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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.
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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

Wishlist from a Former Puppymill Dog

What does a former puppy mill dog need from a foster or adoptive home?

First of all, the dog needs someone who has time.That DOESN'T necessarily mean a foster or adoptive parent can't work. What it does mean is that the person has a commitment to putting in time with a foster or adoptive dog every single day. You can do that even if you work, but if you're working overtime and live alone, are volunteering outside the home and taking a class or two after work, acting as a scout leader, have a lot of family or medical demands, it makes it tough. I figure a foster dog adds at least 45 minutes to my daily routine of hands-on, direct contact though it's broken up over the course of the day with short spells of handling, grooming, training (just looking when you say their name, then coming when called, waiting, taking treats, etc) and lots of non-threatening time. Weekends involve more time and hopefully include some short rides in the car and eventually "field trips" into the vet for just a treat and then heading out or going into a pet store and almost immediately going out, etc. You want to build in as much positive as you can find for your former puppymill dog who’s counting on you to show him the world is a safe place.


A former puppy mill dog needs a person who's a little bit paranoid about escape because if these dogs DO get out of your house or yard, they'll probably panic even more than your typical dog does (and we all know that any dog can become extremely fearful and very difficult to find when they're lost.) Someone who puts on both a harness and a collar, hooks up two leashes, one on the harness and one on the collar (or uses a coupler so both are hooked up) when they take the dog out for a walk, has baby gates in front of all the outside doors, signs on the doors telling people NOT to open because they're training a fearful foster or newly adopted dog, keeps their gates padlocked, etc is important. Safety and preventing escape is HUGE with these guys.


I like having a fenced yard and doing leash work inside that yard when the dog is ready for it, but I know there are very effective foster and adoptive homes that don't have fenced yards. They do need to be vigilant and on the paranoid side about escape though, and the effective homes without fences that I know of are very watchful of their own dogs as well as their foster dogs.

Patience is a big help. Your dog may make very slow progress and a willingness to give a dog time to learn to take a risk and trust you is helpful. It's quite unlikely a former puppy mill dog is going to make a quick turnaround so willingness to be in there for the long haul is helpful. A positive attitude though, recognizing those baby steps, is important. You need to remind yourself of the changes your foster or adoptive dog is making. Slow though it might be, it’s progress and recognizing it will help keep you both motivated and patient.

Another friendly, well-socialized dog or two is typically really important in helping a former puppy mill dog learn what to do in what may be a completely new environment. You can see your former puppy mill dog watching your own crew to see what to think about the noises that come from the TV set or your phone, or how to react when someone comes to visit.


Not all dogs coming out of mills have lived there all their lives. We find a lot of dogs that really don't know how to play with toys, but there is the occasional dog that knows how to walk on a leash or adjusts very quickly and may even know how to sit or beg! Those dogs may have ended up in a mill after having lived with a family for a time. They can move along more quickly than our “typical” former puppy mill dog and seem especially grateful to be back with a family again. (Dogs can find themselves in a puppy mill situation after they’ve been advertised on Craigslist or in the paper and are sold without being altered by their first family. Rehoming a dog requires a great deal of care, which isn’t always observed by the people who are advertising their pet, hoping for a quick turnaround.))


It's hard to know what personality you'll see when you foster or adopt a dog from a puppy mill, but for most of us who've fostered and/or adopted these dogs, they end up being some of our favorites. If you're interested in dog behavior, if you're someone who enjoys watching canine interactions, you can't help but fall in love when you see these dogs, who've had such a crummy lot in life, take a chance on us, even though they may not have had reason in the past to trust people. The tentative wags when the dog sees you come home, the first lick of your hand or the first treat you can get taken from your hand, or the joy you see in the leaps and play with other dogs when he's not aware you're watching, are all more gratifying than anyone can possibly explain.


©lw 2012

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Havanese Rescue, Inc.


NewsLetter Oct 07

Havanese Rescue, Inc. Newsletter Changing Lives...One Havanese At A Time
October 2007

Words From The President

The leaves are beginning to fall and the wondrous colors of autumn are everywhere. I would guess that most of us are finally enjoying the cooler temperatures; my Havies seem to be revitalized by them.

Soon it will be Halloween and the Hav-O-Lanterns may want to be part of the fun and festivities, but please remember to keep them safe. Candy tastes yummy and can be irresistible, but chocolate can be toxic to dogs and foil wrappers indigestible. If your pet feels comfortable wearing a costume that can be fun, but please make certain that his vision isn't obstructed (something especially important in our long-haired breed). Since the front door will be opened more often than usual, take care that your dog doesn't dart out when the opportunity presents itself. On Halloween night make sure that your dog's ID tag is on in case the unthinkable happens. With its scary sounds and presence of strangers, Halloween can be stressful for some dogs. Sometimes putting your Havie in another room with the door closed, surrounded by familiar sounds and smells can be comforting.

When the ghosts and goblins are gone for another year, take a moment to relax and enjoy the outdoor beauty and wonderful smells that abound. Soon you will need to grab your rake and begin the clean-up of leaves. And, we know about the indoor clean-up - removing all the leaves that our Havanese carry in with them on their coats. However, being able to steal some kisses and hugs during the process makes it worth the effort!

Happy Fall, everyone! What a glorious time of year!

Stacy DeJoseph

In this issue
  • Adoption Corner
  • Letters Home: Emma
  • Auction Time Again!
  • October is Rescue Month!
  • Changing Lives: Michelle Burke
  • Have you seen the Havanese faces in Havanese Rescue Inc?

  • Letters Home: Emma

    I arrived on a jet plane that was delayed 11 hours, very scary way to arrive and meet my new family. I greeted them hissing and snarling, and never really warmed up to them. Their vet advised them to "put me down" because I was so vicious at such a young age and would only get worse. The family wanted to give me a chance and kept me locked up a lot in a room, so I wouldn't be over stimulated(?).That didn't work.They contacted a local Animal Shelter for help, who in turn, called Mommy Karen.

    She came over right away, with yummy treats and sat right down on the kitchen floor to visit. I hissed at her, too, in that house, and she stayed for two hours and saw that I didn't let anyone touch me! Guess I wasn't ferocious enough for Mommy Karen, because she took me home to her house.

    She had her own trainers, RubyBleu and Dimey, a lot bigger than my 3.7 lbs, but VERY gentle Havanese, with some manners. Mommy Karen's house was wide open to me, her family made me feel like I could be part of someone's family.

    I let them know how happy I was to visit with them that first day, jumping around them, doing the Havanese Ballet, taking treats, and playing with their doggies. I slept next to Mom's bed and if she said "Up" to me, it meant she was going to pick me up. It was ok! And the only way I'd get off the big deck to go potty.

    I was just supposed to stay until my behavior was better, but once I started cuddling on the couch with Mommy Karen, snuggling up and under Jesse's chin, and Dad brought home a ramp so I could fly down off the deck, I knew I was a keeper!!! Christa had to fly home from college to give her approval, and Dimey and Ruby have grown VERY attached to me.

    PS If you have any unwanted computer charging cords, send them asap, I've already chewed thru 3 here!

    Auction Time Again!

    It's that time again! The 7th annual online auction will run Saturday 11/3 through Saturday 11/10, with proceeds to benefit Havanese Rescue Inc. The fall auction has raised nearly $39,000.00 to support Havanese health and Havanese rescue efforts.

    The majority of items at the auction are new. However, gently used items are welcomed. To make your donation go twice as far, you might consider one of the following: Order something from Havanese Rescue Inc's store at Cafe Press and HRI will benefit twice, once from your purchase at Cafe Press and again with the money your item raises at the auction: http://www.cafe press.com/hrinc . Or if you are not in a position to donate or bid on items this year, we can still use your help in spreading the word to family and friends and other lists you may be on.

    For more detailed information on how to donate an item to the auction, to get ideas of items to donate, or how to place a bid on the fabulous items donated please visit http://auction2007.homestead.com/index.html.

    Please add the auction to your favorites http://auction2007.homestead.com/Items1.html and check back daily as auction items are frequently being added!!!

    October is Rescue Month!

    The Havanese Club of America supports rescue month by encouraging our strong and compassionate community to work together for Havanese in need. The Havanese Club of America Placement & Rescue Services Group (HCA PRS) is currently being restructured. In the interim, Havanese Rescue Inc (HRI) is assisting with ongoing rescue activities. Please support rescue by visiting www.havaneserescue.com don't forget the upcoming auction: http://auction2007.homestead.com/Items1.html

    Changing Lives: Michelle Burke

    If you have ever gone to our website, read this newsletter in its archived format, admired an HRI ad in one of the Havanese magazines or applied to adopt or volunteer, you have sampled just some of the talents Michelle Burke shares with HRI.

    Michelle designed the logo for HRI, the Havanese Rescue Quilt project and the rescue banner announcing October as rescue month for the HCA. She has also designed many of our ads for various newsletters and catalogs and has created our HRI tee shirts at our CafePress store.

    Though she finds her passion in graphic arts, Michelle spends countless hours working on the programming that allows our online forms to work. She has designed and improved our website and is there to answer our questions for those of us who rely on her computer skills.

    In addition to all of the above, each of the Havanese rescue quilts has at least one block made by Michelle. She has also fostered dogs and shares the updates she still gets from the adoptive families. Truly Michelle's commitment to the Havanese breed and rescue have benefited more dogs than can easily be counted. Thank you, Michelle, for all you have given.

    Have you seen the Havanese faces in Havanese Rescue Inc?

    Watch our video at youtube, http://youtube.com/watch?v=EVzLpDd0ncc

    Adoption Corner

    Curl Covered Charm - Desi

    Charming, engaging and just delightful. That's Desi from head to toe.

    Desi came into HRI at 8 months of age. Full of energy and mischief, he's developed fans with everyone he's met. That includes quite a few people, too, as Desi's had numerous visits with everyone from medical staff at veterinary clinics to the veterinary medical hospital of Wisconsin. Within minutes, everyone in the waiting room and behind the reception desk has given this boy an ear scratch and smiled at his antics.

    Though he's healthy, Desi has a congenital deformity of his left foot. Because of the degree of the deformity, he hasn't used his left leg very much which caused it to atrophy. HRI is working with specialists to strengthen the rest of Desi's body so he can move more easily. We're also learning about options to support Desi in using his left leg more.

    Desi LOVES playing with toys, especially "noisy" ones like pipsqueakers and talking toys. He loves his foster sisters, the Wyland girls, and chases and plays with them inside the house and out. (See the youtube videos to see him in action!) He thinks ear scratches are so delightful he has to fall down in pleasure. His coat is soft and petting him could probably be patented as a stress reliever. He wags, dances and entertains daily. Anybody who adopts Desi should be ready to surrender their heart.

    The right adoptive family for Desi will have ready access to the appropriate veterinary support. A search at this website http://www.holisticvetlist.com/ will tell you the location of holistic veterinary care in your state. Chiropractics has been most effective for Desi.

    Before Desi goes home, he will have more work to determine the best plan for physical therapy. He's come a long way in just a few months in foster care. You can see his progress by visiting the Desi videos on youtube.

    and http://youtube.com/watch?=egmJs5QUz_E and http://youtube.com/watch?v=g15lqGGYGa4 and http://youtube.com/watch? v=1Caw_c8EBH4


    Adoption News

    Dulce who was featured in June's newsletter has found her forever home!!!


    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!




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