adopted to a home within a 90 mile radius of Princeton Junction. We also require that the home adopting her meet her at her foster home on at least 2 occasions and spend time with her during these meetings before taking her home so she will be familiar with her new owner.
See More Photos and Watch a Video of Tracie!
To see more photos of Tracie, click HERE.
Below is her video:
Please Sponsor Me!
If you cannot adopt me, please consider sponsoring me. Make a tax-deductible donation to help CRUSA buy my pills, insulin and syringes. I sure need them. Also please contribute to my cataract-removal surgery which will cost in the neighborhood of $3,000. Please click on the paypal button below:
Erin is a 10 year old black brindle female Cairn Terrier who came to CRUSA from a situation of severe neglect, with elephant skin and missing most of her hair. She (along with her sister Daisy who has since been adopted) was removed by animal control from a backyard breeder after she had lost most of her hair from months of being flea-infested. Erin’s hair grew back after roughly six months of medicated baths and creams except in 4 small spots where the hair follicles were too damaged. These 4 small spots remained bald, but that just adds to her cuteness.
I am House Trained and Love Playing Fetch!
Erin is 100% house trained. She is also very playful and high energy and loves playing fetch.
I am very Affectionate With Women Once I get to Know You. Men However Scare Me
Erin is very affectionate with women and wants to give you kisses and be petted, and enjoys watching TV with you. In her foster home, Erin wakes up super happy each morning, prancing around and coming to say hello. She is also a velcro dog and loves to follow you around all day and be where you are. With men, however, Erin is fearful and must be introduced slowly or she will take matters on her own and give them a quick bite in the ankle and run away to hide somewhere. For this reason, Erin will NOT be considered for active households or for homes with children. Her ideal home is a female-only household, where someone is home most of the time, that gets few visitors and where her new owners will take the time to introduce her slowly to visitors. Once the introduction is done, she relaxes with the newcomers.
Where Is Erin Now?
Erin is located in a private foster home in Princeton Junction, NJ. Due to her issues (see above), she can only be adopted to a home within a 90 mile radius of Princeton Junction. We also require that the home adopting her meet her at her foster home on at least 2 occasions and spend time with her during these meetings before taking her home so she will be familiar with her new owner.
I Am Up-To-Date
Erin is spayed, up-to-date on her vaccinations, has tested negative for heartworm disease, is micro-chipped and is on a monthly heartworm preventative. If you are interested in adopting Erin, please complete our Adoption Application.
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Meet Chili Pepper!
Chili Pepper is a 10 year old male Cairn Terrier that still acts like a puppy, always willing to play ball! He is very quick, and has no problems jumping. The only thing he is afraid of seems to be lightening, he does not like it and will bark.
I Am Housetrained.
Chili is housetrained but did have a few marking issues when he first arrived in his foster home. The marking stopped once he got used to his new home. He will come with a belly band to help transition him into his adoptive home.
I Love Walks, Car Rides and Toys!
Chili loves to go for walks and also loves car rides. He also loves squeaky toys and when bored he will play by himself.
I Am Friendly and Get Along With Other Dogs
Chili is very friendly and gets along well with the resident Cairn in his foster home (a female) and loves playing tug of war with her. He is also very affectionate and enjoys being with his humans. As with all Cairns, Chili needs to be on a leash when being walked and a fenced-in backyard would be ideal so that he can run around.
I Am Up To Date
Chili is neutered, up to date on his vaccines, is microchipped, has tested negative for heartworm disease and is on a monthly heartworm preventative.
Where is Chili now?
Chili is located in a private foster home in Chappel Hill, North Carolina. He would make a great addition to any family. To adopt him, please complete an Adoption Application.
UPDATE: Taffie has several malignant tumors and not a long time left to live. We are keeping her comfortable in foster care and will help her to the Rainbow Bridge when the time comes. For now, Taffie enjoys the love and attention she gets from her foster mom and canine siblings and seems to not be aware of her condition.
Everyone meet Taffie! She gets so excited when I say her name and jumps up and down at the mere mention of Taffie! I feel like I need to throw confetti in the air and dance every time I say Taffie! It’s literary a celebration every time she hears her name.
Taffie! has many talents. She’s the president and CEO of security. Taffie! patrols the perimeter of the fence, eradicating all those pesky squirrels that invade her territory. She is also an excellent gardener. I’m sure she has four green paws. Taffie! prefers the finer things in life like fresh tomatoes and basil from my garden. I walked into my kitchen to find Taffie! dragging a tomato plant into the house. This included all the tomatoes, the plant, dirt and the pot. In her spare time, when she is not gardening, she likes to nibble and snack on fresh basil. She’s a culinary genius. In addition to her gardening skills, Taffie! is also a skilled construction worker. Her foster mom thought she could put up a baby gate and chairs in front of the gate to keep Taffie out of the bedroom and bed. Her foster mom was wrong; Taffie! knocked over the chairs and the baby gate and jumped in the bed like an antelope. In all my years of fostering Cairns, I have never had one that is so full of life.
In true Southern fashion, Taffie! is a complete lady and a belle. She is housebroken and has never had an accident in my house even when left alone for several hours. She likes treats and is very gentle when taking them from your hand. She is very particular in how she eats. Taffie! takes two pieces of food out of her dish and puts them on the floor. Daintily, she eats one morsel at a time. This drives the resident Cairns nuts. She walks beautifully on a leash. You can tell that Taffie! at one time was very loved and well-cared for and was someone’s beloved pet. For unknown reasons, however, she was taken to an animal shelter by her family. Perhaps her owner was in financial distress, terminally ill or worse, as is rather common, died and left Taffie! in the care of relatives who did not want a dog.
Taffie! is 13-years young. Like all CRUSA dogs, Taffie is spayed, current on her vaccines, microchipped, has tested negative for heartworm disease and is on a monthly heartworm preventative. She is located in a private home in Memphis, Tennessee. Won’t you adopt this sweetie?
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