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.
Chairman & Trustee
Secretary & Trustee
Treasurer & Trustee
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This is just an update of Naidene a.k.a. Maud, who came into rescue on Thursday. We didn't need to advertise her as we had someone suitable for her on our waiting list. She is now with her new owners and is on her 4 week trial period. This is what her new owners said about her - "The vets are completely happy with her and how she’s settled, she loves her cuddles and attention, she’s beautiful and we love her so much. Thank you for letting us give her a home".
Dog Car Travel Safety Seat Belt Clip only £2.10p including postage, a bargain. Celebrating our 50th CTRF Anniversary. Clips on to your dog harness & into seat belt slot. Features: Brand new and high quality. Car seat safety belt for pet. Keep your pet safely restrained and secure in vehicle while driving. Fully adjustable and attachable to all vehicles' seat belt receptacles. With an adjustable strap that allows pet to sit, lie down or stand comfortably. Follow this link 🙂
15th Sept- Follow up. Remember 10 year old Whisky (Red Brindle) and 9 year old Penny (Wheaten) from last March? They 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. They went to their new home back then where they joined their new big ‘sister’ Well, they have all been on holiday and wanted to share their holiday snaps. 😀 <3 ... See MoreSee Less
14th Sept - 4 year old Poppy is in Essex with AARR. She isn’t with our Rescue. We are sharing her to widen her audience. . If you can offer this beautiful little lady a forever home please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or a pre adoption form!Please meet Precious Poppy!
Poppy is a tiny little terrier who is 4 years old, She came to us after her owners circumstances changed meaning they had less time for Poppy and she wasn't coping.
Poppy is a lively happy little girl that would love a family to play with her and keep her occupied, she loves a walk and loves to greet everyone she meets! Poppy is still a youngster so will need ongoing training, she is house trained, is non destructive unless its a squeaky toy -she loves these!! Poppy can be a little shy when she meets new people but a treat or biscuit usually does the trick!
She absolutely adores other dogs but would probably be best as the only dog in the house, she doesn't like to share her cuddles, however as long as there are more people than dogs in the home she would be fine to live with dogs. It can take a while for her to trust and feel comfortable around other dogs so a laid back dog will be perfect for her. She would also be happy as the only dog with someone home a lot of the day to cuddle her, she is a wonderful little Snuggle pup!
She can live with children 6 years plus. Poppy is fine to be left for short periods but does need someone who is around alot. Poppy is a gorgeous happy, bouncy active girl that so desperately needs a forever home and family to grow up with. She is the sweetest little cuddle bug ever - She cant get close enough to you! Poppy is neutered, microchipped de flead and wormed. If you can offer this beautiful little lady a forever home please email email@example.com for more info or a pre adoption form! ... See MoreSee Less
13/09/19 - UPDATE – Happy Birthday Monty, what a happy boy you are 🙂 Thank you Dave for the photo and update. <3 “”Happy birthday. Nearly a year ago Monty came to us via Cairn Terrier Rescue UK and Trustee John Francis. For once the 13th is a very positive day as 'The General' is the most affectionate, funny, quirky, little man with so many of his own individual ways that he makes everyone he meets want to fuss him. He and Dougal are great pals and have adventures every day. Happy tenth birthday Monty!!”” ... See MoreSee Less