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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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Year End Financial Report

Total 2012 Income - $151,283

•    $46,217 - HavToHavIt Store
•    $26,975 - Adoption Donations
•    $51,710 - Donations (including Annual Appeal)
•    $7,380 -  Auction
•    $ 2,437  - Calendar
•    $12,151  - Reception
•    $  4,413  - Quilt Project

Total 2012 Expense - $121,152

•    $82,279 - Foster Dog Expenses (Vet, grooming, Transportation, Supplies)
•    $ 32,783  - Store Purchases & Cost of Fundraising Events
•    $ 6,090 - Operating Expenses



Featured Article

Recall Command



Your energy is so important when teaching a dog a new behavior.  Your energy needs to be calm.  When you start feeling something other than calm, i.e., losing your patience, take a deep cleansing breath and relax.  The less you say the better off you’ll be; dogs understand our body language better than our words along with our energy.  You need lots of patience.
What you need is high value treats or toys and a 4’ or 6’ and 25’ (for later) lead.
Be in an area where it’s just you and your dog.  Your other dogs are out of sight and out of mind so you can focus and there are no distractions for your dog.
It is best if you dog can sit and stay, if not, then start off 1’-2’ between you and your dog. Otherwise, distance yourself the length of the lead or as far as your dog will stay for you.
Attract your dog’s attention with a treat or toy and be as animated as possible. She will naturally come to you; if not, gently pull on the lead while getting her attention. Give lots of praise when to she comes to you giving her a treat or toy.  DO NOT SAY COME. The reason - we have a habit of repeating the command and eventually the dog will tune us out.  You should practice for 5 minutes or less as often as you can throughout the day (3 or 4 times is optimal).  Always end on a positive note (she performed the command).  During the session, never, never, ever, did I say never, give your dog a treat or toy if she didn’t come to you.   You only reward for the behavior you are asking her to do.
As the dog starts to understand the command, start increasing your distance off and on lead and say the command ‘come’ only once.  Also, don’t treat every time just praise her.  Once you are confident your dog has this command down pat now is the time to pull out the 25’ lead.  Here comes the most rewarding part of the training.
Put the dog on 25’ lead, take a deep breath, relax and open up you front door or gate let her run out 5’ to 10’  and say COME as calmly and assertively as possible. If you feel nervous or anxious do not do this, you must be calm and confident your dog will perform the command.  If she comes back to you, praise highly and treat.  If not, make the lead taut and repeat the above to bring her to you with no treat.  Again, increase the distance as she returns on command.  Practice this command so your dog does not forget it.
There is no time limit when you dog will perform this command. Your consistency, body language, patience and energy are the key factors for success.


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Pepper - ADOPTED!

pepper_blanket.jpgOne year old Pepper is fairly new to rescue.  He measures in at 11" and weighs around 11 lbs. He was turned over to HRI from someone who got him out of an auction.  This cute little guy is going to be a wonderful addition to someone's family.

Pepper enjoys going on his daily walks and playing chase in the yard. Pepper has learned to sit, shake and high five and he is potty trained as well.  Pepper is a sweet and cuddly dog, when he's picked up and is in your arms, he melts. The cats in his foster home are happy to say that he's cat friendly, too!

Pepper's ideal home would have another dog for him to play with and have someone who is home most of the day.  While he is still a bit shy, his new family would have to continue with his socialization and be patient with him as he adjusts to his new home.

pepper_in_the_sheets.jpgPepper is being fostered in Minnesota.
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