Tuesday, 06 October 2015
Adoptable Havanese
Adoptable Havanese
The dogs listed in this section are available for adoption. If you’re interested in adopting, you must complete an adoption application before you can be considered as a possible candidate.
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Foster Care Area
Foster Care Area
The dogs listed in this section are in, or waiting for, foster care and are not yet available. If you're willing to wait, or to foster, you may still complete an adoption application to be considered as a candidate.
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Surrender or Request Help for a Havanese in Need
Surrender or Request Help for a Havanese in Need
If you need to surrender a Havanese to rescue, or you know of a Havanese that needs rescue assistance, please complete this form. Submissions are monitored seven days a week.
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Applications - Adoption & Volunteer
Applications - Adoption & Volunteer
Becoming a volunteer foster home can increase your chances of adopting, and HRI always needs volunteers to help with other efforts.
Volunteer Signup
Adoption Application
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HRI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entirely supported by your donations. Please consider helping. Every little bit adds up!
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HavToHavIt General Store
HavToHavIt General Store
Another way to support HRI is to enjoy some shopping at our very own store. All profits support our rescue dogs because the store is entirely staffed by our wonderful volunteers.
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Changing lives...one Havanese at a a time.


News, Current Events and Items of Special Interest

2015 HRI Online Auction

The 15th annual online auction to benefit Havanese Rescue Inc will begin at 9:00am (eastern time) on Saturday, Nov 7, 2015 and will end at 3:00pm (eastern) on Saturday, Nov 14th.

What was meant to be an experiment in 2001 became an annual tradition which was the first of its kind for our breed. Over the years, Havanese lovers everywhere have come together to raise over $125,000 for the darling pups of HRI; it's a labor of love and every penny raised goes to HRI.  If you've never participated, we hope you'll join us because the HRI volunteers can't do their fabulous work without our support.    

For those new to the event, please take a few moments to read our FAQs and if you have any other questions, feel free to drop me a line.

Auction FAQs

2014 Financial Report

Total 2014 Income - $133,018.81
HavToHavIt Store                 $35,743.00
Adoption Donations            $23,306.00
General Donations             $55,473.00
Auction                                     $6,044.00
Calendar                                       $42.00
Reception                                $8,571.00
Quilt Project                             $3,748.00
Interest                                           $91.79

Total 2014 Expenses - $114,428.31
Foster Dog Expenses          $89,556.00 (Vet, Grooming, Transportation, Supplies)
Store Purchases &               $16,921.00
Operating Expenses              $8,933.00

Easy and fun ways to support our dogs!

When using Amazon please go through smile.amazon.com so your purchases will garner painless donations for HRI. This is free money to support the many pups that need us.

For other on-line shopping, you can use Goodshop as many stores are listed there and again free money for HRI when you use that site to shop at many of your favorite stores.

When searching the web, the use of Goodsearch also provides donations.

Another easy and fun way to gather donations for HRI is via ResQwalk. For those walkers out there, all you have to do is download the free app to your smartphone and follow directions to indicate HRI as your charity. As you enjoy the benefits of walking HRI's pups will enjoy receiving a donation!

To earn donations from ResQwalk, use the following links for iTunes and Android:
Android app
iPhone app

PupSaver Promo: 10% off for YOU and 10% donation for HRI on our crash tested safety seats !!!!

Please use this link and then scroll down to view and select your color (Leopard or Black & White Houndstooth).

Click "Add to Cart" to proceed to checkout. With your discount, both color options are $116.95, with FREE shipping.

Additionally, Pupsaver will donate 10% ($11.70) of each Pupsaver purchased to Havanese Rescue, Inc.

More fun shopping! Whenever this link is clicked, your rescue will be automatically chosen as the donation beneficiary during checkout on ResQthreads.com.

Use this Barkbox link to earn a $5 discount on any BarkBox subscription. (The URL will automagically apply the code to anyone coming in through that link.)   

Each time this code (BBX1SQ4Q) is used on BarkBox.com, a $15 donation is generated for your organization! Even on one month subscriptions that are $29 – 50% is donated to HRI!

Thank you for all you do for our pups.
Happy shopping, searching and walking!

Calming Canine Music

ThroughADogsEarThunderThe creators of the Through A Dog’s Ear series have collaborated with Victoria Stilwell, star of Animal Planet’s It’s Me or the Dog, and developed the new Canine Noise Phobia Series

Does your dog suffer from a fear of thunderstorms? Does his anxiety level increase when the storm clouds roll in? Thunderstorm phobia is a very common condition among dogs all over the world. The terror that results can be an incredibly distressing, debilitating problem not only for dogs, but also for their owners who feel powerless to help. This groundbreaking desensitization tool will teach your dog to associate positive feelings with thunderstorms rather than feeling fearful, and will help to gradually reduce your dog’s fear when exposed to these sounds. When used properly and implemented in conjunction with the behavioral modification protocols included in the CD liner notes, you have an excellent chance of rehabilitating your thunder-phobic dog and preventing thunder-phobia from ever developing in younger dogs.

Other Versions:

Through A Dogs Ear - The Driving Edition

Through A Dogs Ear - Music For The Canine Houshold

Through A Dogs Ear - Noise Phobia-Fireworks

Through A Dogs Ear - Music to Calm Your Canine Vol 1

Through A Dogs Ear - Music to Calm Your Canine Vol 2

Through A Dogs Ear - Music to Calm Your Canine, Vol 3


Changing lives...one Havanese at a a time.


Featured Educational Article

Safety Matters!

Every foster home wants to do their best to keep their new foster dog safe. There are several things that should be done to reduce the risk of your foster dog getting lost. These same things should be shared with adoptive homes to ensure a safe transition into their forever family.

Out and About

First, all dogs need a tag on their collar or harness that includes contact information should the dog get loose. When one of my foster dogs is adopted, I send them to their new home with a rescue tag AS WELL AS a tag from their new family. In this way, should a newly adopted dog get loose, anyone who finds him will have the new family’s contact information and also HRI’s contact info and hopefully, an understanding that this dog has recently been in rescue’s care.


To reduce the chance of a dog getting lose while out on a walk with you, use two sources of attachment between you and the dog. You can either use two leashes, one attached to the collar and one to the harness or use a coupler to attach the leash to both the harness and the collar.SafetyMatters2

Be sure to check the collars and harnesses for proper fit and adjust them as necessary. This is especially important after grooming. It’s very possible that a collar is big for a Havanese that has recently received a haircut. Check the fit BEFORE you leave the groomer’s.

Many new owners don’t know that it’s useful to put your arm through the loop and wrap the leash around your arm once or twice before holding onto it. This significantly reduces the chance that your dog can be lost if you trip as you can’t really just “drop the leash”. It’s still caught on your arm even if your fingers let go. Share the tip with others, particularly if a child may sometimes help walk the dog.

Walking your foster dog with one of your own dogs that’s well behaved on a leash is helpful. Our foster dogs often learn by watching our own dogs. Many of our foster dogs also bond more quickly to our dogs than they do to us.


On the Go

Always secure your foster dog in a crate or a seatbelt when you are out. HRI requires that dogs be secured in the car for transport. This includes travel to and from the vet or any social outings you’re doing to help your dog in socialization. Remember, it’s useful for a foster dog to experience short, positive car rides even if you’re not actually going anywhere.

Just as your own dog can assist your foster dog on walks, taking one of your socialized dogs on short car rides or trips to the vet or pet store can be helpful in teaching your foster dog what is expected. Keep your trips short and positive. If your dog is ready for a trip to the pet store, remember this  is not the time to stock up on every pet item your household needs. You want the experience to be safe, calm and positive. It’s useful for an adoptive family to know that their newly adopted dog has been to pet stores before and knows how to behave in that setting.


To keep my foster dog and my own dogs safe in a pet store, they ride inside the cart, sitting on a blanket or crate mat. Their leashes are attached throughout the trip and are tied to the cart. We choose times that are not overly busy and gear dog-to-person interaction based on how the foster dog is responding. The first few trips out might be nothing more than exposure whereas all foster dogs are accepting a treat from the clerk at check out before they are adopted.


Be especially careful in transferring dogs from the car to the cart and back. Running your arm through the handle of the leash and looping it in your hand is useful in assuring you won’t simply drop it when moving the dog to/from the car.

In the Home

At any door that leads to the outside, a baby gate or x-pen should be set up to block access. Dogs can be very quick and it’s easy for people to become distracted at the door. Having a baby gate or x-pen set up puts one more barrier between your foster dog and the danger of the world outside.


In addition to the baby gate or x-pen, it’s useful to put a sign on your door that lets visitors know there is a risk of a dog escaping through the door. Something as simple as, “New Dog in training. Please keep door closed” lets people know to wait until you open the door. It also puts them on alert for a dog that might dart out the door and explains it might take you a little longer than usual to get to the door.

Use commands you’ve already taught, such as “wait” or “sit”, in connection to the door. Your foster dog can learn to wait until you give the command to go through the door, for example, or can be taught to sit before the door opens. Again, this practice while in foster care helps your foster dog when he or she is adopted.

When a foster dog is new to your home, it’s a good idea to attach a long line to the harness so you can easily take hold of the dog, if necessary. Once your foster dog is accustomed to you and is coming when called, you can remove the line. Be sure NEVER to leave the dog on the long line in the x-pen or the crate. Your dog could strangle himself in the line when you’re not there to supervise.


Poster Preparedness

Finally, just in case the unthinkable happens and one of our dogs is lost, having a Lost Dog Poster created and ready for distribution helps us get a search off to an immediate start. This poster should be updated as information changes for your dog during their stay in foster care. And, of course, send an updated poster along with your foster dog when he or she is adopted. I print out a copy as well as emailing the family a copy so that they can continue to update it and make changes as need be over time.

By following the suggestions in this article and sharing them with the adoptive family, you reduce the chances that you’ll ever need to use your Lost Dog Poster!
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