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HRI needs FOSTERS--Please help if you can...

If you have ever considered fostering or assisting with HRI, there has never been a better time. We are getting calls due to the economy in record numbers of people needing to re-home their havanese. HRI is faced with the possibility of turning dogs down as there are simply not enough foster homes for the number of calls coming in.

If you have ever considered fostering, please apply now. There are many fosters from HRI who have written their stories, and they will tell you that they often feel they are the ones being rescued! The love and satisfaction of assisting a little homeless one find a new family is an amazing opportunity. The havanese you have already can be the foster brother or sister a challenged havanese needs to become the happy go lucky dog it was intended to be.

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Transporting Fosters - a new opportunity at HRI

After you become an HRI volunteer, you can also assist in this way...

Please click on this link if you would like to transport a foster dog...this is a new opportunity:

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How to volunteer:

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About Fostering Dogs

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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Not ready to foster yet, here is what else you can do!

About Volunteering With HRI

What do HRI Volunteers do? There is nothing they don’t do! A few ways our volunteers help HRI include:
quilting squares for the HRI Quilt Fundraiser
coordinating the fabrication of the quilt
selling quilt tickets
maintaining the HRI stores
taking pictures of foster dogs and quilt squares for store items and publicity
communicating HRI news to local HCA clubs
posting pictures and write-ups of our foster dogs on Petfinder
designing and maintaining the HRI website
creating databases for tracking dogs and people who support HRI
coordinating dog transports
driving a leg of a transport
checking on dogs in shelters
helping HRI maintain its financial records
being available to counsel someone about a dog behavior issue
helping HRI with fundraising efforts
writing policies, procedures and educational info for other volunteers
educating the public by setting up booths at local pet expos or shows
coordinating an online auction to raise funds
creating a slideshow or video for youtube or educational venues
serving as a board member and/or officer
providing financial support to HRI
doing home visits for potential foster homes or adopters
doing reference checks for volunteers and prospective adopters
using their personal network of friends to help us find people to pull a dog, or do a home visit
storing things for HRI - like leashes, collars, bellybands, etc
generating donations of items from businesses or individuals for our foster dogs or for auctions and fundraisers
working on the newsletter committee
grooming dogs in foster care
providing moral support and camaraderie to other volunteers as they share their successes and challenges with HRI dogs.

Skills Required to Volunteer: Enthusiasm, a love for Havanese, time and energy! If you review the list of what HRI Volunteers do, you’ll see that we have people who sew, have computer skills or accounting skills, knowledge of Havanese, knowledge of dog training, knowledge of medical and behavioral issues, communication skills, work skills related to fundraising and writing grants, the ability to open their hearts to a dog in need of a foster home, time to help with reference checks, some space in their home for items for our HRI foster dogs, and compassion and love for this breed and the other people involved in rescue.

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Great info on the rescue. I will see where I can help.

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I did sign up with them and never heard from anyone. Is there anyone I should contact?

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As always you posted wonderful information. And as always the video brought tears to my eyes-I cry each & every time I watch it. My Mr Roman (aka Romeo) is the pupster right before the beautiful little lady wearing the green beads. And my Ms Frannie has her own thread here-I am Twelve now-Leeann posted her picture in that thread so eveyone can see my darling. And yes as everyone knows they were two of my foster "kids" that just came & joined Miss Paige (who is not a rescue) in owning my house & my heart.

Please consider joining HRI-if you can't foster there are other ways you can help. Linda has posted the web-site so I will not repeat that. Just know it will be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. Not only will you make a difference in a dog's life but you will make so many wonderful friends-just like this forum. Between being part of HRI & being part of this forum I feel I have friends all over the world. And what more could a person ask for.

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Thanks Linda - great post and great information.

I have to say that the last year (my first year) with HRI has been SO rewarding I can hardly put it in to words. I so badly wanted to foster - I waited and waited and then I got the call -"can you pick up a little guy at the border of NY and foster him?" That is when Dugan came in to our lives. One of the funniest, happy little guys - who is now with Karen & Brady.
Then along came Lukey - what a joy!! He was so smart and so sweet, and is now in this forever home with Sandee, Bella & Tucker!! Then you all know my Mill girl Madeline!! She was the most rewarding foster I every had. To see her emerge from a "frightened little dog" to a kissy, barky lively little girl who loves to run and wrestle with other dogs - and now is in her new forever home and is spoiled rotton!!
It is work, it is a committment, but it is FABULOUS!! I know that I will do this for as long as I can. But as Linda posted, there are so many other jobs that peopole can help with - not just fostering.

Please Please Please consider joining to help us out. The idea that we might have to turn pups away because we dont have enough places to foster them, just breaks my heart!!
If your pup came from a mill, or a rescue - imagine if they had been turned down & never made their way to you! It is too hard to even think about!!
Check out these babies that come thru my home - its worth it!!!
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Our beautiful little Galen is a rescue as you all know. I had done quilt squares for HRI but was not considering adding another dog as I was sure it would up set Smarty. Another dog would be double the trouble, we couldn’t go as many place, DH was a solid “no”. Boy were we looking at a glass half empty. Smarty has never been happier. We have double the laughter, double the fun, and double the love. This little girl is so eager to please. We have had her for just over a week and she sits on command, learning to roll over (Smarty still has not got that one), and is so happy to be free to run and play.

Had Galen not been rescued she would have been bred at a year and each heat after that. She would have lived her life in a cage with very little human contact her pups would have been sold on line.

If you don’t think you can manage a dog with special needs there are plenty of others that need to be fostered or placed that are beautiful and perfectly normal.. Think about it.

A very special thank you to Kimberly, she knows why.

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