The Cairn Terrier Relief Fund is a charity registered in the UK which rescues Cairn Terriers that have been abandoned, ill treated or neglected, or assists Cairns whose owners have become unable to look after them due to misfortune or disability. Being totally voluntary we rely on your donations and bequests. Please help us to continue our work.
Established in 1969 by a dedicated group of breed exhibiters, the Cairn Terrier Relief Fund aims to assist Cairn Terriers that have been abandoned, maltreated or are in any other state of distress. CTRF also takes care of dogs whose owners can no longer care for their pet due to illness or misfortune.
The Trustees make arrangements for their adoption in such conditions and to promote and encourage the better care of Cairn Terriers. Being totally voluntary the charity relies on donations and bequests and appeals for any help to continue our work.
Our ultimate aim is to own & run a sanctuary, where the old, sick and less fortunate Cairns, that are virtually impossible to re-home can receive the special care they need where they can live out the rest of their days in a comfortable and loving environment.
The Main Objectives of the Fund
To relieve the suffering and distress of Cairn Terriers in need of care and attention
To organise the rescue of any Cairn Terrier in distress and where necessary to provide boarding facilities and veterinary attention
To make arrangements for the adoption and future responsibility for rescued Cairns
To promote and encourage the better care of Cairn Terriers
Our Founder Bessie Shea.
The Inaugural Meeting for the Cairn Terrier Relief Fund was held during the Cairn Terrier Association Championship Show held at Dursley, Gloucestershire on 29 March 1969.
Before the judging took place Mrs Bessie Shea assisted by Mrs Phyl. Hayward and Mrs Bessie Dewhurst organised the first official stall selling homemade jam etc.
Fundraising had been going on prior to this event for approximately 18 months as concern had been expressed by a number of Cairn Terrier breeders that with the increase of dealers in the northwest and the presence of some dubious breeders after-sales welfare could be lacking.
Bessie decided that action should be taken and with the assistance of a few Cairn breeders she set up the Cairn Terrier Relief Fund.
Cairn Terrier Rescue Today
Today the Trustees of the CTRF all work as volunteers together with members and Friends who kindly foster Cairn Terriers in need until they can be re-homed. Rescue Cairns are given care and any needed medical treatment. Foster carers are vetted for suitability, as are potential new owners to ensure the rescue Cairns get the best possible care. After adoption, the CTRF keeps a tab on dogs to ensure all is well, and ensures Cairns may not to be re-homed again without consent of the Fund.
To find out how to help the CTRF, or to become a member, please visit our Friends page here or alternatively you can make a donation to the charity
Patron Paul O’Grady’s dog ‘Olga’ had been successfully treated for kidney cancer in 2014. The operation proved successful but left Olga with one kidney. Unfortunately Olga passed away in April 2018 of kidney failure.
Cairns can be hypnotised in to thinking they are showjumping horses.
15th July 19 - Can anyone help this lady? MINSTER , KENT Dog walker needed in Minster, Kent near Ramsgate. A lovely lady in her late seventies needs a dog walker for her Cairns who are both 4 years old, as she is finding it difficult to walk 2 dogs, she can walk one, but really needs help with the other one. If you feel that you could help this lovely lady, please call our trustee Chris Hewitt on 01689 828788 or email email@example.com Thank you 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Any members live in or near the greater Manchester area. Please check out Tameside Huskies Facebook page. We have a very large totally secure enclosed field and extensive enclosed woodland for dogs to be let off lead in complete safety knowing it’s totally inescapable. There are videos and lots of photos on our page showing you what it’s like. If it’s husky proof it will be terrier proof. There is a charge to rent the field £15 for one hour for upto 8 dogs . But if there is a large group who wish to utilise it I’m sure we can arrange a special deal for you as the dogs are much smaller than our Huskies (56kg+) ... See MoreSee Less
15th July UPDATE. Thank you Lorraine for this great update. Can't believe it's a year ago <3 Update 15th July - Bobby ""We can’t believe that Bobby has been with us a year today and what a year it’s been. He is such a gorgeous little boy and we love him to bits.
He loves his walks and every one is an adventure. He turns into a predator on alert for squirrels, foxes and birds and loves to meet up with all his doggy friends (and owners with treats). This is wonderful to see as he was very anxious around most other dogs during the early days.
In the home Bobby becomes such a very loving, sensitive boy who likes nothing more than snuggling up next to us. But he also takes very seriously his job of monitoring any potential visitors and surveillance of anything that comes through the letterbox. Our newspaper is a regular casualty and most of our post has Bobby’s mark on it including a CD with a hole in it and a personalised iPad protector case with additional personalisation by Bobby.
We have had a few breaks with Bobby in Kent, Ambleside and Northumbria which he has loved and we have driven out to the beach in Crosby several times where he particularly enjoys leaving his scent on the statues on the beach. He has also been to London several times to visit our daughters and is like a seasoned traveller on the trains, tubes and buses which he has just taken in his stride.
Our eldest daughter got a Cairn puppy in November and we were a little concerned as to how they would be but Evie has been to stay a few times now and they are very good together which has been wonderful to see.
I cannot thank John Francis, Cairn Terrier Rescue and Bobby’s previous owners enough for letting Bobby join our family and I tell him every day that he is the best phone call I ever made. ... See MoreSee Less
Hi guys, i have a Cairn and she is 11 years old, she constantly has sore ears and the vets give her drops but charge a fortune for them and they do not work. Does anyone else have this problem please? ... See MoreSee Less
Macy here, just wanted to thank everyone who is helping my dear friend Mr Smudge. Ise been so upset that he’s not well so mummy decided to help too. Wese hoping he will soon be much better. Ise do miss his his posts and comments. Am sending him gentle hugs xxx ... See MoreSee Less