HCTC and Cairn Rescue

Approximately 15 years ago, Housatonic Cairn Terrier Club joined with
the Cairn Terrier Club of America in setting up a nationwide  rescue
network  of the CTCA, which included all of the regional clubs around the
country.  Over these many years HCTC has been extremely active in
helping to take in and rehome those Cairns, who, through no fault of
their own, needed  new homes.    

There are countless reasons for Cairns needing to be rescued, such as
owners moving and can’t take the dog,  all the way up to the owner dying
or going into a nursing home, and noone in the family can take it, and
everything in between you can think of.  We get them from shelters and
owners, and if they come in without veterinarian’s records, we get them
vetted out, checked for parasites, vaccinated, neutered/spayed, and
treated for any illness or other problem we find. If there is a biting
history we attempt to discover the reason; sometimes the owner will not
tell us this problem, which makes it difficult for us once we have the dog.

Even though we, as Cairn Terrier lovers, cannot understand people
giving up their Cairn, or, worse yet, turning it loose in the street, it does
happen, and we feel very strongly as breeders, exhibitors, or pet owners
that we all should help with rescue. Occasionally we find that the dog
came from a breeder in either our club or the CTCA and we contact them
immediately to see if they can take the dog back and rehome it. The
needed help can be in transporting a dog from one place to another,
fostering it for a short period of time in order to evaluate the dogs and
decide where would be the best “forever” home, donations of money to
assist in paying the veterinarian’s bills incurred, and many others
contributions.  

If you can help, or would like more information, please contact Susan
DeWitt at happicairn@optonline.net or by phone at (203)846-3345.

If you know of someone who wishes to adopt or needs to surrender a
Cairn, they should contact Katie McDonough of the Cairn Rescue League
at
www.cairnrescueleague.com  They can fill out an application to adopt
or one to surrender a dog on this site.