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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 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.

How Your Donations Are Used

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The average cost to rescue one Havanese in 2013 was: $786.00*
Expenses for rescue dogs may include: 
  • Spay/Neuter 
  • Vaccinations
  • Fecal and heart worm tests
  • Mandatory medications
  • Corrective surgical procedures
  • Repair of injuries
  • Euthanasia (when necessary)
  • Animal shelter release fees 
  • Boarding fees (for quarantine of contagious or possibly contagious rescues)
  • Micro-chipping
  • Transportation in areas where volunteers can not be found
  • Crates (if/when needed)
  • Any other necessary cost incurred 
Food, bedding, toys, etc. are usually provided by our very generous foster families.

*Administrative costs, such as the ones below, are not included in the amount indicated above as the average cost to rescue one Havanese.

  • Web site hosting
  • Insurance
  • Online Database (for tracking our dogs, expenses, donations, etc.)
  • Legal/Professional fees
  • Postage (for reimbursing volunteers, etc)





Changing Havanese at a a time.


News, Current Events and Items of Special Interest

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

Surrendering a Dog to Rescue

Surrendering a Dog to Rescue

Ideally, all dogs live in one loving home from puppyhood until death. Realistically, however, this isn’t always possible. People become ill, die, divorce, move overseas, develop allergies, lose their jobs, lose their homes, etc. Any of these situations, among others, can be a reason for a dog coming into rescue.

If you feel you are in a situation where you need to surrender your Havanese, here is a summary of how the situation works.

Contact our intake group for assistance. We have experience and knowledge with this breed and will work with you in an effort to help you with solvable issues/problems. If this isn’t possible, we will place your dog in a carefully screened foster home for whatever length of time is necessary to assess his/her medical, behavioral and social needs.  We will then re-home him/her with a family who is educated about the special needs of your dog. 

You should be aware that older dogs, dogs with medical problems, or pairs of dogs may take longer to place. These dogs are given the best care possible to make them feel comfortable while they await their new homes.

We spend time assessing the dog prior to their arrival through our intake process. This is where we learn about the dog’s likes and dislikes, and personality. By being as honest as possible with us, you can help us place the dog successfully. It is vitally important that we have a complete medical history on the dog.

Contact your vet and get a copy of your dog’s medical records, including rabies tag and microchip registration, if applicable. This will save him/her from being unnecessarily re-vaccinated. If your dog is unaltered, needs vaccines, heartworm testing, or a dental cleaning, please do your dog one last favor and take care of these veterinary needs. Rescue needs considerable funding to care for Havanese who are strays or are left in shelters or veterinary offices, some needing extensive medical treatment. Taking responsibility for these veterinary necessities for your own dog will allow us to place your dog sooner and allow rescue to channel funds to the truly neglected dogs. If you are unable to get your dog up-to-date on vaccinations and spayed/neutered, please consider a monetary donation upon surrendering your dog to help cover part of these costs. We sincerely appreciate receiving a monetary donation from the dog’s owner whenever it’s financially possible.

A surrender form will be sent to you to complete. Please be thorough and accurate.  This form lets us know about your dog’s likes and dislikes, fears, favorite activities, toys or treats, etc.

When possible, you’ll be asked to bring your dog to a designated intake place, or to transport at least part of the way if you are a long distance from the rescue representative or foster home. Make sure your dog is wearing a collar and ID tags for the trip.

Determine which of your dog’s belongings you can send with him/her. Having his/her own crate, bed, toys, jacket, etc., not only keeps the dog more comfortable by being around familiar objects, but relieves rescue of having to purchase so many of these items for your dog. Please send food that your dog is used to, and pack up medications or supplements your dog needs, along with instructions for administration of them.

You’ll be asked to sign relinquishment papers giving up ownership of your dog when you meet with the transporter or foster parent. If you’d like, we will send you a letter or email when your Havanese is placed to let you know a little about the home, but it will not include names or addresses of the new adopters. This is a confidential adoption process.

All of our dogs are placed first in pre-approved foster homes. Except in the case of strays or dogs coming from shelters where contagious illnesses might threaten the pets of our foster families, we do not board our dogs at kennels, veterinarian’s offices, groomers, etc. Our prescreened and well educated foster families are provided with support from other volunteers and foster families as well as trainers and veterinarians when appropriate.

Your dog will have a safe, comfortable, loving home with one of our foster families until we find a match with one of our approved adopters. Adopters sign a contract stating that the Havanese they adopt MUST be returned to our rescue if they cannot keep the dog for any reason. The dog will never be sold, given away or taken to a shelter. To ensure compliance, microchips on all HRI dogs are registered to HRI.

Remember, surrendering your Havanese to Havanese Rescue Inc, ensures that your pet will be placed in a loving, educated, “forever” home with people who understand the special needs of this breed. A humane society, shelter or all-breed rescue may not be able to provide the same level of screening and understanding of the breed.

Although surrendering your dog may be extremely difficult for you, remember what a loving choice you’re making. You are providing your dog with a “second chance” for a wonderful future.  We understand, and we thank you for making a decision that is in the best interest of your Havanese.

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