Saturday, 28 November 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.

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)





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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


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Featured Educational Article

Recall Command



Your energy is so important when teaching a dog a new behavior.  Your energy needs to be calm.  When you start feeling something other than calm, i.e., losing your patience, take a deep cleansing breath and relax.  The less you say the better off you’ll be; dogs understand our body language better than our words along with our energy.  You need lots of patience.
What you need is high value treats or toys and a 4’ or 6’ and 25’ (for later) lead.
Be in an area where it’s just you and your dog.  Your other dogs are out of sight and out of mind so you can focus and there are no distractions for your dog.
It is best if you dog can sit and stay, if not, then start off 1’-2’ between you and your dog. Otherwise, distance yourself the length of the lead or as far as your dog will stay for you.
Attract your dog’s attention with a treat or toy and be as animated as possible. She will naturally come to you; if not, gently pull on the lead while getting her attention. Give lots of praise when to she comes to you giving her a treat or toy.  DO NOT SAY COME. The reason - we have a habit of repeating the command and eventually the dog will tune us out.  You should practice for 5 minutes or less as often as you can throughout the day (3 or 4 times is optimal).  Always end on a positive note (she performed the command).  During the session, never, never, ever, did I say never, give your dog a treat or toy if she didn’t come to you.   You only reward for the behavior you are asking her to do.
As the dog starts to understand the command, start increasing your distance off and on lead and say the command ‘come’ only once.  Also, don’t treat every time just praise her.  Once you are confident your dog has this command down pat now is the time to pull out the 25’ lead.  Here comes the most rewarding part of the training.
Put the dog on 25’ lead, take a deep breath, relax and open up you front door or gate let her run out 5’ to 10’  and say COME as calmly and assertively as possible. If you feel nervous or anxious do not do this, you must be calm and confident your dog will perform the command.  If she comes back to you, praise highly and treat.  If not, make the lead taut and repeat the above to bring her to you with no treat.  Again, increase the distance as she returns on command.  Practice this command so your dog does not forget it.
There is no time limit when you dog will perform this command. Your consistency, body language, patience and energy are the key factors for success.


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