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.
Maddie is a young and active 9 year old female Cairn Terrier. She is very sweet and is potty trained, she even uses pee pads if you put them down. She was surrendered to CRUSA due to the terminal illness of her owner.
When Maddie first arrived at her foster home in Alabama, her foster parents knew right away that she was “one smart cookie”. It took her only a couple of hours to witness her foster sisters and brother go in and out the doggie door before she said, “I got this”. There have only been a few squabbles amongst her foster siblings (caused by evil chipmunk instigators), but most of the time she is docile, willing to go along with the crowd. Maddie wants to play with her siblings, but they are old and crotchety, so she doesn’t get to play as much as she’d like. She also can’t have her toys right now because of her high-strung foster sister who thinks that any toy is hers and it is meant to be destroyed in less than five minutes.
Maddie is not without her quirks, which is probably related to some form of abuse she received in her earlier life. She won’t go past the edge of the counter into the kitchen; as if there is some form of invisible force field the humans just can’t see. She doesn’t like to go down the hall to the front door – unless she gets irritated because the doggie door has been blocked and she hears a school bus or the garbage truck. She doesn’t like to be startled when she is in deep slumber so it’s best if you talk to her gently to arouse her. When entering unfamiliar territory, instead of turning and running the other way, she will back out – sometimes several feet (which can be quite hilarious). When it’s food time, Maddie is not a gulper. Instead she prefers to take a few dainty bites, circle around the food bowl a couple of times, and then return to eating – as if it is some form of secret ritual.
But for all of her quirks and idiosyncrasies, Maddie is a very loving little dog. She enjoys sitting beside her humans as they are watching television, or sometimes, simply lounging on the ottoman in the place that her foster dad usually reserves for his feet. She even likes to be picked up and held in an upright position on your shoulder – many times, for extended periods. While she can be quite excitable, most of the time she is a total couch potato; reserving trips to the backyard to relieve herself or to let the world know that someone is in the driveway and the humans are not reacting quickly enough. There are times when it appears that she doesn’t even know her name when you call her, but just say “What, What” and her head will snap around and turn at crazy angles, as if that phrase is a secret password to unlock the mysteries of the canine culture.
Maddie definitely LOVES children. She cries and whines when she hears the school buses coming through the neighborhood and she doesn’t understand why that darn fence keeps her from playing with the little girl next door. She hears the kids across the street playing basketball and it’s almost as if she is trying to say “Put me in coach – I can make that basket”. She absolutely lights up when anyone comes to visit (Maddie treats everyone as if they are her long, lost friend). The word “stranger” is not in Maddie’s vocabulary.
There is just one things missing in Maddie’s life – a fur-ever home. She deserves one because she is so sweet and loving. She simply needs some understanding, structure and consistency to let her know that humans CAN be trusted after all.
Maddie is spayed, up to date on her vaccines, microchipped, has tested negative for heartworm and is on a monthly heartworm preventative. She is located in a private foster home in Pelham, Alabama. She is such a sweet girl and does need to live in a foster home, she is waiting for her new parents, won't you please give her a home?
It's hard to believe that anyone could surrender a boy as sweet and wonderful as "Rusty". But when the only family he had ever known retired and decided to move to Arizona, Rusty was not part of their plans. It makes us sad to think of Rusty as being so "disposable" but the truth is he has adapted to his new life like a champ!
Rusty's foster parents describe him as "a great companion who just wants to be loved." Rusty is in a home with two other Cairns and he gets along just fine with them but his foster parents feel that since he was an "only dog" for so many years, he would probably enjoy being an "only child" once again.
Rusty has many charming qualities. He is quite a mellow guy and on the reserved side. He has little interest in toys or balls. But he loves to sit alongside his "special someone" and cuddle and watch TV. He is very appreciative of the attention he receives and is a loyal fellow. While not exceedingly playful, he does enjoy playing with his own shadaow! Rusty goes to doggie daycare with his foster brother and sister on occasion and seems to enjoy it although he would just as soon "hang out" with his people.
Rusty's original owners lived in a very rural area so the sights and sounds of city living are unfamiliar to him and he does tend to bark at things that are strange. But he takes correction well and his foster parents report he has gotten much better in the short time that he has been with them. With firm but loving reminders, he will continue to improve
Rusty was never crate trained and does not like being in a crate. When his foster parents have to leave the house, he is confined to one room. He doesn't particularly like it but he has gotten used to it. At night he sleeps in his foster parents' bed and he loves this! Rusty is all about cuddling and closeness.
Rusty is completely housetrained! When he first arrived in his foster home, he did a bit of marking (there is another male dog in the household) but that quickly ceased and he has been the perfect gentleman ever since!
Rusty would be the ideal companion for a retired single or couple who are seeking a devoted companion. While he would be ok with one other dog, we would ideally like to see him in a home where he would be a singleton and receive all the love and attention. A fenced yard is nice but not a necessity as long as his new family is committed to walks and making Rusty a part of family activities.
Rusty is up-to-date on all his vaccinations and has tested negative for heartworm disease. He is on a monthly heartworm and flea-ticket preventative. .
RUSTY'S ADOPTION FEE IS $210.
PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT ADOPT TO HOUSEHOLDS WITH ELECTRIC FENCES OR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 7. A FIRM COMMITMENT TO ON-LEASH ACTIVITY--WHEN OUTSIDE A FENCED AREA--IS A MUST. FAMILIES WHO CURRENTLY HAVE PETS, OR HAVE IN THE PAST, SHOULD HAVE AN EXCELLENT RECORD OF VETERINARY CARE.
BAILEY IN A NUTSHELL: Bailey is a happy, well-mannered, affectionate little 10-year-old Cairn boy who thrives on human companionship and enjoys the company of other small dogs too. Bailey has diabetes which is very well controlled with twice-daily injections that he tolerates without a fuss. He must have a "mostly at home" owner who has a proven track-record of veterinary care and who can commit to administering his shots twice a day, every day.
OUT-OF-STATE APPLICATIONS ARE WELCOMED, HOWEVER, IF APPROVED FOR ADOPTION IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE ADOPTING FAMILY TO TRAVEL WITHIN A REASONABLE DISTANCE OF THE FOSTER HOME. PARTIAL TRANSPORT TO THE CHICAGO AREA MAY BE AVAILABLE.
Look up "ADORABLE" in the dictionary and you are certain to see Bailey's picture!
This sweet and loving 10-year-old boy was regrettably given up his owner when she became seriously ill and had to move in with family members. But to Bailey's credit, he has transitioned into his foster home without a hitch!
This is an unflappable, adaptable little guy who thrives on being alongside his "special someone". He gets along great with other dogs too and ideally, we'd like to see him in a home with at least one other small dog.
Bailey has been well cared for throughout his life and has managed his diabetes extremely well. He dutifully sets still for his twice-a-day shots. He is housebroken and walks well on a leash. He loves car rides and walks well on a leash but also enjoys the freedom of a fenced yard.
Bailey would fit into a variety of households, however, his future family must realize that he requires "twice a day" insulin shots that are spaced at consistent intervals. He will only be considered for a home where someone is home the majority of the day. He would be ideal for a retired couple or senior who is looking for an affectionate, devoted companion but he might also be considered for a family with an older child. A fenced yard is a plus but a commitment to frequent walks would also be considered.
Bailey is up-to-date on all his vaccinations and has tested negative for heartworm disease. He is on a monthly heartworm and flea-ticket preventative. He recently had a dental.
Shooter is approximately 5 years old. He was left abandoned in a home with an elderly man. He was rescued and then CRUSA took him. He is a very sweet and happy guy. As I (his foster mom) type this, he is laying beside me, on his back, four feet in the air, sleeping soundly.
I Get Along Well With Other Dogs and Love Playing With My Humans
Shooter gets along well with all the other Cairns in his foster home. He is quiet, but also lives to play with me, his foster mom. He gets so excited when we are alone and he just plays. He loves to sleep with me. He is not really used to a crate, but we are working on that. Shooter is a love and wants to be beside you on the couch. Please consider giving this great guy a furever home.
I Am HouseTrained
Shooter is housebroken but had one accident when I did not get to the door in time to let him out. He is a larger than average Cairn and was shaven prior to being surrendered to CRUSA. Once his hair grows back, he should once again look like a Cairn.
Up To Date
Like all CRUSA dogs, Shooter is neutered, current on his vaccines, microchipped, has tested negative for heartworm disease and is on a monthly heartworm preventative.
Hi everyone from Reggie in Kentucky!! I am Cairn Rescue USA's newest foster boy. I came from a shelter (thanks Jeanine Sloan for helping us out!) and I am now going to be taking applications for some lucky, lucky person to adopt me! I am one year old, playful, love my canine foster siblings and I can be ever so loving to my human foster Mommy too!
I do well in my crate, I eat very well too. I am current on my vaccines and I am neutered. They also drew my blood to test me for heartworm (was negative, thank goodness!. I didn't like any of it but I am healthy and isn't that important?
My foster Mommy isn't sure if I am housebroken since I haven't been at her house very long, but you know if someone adopts me, I will work really, really hard to prove to y'all that I am a great little boy! I promise!!! Now, read carefully, go to www.CairnRescueUSA.com and go to the adoption application. When you get to the part that says, are you interested in a particular cairn, type REGGIE!! Okay, read this step again, type REGGIE.
I can't wait for my very own family. Please apply for me today.
Meet Sassy B. Dazzle!
Sassy B. Dazzle is a 13 yo female Cairn Terrier that was dumped at a local shelter by her owner because she was too old. Sassy was confused and terrified at the shelter and would have been euthanized, but a compassionate shelter worker called CRUSA and alerted us to Sassy's plea.
I Need Your Help!
Sassy is a sweet senior and a loyal companion but she has an enlarged heart and that has made it difficult for her to find a forever home. While in CRUSA, she takes heart meds, such as Enalapril, that are very expensive. Won't you please help CRUSA continue to procure Sassy her heart medications by making a tax-deductible donation?
I Am Up To Date.
Sassy is spayed, up to date on her vaccines, has been tested for heartworm disease, is on a monthly heartworm preventative and is microchipped. She has an enlarged heart as mentioned above and takes heart medications.
Where is Sassy Now?
Sassy is located in a private home in Odenton, Maryland. To see more photos of Sassy, click HERE.
CRUSA Saves Another Cairn
Duncan Sr. came into CRUSA from a kill shelter in WV as a stray.
A Little Sweetie
Duncan is 10 years old and is just a very nice little dog. During his physical the Vet detected a heart murmur. Duncan also tested positive for Lyme and he is being treated for it.
House Trained? YES
Duncan is house trained and walks very gently on the leash. He loves to be held and carried. He is just a real joy to have around. He takes a treat very gently from your hand.
Fatten Me Up Please
Duncan only weighs about ten pounds and loves to eat. He is underweight and needs to gain a pound or two.
Where Is Duncan Now?
Duncan is located in a private Foster Home in Odenton, MD.
Duncan 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 Duncan, please complete our Adoption Application.
Zuka is an 8 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!):
Otis is a 10 year old male Cairn Terrier who was surrendered to CRUSA by his owner after the owner became ill and could no longer afford to care for Otis.
I Am HouseTrained and Crate Trained
Otis is housetrained but of course if left alone for long periods, he may have an accident. Otis sleeps in his crate at night.
I Get Along With Other Dogs But Would Not Miss Them
Otis gets along well with the other Cairns in his foster home. However, since he lived for 8 years as an only dog, he does not appear to miss canine company and would do well as an only dog.
My Special Need: I Have Dry Eye and Need You To Put Eyedrops in my Eyes
Otis came to CRUSA matted and with severe dry eye that had not been taken care of in his prior home. He is now on prescription eye drops (cyclosporin) that need to be put in his eyes several times a day and will need to remain on the eye drops for the rest of his life as his tear ducts no longer produce tears. A stay at home parent would be ideal for Otis.
Prefer an Adults-Only Terrier-Experienced Home
Otis sleeps in his crate at night, and his new family should NOT let him sleep in bed with them nor sit on the furniture next to them because if he falls asleep, he does not like to be moved or disturbed while sleeping. For that reason we also prefer a terrier-experienced home for Otis with adults only and no children.
I Am Up To Date!
Otis is up-to-date on his vaccinations, is microchipped and has been neutered. He has tested negative for heartworm disease and is on a monthly heartworm preventative. As noted above, he also requires cyclosporin eyedrops for his dry eye condition.
Where is Otis Now?
Otis is being fostered in a private home in Fruitland, Maryland. To Adopt him, please fill out an Adoption Application.
See More Photos of Me!
To see more photos of Otis, click HERE.
If You Cannot Adopt Me, Please Consider Contributing To My Eye Care
Otis requires prescription eye drops (cyclosporin) several times a day for his dry eyes. These cost approximately $45. You can make a tax-deductible donation towards Otis's eye care using the button below:
Bella lives up to her name. She is a beautiful, loyal, fun loving, charcoal grey and silver Cairn with penetrating eyes that communicate and shine with intelligence and alertness. She had a skin problem in the past, but it has been under control with periodic medicated baths and benadryl during the allergy seasons. Bella was surrendered due to her owner’s health issues and the fact that she was moving to a home where pets were not allowed.
I Can Act Like a Puppy, but I’m House Trained, I Don’t Chew on the Furniture, and I’ll Actually Listen to My Owner!
Despite her weight, Bella is very energetic and playful. She loves playing “fetch” and chewing on nylabones and squeaky toys (which she is very hard on). Like a puppy, she is very inquisitive, both indoors and out. When you talk to her, she looks straight into your eyes and cocks her head to the side, like a puppy, trying to understand. If you are not pleased with her behavior and tell her “no”, she will usually stop what she is doing and look chastened. She is affectionate and likes being with her foster parents; she will follow
them around the house and camp out next to them when they settle in. She is not a lap dog, though. She’s friendly with people. If you give her a belly or butt rub she will grunt contentedly. She goes into her crate on her own at night and stays there the entire night. She likes her walks with the resident Cairns, and while she enjoys a good sniff as much as the next Cairn, she is a walking sniffer, not a stationary sniffer.
I Live for the Day I Can Catch a Squirrel or a Rabbit!
If there’s squirrel or rabbit within the range of Bella’s senses, watch out! If she is inside, she will scratch like crazy to get out and get that critter. If outside, she will pull as if her life depended upon it, often without warning. When she is on a walk, she does a lot of looking around for you know who. She is likely do well in AKC earthdog trials. We do not know how she is with cats, but being so prey driven, there is a good chance she would not do well with one in her home.
I Can Have Problems with Other Dogs, and They Tell Me I Have to be The Lone Ranger in My New Home!
In her foster home, Bella has shown that she can be jealous of the two resident Cairns and eager to demonstrate who is Top Cairn. She has initiated scuffles with them over food, toys, attention, who gets to occupy certain space, who goes in and out the door first, and for no apparent reason. But she likes going on walks with them and will wait for them once she is out the door and at the end of the driveway, and then walk merrily with them after they catch up. She also got into a couple of scuffles when let loose in a dog park. Therefore, Bella must go to a home where she will be the only dog. That is not to say that she can never meet other dogs. She has met many dogs on her walks outside without a single problem, sometimes offering to play with them. But she must be closely watched and kept on a firm lead.
I’m Up-to-Date and Ready to Go!
Bella is up-to-date on all vaccinations, she has been spayed, has tested negative for heartworm disease, is micro-chipped and is on a monthly heartworm preventative.
Where Am I Now?
Bella is located in a private home in Aberdeen, Maryland.
Cairn Poodle Mixed Together - You Get Me!
Kobi is a 9 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.
Bailey is a 10 year old male Cairn Terrier whose owners decided that he had to be euthanized because he was marking the toys of their new human baby. Fortunately for Bailey, the vet contacted CRUSA and convinced the owners to spare Bailey’s life and surrender him to CRUSA instead. Bailey is easy to train and eager to please. His energy varies from high to relaxed and mellow. He's not a big eater, more of a grazing eater, although he does favor treats once he gets settled in and adjusted to his new surroundings. He has no issues about food, toys, or crate territory. He likes to sleep in his foster Dad’s bed.
I Am Housetrained!
Bailey is housebroken and crate trained.
I Love Walks & Get Along Well With Other Dogs
Bailey loves to go for walks and walks well on lead. He also gets along very well with the other Cairns in his foster home. Like most Cairns, he enjoys barking at the squirrels and other critters that come into his yard. We don’t know how he would do with cats or children as there are none in his foster home.
CRUSA asks all adopting families to either crate their dogs while riding in a car or use a doggie seat belt for the safety of both the dog and owners.
Where is Bailey Now?
Bailey is located in a private foster home in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
I Am Up to Date
Bailey is neutered, up-to-date on his vaccinations; micro chipped, has tested negative for heartworm disease and is on a monthly heartworm preventative.
Toto is an adorable little rascal with lots of intelligence and energy. He is 3 years old and most likely a mix of Cairn with Australian Terrier. He was surrendered to CRUSA due to his owner’s terminal illness. He has some anxiety that is easily managed with love and reassurance. He loves to play and take long walks. He doesn’t like rain, but will go for a quick walk to take care of business. Toto is happiest with a daily routine. His Foster Mom believes his ideal home is one with a strong leader who has plenty of time to play and train with him, and keep to the same schedule. Toto has had some training but needs reinforcement. He has been doing well learning new commands in his foster home. His high intelligence and desire to please make him a fast learner with lots of potential for agility or to work a job. He is graceful in all his movements and jumps like a gazelle. His beautiful light brown eyes are almost human in appearance. He is up at 6:00 AM every morning ready for a long walk, then breakfast. He knows when it is mealtime and will go into his pen and do a little dinner dance! He doesn’t mind a thunderstorm unless it’s an especially bad one. Barking will happen when a motorcycle or other loud vehicle goes by, or he sees another dog walking by, then he has to tell us all about it. There is another male foster dog in his foster home with whom Toto gets along well with most of the time. They are separated when not being directly supervised. He is possessive with treats but not with his food dish. He is getting quite good at leaving his toys when exiting his pen.
On Dogs, Cats & Children.
Toto is not used to children, wants to chase cats and is interested in greeting other dogs and people, although he would probably be happiest as an only dog.
I Love Attention.
Toto would rather play and exercise than snuggle, but attention is always welcomed. Petting, scratching, staying close and sleeping in the bed are all good. He can be a little flirt, bowing his head and peeking up through his eyelashes! He is generous with kisses too.
Housetraining, Walking and Crating.
Toto is mostly housetrained. He will let his Foster Mom know when he needs go out. He has had a few accidents so when his foster family is home, he goes out about every two hours, except overnight. Crating is not his favorite thing. He will however run right into his crate to await his bedtime treat. During the daytime while his foster parents are away at work, he stays in an exercise pen with favorite toys for company. Despite his quirks, Toto is a sweet little dog who would make a wonderful companion; he would probably be happiest as an only dog. Like most terriers, he is spunky, smart and needs lots of exercise.
CRUSA asks all adopting families to either crate their dog(s) while riding in a car or use a doggie seat belt for the safety of the dog(s) and owner(s).
I Am Up to Date.
ToTo is neutered, micro-chipped, up to date on his vaccines, has tested negative for heartworm disease and is on a monthly heartworm preventative.
Where is ToTo Now?
ToTo is located in a private foster home in Ayer, MA.
Smoochie is a very pretty 9 yo female Cairn Terrier who was surrendered to CRUSA after her owner died. She is sweet and licks your hands but does not give kisses. Her favorite activity is to think about her next meal. She loves to eat and it shows in her weight!
Smoochie has Ocular Melanosis and Glaucoma and is now Blind
Smoochie was diagnosed with Ocular Melanosis (OM) in September 2013. OM is a relatively rare but inherited condition that affects Cairn Terriers only, in which both eyes start producing too much pigment, the pigment accumulates and results in a high Intra Ocular Pressure (IOP), also known as glaucoma. To treat it, Smoochie is given 2 (and sometimes 3) sets of eye drops, 4 times a day. If in the future the eye drops are not able to control the high IOP, it is possible that her eye(s) will need to be surgically removed, as an uncontrolled high IOP is painful to the dog. As a result of the glaucoma and the damage to the ocular nerves caused by the increased IOP, Smoochie has lost her eyesight and bumps into things. She also has become less tolerant of young dogs that want to lick her or that get too close to her muzzle.
Smoochie is very good at letting you put the eyedrops in her eyes. The eye drops that she requires are Dorzolamide HCL 2% and Timolol 0.5% and they cost $15 each on the Walgreens Prescription Plan, which does cover pets. She will require these eyedrops for the rest of her life. The 3rd eye drop is Latanoprost 0.005% and that one costs $60. If you would like to make a donation towards Smoochie's eye drops, please use the button below:
I Am Housetrained But Can Exhibit Submissive Urination
Smoochie is housetrained but can exhibit submissive urination when greeting you as you come home if you use a baby voice or a high pitched voice to greet her. This is a behavior where the dog leaks a little bit of urine out of excitement or to acknowledge that you are higher in the pack rank.
Smoochie Needs to Lose Weight.
Smoochie tends to gain weight easily and does not like to walk a lot, so it is difficult to lose what she gains. She will need to be put on a diet. She currently weights 25 lbs and should probably weigh only 17 lbs.
Smoochie would do best with a stay-at-home parent, perhaps a retiree or an owner who works from home or who works part time or who is otherwise home a lot to spend time with her and take her out for walks so she can continue to lose weight. Experience with blind dogs is also a plus.
I Am Up To Date!
Smoochie is spayed, up to date on her vaccines, microchipped, has been tested for heartworm disease, and is on a monthly heartworm preventative.
Where is Smoochie Now?
Smoochie is being fostered in a private home in Princeton Junction, NJ.
Watch My Video!
Below is a video of Smoochie with her brother Shotzie (RIP) in her foster home. The video was taken before the OM was diagnosed and before losing her eyesight:
To see Additional Photos of Smoochie on Google Plus, CLICK HERE.
Meet Charlotte in NJ!
Charlie (short for Charlotte) is a 4 year old black brindle FEMALE Cairn Terrier. Her original owner died and the family gave her away to a kind lady who had a senior Cairn. Unfortunately that senior Cairn went blind from ocular melanosis and did not tolerate Charlie’s insistent licking, so Charlie had to be rehomed again. She came in with a short summer cut but her hair is growing back nicely.
I Am Very Affectionate
Charlie is very affectionate with both people and small dogs. She has zero aggression towards people. If you reprimand her, she just shows you her belly, licks your hands and gives you kisses. You can pick her up without any problems and carry her in your arms. With small dogs she can be annoyingly affectionate, as she loves to lick the other dogs’ muzzles. Some dogs tolerate it, some do not. With large dogs, she tends to go ballistic (including at the vet's office) so no large dogs or dog parks for Charlie.
I Am HouseTrained but I Am Not Very Fond of Crates. I Am Also Reactive To Large Dogs
Charlie is 99% housetrained. In her foster home she uses a doggie door to let herself out into the fenced backyard. She also loves to go on leashed walks and walks well on the leash, without pulling. She is reactive, however, to large dogs and will bark her head off if she sees one being walked or at the vets or behind a chain link fence. On occasion, if it is raining, she tends to look for newspaper to poop on instead of going outside. We think that she was probably paper trained at some point in her original home and that this is why she does it. She is for the most part intolerant of dog crates, however, and will try to get out of them. We think that she was crated all day when her first owner was in the hospital and her teeth show the grinding off that is typical of dogs that spend all day trying to cut the metal of the crate with their teeth. In her second home she managed to make a hole in the bottom of her plastic crate to get out and in her foster home she often plays Houdini, trying to get out of her crate after feeding time. Her foster home has switched her to an exercise pen but she tries so hard to get out of those that she can injure herself. She would probably do okay being confined to a room with a baby gate. Of course she would prefer to sleep with her owner. At night, she will try to stay out in the fenced yard to avoid being put in the crate to sleep.
I Am Very Fast and Also Bark Loudly
Charlie is VERY fast and agile and can easily escape through a door if you are not careful or as fast as she is or if you have young children. She tends to be a very nervous dog, always afraid that you are going to disappear and leave her, perhaps because she was left alone (and we think crated) in her original home when her owner went into the hospital. She would do best with a stay-at-home owner. She does have a loud bark for a small dog so we do NOT recommend her for townhomes or apartments.
I Watch TV
Charlie actually pays attention to what is being shown on television and will bark at the TV when dogs, cats and other animals appear. She also barks to alert you when the phone rings.
Up To Date & Location
Like all CRUSA dogs, Charlie is spayed, current on her vaccines, microchipped, has been tested for heartworm and is on a monthly heartworm preventative. She is being fostered in a private foster home in Princeton Junction, NJ.
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Olive is a petite 5 yo female Cairn Terrier. Her coat is a blend of gray and wheaten and she weighs 16 lbs.
I Am Very Affectionate
Olive likes people and seeks affection. While she gets along with the other Cairns in her foster home, she does not share her humans’ attention very well and will growl at any dog that approaches the human while she is getting attention. She would therefore do better as an only dog although she does seek other dogs to play and she is usually the one that initiates play so she may do okay with the right male cairn. She may also do okay with cats as she is little and not used to climbing on furniture and does not appear to have a strong hunting instinct but her foster home does not have any cats to be able to tell for sure. As to children, we think she would do well with children over the age of 8.
Olive is 95% housetrained and continues to make good progress. In her foster home, Olive has learned to use a doggie door to let herself out into the fully fenced yard. She is also being treated for a UTI (urinary tract infection) which we think is the reason her prior owner was not able to housetrain her. She loves to go on leashed walks and gets all excited. She loves to lay on the grass for a few seconds during her walks and she also rolls on the grass while she is on the leash. She is just a very happy dog.
Up To Date and Location
Olive is spayed, current on her vaccines, has tested negative for heartworm disease and is on a monthly heartworm preventative. She will have her teeth cleaned and be microchipped the first week of September. Olive is located in a private foster home in Princeton Junction, New Jersey.
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Lucy is a very pretty, petite, female Cairn Terrier who loves to fetch her ball and play with (and destroy!) squeaky toys. She came from a shelter where she arrived as a stray and we estimate her to be 4 years old.
Play With Me Please!
Lucy talks to you and even howls to get you to play ball with her. She loves toys too, and loves destroying the squeaky ones. She would be very happy in a home with children over the age of 7 who enjoy playing ball with her or in a home where someone is home most of the day. She is very gentle. While she gets along well with the other dogs in her foster home, she does not engage them in play and prefers to play by herself or with her human. She also likes to hide her toys in her crate but if another dog takes her toy, she lets him. We do not know how she would do with cats since her foster home does not have any.
Lucy is housetrained. In her foster home she has learned to use a doggie door to let herself out into the fully fenced yard. She also loves to go on leashed walks and does not pull when she is being walked on leash. Because she loves playing fetch so much, we prefer a home with a fenced yard where she can play fetch with her human to her heart’s content.
Up To Date
Lucy was just spayed and microchipped, is current on her vaccines, has tested negative for heartworm disease and is on a monthly heartworm preventative. She also had her teeth cleaned. During her physical examination, our vet noted that Lucy has a grade 2 Luxating patella (where the knee pops out) in her right rear leg, but has no symptoms of any discomfort or limping at this time. To avoid surgery, her new family will need to be vigilant about her weight and keep it in the 15 lbs range. She is a very picky eater so that helps.
Lucy is located in a private foster home in Princeton Junction, New Jersey.
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Tito is a 3 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. Tito is a reddish strawberry blond color and may be mixed with Australian terrier and with something long legged as 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 escape from x-pens. He is indeed very high energy.
Tito is housetrained. In his foster home, he has learned to use a doggie door to let himself out into the fully fenced yard. He also loves to go on leashed walks and does not pull when he is being walked on leash. Because of his long legs and high energy, he would probably be a good jogging companion and in any event, could use a few long walks a day to relieve his over abundant energy. With respect to crating, he does not tolerate crates and will soil them. A stay at home owner that can spend time training him or taking him to obedience training would be best for Tito. With the right training, he could also do very well in agility.
I Am Affectionate!
Even though he is high energy, he 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 other dogs in his foster home, so much that he often tires them out. 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. Children over the age of 10 would be fine. He does take treats from you gently. In his foster home all dogs are fed separately so he has not growled at any one when eating.
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.
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Tracie is a very pretty and affectionate 10 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 and Insulin
Initially we were able to bring her 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, which is less expensive than the Atopica but harder to find as it has become a very popular drug to treat skin allergies in dogs. In May 2014, Tracie was also diagnosed with diabetes and now takes 5 units of insulin twice a day.
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. Tracie can also be laid back and 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 5 units of insulin twice a day for her diabetes.
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.
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Erin is an 8 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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Ozzie is 12 years old and came to CRUSA when his human mommy died. Ozzie is a sweetheart and needs a furever home. He is healthy, housetrained (although he may mark if there are other male dogs in the house but he does come with bellybands) and is a great little guy. He is being fostered in Memphis, Tennessee. Please won't you consider giving him a home?
Like all CRUSA dogs, Ozzie is neutered, current on his vaccines, microchipped, has been tested for heartworm and is on a monthly heartworm preventative.
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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 12-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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My name is JoJo and I came to CRUSA from a shelter where I arrived as a stray. When I first arrived in my foster home, I was very scared and skittish and my tail did not wag much. My foster parents believe that was caused by my experiences as a stray. All that has changed and I have adjusted well to my foster home and I am now very happy, getting a steady meal twice a day and treats and now my tail wags a lot. Since I was a stray my age is not known but the vet believes I am 6 years old.
I am still working on house training and getting better about it.
I Love Toys, Walks and Food
I love my toys, especially my ball, squeaky toys and rope. My favorite things to do are to play and jump and play some more with my Cairn foster brothers and sisters. I am really smart because I can play by myself by hitting a ball and chasing it. I am a really good jumper and have shown that a small baby gate is just a speed bump for me. I love going on walks with my foster dad and will bark at the deer in the field behind the house. My next favorite thing is food! But then what Cairn doesn’t like food! I go to my crate when it is time to eat but I still eat fast, hoping to get more. Since my foster family has no cats, I do not know how I would do with them.
Initially I did not like receiving affection but as my trust has grown, I have gotten better about it. I still get scared if I am hugged too tight though so a home without children that will hug me will probably be best for me. Sudden noises cause me to run sometimes but my foster dad has been helping me with being a brave Cairn. I do not bark much but I will let you know when someone is coming to the door.
My Perfect Family
I dream of having my own family someday. To me, my perfect family would be a family who would love me unconditionally and be patient with me as I adjust to them and they adjust to me, and since I am a young boy and have a lot of energy, I would also hope they are active and can give me lots of exercise and playtime.
Bathing and Grooming.
JoJo is good about being bathed and groomed, but is not fond of getting his nails clipped.
I Am Up to Date
JoJo is neutered, up-to-date on his vaccinations, micro-chipped, has tested negative for heartworm disease and is on a monthly heartworm preventative.
Where is JoJo Now?
JoJo is located in a private foster home in Middletown, Virginia. To adopt him, please complete our Adoption Application.
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Hello everyone, I’m Charlie! You would be hard pressed to find a Cairn more affectionate, loyal and fun loving than me. I am a very playful, energetic and good natured 8 year old, 15 pound, reddish wheaten, male Cairn Terrier who can play fetch with my squeaky ball all day long if you let me.
Why Am I in Rescue?
My owner lost her job and took a new job that required her to work long hours and, as a result, I was spending too much time home alone. She contacted CRUSA to find me a new home that could give me the time and attention I deserved. I got adopted but my new home had another male Cairn and he and I starting marking inside the house. My new mom said I was a bad influence on my Cairn brother (I think he was a bad influence on me) so one of us had to go and it was me!
I Am Housetrained but Will Mark If There Are Other Male Dogs in the Home
Charlie is housebroken but will mark if there are other male dogs in the house. So no male dogs please. In his prior home, Charlie would go to the door and scratch at it to let the owner know that he had to go out. In his CRUSA foster home, he is taken out for walks.
I Want to Be with My Special People Just About 24/7!
Charlie is a velcro dog. He bonds with his human(s) quickly and pretty much follows him/her everywhere in the house, loves to lay down near his human or jump up into his human’s lap. When he first arrived he showed signs of separation anxiety, but he has been doing well since he has become more comfortable and confident in his foster home. Nevertheless, we think Charlie would do best in an environment where someone is normally home and able to both help him with his transition to his forever home and give him the ongoing human companionship he craves.
I Love Going on Walks and I Am a Good Walker, But...
Charlie is a perky walker, with short quick steps, an erect head and a wagging tail. He clearly enjoys himself! He walks at a good pace but does not pull, and, unlike many Cairns, is not a big sniffer. Charlie can get agitated, though, when encountering other dogs, vehicles or even, in some circumstances, people on his walks. His foster dad is working on distracting him and then rewarding him for good behavior, and his new owner should be prepared to continue this training. But we think it would be best if Charlie's forever home is in an area of little activity or, alternatively, in a low density suburban setting where he can enjoy a good sized yard.
On Dogs, Cats and Children
Charlie gets along fine with the resident Cairns in his foster home. His prior owner reported that he is ok with cats. Charlie likes giving his special people doggie licks, but when he first entered foster care he nipped an admirer who put Charlie's face in his hands to give him a kiss. While this incident was likely an aberration owing to Charlie being in a new and stressful situation, to be safe Charlie will not be placed in a home with young children.
I Am Up to Date and Ready to Go!
Charlie is neutered, up to date on his vaccines, has been microchipped,
has tested negative for heartworm disease, and is on a monthly heartworm preventative.
Where is Charlie Now?
Charlie is located in a private foster home in Middletown, Virginia.
It's hard to imagine a more inspiring dog than this wonderful little senior named Sadie. When her beloved owner became seriously ill and was forced to give her up, Sadie suddenly found herself in new home for the first time in her 14-year-life. One would have thought that such a sudden change of circumstances would have been upsettling to Sadie. But this resilient little girl took to her new lifestyle like a real champ!
Sadie's foster mom says that she is "blessed with a lively spirit" and is extremely outgoing and affectionate and loves to give kisses. And like a true Cairn, she doesn't like to be restrained for too long; she likes to get busy seeking out her next adventure. Although Sadie has allergy issues, these are kept in check with a special diet and regular medicated baths. Sadie is in a home with two male Cairns and she has encountered children and even cats and appears to be an "equal opportunity" lover. She likes everyone!
She also likes food and has a VERY hardy appetite. She can be a little "over enthusiastic" when it comes to taking treats from a hand and her foster mom is working with her to help her adopt a more gentle approach.
Sadie was never well trained on a leash and tends to pull; her leash etiquette needs a bit of work. And because she is a little arthritic she walks with a stiff gait. But she walks at a brisk pace and can easily keep up with the much younger dogs in her household!.
When taken out on a regular schedule, Sadie exhibits excellent potty habits. But
she is on a daily medication for her allergies and a side affect is increased thirst. Because of that, Sadie needs to "go potty" very frequently, as often as every 20 to 30 minutes. When she goes out, she does her business right away.
Sadie is completely crate-trained and with a "go crate" command, she'll hop right in. She will sleep for 7 to 8 hours without so much as a peep.
Despite her "senior status", Sadie has so much to offer the right home. Because she needs to go potty on a very regular schedule, it's important that her future family have someone who is home all day. A retired "homebody" who is seeking a devoted companion would be ideal. In her previous home, Sadie was an "only child" and did not have a fenced yard. But in her foster home, she has both. She seems to enjoy the company of other dogs and she loves exploring the fenced yard so ideally, her "forever home" would offer both although it's not a requirement.
Sadie is up-to-date on her vaccines and has been spayed. She recently had a dental. She is on a daily allergy medication and required a medicated bath every three days.
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