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.
Please note Breagha is not with our rescue charity. Please contact the lady (phone number below) for more information Breagha is 11 years old and a wee Cairn Terrier who desperately needs a home. Her owner has gone into care and is no longer able to look after her. She is a nice natured wee soul, but she is diabetic and needs an insulin injection daily. She has lost the vision in one eye and the other one is poor due to her diabetes She still enjoys a walk and is quite happy to take it easy too. She would suit an elderly person not looking for a youngster but needing a companion. She is being looked after by someone at the moment but this is not a permanent arrangement. For more information please phone Jean on 01631 566406 after 6pm.Breagha is 11 years old and a wee Cairn Terrier who desperately needs a home. Her owner has gone into care and is no longer able to look after her. She is a nice natured wee soul, but she is diabetic and needs an insulin injection daily. She has lost the vision in one eye and the other one is poor due to her diabetes She still enjoys a walk and is quite happy to take it easy too. She would suit an elderly person not looking for a youngster but needing a companion. She is being looked after by someone at the moment but this is not a permanent arrangement. For more information please phone Jean on 01631 566406 after 6pm. ... See MoreSee Less
UPDATE - Ronnie is now RESERVED - Thank you for your interest, shares and comments. 😀 9th Dec - Ronnie is looking for his forever home through no fault of his own. He is currently in Lancashire. He is 18 months old, neutered, microchipped, house trained, up to date with his vaccinations and got a clean bill of health from the Vet. He is a lovable little man, very affectionate, well behaved most of the time but does suffer from some separation anxiety. He will need someone who is around most of the time. Ronnie was an only dog but is living and playing quite happily with the other dogs in his foster home. Ronnie lacks a few manners and will need training but this should be easy as he is treat orientated. He pulls quite hard on the lead and can be stubborn if he’s on your chair or bed and doesn’t want to get off. He has been known to nip but only if handled inappropriately. Untested with cats. Please only enquire about Ronnie if you have children 14 or over, are at home most of the time and have experience of living with terriers. Please contact our Trustee John Francis ... See MoreSee Less
A BIG THANK YOU to all of you wonderful shoppers who are supporting us through Give As You Live. Every time you shop on line our charity gets a percentage when you sign up to Give As You Live . Just choose us as your chosen charity. Just this year alone you have raised over £300 for us. Follow the link below to see how it works. www.giveasyoulive.com/how-it-works... See MoreSee Less
3rd Dec Tasha, 11 months old & 5kg in weight is a Cairn Terrier Cross. She is fostered in the Leicester area and could be adopted with her friend Patsy who is in foster with her. Please follow the link below for application form and any other info. Please note she is not with our CTRF Rescue ... See MoreSee Less