All dogs are listed by state, and the states are in alphabetical order. This listing is rarely complete as we often have Cairns that have just come into our program and are undergoing evaluation prior to being listed. Please check the listing often as it is updated on a regular basis and at least weekly. You may also want to check our Facebook page as our dogs tend to be posted there as soon as they arrive to our program and are often adopted by our Facebook followers before they would be listed here on our website. All CRUSA dogs are up-to-date on their vaccines, have been tested (and if positive, treated) for heartworm and parasites, are on a monthly heartworm preventative, and have been (or prior to adoption will be) spayed/neutered. If necessary, their teeth may also have been cleaned while in foster care.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE CANNOT ADOPT TO ANYONE WHO (a) HAS AN ELECTRIC FENCE, (b) DOES NOT HAVE AN EXCELLENT TRACK RECORD OF VETERINARY CARE FOR THEIR CURRENT AND PRIOR DOGS, and/or (c) PLANS TO LET THEIR DOG OFF-LEAD IN AN UNFENCED AREA. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Also please note that while we consider out-of-state adoptions, the adoptive family is responsible for travelling to pick up their adopted Cairn at its foster home. THANK YOU!
Meet Louie in Florida!
Hi, I'm Louie and I am a 12 year old male Cairn terrier. My foster mom calls me Sweet. I love to sit on her lap and give her adoring looks and kisses any time I can. I'm polite too. I wait to be picked up and put on the furniture or her lap, but I do admit that I will beg to be there. I'm a smart, loveable, cuddly guy who wants to be your new BFF.
I'm crate trained, leash trained and I know my name. Foster Mom calls me a "holy terror" when I'm chasing the cat. She think that I should not live with any cat...ok, I admit it, I do like to chase and harass them, after all, I AM a terrier! But I do like other dogs, big and small. Foster Mom says I'm a talker, so she says I'm not a good fit for an apartment. I'm housebroken but I wear a belly band inside the house (I come with it) since every now and then my male genes tempt me to mark things. However, I'm really a very good boy and would love someone to call my own.
Like all CRUSA dogs, Louie is neutered, current on his vaccines, has tested negative for heartworm and is on a monthly heartworm preventative. Louie is located in a private home in Winter Haven, Florida. To adopt him, please complete our Online Adoption Application.
SAMANTHA IS LOCATED IN A PRIVATE FOSTER HOME IN CHICAGO'S SOUTH SUBURBS. WE WELCOME ALL APPLICATIONS, HOWEVER, IF APPROVED FOR ADOPTION IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE ADOPTING FAMILY TO GO TO THE FOSTER HOME TO FINALIZE THE ADOPTION.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE SEEK OUT APPLICANTS WHO HAVE AN EXCELLENT HISTORY OF VET CARE AND WHO ARE COMMITTED TO USING A LEASH AT ALL TIMES WHEN OUTSIDE A FENCED AREA. WHILE WE DO NOT REQUIRE A FENCE, WE ARE UNABLE TO CONSIDER FAMILIES WITH ELECTRIC FENCING. NO EXCEPTIONS!
IN A NUTSHELL - Samantha is a darling purebred senior female Cairn who needs a home where she would be the only dog. She is 100% housebroken and would be ideal for a retiree, a retired couple or a work from home dog parent who is seeking a devoted companion. Think you'd be a good candidate for Samantha? Read on!
Sammie, as her friends call her, is a pretty, lively 12-year-young senior girl whose owner had to go into an assisted living facility. A well-meaning relative brought Sammie into his home but she was unhappy living with his outdoor hunting dogs and Cairn Rescue USA was contacted.
Sammie is a sweet and spunky girl who seems far younger than her 12 years would indicate. This is not your grandma's lap dog!
Sammie has plenty of energy and loves to go for leashed walks. She is 100% potty trained and likes to sleep in bed with her people.
Sammie was never trained to a crate and hates being confined. She wants to be out and about where the action is and be near her people. Sammie will tolerate other dogs but she does not like to share toys and can be territorial on furniture, around food and in smaller spaces. She would be happiest as an only dog.
Sammie's ideal forever home would be one with an active retired single or couple or a work from home person who is looking for a devoted companion. A fenced yard would be nice but
Sammie would be happy with frequent leashed walks. As previously stated, she would be best as an only dog.
Sammie is spayed, up-to-date on her vaccinations and has tested negative for heartworm disease. She is spayed and recently had a dental.
Below is a video of Sammie:
Meet Noel, he is 15 years old and a very, very handsome boy! He was surrendered to CRUSA by his owners because they relocated, got new jobs and now travel too much, so Noel had to be constantly boarded. Noel is in pretty good shape, other than not hearing so well or seeing so well! He gets along fine with the other resident Cairns in his foster home even though he did not grow up with other dogs in the home. He really is a sweet boy!!!
Noel was always leash walked, so now he has the luxury of learning to use a doggie door and having a big yard to wander around in, which he rather enjoys!
Noel is in a foster home in Winchester, Kentucky and if you are interested in adopting a senior cairn, then he's your boy!!!
Like all CRUSA dogs, Noel is neutered and current on his vaccinations and takes a monthly heartworm preventative.
Zuka is an 11 year old female Cairn Terrier. She came to CRUSA after her owner, who was dying of cancer, gave her to a shelter.
My Special Needs. Please Be Sure You Can Meet Them.
When we first got Zuka from the shelter, she weighed only seven pounds and you could see every bone in her body. As it turned out, Zuka had an undiagnosed pancreatic enzyme deficiency and was starving to death as a result of it. Her levels were 0.4 while normal levels are 5 to 35. CRUSA's vet brought her pancreatic enzyme deficiency under control with Viokase-V and she began gaining weight slowly but surely, to a normal level. She now weighs 15 pounds and requires a 1/4 teaspoon of the Viokase-V twice daily. She will need to stay on the Viokase-V for the rest of her life plus she will also need to take a daily Vitamin B pill and a multivitamin supplement.
I Am Housetrained! Plus I Am Good at Catching Treats!
Zuka is housebroken and will let you know when she wants to go out. She sleeps nicely in bed with her foster mom every night and does not leave the bed until the morning. Overall, she is a very happy little girl and loves the attention her foster mom gives her. She also is very good at catching bites when thrown to her!
I Walk Nicely on A Leash and Love Cuddling! I Like Children! I Also Like Other Dogs So Long as They Don't Live With Me.
Zuka walks nicely on the leash and she loves to cuddle next to someone. She is a really sweet little girl and likes children and other dogs. However, while she likes other dogs she meets and plays nicely with them, she is too alpha and will eventually intimidate them or even beat them up if they live with her, so she should really be an only dog. Zuka has been adopted twice to homes with other dogs and has been returned precisely because she ended up intimidating the resident dog (two labs the first time and a cairn the second time).
I Am a Goofy Dog!
Zuka is a sweet goofy dog, who likes to have fun and entertain you. She likes to wear t-shirts and will ask you to put one on her.
I Am Up To Date!
Zuka is up-to-date on her vaccinations, has been spayed, is microchipped, has tested negative for heartworm disease and is on a monthly heartworm preventative. As noted above she does require Viokase-V twice daily, a vitamin B pill and a multivitamin supplement.
Where is Zuka Now?
Zuka is being fostered in a private home in Odenton, Maryland.
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Tito is a 6 year old Cairn Terrier Mix who was given up for being too high energy and also for not wanting to share his food with his GSD brother. We are not sure what Tito is mixed with, but he has unusually long legs that are not typical of a Cairn. Those legs give him a running advantage over the other cairns in his foster home and also allow him to jump over baby gates and exercise pens. He does not like crates and will soil them if you crate him.
Tito is housetrained but may mark if there are other male dogs in the house. He does come with a bellyband to prevent accidents in the house. In his foster home, he uses a doggie door to let himself out into the fully fenced yard. He also loves to go on leashed walks but will bark loudly and even try to lounge at other people, dogs, and bicycles that he encounters in his walks. A stay at home owner that can spend time training him or taking him to obedience training would be best for him. With the right training, he could also do very well in agility.
I Am Affectionate!
Even though he is high energy, Tito loves to also be a lap dog, and will jump on the couch when he sees you sitting down and will put his head on your lap hoping that you will pet him and will give you his belly to get a belly rub. He is very playful with the female dogs in his foster home but pretty much ignores the males. He loves wrestling with the females but knows how to play without injuring his playmates. We are not sure how he would do with cats as his foster home does not have any, but given how agile and tireless he is, we would NOT recommend that he go to a home with a cat. He takes treats from you gently. In his foster home all dogs are fed separately so he has not growled at any one when eating. He will growl however if another dog comes near his x-pen when he is eating.
I Need a Quiet Home with a Female Owner & a Female Dog to Keep Me Company
Tito tends to bark at strangers, especially men of any age, even children, and it takes him a few HOURS to warm up to men. He would therefore NOT do well in a household with children nor in a household with men or with lots of male visitors. In his prior home, he was mistreated by a man and thus he tends to fear men and gravitates towards women. A female household that doesn't get a lot of visitors, with a stay-at-home owner and a playful female dog that can keep Tito company and play with him would be ideal for Tito.
I Have To Be Muzzled at the Vet and I Snap at Groomers
Tito still has trust issues. He needs to be muzzled and even sedated at the veterinarian and when being groomed, which makes grooming him in general difficult, and grooming his face and ears next to impossible. He tolerates baths and loves the garden hose but is deadly afraid of clippers and scissors. He also has growled and snapped at his foster mom for trying to remove a tick from his nose. A terrier-experienced family who takes him to obedience training is a must-have for Tito.
Up To Date & Location
Tito is neutered, current on his vaccines, has tested negative for heartworm disease, is microchipped and is on a monthly heartworm preventative. He is located in a private foster home in Princeton Junction, New Jersey.
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Erin is an 11 year old black brindle female Cairn Terrier who came to CRUSA from a situation of severe neglect, with elephant skin and missing most of her hair. She (along with her sister Daisy who has since been adopted) was removed by animal control from a backyard breeder after she had lost most of her hair from months of being flea-infested. Erinís hair grew back after roughly six months of medicated baths and creams except in 4 small spots where the hair follicles were too damaged. These 4 small spots remained bald, but that just adds to her cuteness.
I am House Trained and Love Playing Fetch!
Erin is 100% house trained. She is also very playful and high energy and loves playing fetch.
I am very Affectionate With Women Once I get to Know You. Men However Scare Me
Erin is very affectionate with women and wants to give you kisses and be petted, and enjoys watching TV with you. In her foster home, Erin wakes up super happy each morning, prancing around and coming to say hello. She is also a velcro dog and loves to follow you around all day and be where you are. With men, however, Erin is fearful and must be introduced slowly or she will take matters on her own and give them a quick bite in the ankle and run away to hide somewhere. For this reason, Erin will NOT be considered for active households or for homes with children. Her ideal home is a female-only household, where someone is home most of the time, that gets few visitors and where her new owners will take the time to introduce her slowly to visitors. Once the introduction is done, she relaxes with the newcomers.
Where Is Erin Now?
Erin is located in a private foster home in Princeton Junction, NJ. Due to her issues (see above), she can only be adopted to a home within a 90 mile radius of Princeton Junction. We also require that the home adopting her meet her at her foster home on at least 2 occasions and spend time with her during these meetings before taking her home so she will be familiar with her new owner.
I Am Up-To-Date
Erin is spayed, up-to-date on her vaccinations, has tested negative for heartworm disease, is micro-chipped and is on a monthly heartworm preventative. If you are interested in adopting Erin, please complete our Adoption Application.
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