Saturday, 01 November 2014
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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Havanese Rescue, Inc.

When will you have a dog for me?

We have no way of knowing when a dog will become available in a given area. Havanese come into rescue very irregularly. We do encourage you to have an application completed and on file in case a Havanese becomes available. We cannot call or search for people based on emails or phone contact. We MUST have an adoption application on file so that we can find you in our system.


Changing Havanese at a a time.


News, Current Events and Items of Special Interest

2014 HRI Online Auction

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2013 Financial Report

Total 2013 Income - $141,888.13

  • $54,550.93 - HavToHavIt Store
  • $22,325.00 - Adoption Donations
  • $45,918.60 - Donations
  • $5,292.82 -  Auction
  • $ 1,609.00  - Calendar
  • $ 7,426.00  - Reception
  • $ 4,641.80  - Quilt Project
  • $    123.98 - Interest        

Total 2013 Expenses - $135,585.67

  • $87,258.79 - Foster Dog Expenses (Vet, grooming, Transportation, Supplies)
  • $ 41,285.01  - Store Purchases & Cost of Fundraising Events
  • $  7,041.87 - Operating Expenses

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 Havanese at a a time.


Featured Educational Article

Housetraining Tips

The key to housetraining any dog is consistency, patience, and TREATS! A good way to begin is to go back to how you would treat a new puppy coming into your home.

Consider tethering the dog to you while training. Tie the leash to your wrist or belt loop so the dog is always very close, you’ll be able to see any potty clues and react immediately.

Until the dog is trustworthy he shouldn’t have the run of the house, confine him to a small area unless he has just pottied outside. Too much space will make it difficult for him to learn where he’s supposed to go.

Create a potty schedule, try taking the dog out every hour and use the same words each time…”go potty”, “go pee”, “go poo”. Stay out for 15-20 minutes and if the dog doesn’t go, then he goes back into his crate unless he’s very closely watched or tethered.

The dog should go outside immediately upon waking up in the morning, after eating breakfast, after drinking lots of water, after a nap, and after a play session. While walking through the door say “outside for potty” every time. Use the same door as that will help him associate going out that door for potty time.

Many dogs use Poochie Bells, bells on a strip that hangs from the door knob and the dog learns to ring the bells when he needs to go out. These are available from our store, HavToHavIt for a low price and work great.

When the dog goes potty it’s time for a POTTY PARTY! Lots of praise and a treat! Tell him “good potty!” every time and lavish him with snuggles, tummy scratches or whatever he loves! He also gets a treat immediately when he goes. Limit treats to potty training only and he’ll quickly realize that going outside will get him a reward.
Keep reward treats close to the door he’s going out so they’re easy to grab as you head outside.

The dog should be watched at all times while outside so he can be rewarded for good potty behavior immediately.
Anytime the dog will be crated, he should be taken out prior to going into the crate so he doesn’t need to go while he’s in there. As soon as you return home and open the crate, pick him up and outside he goes!

If he has an accident, don’t scold. Ignore the incorrect behavior and quietly clean it up. If it’s in his crate change the blanket or bedding immediately so he doesn’t have the smell there to encourage going again.

Housetraining can be one of the most difficult things to master with your dog no matter what his age. It will require a great deal of patience and a commitment from everyone in the home to work hard at making your dog successful!

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