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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Havanese Rescue, Inc.


lilly_ca.jpeg.jpgLilly is a 17 week old fluff ball of a puppy... She's currently 7 pounds and growing. Lilly is very friendly; very outgoing, very smart and just a little stubborn.  She loves to play with other small dogs and is neither dominant or submissiove.  She's right in the middle and is quite the little talker.  We like to refer to chatty Havanese as "talkers"!

Lilly will let you know when its dinnertime or when she wants up on your lap.  She will need your help for that toy that is just out of her reach or help getting down the stairs. Sometimes its a bark, sometimes a squeak, sometimes a groan or a little growly rumble with her tail a waggin.

Lilly is crate trained and we are still working on housetraining.  She's learning to come when her name is called, loves her treats and going for walks.

She is currently being fostered in California.


Changing 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 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


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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