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. You may also want to check our Facebook page as our dogs tend to be posted there as soon as they arrive to our program and are often adopted by our Facebook followers before they would be listed here on our website. All CRUSA dogs are up-to-date on their vaccines, have been tested (and if positive, treated) for heartworm and parasites, are on a monthly heartworm preventative, and have been (or prior to adoption will be) spayed/neutered. If necessary, their teeth may also have been cleaned while in foster care.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE CANNOT ADOPT TO ANYONE WHO (a) HAS AN ELECTRIC FENCE, (b) DOES NOT HAVE AN EXCELLENT TRACK RECORD OF VETERINARY CARE FOR THEIR CURRENT AND PRIOR DOGS, and/or (c) PLANS TO LET THEIR DOG OFF-LEAD IN AN UNFENCED AREA. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Also please note that while we consider out-of-state adoptions, the adoptive family is responsible for travelling to pick up their adopted Cairn at its foster home. THANK YOU!
Meet Louie in Florida!
Hi, I'm Louie and I am an 11 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.
ROBI IN A NUTSHELL - A sweet and friendly senior Cairn who was originally a breeding dog at a Midwestern kennel. Robi would love a quieter household with a fenced yard, a mostly-at-home owner and another small dog or two would be idea.
Think you're a good candidate for Robi? Read on.....
ROBI IS LOCATED IN A PRIVATE FOSTER HOME IN THE PEORIA AREA.
WE WELCOME OUT-OF-STATE ADOPTIONS, HOWEVER IF APPROVED, THE ADOPTING FAMILY MUST DRIVE WITHIN AN HOUR OF THE FOSTER HOME TO FINALIZE THE ADOPTION.
Robi is a stunningly pretty 13-year-old purebred Cairn girl who is described by her foster mom as the nicest girl ever! This senior gal is fully housebroken and loves being part of family life. She is currently in a foster home with two other female Cairns and gets along well with everyone.
Easy going describes Robi's laid-back attitude towards life. She instantly adapted to her foster home and settled in with the other two female Cairns, no bitchiness here! When she has to go potty, she politely lets her foster mom know that it is time.
Although relatively quiet and reserved, Robi still has a tinge of puppy in her. She has been known to grab a stuffed toy now and then and even run in her fenced yard. Robi is always friendly....and always up for a scratch behind the ears. While not a lap sitter, she does enjoy her tummy rubs.
Although Robi is not in a home with children or cats, her previous owners reported that she did well with both. And while she may not be appropriate for an active home with lots of kids, she would do just fine in a home with an older child or two.
At night, Robi sleeps on a dog bed in the living room or on the bedroom floor.
Robi's ideal forever home would be one where someone is home for a good part of the day to provide companionship. As Robi does so well with other dogs, we'd like to see her in a home with another small dog or two.
A fenced yard is preferred, but someone committed to leashed walks might also be considered.
Robi is spayed and is up-to-date on her vaccinations. She recently had a small cyst removed and while the margins were clean, the area will need to be monitored.
Lets find 12 year old Jordan a Furever Home! Jordan is a special little guy, adorable, sweet and cuddly, with a touch of hardheadedness. He is a cairn-mix but we are not sure with what other breed he might be mixed. He came to CRUSA after his family moved away and decided to leave him behind, handing him off to a real estate agent showing their house!
Jordan has adjusted well enough to his foster home but it would be great to see him settled into the place he will stay for the rest of his life. He is healthy with moderate energy and is currently fostered with 3 other Cairns in Hawesville, Kentucky.
His foster mom reports that Jordan loves to be with his humans. He goes up and down stairs easily.
He is completely housetrained and goes out 3 times a day. He walks well on leash and likes to go bye bye too. He is still in the process of changing some habits he has learned over his life but it has been amusing for his foster mom watching him and figuring him out. His previous owner had mentioned that we would see a negative reaction if an unknown male came into the house and we have found that to be true but it only takes him a couple minutes to get over it and he is ready to cuddle with the person. His foster home has no children but has had a couple dachshunds visit with no problem. He is a moderate purposeful barker.
Like all CRUSA dogs, Jordan is neutered and current on his vaccines, has been tested for heartworm and takes a monthly heartworm preventative to stay that way.
Jordan says: Come on give a guy a chance, I want MY HOME!! Just complete a Crusa Adoption Application and make me yours!!
Meet Noel, he is 14 years old and a very, very handsome boy! He was surrendered to CRUSA by his owners because they relocated, got new jobs and now travel too much, so Noel had to be constantly boarded. Noel is in pretty good shape, other than not hearing so well or seeing so well! He gets along fine with the other resident Cairns in his foster home even though he did not grow up with other dogs in the home. He really is a sweet boy!!!
Noel was always leash walked, so now he has the luxury of learning to use a doggie door and having a big yard to wander around in, which he rather enjoys!
Noel is in a foster home in Winchester, Kentucky and if you are interested in adopting a senior cairn, then he's your boy!!!
Like all CRUSA dogs, Noel is neutered and current on his vaccinations and takes a monthly heartworm preventative.
Hi everyone, my name is Dodger. How I received my name is because I was dodging in and out of traffic on a highway and a kind lady saved me. Since no one ever claimed me, Cairn Rescue USA took me in.
I am a mix of Cairn Terrier and Not-Sure-What. I am approximately 3 years old and I am really a good boy. The only bad thing I can say about myself is that if the door is open, I might try to run out, so you have to watch out for that. Otherwise, I get along great with the other resident dogs in my foster home, even puppies!
I love to play with toys and the other dogs. I just play with my toys and shake them hard. I also love playing with children over the age of 8 that visit foster mom. As for sleeping arrangements, foster mom lets me sleep in her room, I start out under the bed but sometimes I do get in her bed. I hate a crate.
Did I tell you I am housebroken? Well, I am. I marked in the house when I got there but not since. Guess I had to let everyone know I was there.
Like all CRUSA dogs, I am neutered, up to date on vacccines, have tested negative for heartworm disease and I am on monthly heartworm and flea/tick preventatives.
As foster mom says: Dodger you are so handsome and sweet anyone would love to have you in their home. So, my question to you is, would you like to have me in your home?
Zuka is an 11 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.
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Tito is a 6 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 him.
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 will bark loudly and even try to lounge at other people, dogs, and bicycles that he encounters in his walks. 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 but 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 takes treats from you gently. In his foster home all dogs are fed separately so he has not growled at any one when eating. He will growl however if another dog comes near his x-pen when he is eating.
I Need a Quiet Home with a Female Owner & a Female Dog to Keep Me Company
Tito tends to bark at strangers, especially men of any age, even children, and it takes him a few HOURS to warm up to men. He would therefore NOT do well in a household with children nor in a household with men or with lots of male visitors. In his prior home, he was mistreated by a man and thus he tends to fear men and gravitates towards women. A female household that doesn't get a lot of visitors, with a stay-at-home owner and a playful female dog that can keep Tito company and play with him would be ideal for Tito.
I Have To Be Muzzled at the Vet and I Snap at Groomers
Tito still has trust issues. He needs to be muzzled and even sedated at the veterinarian and when being groomed, which makes grooming him in general difficult, and grooming his face and ears next to impossible. He tolerates baths and loves the garden hose but is deadly afraid of clippers and scissors. He also has growled and snapped at his foster mom for trying to remove a tick from his nose. A terrier-experienced family who takes him to obedience training is a must-have for Tito.
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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Due to Tracie's blindness, diabetes, age and daily requirement for Apoquel to control her skin allergies, we believe that it is in Tracie's best interest to remain in permanent foster, so she does not have to learn to navigate a new environment. If you would like to contribute to her insulin and Apoquel, you may use the Paypal button below.
Tracie is a very pretty and affectionate 13 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 keep her skin healthy and that worked for a couple of years, her hair grew back and the lesions disappeared. In 2013, however, Tracie's immune-related ear infections returned and her left ear became so swollen from the infections that her ear opening closed and her ear could not be medicated anymore. She therefore required a Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA)surgery and lost her hearing in that ear. In 2014, she developed several side effects from the Atopica and had to be taken off it. She is now on a daily dose of Apoquel 5.4 mg. instead. In May 2014, Tracie was also diagnosed with diabetes and now takes 7 units of insulin twice a day. As a result of the diabetes, Tracie developed cataracts in both eyes and is now blind, but has adjusted well to her blindness.
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 keeping her humans company as they watch television 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 used to love going for walks and walked nicely on the leash but now that she is blind she refuses to go on walks.
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 7 units of insulin twice a day for her diabetes. In addition she has cataracts in both eyes which make her blind.
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!
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Erin is an 11 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. Erinís 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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UPDATE: Taffie has several malignant tumors. 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 is literary a celebration every time she hears her name.
Taffie! has many talents. She is 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 am 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 is 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 the beloved pet of someone. 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 15-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.
If you would like to contribute to Taffie's vet care, please use the button below to make a tax deductible contribution to her care. Taffie! thanks you!