Become a Volunteer

We welcome all volunteers and it is not necessary that you own a Cairn to volunteer your services, time and/or talents to help Cairns in need! Some jobs require hours, other just a few minutes a day. We are always looking for volunteers.

These are just a few examples of how you can help. Please fill out our Volunteer Form at the bottom of the page and we’ll contact you.  If you cannot volunteer, you can also make a tax-deductible donation to CRUSA!

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Foster a Cairn

Foster Homes are temporary homes for rescue Cairns. They are the backbone of our rescue program. It is at the Foster Homes that rescue Cairns are housed, fed, provided necessary veterinary care, evaluated and rehabilitated from the time they enter rescue until the time they are adopted into a loving forever home. No experience is necessary to become a Foster Home, just general common sense, the desire to save a Cairn’s life, some general pet knowledge, an hour or two a day, a crate for the foster Cairn to be fed and sleep in (and we can supply these), and the room to keep your foster Cairn separate from your house dogs at least until they get acquainted with each other. We’ll guide you every step of the way and the experience of helping a rescue dog can be very rewarding:

Because we’ll be entrusting you with our rescue dogs, we require that all Foster Homes complete a Foster Home Application and provide 2 references. Upon your being notified that you have been approved as a CRUSA Foster Home, you will be required to sign and return by mail a copy of our Foster Home Agreement. Please read this document carefully, as it tells you our terms and conditions for fostering and obtaining reimbursement of your expenses. 

The time that you have a foster dog in your home will vary with the dog but you can tell us at the time we contact you to foster what you can or are willing to handle. Younger, healthier dogs tend to be short-term fosters, seniors or dogs with special needs can take longer to place. Puppy mill survivors vary depending on how much damage done at the puppy mill needs to be undone with love and care by the foster home. These dogs tend to be very shy at first and must be taught by the foster home that humans can be kind and need not be feared.

On behalf of our rescue dogs, Thank You for your willingness to volunteer and save a life!

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Transport a Cairn

Transport volunteers enable us to rescue Cairns nationally. Thanks to our transport volunteers, we are able to rescue Cairns in areas where we may not have an available foster home at the time that can house and rehabilitate the Cairn, and transport the Cairn to another city or state where there is an open foster home that can help. For longer distances, we can set up a “transport chain” where the distance to be covered is divided among several transport volunteers who each drives a portion of the way and hands over the rescue Cairn to the next transport volunteer. Transport volunteers also enable us to adopt Cairns out of the geographical area where the Cairn is located in situations where we believe that the Cairn and the adoptive home are a good match for each other despite the distance. In those situations, the adoptive home also drives part of the way to pick up their Cairn.

All it takes is a few hours a month at most and the willingness to drive. You’ll most likely also meet other rescue volunteers along the way. You never know when a Cairn will need help in your ‘neck of the woods,’ but if you fill out our Volunteer Form, we will have your information on file and be able to call on you to help. You can tell us the distance you are willing to drive. We will reimburse you for tolls and if you let us know ahead of time, also for gas, or you can take a tax deduction for the mileage and toll costs directly on your income tax return.

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Host a Cairn Overnight

By providing it with a bed and breakfast while it’s in transit to it’s foster home or forever home

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Call References

Call the references of our applicants to move their applications along (we’ll provide telephone cards)
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Identify/Photograph Cairns in Local Shelter

Go to a local shelter to identify and photograph a dog that our Intakes Team believes may be a Cairn
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Pick up a Cairn from a Local Shelter

Go to a local shelter to pick up a Cairn that we have already identified from photos and are taking into CRUSA’s rescue program
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Perform a Home Visit

At this time we are not doing home visits, but once Covid is more under control, you can help us do a home visit for an approved home that is going to adopt one of our rescue Cairns to make sure the home is safe for the dog (forms and instructions will be provided by us)
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Perform Administrative Tasks

Help us with administrative tasks, like data input
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Make Crafts

Craft an item that we can sell at our annual auction on Facebook (held in early November), on eBay or on our CRUSA Store to raise funds, such as a quilt, a dog sweater, a dog bed, a cross-stitch design, a Cairn portrait or paint, etc.
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Create Drawings/Graphics

Create one or more Cairn drawings/graphics to use on our website or on merchandise
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Share Your Knowledge

Share their dog knowledge with the rest of us and answer questions others may have on topics such as training, health, etc. on our CRUSA working list on Yahoo Groups

Volunteer Application

Please fill out this form in it’s entirety.

Volunteer Application

Have you done dog or Cairn rescue work before?
Please check all the areas in which you are interested:
Have you volunteered with a breed rescue group before?
Have you ever been convicted of animal cruelty, neglect, or abandonment by a court of law or other appropriate governmental authority?
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.