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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-24-2008, 11:00 AM
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Question Rescues? Where to find?


I know of

But what other adoption/rescue organizations online are there to watch for available animals that are in desperate need for a loving home?

Doesn't have to be strictly a Havanese only rescue as I am sure the local agencies who get a few here and there as well with their pit bulls and Labs.
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Hi Kristy,

I can't give you a definitive answer but I can tell you what worked for me.
I made it a hobby of sorts and actually need to come with a new hobby because we found a puppy!

First and foremost I used, which is a wonderful resource however I would suggest if you are looking for a certain type of dog you put that in the search window as a "mix". The shelters, I have found anyway, have to guess at the breed so you might look under say "poodle mix" and "terrier mix" for a Hav looking dog.

The other thing I would say about searching for a rescue is look on Google for shelters/animal rescues in your area and decide how far you're willing to drive (the only problem with that is some shelters will only adopt to home in their are) When I did this I found many many wonderful no kill shelters that are inundated with dogs everyday!

Good luck to you and be patient, your perfect dog is out there!


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Our breed is fortunate to not have nearly as many rescues come in. I would say petfinder is the most popular way as most rescues are linked on there so if you search by breed, it is easiest to find. You could also contact your local shelters or rescue and maybe put in application. Be patient as the number of applicants is way higher than the number of dogs.


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I adopted my Hav from HALO (Havanese Angel League Organization). The rescue Havs from puppymills, auctions, etc. They will adopt out throughout the US/Canada. I initially found them through I also adopted a Coton through a local rescue organization (that I found on petfinder) - I didn't know it, but the Humane Societies rarely keep small dogs - too stressful. They send the small dogs to the smaller rescue organizations. I spent a number of months looking but there are so many animals out there waiting to be adopted. And I swear, rescued pets seem to know they've been saved - and show their gratitude.

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Thanks everyone.

And Jill, welcome to the forum! It is wonderful place and everyone is very helpful when you are in need. Your pups are adorable.
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I think Vance sounds perfect for you
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I would suggest getting approved through havanese rescue. Then when they have a dog that would fit you, you're ready to go. Plus a lot of times the dogs go through them before even making it to Petfinder.

There are a few on here who are involved in the organization.

I'm in the system for 'someday'.... LOL

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Alexa, Vance looks so sweet! So cute and cuddly.

Oh I wish we could. Our dog, Miranda, in our avatar, is over 16 years old and is ailing. I don't feel another dog at this particular moment would suit our family. She has been have accidents due to her age and think this would confuse a new pup on the housebreaking idea. Even though he is almost potty trained. I just see a huge mess of set backs. Awwww....he looks adorable though. Timing is just not right.

Yes, it may not be a bad idea to start application processing, even before we are ready. I would love to buy a pup from a local breeder...but they also need a friend right?
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I hope you don't mind my input on this, but I have been lurking for about a week now and possibly might be able to help you find a Havanese in need of help. I noticed that "momof2" was from SE Wisconsin, I am from SW ND --so we're kind of neighbors if you hop over Minnesota!
Anyway, there is a Havanese for adoption at the Central Dakota Humane Society in Mandan, ND. His is a sad story: he was rescued from a Puppy mill in Missouri. Some how, some one brought him to ND where he was in a foster home in Jamestown through Prairie Paws Rescue (he was on Petfinder, but there were no takers) -the group there decided to send him to the shelter in Mandan where I think they hoped more people would see him and come meet him. Well, my family and I drove over to see if the shelter had any smaller, older, low/no shedding doggies for adoption and here was "Gambler" - this sweet little Havanese that was frightened out of his wits. He literally shook with fear, and refused to look up into anybody's eyes. It was very sad. The gal that was working at the shelter said that he does fine with other dogs and is a fun little playmate. But as we could see, he was very unsure around new people. I would very much like to adopt him, but I have three children, the youngest being almost 4. They are your average happy, silly, and sometimes, loud children that would love to have a dog, but I'm afraid that our family would not be a good match. I read that puppy mill dogs that get rescued from dog auctions take a long time to trust people and they do better when there is already a trusting bonded dog in the family. They will follow the first dogs lead, so to speak.
If you or anyone you know is interested, he is here and needs a real home. My heart breaks just thinking about him.....
Sorry to ramble on and on, and I hope I didn't bring anyone down (at least not too down)-- you all seem like such a friendly positive group! Keep up the good work!
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I hope he finds a home soon!!!! I hope someone here rescues him that would be really neat to see his progress!!!

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