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.
We rehomed Lottie 12 years ago today when she was almost 2 years old. Now nearly 14 she has diabetes and is blind as a consequence. Our brilliant vet ensures her quality of life in her twilight years. We have learnt so much about Cairns over those years and last year rescued Squeak who is a Cairn cross but has all those Cairn traits. Love them both ❤ ... See MoreSee Less
1 year old Tripod described as a Cairn X is with Pupcakes Rescue in Boston Lincolnshire and looking for a new home. We are sharing him to widen his audience. make all enquiries to Pupcakes FB page , see all info in post below.•TRIPOD•
🇬🇧 Located in Boston - Lincolnshire - UK 🧬 Black - Cairn Terrier x 🚹 1 Year Old 🥩 Food motivated 🗣 Vocal 🐕 Dog friendly 🚦Needs Basic Training ✅ Children (ages 7+) ✅ Friendly with strangers ⚡️ Live Wire
•ABOUT TRIPOD• Tripod came into rescue as a stray. He was involved in a road traffic accident where his back leg was damaged and had to be amputated. He was not microchipped and no owner came forward to claim him. In terms of how he became a stray none of us are guessing why - this little guy is FAST! He darts through a door before you even know it’s opening and he can clear a 6ft fence with ease. I’m guessing even with 1 leg missing! He is an absolute bundle of fun, always curious and ready for action or to stir up some trouble! He is a comical little pocket rocket who is surprisingly small, a complete foodie and a master cuddle bug! We’ve trimmed him up, neutered him, given him a round of vaccines and a microchip and he’s now good to go. He walks great on the lead, loves other dogs, loves people and literally loves life! He is straightforward, uncomplicated and will fit in seamlessly into any home. I’m actually totally jealous because he’s so adorable I would LOVE to keep him. Tripod is: • Very playful • Vocal • Never sits still
LIKES• 🧡 Cuddles 💛 Walks 💚 Food
•HOME NEEDS• At this age Tripod will fit in seamlessly to most homes but it is up to the adopter to set him up to succeed. Please be aware before enquiring that he will need further work with his house training, however he has been quite clean in kennels aside from sneakily cocking his leg on things. He would benefit from general politeness training as he jumps up and is quite unruly although at his size and being knee high to a grasshopper it’s not the end of the world, but good practice to install good training. He is incredibly affectionate and at a year old will not be able to tolerate a home with long working hours. We feel he would do well in a home as a solo dog or with another confident dog to learn from. Hes not fussed. Tripod will benefit from a home that is active; he loves to walk and when he’s regularly exercised he is calm. Given that he only has 3 legs his weight will need to be kept down in order to not put extra strain on his remaining back leg. Swimming is an excellent source of exercise for tripawds and will help their limbs and joints stay healthy without putting any added stress on them. A tired dog is a happy dog we always say.
Tripod is in perfect health and has no issues jumping on sofas/beds or going up and down stairs. Tripawds have very few limitations and a whole lot of love to give. Provide them with the care they need and they’ll go on to live long and happy lives, no extra fuss required.
Who out there would like to keep Tripod entertained for the rest of his days?
Tripod is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Meets to see Tripod are arranged on an APPOINTMENT ONLY basis AFTER a successful application and home check. Queries about our adoption process can be directed to ourselves through FB message. Unfortunately due to the volumes of messages and applications that we receive we may not be able to reply to everyone but please do give us 72hours to try to respond. Adoption fees apply.
UPDATE - THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SHARES, COMMENTS AND OFFERS, AS ALWAYS YOU GIVE AMAZING SUPPORT TO CAIRN RESCUE, HOWEVER THIS LITTLE OLD LADY IS NOW SORTED. URGENT!!!! Is there anyone in the Buckinghamshire or surrounding areas that could take care of a 13/14year old Cairn bitch for a few days. Unfortunately an emergency has occurred with her owner, and the Cairn needs somewhere to stay until a 'forever' home can be found for her? She is wheaten and is spayed. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01283 712498 Many thanks ... See MoreSee Less
When I came to this home I was terrified of the fire so I grrrrrrrred it vigorously.... now for some reason I'm strangely drawn to it .... even ousting my best friend Boney Lennie the Greyhound. Its wonderful that the volunteers from the various rescue centres do such wonderful work. My dad is so very grateful he go to have wonderful me come to stay at his house! ... See MoreSee Less
16th Jan - Can anyone advise Peter & Ann please? Thank you in anticipation <3 Please note it's always best to go to your vet for any advice regarding your dog, not all dogs are the same. This post is to ask for Cairn owners experiences and not to give out medical advice. "We rescued Oscar through your Trustee Anne Weaver 5 years ago and as I have told Anne many times he’s been the joy of our life ever since. Approx 18 months ago our vet diagnosed Cushings Disease mainly due to his new massive drinking needs and the ever searching for food plus blood tests. Although the vet said only early days and not needing any treatment we are very worried and wondered if you had come across this problem with other Cairn owners who could offer any advice." ... See MoreSee Less
I have come to the conclusion that Cairn Terriers are educated in body mass and angles due to there ability spread there weight so they don't damage over weight a certain areas as this picture shows I only left sofa to make a cup of tea now I am sitting on chair to the side of TV lol yep Oscar and Sally chilling ... See MoreSee Less
Message from our Membership Secretary, Jane Metcalf-Sault if you would like to become a Friend please follow this link to join www.cairn-rescue.co.uk/become-a-friend/ Just a gentle reminder to say that the annual subs of £5 became due for the ‘Friends’ of the CTRF on the 1st January 2020. IMPORTANT - PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THIS EMAIL ADDRESS - You can pay direct by Paypal to email@example.com - choosing the option 'Send money to Friends & Family' There is no fee deducted & the CTRF receive every penny. Do not choose the option ‘Pay for Goods or Service’ as there is a fee deducted. Or you can pay by cheque or set up a SO The annual fee is £5 Cheques made payable to the 'Friends of the CTRF' and send to:- Mrs Jane Metcalf-Sault 4 Cort Drive Burntwood Lichfield Staffs. WS7 9LW Thank you If you want to join and become a Friend it is £5 per annum. just follow this link www.cairn-rescue.co.uk/become-a-friend/... See MoreSee Less