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 CRUSAís program can be easily identified by the CRUSA logo located in the "Notes" portion of their listing. For Cairns in CRUSAís 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.
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.
"KAHLUA IN A NUTSHELL" - A darling, loving and spirited 7-year-young purebred Cairn girl who would love to be someone's "one and only". Kahlua's ideal home would be one with a retired or "work from home" female owner who would give her lots of love and attention and be committed to continuing with her prescription diet. Kahlua might also be appropriate for a home with a couple or another dog as long as slow, proper introductions are made. A fenced yard is a plus but Kahlua loves to go for leashed walks so an owner who can provide frequent outdoor activity might also be a good match.
Kahlua is a darling, energetic, loving 7 year old female Cairn Terrier. She is spayed, fully housebroken and crate trained!
Kahlua came to our rescue group after her beloved human mom passed away. The children in the household did not always treat Kahlua nicely and Kahlua did not care for the family's tea-cup size dog. Poor Kahlua suddenly found herself without a home!
Kahlua is very much a "woman's dog". She loves to follow her foster mom around the house and supervise all her activities. Despite the fact that she was not appreciated by the youngsters in her former home, she seems to be very tolerant of older children once appropriate introductions have been made.
Kahlua loves to play with toys, go for walks and be involved with everything that is happening around her. Best of all, she loves to snuggle on her owner's lap and watch movies.
When Kahlua first came to her foster home she acted aggressively towards the two male Cairns in the home. But with patience and training she has learned to tolerate those pesky boys! She now eats her meals with them, sleeps in the same room with them, and she's even initiated play with them.
Kahlua is fully housebroken, and hasn't had a single accident! She's very good about letting her people know when she needs to go outside.
A few years ago, Kahlua had bladder stones which were surgically removed. As a result, she must be on a prescription diet for the remainder of her life (Royal Canin SO) to help prevent stones from reforming.
Kahlua is up-to-date on all vaccinations and has been spayed. She has tested negative for heart worm disease. She is in excellent overall health and is an active and happy girl!
"PETER JO" IN A NUTSHELL: "PJ" is a happy, affectionate little 7-year-old Cairn boy who came from a wretched puppy mill in Louisiana. He requires a "mostly at home" dog parent and would enjoy the companionship of another dog (or two). PJ must have an owner who will be accepting of his less-than-perfect potty habits and be patient with him. He must have a "mostly at home" owner who has a proven track-record of veterinary care. No kids under 7 and no electric fencing. A fenced in yard is a definite plus!
It's hard to believe that a dog as sweet as PJ lived the first 7 years of his life in a wretched outdoor enclosure where he was used as breeding stock.
When PJ's "breeder" retired and decided to relinquish all her dogs, he suddenly found himself on a flight to Chicago where he has been in a loving foster home learning what it means to be a "real dog".
PJ is friendly and sweet and truly enjoys the company of other dogs as well as people. He requires a home where someone is home most of the day so that he can have the human interaction and love that he missed out on for so long.
It's equally important that PJ's new family understand that he is not completely house trained and that he will need time and patience and positive reinforcement to fine-tune his skills in this area. If a 100% housebroken dog is important to you, then PJ would NOT be the dog for you! But if you are patient and loving and are looking to give a wonderful little guy a bright future, then this boy will surely light up your life!
PJ 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.
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.
Snicker's is a happy, energetic 18-month old "diamond in the ruff" who will thrive with a terrier-experienced family that can offer him love, structure and training.
This handsome guy was originally purchased at a pet store by a family who didn't understand the terrier persona, Because of their busy schedules, Snickers didn't receive the structure and training he needed in his formative months. Now in a terrier-experienced foster home, he is showing marked improvement after just a few weeks.
Snickers requires a home where there is someone at home for the majority of the day. A fenced yard is a must as Snickers loves to run and play and burn off energy. He walks nicely on a leash but if he sees a distraction, then he often loses focus. This will improve with time and training.
While Snickers gets along with the other Cairns in his household, we would prefer to see him as an "only dog" as he can become easily distracted by canine playmates. He might be considered for a home with one other dog .as long as the new owner was willing to give Snickers lots of time and attention. No cats!
Snickers has a very intense prey drive.
Snickers would excel with an owner that was looking for a jogging partner or perhaps someone interested in canine performance sports such as agility, earth dog or barn hunt. He wants to please but needs a firm pack leader who can lead him in the right direction.
Potty training is a work in progress but Snickers is showing great improvement in this area. With a bit more time and positive reinforcement, he will be there!
At night, Snickers sleeps in a crate and while he initially didn't like it, he now sleeps the night through without a complaint.
Like many Cairns, Snickers is very independent. But he has an affectionate side too and will seek out kisses on his terms. He has a wonderful, quirkly little personality and makes his foster parents laugh every day.
Snickers is neutered and has just been brought up-to-date on all his vaccinations. He has tested negative for heart worm disease and is on a monthly heart worm preventative. He is on a mild anti-anxiety medication that has proven very effective in helping him focus.
Hello everyone, Iím Charley! 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 9 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
Charley is housebroken but will mark if there are other male dogs in the house. So no male dogs please.
I Want to Be with My Special People Just About 24/7!
Charley 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 humanís lap. He 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...
Charley 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. Charley can get agitated, though, when encountering other dogs, vehicles or even, in some circumstances, people on his walks. For that reason it would be best if Charley'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
Charley gets along fine with the resident Cairns in his foster home. His prior owner reported that he is okay with cats. He does not like, however, people giving him kisses and will nip or even bite you if you try, so he needs a home without young children.
I Am Up to Date and Ready to Go!
Charley 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 Charley Now?
Charley is located in a private foster home in Richmond, KENTUCKY.
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.
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!):
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 an 11 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 Baileyís 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 Dadís 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 donít 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 ownerís terminal illness. He has some anxiety that is easily managed with love and reassurance. He loves to play and take long walks. He doesnít 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 doesnít mind a thunderstorm unless itís 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, 2 to 3 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. In her foster home, she uses a doggie door to let herself out into the fully-fenced backyard and ramps to go from the deck to the grassy area.
Smoochie Needs to Lose Weight.
Smoochie tends to gain weight easily and does not like to walk a lot, especially now that she is blind, so it is difficult for her to lose the weight she gains. She will need to be put on a diet. She currently weights 25 lbs and should probably weigh only 17 lbs.
Smoochie is comfortable and well cared for in her foster home and we do not want to upset her world unless the adoptive home is experienced with blind dogs and can offer her an environment where she will be safe and will be able to learn to navigate the new terrain. A retired, stay-at-home or work-from-home parent is preferred. In her foster home, Smoochie has a set routine and knows where everything is, where she is fed, where she sleeps, where the doggie door that leads to the fenced backyard is, where the ramps that lead to the grassy area are, what time she gets her meals, what time she gets her eyedrops, what treats she gets after getting the eyedrops, etc. She navigates the house as if she could see and you only notice that she is 100% blind when something is moved and she bumps into it. She greets you in the morning and wags her tail when she feels you are there.
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.
To see Additional Photos of Smoochie on Google Plus, CLICK HERE.
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 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 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.
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Phil is a 9 year old male Cairn Terrier, wheaten color and small with a sweet disposition, who ended up in rescue when his human parents got divorced. The wife handed him over to the husband telling him, here, take your dog, and moved out of state with the couple's human children. The husband worked long hours and Phil would spend over 12 hours each day crated in a cat-sized crate for the next 6 to 8 months, until he was turned over to CRUSA.
I Am Terrified of Women Who Remind Me of My Former Owner
Phil is terrified of women between the ages of 30 and 60 but is fine with men, women over the age of 60, and children. We think that he was mistreated in his prior home by the wife. When he sees a woman in the 30 to 60 age range, he runs like he has just seen a ghost and hides in his crate and tends to tremble too. He never tries to bite you, however, even when he is terrified and you take him out of his crate.
I Grew Up With Children
We were told that Phil grew up with children and loves them. He also likes to play with balls. While he gets along with other dogs, he can be bossy and nip other dogs (but not humans) over food, attention and toys so he may be better off as an only dog. In his foster home he does not try to play with any of the other dogs in the house. We do not know how he would do with a cat, but may be okay. He enjoys sitting on the sofa to watch TV with you. He is not a licker. He has a good appetite.
We were told that he is housetrained but in his foster home he has had overnight accidents in his crate because he refuses to go out into the fenced yard at night and comes back to the house as quickly as he can before doing his business. He needs a home where he will get regular leashed walks to do his business. He walks well on the leash and does not pull and is not reactive to other dogs or people.
My Ideal Home
Phil would do best with owners over the age of 60 who can take him on frequent leashed walks during the day. Visiting children and grandkids are okay.
Up To Date
Phil is neutered, up to date on his vaccines, microchipped, has tested negative for heartworm disease and is on a monthly heartworm preventative.
Where is Phil now?
Phil is located in a private foster home in Princeton Junction, NJ. To adopt him, please complete our online Adoption Application
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. 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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Meet Chili Pepper!
Chili Pepper is a 9 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 Fuquay Varina, 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! Itís literary a celebration every time she hears her name.
Taffie! has many talents. Sheís 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. Iím 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. Sheís 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 someoneís 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. Wonít 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. Since I was a stray, my exact age is not known, but my vet believes I am 6 years old. 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. I am BIG on cuddling and I love to snuggle all day!
I am house trained but I will on occasion will have a little accident.
I Love Toys, Walks and Food
I love my toys but am a toy destroyer! I will do best if I have the "un-stuffed" toys that are becoming popular as well as balls and ropes. Many times, my foster mom finds a trail of fluff I have torn out of everyone else's toys in the house! I love to play tug-o-war with my foster mom and with other dogs! I can fetch and retrieve.
I also love food! I am currently on a grain-free diet. I enjoy a dinner of chicken and sweet potato dry dog food every evening. My foster mom sometimes gives me pureed pumpkin or vegetables with my food. I like eating fresh vegetables. Some of the snacks that I enjoy are cheese, fresh apples, and dried sweet potatoes. I can catch treats in the air.
My favorite things to do are to play and jump and play some more with my Cairn foster brothers and sisters. I don't know how much I would like being in a home with cats as my foster home does not have any. I am a really good jumper and have shown that a small baby gate is just a speed bump for me. I can also easily sneak out the front door when you open it, so please watch out for me and keep me safe (I am just curious what is out there).
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 is best for me. I am shy at first and skittish but it doesn't take me long to warm up to you. If you adopt me, just trust me, I will show you how great of a dog I really am!
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. I would love to have a fenced in yard as I love to run and play outside with the other cairns at my foster home! I love to be outside!
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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