IN THE SPOTLIGHT!
Eleven-year-old Bebe has made it her business to entertain her foster mom since arriving in her foster home several weeks ago. She weighs in at 14.3 pounds, most of that personality and charm! She took a little while to adjust when she first came to rescue, as she was confused after her owner died. Once she settled in, however, Bebe made herself at home.
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I am happy to announce that Havanese Rescue Inc has received a special grant from the AKC. The AKC Humane Fund has awarded HRI $1,000 for each of the next three years ($3,000 total). This has been rewarded due to our demonstrating an outstanding commitment to dogs and responsible ownership.
Do you know that last year alone, HRI spent over $51,000 in dogexpenses helping over 90 dogs? I know we are constantly asking for donations, but believe me when I say that we need every penny to support the rescue dogs. In recent months, we have seen an increase in older dogs coming into HRi, with many hidden expenses needed to stabilize the dogs.
I want to thank Havanese Club of America for supporting us as our parent club and endorsing us in order to apply for this grant. A special thanks goes out to Mary Richling for compiling the data necessary, and completing the application for the grant. Also, many thanks to Lori Brostrom and Sally Cotumaccio for helping with all of the stats and financial numbers necessary for the application.
Thank you all!
For many years, animal rescue was performed mostly by breeders and very few people even knew it ever occurred. Today, new rescue groups seem to pop up daily. Those interested in adopting a dog (or any other animal) should be aware that not every group or individual who makes the claim of being a rescue operates the same way.
In addition, there are puppymillers and brokers who may attempt to pass dogs to the public by "claiming" the dogs are rescues (and charging higher than normal fees).
Many rescuers are helping many dogs, however, certain operations, practices, and philosophies, may not allow for the best possible intake, evaluation, and placement of rescued dogs; may not allow for the best possible evaluation of potential adoptive homes; and may not be best for "rescue," a certain breed, or for dogs in general in the long run.
You are encouraged to ask questions and investigate "rescuers" and their practices, so you will know who or what you're dealing with and/or supporting.
Here are some questions you may want to ask:
Are donations being used to "purchase" dogs to be placed through rescue (i.e. from puppy mill auctions, pet stores, etc)? (The American Kennel Club has a position statement that condemns this action, because, in spite of what ever "noble justification" is provided, this practice is creating yet another "demand" and filtering money - no matter how little - back into the hands of puppy mills and commercial breeders.
- Spays/neuters all pets before placement
- ensures all pets are healthy, UTD on shots, HW tested (in areas where this is necessary) and vetted
- requires an application form and adoption contract
- screens every potential adopter with a MANDATORY home visit before a pet is placed there, including foster/temporary homes
- requires an adoption contract which includes a legal clause to have the pet returned to this rescue if the new adopter relinquishes it
- prioritizes rescue animals from its own geographical area whenever possible
- requires a release form for owner-surrenders
- understands the limits of its resources; does not accept more animals than it has legal authority or space/time to care for.