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Welcome to the official website of Cairn Rescue USA! We are an all-volunteer, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing purebred Cairn Terriers and mostly-Cairn mixes. We are incorporated in New York, but we rescue Cairns nationwide.

Our rescue Cairns come from animal shelters and humane societies; others are released to us by their owners due to changes in family circumstances or to the owners realizing that a Cairn is not a good match for them; still others come from puppy mills and backyard breeders where they have been used as breeding stock. Our rescue Cairns are spayed/neutered, tested and if necessary, treated, for heartworm and other parasites, and brought up-to-date on their inoculations prior to their placement in loving forever homes. To see a list of our available Cairns, please see Cairns For Adoption. To learn more about our work and how you too can make a difference, please watch this video:



Make your check payable to
and mail it to:

Cairn Rescue USA
c/o President
24 Landing Lane
West Windsor, NJ 08550

We do not have a shelter or facility but depend instead on a wonderful network of foster homes throughout the United States who under our officers' guidance evaluate and rehabilitate our rescue Cairns until they are ready for placement. We are committed to rescuing as many Cairns as our funding and number of foster homes and volunteers will permit. Fostering a CRUSA dog is easy and very rewarding and no experience is necessary. We have a video below to give you a glimpse at what fostering a CRUSA dog is all about. To become a foster home and help us save more Cairns, please see our Foster page.

You can also help us by volunteering to transport a rescue Cairn or to help us run the administrative side of our operations, making a tax-deductible donation of cash, Cairn items or other crafts that we can auction on Ebay to raise funds, participating in our eBay auctions, doing your online shopping through our affiliate program links, becoming a member of CRUSA, participating in our rescue working list, or sponsoring a senior or special needs dog. Together we can make a difference!

Who We Are

Cairn Rescue USA is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming purebred Cairn Terriers and mostly-Cairn mixes. We are incorporated in New York, but we rescue Cairns nationwide.

Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors consists of 7 members comprising two staggered classes of 3 directors each and the Foster Home Representative. All directors, other than the Foster Home Representative, are elected by our members for 2-year terms. The Foster Home representative is elected by our foster homes for a 1-year term. All directors have equal voting rights and any director may run for reelection. None of our directors receives any compensation for their services.

Class of 2014

Debbie Hodgens
Odenton, MD

Class of 2015

Violetta V. Argueta
Princeton Junction, NJ

Shell Lewis
Geneva, IL

Linda W. Savage
Accokeek, MD

Foster Home Elected Director

Brenda J. Isaacs
Richmond, KY

Our Officers

Our officers are appointed by, and serve under the direction of, our Board of Directors. None of our officers receive any compensation for their services.

Chairman Open
President & CFO Violetta Argueta
Vice President, Communications Open
Vice President, Fundraising Open
Vice President, Home Visits Open
Vice President, Intakes Brenda Jo Isaacs
Vice President, Marketing Open
Vice President, Membership Open
Vice President, Post Adoptions Open
Vice President, References Margaret (Peggy) Nalley
Vice President, Transports Open
Vice President, Volunteers Open
Vice President, Website Mgt Open
Directors of Foster Homes Linda Savage (NE)
Brenda Jo Isaacs (SE)
Open (Midwest)
Open (West)
Placement Director, Northeast Linda Savage
Placement Directors, Midwest Shell Lewis
Placement Director, West Open
Placement Director, Southeast Brenda Jo Isaacs

Our Annual Report

A copy of our latest annual report may be obtained upon request from Cairn Rescue USA by emailing us at webmaster@CairnRescueUSA and putting "Annual Report" in the subject, or from the New York State Attorney General's Charities Bureau, Attn: FOIL Officer, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271. Copies can also be viewed and dowloaded by going to the Financial & Tax Matters section of our web site or by going to the NY Charities Bureau search engine and typing Cairn Rescue USA in the box titled Organization Name. The NY Charities Bureau provides free access to online copies (in PDF format) of all annual reports filed since 2006 by NY registered organizations like CRUSA.

Our Bylaws

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Privacy Policy

Cairn Rescue USA will not sell or rent your personal information to third parties for any reason. Any and all information provided to us here or elsewhere on our web site will be used solely to communicate with you and/or to help us fulfill our mission of rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming Cairn Terrier dogs and mostly-Cairn mixes.

Last Update: 08-July-2014
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