Wednesday, 07 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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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 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

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, 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


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Featured Educational Article

Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety

Conditioning the dog to your absence:

  1. Condition dog to absences by leaving for very short periods of time and coming back. Slowly build up to longer absences (see reference articles for details and trouble-shooting)
  2. Low key comings and goings – make your return less exciting to the dog. This includes refraining from yelling at the dog if you find accidents or destruction when you return home. Disciplining when you get home can make your absence even more anxiety-producing for the dog.
  3. Wait until the dog is quiet before you get him out or go say hi to him. If you get the dog out of the crate or pen while it is barking, you may inadvertently teach the dog that barking will get you to return and let him out.
  4. Create a “safe place” (eg, crate or puppy pen). Work on making this a fun place for the dog to go, even when you are home. Susan Garrett’s “Crate Games” are wonderful for this.
  5. Give dog something to keep themselves occupied when you are gone – a special treat they only get at this time (eg, a kong filled with peanut butter)
  6. Give the dog some alone time even when you are home. With a dog that has separation anxiety, this may even mean having the dog in the room with you, but not on your lap. For example, the dog is in a puppy pen –and can see you, but is not right next to you. Work up to having the dog is another room.
  7. Improve the dog’s self confidence
    1. Use positive reinforcement to teach the dog as many things as possible.  Learning behaviors with positive methods builds confidence.
    2. Teaching the dog to think for himself and improve his problem-solving skills will show him that he has some control over his environment and improve his self-confidence. Clicker training, a positive training method where the dog has to learn to think for himself rather than being shown what to do (, is ideal for this. I find this method also works wonders in reactive dogs and dogs that are hyper-active and don’t know how to calm themselves. Basically, a marker is used to let the dog know when he is performing the desired behavior. After he hears the marker, he receives a treat. He learns that offering the desired behavior gets him a reward. The marker allows the trainer to communicate quickly and clearly to the dog exactly which behavior is desired. This methods can be used to incrementally teach complicated behaviors (eg, put away your toys) or to capture simple behaviors such as sit or down. I know there are others on this list that use clicker training. If you are not familiar with clicker training and want to learn more I can cover that in a separate post, or maybe post some videos that illustrate the process. It sounds complicated, but it’s really pretty simple. This would actually be a really fun hands-on session at a National.
    3. Puzzle toys – the dog needs to figure out how to get the food
    4. Nosework – Nosework classes are being offered in many cities or it can be done on your own. Basically, the dog learns to use his nose to find scents. Many trainers have had great success using this method to improve a dog’s overall confidence level.
    5. Agility or other activities that the dog enjoys
    6. Socialization and conditioning to a variety of environments and types of people
  8. Structure – add structure and set routines so that the dog knows what to expect and when. Dogs coming into foster care are dealing with a huge change in their life. Adding predictability to their daily life will help them deal with the transition and decrease their overall stress level.
    1. Set times for walks, feeding, play, training
    2. Rules – have set rules and consistently enforce them. These can be very easy rules, for example, sit and wait while I open the door for you to leave your crate or go outside, sit before you get your dinner, do something before you get a treat. Consistency is the key here. The dog will gain confidence if he knows what to expect.

Build a more resilient dog by increasing the dog’s confidence and independence. Having a “Velcro dog” can be emotionally fulfilling to the pet owner; however, a dog that constantly needs to be with a person is more likely to have separation issues. Helping a dog to develop more independence won’t make it less snuggly or loving. Here are some ways to do this:


  1. "I'll be home soon! How to prevent and treat separation anxiety" by Patricia McConnell.
  2. Managing Your Dog's Separation Anxiety by Aidan Bindoff
  3. When Are You Coming Home? How to Ease Separation Anxiety by Irith Bloom

Prepared by Gail Czarnecki, Havanese Rescue volunteer

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