Tuesday, 06 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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Havanese Rescue, Inc.

MISSING! Atlanta, GA 09/14/05


Anyone in the area of the Atlanta Airport, please keep an eye out for a light colored Havanese female. Her name is Suvi and she is from Finland.
Suvi escaped with her lead (Resco type) attached, near the Swiss Air Cargo area of Atlanta Airport on 9/14/05. She was last seen on Loop Road South. If anyone sees her, please contact Ken on his cell at (828) 442-3894.

The police, the highway patrol, the people that work in the air cargo offices, and airport security hav
e all been notified, along with shelters in the area, however, any assistance in the search would be appreciated.


Changing lives...one Havanese at a a time.


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 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

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 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

The Long Road

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Lanis Story2 Three Weeks in Foster Care 18 Months

Lani's story ... Nine years in a puppymill

Lani at three weeks in foster care.

After 18 months living life as a

loved and cared for family member.


The passage from hell to heaven could take many months and may even take a year or two for some mill dogs. As long as puppy mills exist there is an urgent need for foster families and forever homes. Opening your heart and home to a puppy mill rescue is one of life’s most treasured and rewarding experiences. Keys to this successful passage are understanding, patience, time, love and when possible a “buddy system” with a mild mannered dog in the family.

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To understand the puppy mill dog it helps to become familiar with the conditions the dog has endured all its life. Many mill dogs are born at the mill and removed from their littermates before socialization has formed. These puppies miss crucial socialization periods with humans and they never learn to trust, to love, or to play. Nutritional needs are minimal and veterinarian services are frequently non-existent. The mature dog is breed over and over again for six, seven, eight, or nine years. When the productivity of the dog decreases the dog is then discarded. The lucky ones are given to rescue groups or sent to auctions. The unlucky ones are disposed of inhumanely.

The transition from the puppy mill to foster care may be unsettling for the mill dog. The dog may have had to be shaved down to its skin in order to remove all the filth and matted hair. Several or all of its teeth may have had to be extracted due to disease and infection. Many mill survivors suffer from swollen, splayed and sore feet from so much time walking on the wire kennel flooring. Eye and ear diseases may also be present. And of course, the dog will have been neutered. Unfortunately there remains psychological damage the mill dog will bring with it to its foster and forever home. Undoing the psychological damage will take the most patience, time, and love. But in the end you will be rewarded with the most loving, devoted dog you will ever own.

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Fostering or adopting a puppy mill dog requires patience. Patience is a very important part of helping the mill dog navigate the passage from mill to forever home. The dog will not know what is expected of it, and will need time to adjust to the new environment and expectations. You need to accept the mill dog with the understanding that the dog has had minimum physical contact with people and that the physical contact the dog received at the mill was probably not pleasant. More than likely the mill dog was handled by the scruff of its neck and may be sensitive at the back of its neck. When you pick up your dog it’s best to approach him from the front, talk softly and reassuringly, then gently lift the dog with both hands underneath. Approaching the dog from behind and quickly lifting it may surprise and alarm the dog. It may be many weeks before the mill dog begins to relax in your arms while being picked up or held. The foster or forever home environment is new to the mill dog and it will take time for it to feel “at home” in its new environment.

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The adoptive family must be willing to spend time with the mill dog; time to adjust, to adapt, to explore, and to learn. Routines, smells, sounds and everything in the house are new to the mill dog. To ease the transition, place the dog’s opened crate in a central location. This will allow the dog a place to go and to feel safe in while observing and becoming accustomed to everyday activity. While being in what the dog regards as a safe place (his crate) the dog becomes accustomed to hearing the phone ring, the blare from the TV, people talking, vacuum cleaners running, smells from the kitchen, etc. Eliminating extraneous “noise pollution” until the mill dog has adapted somewhat to its new environment is helpful.

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In time there will be a bond – unconditional love – between the mill dog and you. Due to the many psychological scars the mill dog comes with, this may be a slow process. You need to gain the dog’s trust. At the mill the dog probably didn’t have a name – just a number. Food and water may have been distributed mechanically. A suggestion to help mend one of the psychological scars is to use food. Feed the dog on a schedule, stay close by, and talk softly to the dog while it eats. The dog will soon learn that the food came from you. Another suggestion is to offer treats on a regular basis especially as a reward for doing a task you asked for. Once the mill dog trusts you a bond of unconditional love is formed. You will look back over all the months – perhaps year – it took to bring the mill dog into it’s rightful place as a “born to be free” dog who is enjoying life to it’s fullest and you’ll be ecstatically happy.

The mill dog needs to get used to you. Find an area where the dog is most comfortable and just sit quietly petting or brushing the dog while at the same time calling it by name and talking in a soft, reassuring manner. Most dogs love to be brushed and in a very short time your mill dog will enjoy sitting with you and being brushed.

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Dogs are social animals. While at the mill the only friend your mill dog may have had was another dog whose kennel may have been next to his. Rescue groups and foster moms have found that mill dogs adapt to the new family environment faster if there is another friendly dog in the family. The mill dog bonds quickly with the other dog and will follow and copy its behaviors thus learning the new expectations and routines much faster. Although size or age of the other dog does not seem to matter friendly temperament does.

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As mentioned previously mill dogs often arrive in rescue with dental problems. Several or all of the teeth may have been extracted because they were rotten. Good dental hygiene is a vital component in the care of mill dogs in order to preserve the few remaining teeth they may have. You may want to begin with a daily brushing using a dental clens pad. When the dog is comfortable with this you can begin to use a child’s toothbrush or doggie finger brush along with dog (not human) toothpaste. In time your dog will see the daily tooth brushing routine as an added treat.

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Your mill dog was probably constrained to a small metal cage with a wire floor. The dog will not be used to a leash, walking on flat surfaces, or stairs. Putting a harness and leash on your dog and letting it drag the leash around the house will aid in familiarizing the puppy with the house while at the same time letting the dog get used to a leash. Blocking off stair entrances with a baby gate will keep the dog safe from a possible tumble.


Puppy mill dogs spend their entire lives soiling their living quarters – the mess merely drops down the open metal grating. Therefore, housebreaking a puppy mill dog is to “un-teach” it a previously acceptable learned behavior. A regular schedule, constant reinforcement, praise, and commitment from you are essential in helping the mill dog eradicate this behavior. Taking the dog out when it first gets up in the morning, after naps, eating, playing, and before bed is a schedule that will help the dog learn to go to the bathroom outside rather than in the house. Another aid is putting the dog on a low residue food, which usually produces one or two bowel movements a day.

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Dogs coming from puppy mills are all different. They are individuals and as such display different traits and have different needs. Some may be shy, some may take longer to house break, some may be frightened of noise or small children, some smaller dogs may be frightened by large aggressive dogs, and some may not trust people. Others however may adapt to, and fit in with the new family in a brief period of time. Some may like to play with toys; some may never learn to play with toys. What is important is that the family accepts the dog as it is, is sensitive to its needs, praises and nurtures it, provides a non-threatening environment, is persistent in the dog’s training, and most of all offers the dog security and unending love and devotion. Bringing the puppy mill dog down the passage from mill to forever home is one of life’s most rewarding experiences. Hearing the first bark, seeing the eagerness in which your dog bounds out the door for its walk, watching the dog respond to your commands, and being greeted by your dog first thing in the morning and last thing at night makes this journey ever so rewarding.

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