Giving Up Your Cairn

Thinking about giving up your Cairn?

We realize that occasionally those who have a Cairn terrier are not able to keep their dog. Perhaps a Cairn terrier is not the right dog for them. Or maybe the decision is prompted by the loss of a job, a move to a place that does not accept pets, having to move to assisted living, not having enough time for the dog, a divorce, domestic abuse, an illness or the death of the Cairn’s owner, etc.

In deciding to surrender your dog to rescue, PLEASE take as much time as you need to consider your other alternatives and make your decision. Once you have surrendered your dog to rescue, your release is legally binding and you will not be able to get your dog back. If you currently have a Cairn with behavioral problems, there are many great articles and books that deal with dogs with behavior problems. The same applies to health issues. Often, through a renewed training effort, many owners are able to keep their Cairn. We would recommend that you read: Can We Help You Keep Your Pet?. We also welcome any correspondence or questions that you may have regarding this important decision at

If you do find it necessary to surrender your Cairn to rescue, please complete the Owner Surrender Agreement below. Please note that the final decision to accept your dog into the Cairn Rescue USA rescue program rests solely with CRUSA.

If you try to place your Cairn yourself, PLEASE spay or neuter your pet PRIOR to offering it for adoption. There are many unscrupulous backyard or puppy mill breeders who watch newspaper ads on a daily basis and present themselves as an owner looking for the perfect pet. Puppy mill brokers may even show up at your home with what appears to be their spouse and children. Registration is of no importance to mill breeders. They look ONLY for the ability to breed a purebred dog, and they will supply their own registration. Dogs are also obtained for medical research, and small dogs are obtained and used as bait in dogfights. This information is not meant to frighten you. It is intended to make you aware of the importance of screening potential new owners and taking preventive steps to protect your Cairn. Cairn Rescue USA may also be able to assist you with your placement should you decide to place your Cairn yourself.

Release of Ownership Agreement

This Agreement shall become effective and legally binding on the surrendering owner and Cairn Rescue USA (“CRUSA”) only if, and at such time as, the surrendering owner is informed by CRUSA’s Vice President of Intakes that his/her Cairn has been accepted into CRUSA’s rescue program and the surrendering owner has delivered possession of his/her Cairn to a CRUSA representative. Prior to such time, this Agreement shall be deemed an offer by the surrendering owner to surrender the Cairn described in Part I to CRUSA. The final decision to accept any dog into the CRUSA rescue program rests solely with CRUSA. After submission of this agreement, you’ll receive a copy via email so please be sure to enter a valid email address.

Giving Up Your Cairn Form

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Part I. Intake Profile

INSTRUCTIONS: Part I of this Release of Ownership Agreement (this "Agreement") is designed to provide Cairn Rescue USA ("CRUSA") with general information about your Cairn’s home life; to highlight any behavior problems or training needed; to help us assess your Cairn’s needs while in foster care; and to provide information that helps place your Cairn in the most appropriate home.

A. Personal Information

Owner's Name*
Spouse's Name