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Rescue Me ID: 14-11-12-00269Wizard (male)

Cairn Mix    Age: Adult

Compatibility: Good with Most Dogs, Good with Kids and Adults 
Health: Neutered, Vaccinations Current 

    Meet adoptable Wizard! Wizard is a 5 year old, 8 lb male terrier mix. Wizard is good with other dogs his size, all people and his favorite thing is to be held and loved on! Wizard is working on crate training and potty training in his foster home and is going to make a great family pet. If you are interested in Wizard, please email!

     Animal Location:

Bow Wow Revolution
Cook County Chicago, IL 60630 MAP IT!

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Rescue Me ID: 14-11-07-00093Chuka (male)

Cairn Mix    Age: Adult

Compatibility: Not Good w/ Other Dogs, Not Good w/ Cats, Good w/ Adults (Not Kids) 
Personality: Average Energy, Very Dominant 
Health: Neutered, Vaccinations Current 

    Chuka is a 19 pound wire-haired terrier mix, about 8 years old. He is a terrier through and through. He is really smart and intense and sweet. He knows commands and easily learns new ones. He's a great indoor companion---- loves to snuggle, play, sit on laps, etc. He could probably spend all day under a blanket, but equally would love to walk, do agility, other exercise---and probably better for his brain. He has done doggie daycare and gets great behavior reviews from doggie daycare and grooming. Here's the thing with Chuka: he is insanely leash aggressive. He cannot be introduced to ANYONE on leash because he will bite-- this means dogs, ... (Read More)cats, adults, children, etc. ANYONE. He pulls, snarls, and barks aggressively on leash, and his 19 pounds feels like 50 because he is trying to get whatever dog is nearby. It takes great and consistent effort to get Chuka to walk without doing said behaviors. The person that takes Chuka would need to be an experienced dog owner. While he loves his other doggie housemate and does doggie daycare, Chuka should probably be their only pet so he can receive that consistent training and attention. I wouldn't put him in a home with young children (he's been very respectful of our infant daughter, but she's not on the move yet) because he could be excited by them and bite---I don't know. A dog park is probably not a good idea either. The ideal home would be an experienced dog owner that wants a cuddle lap dog and can also be the dominant leader, providing consistency with Chuka's training. He will work hard to follow commands and will make someone a great companion. Please let me know if you have any questions---I'm happy to discuss Chuka further with any interested people. We can also drive him to neighboring states if it means a good home. Thank you! (Less)

     Animal Location:

Cook County Chicago, IL MAP IT!

Hillary Fitch 503-278-2115

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Rescue Me ID: 14-10-10-00627Rosie (female)

Cairn Mix    Age: Puppy

Compatibility: Good w/ Most Dogs, Good w/ Most Cats, Good w/ Adults (Not Kids) 
Personality: High Energy, Average Temperament 
Health: Spayed, Vaccinations Current 

    My name is Rosie and I am young, energetic, spirited Norfolk terrier mix. I am leery of people in the beginning and very shy and apprehensive. Once I feel safe, I blossom and want to be your Velcro friend. I am very fast and run like crazy in the yard. I need a yard to stay safe because with my initial shyness I might get scared if taken out for walks. My foster Mom says I might need a moat filled with crocodiles because I can slip through the door so fast I can be gone in a flash. I really don't want to run away, but the terrier part of me just wants to go through the opening because I can. It is just a game to me but my Mom says it ... (Read More)can be dangerous so a fenced in yard will keep me safe. I am about 10lbs and while I am little, I let you know I am around! Being a terrier, that is part of my nature to have a voice and let you know I am here to protect my yard and family. I really don't know if I could protect them but I sound like I can! I like playing with the other little dogs in the house and like the cat, too. But I might just like to have a home of my own if my family can keep me busy and out of trouble. My Mom would like my family to have terrier experience so they can guide me and let me feel safe and know you can be in charge. I sometimes get in trouble when you aren't looking. I am really good and climbing up on the chair to get to the food on the table when you walk away. I promise you I can eat in before you know it! I do have a charming little spin my Mom calls the Rosie dance. It will charm the pants off you especially if I got in trouble! I need to have stimulation and lots of exercise because I am very high energy. I need a family that realizes they can't leave the door open even a smidge or I will escape. I need a family that knows I might misbehave and will work with me. I especially need a family who will love my crazy antics and know that I am always trying to get 3 steps ahead of you so you have to be 6 steps ahead of me. Rosie is crate trained and house-trained. But like any new situation, there is always a learning curve in a new environment. Rosie's adoption donation covers her spay, vaccinations, microchip, dental, fecal and heartworm check. If you are interested in adopting Rosie, please contact us. We work full time and will respond as quickly as we can, but please allow us time to get back to you. (Less)

     Animal Location:

Rescue Tails Animal Welfare Illinois
Cook County Lincolnwood, IL 60712 MAP IT!


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Rescue Me ID: 13-08-20-00234Dora (female)

Cairn    Age: Young Adult

Compatibility: Good with Most Dogs, Good with Adults (Not Kids) 
Personality: Average Energy, Somewhat Dominant 
Health: Spayed, Vaccinations Current, Abused/Neglected 

    Dora is a very beautiful, smart and opinionated, three-year-old, female Cairn Terrier looking for a loving guardian. Poor Dora was dropped off at Chicago Animal Care and Control when her family no longer wanted her. We don't know how she was raised or what she went through, but she needs a very special, patient, understanding and dog-experienced family. She is an utterly adorable, independent little girl, who enjoys playing with her toys and receiving attention - on her own terms. Dora knows how to sit on command and if you pull out a treat her tail wags happily. She takes treats nicely from your fingers. Wherever she came from, she was not ... (Read More)accustomed to being touched and handled. She is affectionate with the people that she knows and loves. But, there are certain places that even those that she loves cannot touch her %BD like her back end. And, she does not like to be picked up from the ground, however she'll jump right in your lap and you can pick her up from there. So, she is quirky but not completely un-manageable. Dora has a few dog friends that are about her size or smaller, but she is afraid of larger dogs. So, she's looking for a home as the only dog or with another compatible small dog. Dora is very healthy, spayed, up-to-date on vaccines, micro-chipped, heartworm-tested and on monthly preventative. To meet and possibly adopt Dora, please fill in the on-line adoption application at and follow up by contacting Gloria at or 773-907-0305. Her adoption fee of $200 benefits the rescued pets of Famous Fido's. Dora is staying at rescue headquarters at 5430 N. Clark Street in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. Make an appointment to stop in (Less)

 Adoption Fee: $200 Animal Location:

Petraits Pet Photography
Cook County Chicago, IL MAP IT!


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PIease Read Before Adopting a Cairn in Illinois
    Cairn Dogs can make good pets in Illinois if they match your IifestyIe. The Cairn Terrier is a shaggy, spunky little dog with tons of energy and personality. The indefatigable Cairn is full of energy and is very lovable. Cairns love to dig, chase, and bark. Cairns are very active and need plenty of exercise but adapt well to apartment life. Cairns like to do tricks and are very trainable. Cairns are wonderful with children. A Cairn can be very territorial and should be watched for a tendency to take on much larger dogs if it feels threatened.

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    Cairns have been around since at least 1500. Toto in the Wizard of Oz was a Cairn Terrier. Cairns are named after piles of stones used for land markers in Scotland. Cairns were used to hunt small animals living among the rocks. Cairns excel at competitive obedience. Cairns barely shed.

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Illinois Animal Rescue
(Sorted by Zip Code.)

McHenry County - McHenry 60051
Animal Outreach Society 815-385-0005

Lake County - Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Orphans of the Storm 847-634-0022

Lake County - Waukegan, Illinois 60085
Lake County Animal Protection 847-740-3977

Kane County - Dundee, Illinois 60118
Stop the Overpopulation of Pets 847-622-4136

DuPage County - Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
Animal Rescue Foundation 630-469-4121

Kane County - St. Charles, IL 60174
Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets 630-879-8500

Kane County - S Elgin, IL 60177
Anderson Animal Shelter 847-697-2880

Cook County - Evanston, IL 60204
CARE for the Evanston Animal Shelter 847-705-2653

Cook County - Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411
South Suburban Humane Society 708-755-7387

Cook County - Chicago, Illinois 60415
Animal Welfare League 773-667-0088

Cook County - Tinley Park, Illinois 60477
People's Animal Welfare Society 815-464-7298

Cook County - Chicago, IL 60610
The Anti-Cruelty Society 312-644-8338

Cook County - Chicago, Illinois 60623
Lurie Family Spay/Neuter Clinic 773-521-7729

Cook County - Chicago Ridge, IL 60623
Animal Welfare League 708-636-8586

Cook County - Chicago, IL 60640
Tree House Animal Foundation 773-784-5488

Cook County - Chicago 60660
Felines, Inc. 773-465-4132

Kankakee County - Kankakee, Illinois 60901
Kankakee County Humane Society 815-933-5999

Winnebago County - Rockford 61101
Humane Society of Winnebago County 815-749-1400

Winnebago County - Rockford, IL 61103
Winnegabo County Animal Services 815-877-3073

Rock Island County - Milan, IL 61264
Quad City Animal Welfare Center 309-787-6830

Rock Island County - Milan, Illinois 61264
Humane Society of Rock Island County 309-787-6830

Rock Island County - Moline, IL 61265
Better Pets Clinic 309-764-5489

Knox County - Galesburg, IL 61401
Knox County Humane Society 309-342-1275

Champaign County - Savoy 61874
CatSNAP 217-353-5243

Madison County - Bethalto, IL 62010
Bethalto Spay Clinic 618-377-2420

Adams County - Quincy 62301
Quincy Humane Society 217-228-1422

Jackson County - Murphysboro, Illinois 62966
Humane Society of Southern Illinois 618-457-2362

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