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Officers & Board of Directors
Effective January 19, 2013

Chairman of the Board
Danielle Rackstraw

Danielle Rackstraw

Chief Financial Officer
Pam Burt

Amy Robinson

Director of Marketing
Maureen Keslar

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Certificate of Incorporation

Under Section 402 of the Not-For-Profit Corporation Law

THE UNDERSIGNED, being a natural person at least 18 years of age and acting as the incorporator of the corporation hereby being formed under Section 402 of the Not-For-Profit Corporation Law of the State of New York, hereby certifies that:

FIRST: The name of the corporation (hereinafter called the "Corporation") is Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network.

SECOND: The Corporation is a corporation as defined in subparagraph (a)(5) of Section 102 of the Not-For-Profit Corporation Law (the "NCPL").

THIRD: The Corporation is a Type B corporation under Section 201 of the NCPL.

FOURTH: The Corporation is formed for the charitable purposes of rescuing purebred Cairn Terriers and Cairn Terrier mixes which are homeless or soon-to-be-homeless, including without limitation, those found in animal shelters or similar facilities and those released by their owners due to change in family circumstances or otherwise, as well as purebred Cairn Terriers and Cairn Terrier mixes which are being used as breeding stock by so-called puppymills and backyard breeders, including those disposed of in puppymill auctions; facilitating the pick-up and transport of such dogs; arranging for their spay/neuter as well as for the provision of other appropriate veterinary care for them; rehabilitating and fostering such dogs; seeking applications for, and screening permanent homes for such dogs; facilitating their adoption; and educating the public about responsible Cairn Terrier care and ownership. In furtherance of these charitable purposes, the Corporation shall conduct any and all lawful activities which may be useful in accomplishing the foregoing purposes.

FIFTH: In furtherance of the foregoing purposes, the Corporation shall have all the general powers enumerated in Section 202 of the NPCL and such other powers as are now or hereafter permitted by law for a corporation organized for the foregoing purposes, including, without limitation, the power to solicit grants and contributions for any corporate purpose and the power to maintain a fund or funds of real and/or personal property in furtherance of such purposes.

SIXTH: Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the Corporation is organized exclusively for charitable purposes, and intends at all times to qualify and remain qualified as exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as it may be amended (the "Code") and, in connection therewith:

(a) the Corporation shall not, directly or indirectly, engage in or include among its purposes any of the activities mentioned in subparagraphs (a) - (u) of Section 404 of the NPCL;

(b) the Corporation is not formed for and shall not be conducted or operated for pecuniary profit or financial gain, and no part of its assets, income or profit shall be distributed to or inure to the benefit of any private individual or individuals, provided that nothing herein shall prevent the Corporation from paying reasonable compensation to any person for services rendered to or for the Corporation in furtherance of one or more of its purposes;

(c) no substantial part of the activities of the Corporation shall be devoted to the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, except to the extent permitted by the Code whether pursuant to an election under Section 501(h) of the Code or otherwise, and no part of the activities of the Corporation shall be devoted to participating or intervening in (including the publication or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office; and

(d) the Corporation shall not engage in or include among its purposes any activities not permitted to be carried on by a corporation exempt from federal income taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Code or corresponding provisions of subsequent tax laws.

(e) in any taxable year in which the Corporation is a private foundation as described in Section 509(a) of the Code, the Corporation shall distribute its income for such period at such time and manner as not to subject it to tax under Section 4942 of the Code, and the Corporation shall not (A) engage in any act of self-dealing as defined in Section 4941(d) of the Code, (B) retain any excess business holdings as defined in Section 4943(c) of the Code, (C) make any investments in such manner as to subject the Corporation to tax under Section 4944 of the Code, or (D) make any taxable expenditures as defined in Section 4945(d) of the Code or corresponding provisions of any subsequent Federal tax laws.

SEVENTH: The office of the Corporation shall be located in Nassau County in the State of New York. The books and records of account of the Corporation shall be kept at [please contact CPCRN via e-mail for the address that is registered with the Secretary of State in New York] in accordance with Section 621 of the NCPL.

EIGHTH: The names of the initial Directors, each of whom is of full age, are as follows:

Danielle Rackstraw

Kathleen C. McDonough

Judy Willis

NINTH: The Secretary of State of the State of New York is hereby designated as agent of the Corporation upon whom process against the Corporation may be served. The post office address to which the Secretary shall mail a copy of any process against the Corporation served upon him is Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network, [please contact CPCRN via e-mail for the address that is registered with the Secretary of State in New York].

TENTH: In the event of dissolution, all the remaining assets and property of the organization shall, after payment of all necessary expenses thereof, be distributed to organizations that qualify under Section 501(c)(3) of the Code, or corresponding provisions of any subsequent federal tax laws, or to the federal government or state or local governments for a public purpose, subject to the approval of a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF this certificate has been signed this 1st day of February, 2001.

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The Story Behind Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network
By Danielle Rackstraw

If one were to consider a name to call a Cairn Terrier Rescue organization, Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network certainly would NOT be high on your list of names that you would consider. Often in life, there are chain of events that you just don't question. Things fall so perfectly into place, that you just know in your heart that what is happening was meant to be. The same could be said about the formation and incorporation of Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network.

This is the story on Col. Potter and how, through his memory, a new rescue group was "officially" formed. Often when there is an ending to a story, there is an even more important beginning.

On the AOL Cairn list, every member who participated on this list knew who Col. Potter was. The Colonel had one of those endearing personalities, and he was enough of an imp that he was spoken of constantly. He was truly loved by all. He was a young wheaten Cairn, with HUGE ears and a heart to match. His owner Patti referred to him as the PERFECT Cairn. The Colonel was actually a very well-trained Cairn considering he was just two years of age, and along with his young age, came the typical Cairn antics.

The Colonel met with a tragic accident. In a moment in time, he ran out into the street and a car hit him. He died on the way to the Vet's office. Everything happened so fast. The Colonel was on a leash in his front yard with Patti's husband Chuck, Patti's son and several of Ryan's friends. Good-byes were being said as friends were leaving, and "who was holding the leash" was wrongly assumed. Col. Potter ran out into the street. The Colonel never made it to the Vet's office. He started his journey to the Rainbow Bridge a few minutes later.

All of the Colonel's friends on the AOL list were devastated. A collection for a gift or a lasting memory was started. We wanted to keep the Colonel's memory alive. Our group's original intent was to buy a 'star' in the Galaxy, and have it named after the Colonel and this we did. We wanted to purchase Written In Stone III and have a group dedication, and this we did. We still had additional funds, and it was decided that we would obtain and foster a special needs Cairn Terrier.

The donations in the Colonel's honor were still arriving as others learned of his passing. We would receive five dollars one day and ten dollars the next. A little girl sent us her whole allowance. We now had funding for one additional rescue dog to be helped with Col. Potter funds. People have huge hearts when they know they can make a big difference. We formed Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network, and we have rescued many Cairns since our first "official" rescue in the Colonel's name.

Many of the dogs that we have helped have been what is considered to be "non-regular" Cairn rescues. Those from puppy mills (the breeding dogs) and those who are purchased at auction. We also handle those with some health issues and the elderly. Several of the Colonel's "kids" have had Heartworm and were treated for this. Some have had some behavioral issues, and are now great little pals in private homes.

All stories should have a happy ending, and this one is no exception. Patti and her family drove from Colorado to California last year, and they now have another "perfect" new Cairn: Pie-Face. Life goes on! Pie is participating in obedience and agility, and is the love of the entire family.

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