Tuesday, 31 March 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 Registration
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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News, Current Events and Items of Special Interest

A Grand Success!

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Havanese Rescue, Inc, I want to personally thank each and every one of you who helped in any way make our 2014 HRI Fall Auction the most successful ever. The auction raised $19,520.00!

A special thank you to Laura Cascino, our auctioneer extraordinaire, who tackles this monumental task cheerfully year after year.

This year, on HRI's 10th anniversary, the beautiful Forever Home quilt honors the nearly 900 rescue Havanese HRI has helped to find their forever home. The most generous bid of $5,000 not only speaks to the artistry of the quilt, but also to our donor's dedication to rescue. Thank you.

We thank all our donors and vendors for providing such a fun variety of wonderful items for bidding. Whether you quilted, donated, solicited, held a winning bid, shared auction publicity with your social media and friends or cheered from the sidelines, you all supported the 2014 HRI Annual Auction, and we are so grateful.

The beneficiaries of your generosity are the rescue pups we are helping today and those we will be able assist in the future. A tail wagging thank you from them.

Jane Hohne, HRI BOD President

2013 Financial Report

Total 2013 Income - $141,888.13

  • $54,550.93 - HavToHavIt Store
  • $22,325.00 - Adoption Donations
  • $30,996.42 - General Donations
  • $15,663.00 - Auction
  • $  6,161.00 - Calendar
  • $ 7,426.00  - Reception
  • $ 4,641.80  - Quilt Project
  • $    123.98 - Interest

Total 2013 Expenses - $135,585.67

  • $87,258.79 - Foster Dog Expenses (Vet, grooming, Transportation, Supplies)
  • $ 41,285.01  - Store Purchases & Cost of
  • $  7,041.87 - Operating Expenses

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

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

Giving Pills to Dogs

Some ideas for dogs that don't want to take medication

I know firsthand from working with a dog who couldn't really get on the right side of pain control just how hard it is. It's such a nasty cycle. Pain affects appetite too so it can be more than just not trusting food per se or feeling like he's been forced that's making it hard for him to eat. Again, I went through that with Mira after her femoral head osteotomy. It was many days of force feeding, numerous trips to the vet and to the emergency clinic. It was horrible.

I have a couple of thoughts. First, can you either find low sodium chicken broth or, better still, make some salt free chicken broth so that he'll be getting fluids? If he starts drinking a little more, you can add a little bit of tiny shreds of chicken to the broth too. With his UTI, it'll be important to keep fluids moving through him and hopefully he'll drink some broth.

I'd water the broth down significantly. It doesn't have to taste like soup to him; we just want him to get fluids in him without it being a struggle and hopefully the chicken flavoring will cause him to drink a little more. You can make a very weak flavored water with a little bit of liver boiled in water too but you run a much higher chance of ending up with a dog with diarrhea. (again, speaking from experience here.)  I'd go for the chicken broth water myself. <g>

With regard to the pills, you've probably tried a whole range of things but I'm not sure of details or anything so I apologize if  you've already tried this. First, if you can give him his pills in the treat item while he's actually AROUND the other dogs (and not run the risk of them eating the meds) that can help a lot. I find that my dogs that would ordinarily roll their eyes at something think it looks MUCH MUCH BETTER if there's another mouth right there waiting in line for their share of the yummy treats as well. You can still give him a few "blanks" (which is a great idea) but if he has to wait and he watches everybody else sitting to get a few goodies and he has to wait his turn, it might spur his appetite a bit. It's the best way I've found to get everyone here, Riley included, to take medication.

As for the treat wrap itself, have you tried the Laughing Cow little soft cheese triangles? I like them for a number of reasons. They're so small that you don't run the risk of the cheese getting yucky the way larger "treat items" sometimes do. The cheese also seems really slippery and goes down easily for the dogs and I've had remarkably little sucking off of the cheese leaving the medication behind. Once Nora left behind a bit of a HW treatment which I then hid in another bit of laughing cow cheese and she ate it. In contrast, virtually all the other cheeses and livR sausage I've used has been sucked off medication several times before the medication goes down. (Doesn't happen every time, of course, but it happens significantly more than it has with laughing cow cheese.)

I don't know how many meds he's taking.  If the tramadol continues to be a challenge to give him, would they consider trying a different pain med, maybe metacam that could be delivered in a liquid? It's such a small amount for our dogs it helps in dispensing. I don't know if it would be an option for Ernie or not.

I hope he feels better soon. He really got zapped with a lot of things at once, didn't he? Thank you for taking such good care of this poor little guy. I'm looking forward to the day that this is just a memory and we're all marveling at how well he moves and how good he looks and feels!

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