Words From The President
Welcome to the April edition of our online newsletter.
There is much happening and our volunteers are
busier than ever.
Work continues on our quilt project which will have an
exciting change this year, plans are being made for
our Annual Appeal which will coincide with HRI's
fourth anniversary this summer, education is being
done through information and public awareness
booths in various locations, the HRI reception being
held as part of the National Specialty in August is
taking shape, we've had the formation of our own
Geek Squad, and so much more.
Many people are working in different areas and on
varied tasks, giving of their time and talent, all with the
same goal in their hearts - being able to continue the
work that is the most important to all of us- helping
our rescue Havanese. We remain ever grateful for the
selfless efforts of so many.
|Goodsearch: Time to Shop!
Many people are now using Goodsearch for
their internet searches. This free search
engine generates funds for non-profit
organizations like HRI. Now there's another
way that is FREE for you that raises money
for HRI. This time you can raise funds for
Havanese in rescue while doing your online
GoodShop is easy to use and still allows you
to use any discounts or coupons you might
have for various stores. To shop through
GoodShop and raise money for HRI, simply go
Be sure that you have
listed Havanese Rescue Inc as the recipient
of your searches and shopping. Look at the
box right below the question "Who do you
goodsearch for?" If HRI is listed, you're all
set! If it isn't listed, type "Havanese
Rescue Inc" into the box and click the
Now that HRI is designated as the rescue to
receive funds from your internet searches and
online shopping, you're good to go, or
rather, to shop from home! Just click on the
GoodShop icon. Up will come a page that
allows you to choose a store from a menu or
to search for a store. It's very convenient.
I've shopped using GoodShop at Overstock.com
as well as Lands End and Barnes and Noble.
You'll see there are MANY stores to choose
from. Everything from Amazon to Expedia to
Petco to Zappos participates with GoodShop.
Each store indicates the percentage of
purchase that is donated to your charity of
choice when you shop through GoodShop.
Please consider using GoodShop the next time
you're looking for a book, dog toy or treat,
living room curtains or clothing for you or
your family. It's easy to use, costs you
nothing and helps a Havanese in foster care!
|Changing Lives: Kathy Patrick
You're manning the Assistance line today.
a Havanese in CA that needs a new home. Her
owners are moving to a faraway country and no
their family can take her.
Who do you call?
Kathy Patrick, of course!
Havanese Rescue, Inc. is pleased to introduce
Kathy Patrick, our State Contact and "volunteer
extraordinaire" from California. Since the
day she got
her first Havanese, Molly, Kathy has been
heels" for our breed.
Very generous with her time, Kathy has patiently
spoken with families who email HRI thinking
never understand how to "make that puppy mind"
or "stop him from peeing in the corner" or
"teach her to
stop barking at the UPS man." Kathy always
busy life on hold when she is called to help
with a dog
who needs us. It's her quick and dedicated
along with her excellent organizational and
communication skills that have helped so many CA
dogs begin their journeys to new lives -
Kathy and her husband, Tom, have 5 children
grandsons, but what makes her household busier
than ever, are the black and white (well,
of happy, healthy, active Havs that fill
completely. In addition to dedication to
HRI, Kathy is
the Founder and recently re-elected President
Capital Havanese Club of N. CA. She is also a
member of the Havanese Club of America's
Directors and Chairman of the Local Clubs
If you don't think Kathy has enough
our wonderful breed, her kennel, Bellatak, is
home of "Vallee," the first Havanese to win
back Best In Show titles at the HCA National
Thank you, Kathy, for loving our Havanese and
your time and many talents with HRI!
|Our Volunteers: The Intake Committee
One of our Intake Volunteers Jenny
This is the first in a continuing series of
articles on the committees that comprise HRI.
Many thanks to Jennifer French for providing
the facts for this first piece on the Intake
HRI's Intake Committee is currently
of 11 individuals
who monitor the HRI email account at
firstname.lastname@example.org . This is the
online link people utilize if they have a dog
to turn in or if they need help with a
canine behavioral issue. In addition,
queries about dogs listed
on Petfinder or our website, questions from
people who want to know if their application
to adopt was received and other requests are
A different person monitors the
account each day and each member "owns" the
requests that come in on their day. When a
member receives enough information about the
dog to understand what the issues are and has
contacted the breeder if that information can
be obtained, a
note is sent to the entire committee
requesting acceptance of the dog into HRI.
Three votes are required. Following approval,
the owner is referred to the appropriate
State Contact for direct follow-up and
coordination of pick-up and foster home
placement. Any dogs with aggression issues
are referred to the HRI Board of Directors
for a decision.
Many on the Intake Committee will profess
that some of their best work is not in
surrender and fostering, but those times when
they actually help someone decide to keep
their Havanese instead of turning it over to
rescue. Intake may be contacted by people who
are just overwhelmed with an issue they're
having with their dog. In some cases owners
may not be terribly dog savvy, and just do
not know where to begin. After getting
suggestions from the Intake Committee
members they often consider hiring a trainer or
reading some of the information on the HRI
website, and decide to keep working with
their dog. This offsets requests where owners
want the dogs out of their homes in a day or
two – a real scramble!
Most Intake members are constantly working
with owners and possible placements. This
isn't as simple
being available an assigned day because
there is almost always a dog a member is
working with that stays with you. In
addition, Intake members also need to be
available to vote on taking dogs in, and
determining the adoption donation amounts,
which are determined by a sliding scale that
factors in the dog's age, medical and
behavioral issues. Three votes to set
donation fees are needed as well.
The Intake Committee is composed of the
people who monitor the email account, the
President, Vice-President, Dog Wrangler and
Assistant Dog Wrangler, Past President and
Intake Coordinator. Currently, there is quite
a bit of overlap in these roles which keeps
each and every member extremely busy.
I hope that this has enlightened those of
you, like myself, who viewed the work of the
Intake Committee from updates or the
newsletter, realized they were very busy, but
knew very little of the mechanics and
workings of this group. As we are all aware,
this is one busy bunch of hard-working and
dedicated volunteers! Bravo to each and every
one of you for your tireless efforts!
Belle is a 5 year sweetheart, ready for her
forever home. She loves being pet, especially
having her ears, chest and tummy rubbed. This
little girl also loves to be brushed!
Belle is very shy and take a little time to
warm up in new situations. She enjoys the
company of another dog. Her mellow
personality helped her fit right into the 3
dog pack of her foster family.
This sunbathing beauty loves spending time
outdoors in her fenced yard. She's been a
little nervous on walks outside her yard,
though that is being worked on in her foster
home. She does best when another dog
accompanies her on those walks.
Belle's ideal family will include a female
owner or a loving couple, willing to help her
warm up to her new "dad." She warmed up
quickly to the teenage boy in her foster
family though, and is excited to see him when
he comes home from school each day. Belle
also needs the company of another dog,
preferably about her age.
Belle is fostered in Florida.
To Inquire about
As we went to "press" we received
word that Belle may have found her home!!! Visit
to view our other
their forever homes!
Biscuit featured in last month's newsletter
has gone to his forever home! However, Mickey
also featured is still looking for his
Upcoming HRI Events
They are the axis on which our personal dog
spins, these Havanese. Yes, they really do
world go 'round! Watch for information about
store from this year's quilters for the Havanese
Rescue Quilt project.
World Festival in the Finger Lakes on May 17,
FREE MONEY for HRI!
Well, not quite, but there's a way YOU can
help HRI raise money without spending
even a penny! Here's how it works!
Go to goodsearch.com
Look at the second box on the page that
follows the words: "I'm supporting"
and type in Havanese Rescue- HRI. Then click
the button that says "Verify."
That's it! Each search generates a penny for
HRI. If 100 people do two searches
a day, that's $2.00 a day for HRI or $60 a
month and it costs you nothing.
Searching through goodsearch.com
does not sign you up for any spam or put you on
a mailing list. It's just another search
engine, this one sponsored by yahoo.
Thanks to everyone who uses this option
and raises money for our Havanese!