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About the Foundation

The Foundation of the Cairn Terrier Club of America (the Foundation) is a national organization whose mission is to further the health and welfare of the Cairn Terrier. The Board of Governors of the Cairn Terrier Club of America (CTCA) approved the formation of the Foundation of the Cairn Terrier Club of America in October, 1992, as a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. It is a separate organization from the CTCA, but the CTCA is its sole member. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees who are appointed by the Board of Governors of the Cairn Terrier Club of America.

Our Mission
Foster Appreciation of Dogs

To foster and promote the public’s knowledge and appreciation of dogs in general and the Cairn Terrier, formerly known as the old working terrier of Skye and the West Highlands.

Further Understand Cairn Health

To further the understanding of the diseases, defects, injuries and other ailments that afflict Cairn Terriers and other dogs.

Support Health Research

To support and promote study and research on the history, character, varieties, breeding, genetics and particular health problems of Cairn Terriers.

Educate About Caring for Cairns

To produce, publish, and distribute to the public educational materials about the care, treatment, breeding, health, development and training of Cairn Terriers.

The Foundation’s Vision

The Trustees of the Foundation have articulated several major areas as they envision the future of the Foundation. There is a strong desire for: excellent internal and external communications; robust support for research and improved management of research designed to improve the health of Cairn Terriers; open and free collaboration with other breed clubs whose concerns are similar, as well as the American Kennel Club’s Canine Health Foundation; increased education of all Cairn owners; and more broad-based and stable finances.

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