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.
20th March - UPDATE - Whisky and Penny, the 10 and 9 year-olds who were re-homed a week ago have been adopted after only a few days in their new home. As you can see it didn't take them long to develop the 'How come you're eating and we're not' pose. Have very long and happy lives Whisky and Penny. <3 ... See MoreSee Less
FOLLOW UP - Happy Gotcha Day Rusty! Rusty went to live with Clare 2 years ago, she adopted him through our CTRF. Looks as though he landed on all 4 paws <3 "Two years ago this bundle of furry fun moved to Wiltshire - happy gotcha day Rust. I am so lucky to have you, in all that time you have not put a paw wrong." ... See MoreSee Less
20th March - RESERVED -Thank you for your applications , likes and comments 🙂 19th March -UPDATE from Wendy "Hi, Thank you for everyone's interest in Albie! I have to date had over 15 enquiries for him! I am just off to do some chores, Walk dogs see to the horses and some shopping so I will try and get back to answer questions sent in more detail later today. I am sorry to say though that there will be quite a few disappointed people as I can only choose one of you!" 18th March - In need of a new home - ALBIE is a 13 month old wheaten brindle boy. He is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. He is a typical bouncy young lad. He is good with other dogs but NOT cats. Due to being a little over exciteable he could go to a family with older children 10/12 yrs plus. He is learning some basic commands but as with all Cairns "come" is a challenge!!! Despite having no recall what so ever he is really good on his flexi lead and does not pull. He loves meeting dogs out on walks socialising with them really well. He would be ideally suited to an active home that can provide lots of exercise and cuddles (when he is still long enough to cuddle!) Here is a video of Albie playing with Harriis in his foster home www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1Gy-w79jT8&feature=youtu.be
Remember Scruff who went to his new home 2 weeks ago on the usual one month trial? Well he has been officially adopted 😀 less than 2 weeks into his month's 'probation' He has a mischievous streak which apparently adds to his appeal for his new family. Have a long and happy life Scruff. ""Scruff's owners could no longer meet his needs due to health issues so advertised him on the Internet. The C.T.R.F. stepped in and asked if they wanted our help in finding him a suitable home "" ... See MoreSee Less
UPDATE - Our NI Trustee has made enquiries & this little chap will be ok. Someone is going today to see if he belongs to them but if not they have a new home waiting for him after the 7 days. This poor dog was found in Antrim NI , he was handed in to Fenaghy Vets.** FOUND **
This poor wee man was handed into ourselves today! He was found in the Broughshane. He is not chipped and is not neutered.
If anyone has any information please call us on 02825631999 ... See MoreSee Less
14th March – FOLLOW UP – John Francis our North West Trustee sent us this follow up after finding Whisky & Penny a loving new home. Thank you John! “Whisky (Red Brindle) and Penny (Wheaten) needed a new home together as their owner wasn't in the best of health and was finding it difficult to care for them properly. Penny really wanted to go to a home with a wildlife pond, which we managed to arrange, and she took full advantage of it on her first day.:-D They also have a new big sister and Whisky is already playing with her. Enjoy your new life little ones.” ... See MoreSee Less
11th March Brucey is 5 years old. He’s a little Cairn x Shitzu. He is NOT with our CTRF rescue, he is with Almost Home Animal Rescue in Northern Ireland. Here’s what they say regarding contact – We operate on an Appointment Basis only! Please get in touch to arrange a time! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Call: 07922921852 (Between 7:30pm & 9pm) Please follow the link below to visit their pageHandsome Brucey is 5 years old. He’s a little cairn x shitzu. Full of fun. He’s pretty new to the shelter so assessment ongoing. Email email@example.com ... See MoreSee Less