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Urgent: HRI needs foster homes for 18 dogs...

HRI was contacted this week about the possibility of bringing in EIGHTEEN new dogs...several of which have special needs due to allergies or housetraining. Most are regular havanese...young...owners who lost homes, not enough time for them, too much energy, doesn't like cat, other dog doesn't like new havanese, dogs from Craigs list rescued...and you know the rest.

Many of you may have received a post card in the mail asking for those of you who are interested in fostering to contact Ursula at [email protected] Do you have a friend, puppy buyer, neighbor, or relative who might be willing to foster a dog for us? Check your holiday card mailing list! :-) keep up the good work, Urs is getting LOTS of good applications pouring in! But, at the rate the dogs are pouring in, we can never have too many volunteers.)

from Jenny, HRI Intake Coordinator


If you have ever considered becoming a foster, please check out the possibilities on HRI website or contact Ursula. Many people fail fostering 101 and often keep their foster as a furever home.

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There are many foster dogs not on HRI website

As HRI is made up of all volunteers, many of the dogs currently in foster are not on the website. First, they are being evaluated...and the foster mom's often aren't computer savvy or have digital cameras. I know, I cannot imagine...but they are dog lovers, not techies!

HRI gets them up as soon as possible, but again with so many dogs coming in...their priorities are often in other places...like transferring the dog from a home to the foster.

Many folks have asked me why there is a need when there are so few dogs in rescue...there are MANY not on the website.

Last year there were only a few dogs in rescue...this year the numbers have increased exponentially. Perhaps it is the popularity of the dog...the number of dogs that come from puppy mills and go to pet stores who haven't learned proper dog etiquette from their dam, people buying on impulse because they are popular...or the challenging fact that havanese are listed as GOOD with children. They are Good with GOOD children.

The Havanese Forum has been very supportive of rescue this year with several folks becoming foster moms as well as a couple of adoptions. I wish these folks would post about their wonderful experiences to encourage more to join up.

Thanks for hearing me. I know at times I sound like a broken record. It just shocks me every week when we get our Friday update of the number of dogs in need.

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All about fostering...

About Fostering Dogs
Fostering

This aspect of volunteering always seems to be a bit intimidating to people, though it’s not nearly as hard as you might think. First, you need to evaluate your family situation to determine if you can foster. If you have very young children, a demanding job, other pets with medical or behavioral issues, older parents in the home who require a lot of care, or if everyone in the family is not “on board” with being a foster family, fostering may not be right for you. Maybe you can’t foster, but we’d love it if you’d consider sharing some of your other talents. If your family situation seems right, please keep on reading about being a foster family!

Every foster dog is at a disadvantage initially because they have either been turned in for some medical or behavioral issue, or they have just plain “lost” their family due to some unforeseen circumstance. In all of these cases, the dog may be scared or anxious because of the change in family. Whether the dog is an Owner Turn In (OTI), or comes from a shelter, you should be able to have some space you can block off just for the foster dog until you see how they interact with your other dogs/pets. If they come from a shelter you may also need to quarantine the dog. Our policy and procedure manual provides more information about what is entailed in quarantining a dog and how to protect your family and pets.

Your job as a foster parent is to work with the dog to accomplish several things. First, correct any behavioral issues (i.e., housebreak the dog, work on them being grabby with food, or help socialize them). Some dogs also need you to support them through medical issues which could include surgical care for an injury, neutering/spaying, and would require post-operative care and follow-up. All dogs need their foster parent to observe them to help determine what their ideal family would be. Working on basic manners/training helps the foster dog feel as confident and secure as it can. Many of these dogs just need a consistent home with consistent rules, and they become very good dogs very quickly. There is always someone to talk with you about questions or concerns or to brainstorm if you’ve run into a stumbling block somewhere along the way.

HRI is quite careful about the foster home placements it makes. That means that we will not knowingly place a foster dog with you that would not be appropriate for your family.
We want both you and the dog to succeed at the fostering relationship. HRI respects each family’s need for discretion. Even if you have committed to being a foster parent for a dog in need, if the time or situation is not right when you’re called, you can say “No.”

While it is sad to see your foster dog go to its “forever family,” it is incredibly rewarding when you know your foster dog found the right family because of your time and effort. There is little that is more rewarding than hearing from a family about how much they cherish their newest family member.

Give fostering a try! It is incredibly rewarding and changes lives, one Havanese at a time!

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Baby Isabella ready for adoption!

Isabella was recently surrendered into our foster program by a very loving and caring family who had only her best interest at heart. Their kind veterinarian and staff were aware of HRI and helped with Isabella's transfer.

Isabella is almost 4 months old and is every bit the Havanese puppy!

She sustained an accidental injury to her right foreleg/elbow and came to HRI needing surgery with all sorts of nifty hardware - wires and pins - necesary to make her good as new! She did remarkably well and really doesn't think she's got a problem in the world even though the vet wants her kept quiet for a two week period until her next series of x-rays.
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Wouldn't one need to be in the area where the rescue is located to foster? We are in Arkansas but wouldn't mind to foster
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I would love to foster Havanese!! I've given my name to the Cdn. Hav Rescue, but in my province, there are very, very few Havs as it is.

If I would qualify as a foster home for the U.S. HRI, then I'd gladly help out! Think that's possible? I would imagine, like Brooke said, that HRI is looking for homes in the area ...... ?




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go ahead and get your application in...

You never know where a home will be needed or when the need to send a foster to a home away from home will be necessary.

Linda

They are moved from state to state for foster homes all the time...

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anyone have Megan's email

Megan actually spoke to Ursula at Nationals. Ursula called me today to get her email as she didn't get it then.

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Linda, I would PM Megan (casperkeep) and ask her there.

I spoke a few times with Ursula at the Nat'l and she always remembered me when I'd walk by. Lovely woman! I'll write and see what she says. Thanks.




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I have to add, that fostering is rewarding. You see the dog emerge from shy and insecure with issues into a happy member of a family. I fostered Belle, she's now with a family I chose for her in New Jersey. We sent her from Miami, through several of us who drove in a "railroad" with stops in Cocoa and in VA (where she had excellent medical care and her ACL was repaired). If you have room in your home and in your hearts, please go to www.havaneserescue.com and fill out an adoption application to foster. After checking your references and home, HRI will place you with a foster dog that will be no burden. They will not give you one with terrible issues unless you can handle it. Belle was surrendered when the older couple who bought her could not care for her. The breeder was contacted and could not take her back, so she went into our loving arms.
You also will form friendships, as I have because HRI will mentor and support you throughout your fostering. I highly recommend the experience for anyone with love to spare.

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