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Havanese Rescue Needs Foster Homes

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]. I’ll be sending out a more detailed note to all of you about the lack of foster homes early next week. 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!

Seems that nationally dog rescue is up (some people are losing homes due to balloon payments), more dogs from puppy mills, and just some amazing dogs who live in homes with tiny kids or babies about to be born...

We have some beautiful dogs coming up for adoption, and many waiting in the wings for foster homes.

Please support havanese rescue. You will be so glad you did.

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What are the requirements? Do you need a stay at home mom? A house without kids? It would help to know what you are looking foR.
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Fostering through Havanese Rescue

www.havaneserescue.com click under fostering:

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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HRI needs your help even if fostering isn't for you right now...

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
fostering
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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How I was inspired to join havanese rescue...

Lu Wyland, one of havanese rescue's majors, made this HRI Video for YouTube. I was so moved, I had to join and participate. The song is called What Kind of World do You Want...it is a tear jerker I must admit.

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See: Youtube, Havanese Rescue

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Aw, how touching! I wish we could help, but I just don't think we have enough room right now! I hope to be able to do this someday!
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For those who have any desire to foster...

here is Ursula's reply with who can foster:

Hi Linda,
We will consider anyone who wishes to volunteer and foster.
Some of our foster homes have younger kids, and those kids are very cool with dogs, and know to let the dog come to them, etc. And, some of our foster moms work, and if they can, have someone let dogs out at noon, that kind of thing. But, they can be successful at fostering if they work full-time, just depending on the dog.
We try to match the dog’s needs to what the foster home has to offer as much as possible.
Does that help?
Unless someone has pandemonium in their house, I always recommend that they apply, and we work from there.
Thanks, Urs
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you can sign up to foster even if you cannot do it right now

We are always keeping lists of potential havanese fosters. I, myself, cannot foster right now due to current circumstances...but I am on the availability list all checked out and ready to go when I am ready.

For this reason, I'm volunteering on the Quilt Committee and also serving as someone to connect with others who might not know about us.

Thanks for replying.

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The photo is my daughter at the Pet Expo two years ago with the Havanese Rescue Quilt on display holding her dog Daisy Lu.
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Belle, already fostered...needing a furever home!

Belle is a 5 year old Havanese as sweet as she is cute (which is a lot!) Though somewhat shy by nature, Belle decided her first night in foster care that the teenage boy in her foster family was just terrific! She often has a slower warm up time with people but loves the company of her foster family and is predicted to adjust well to her forever family which we know is waiting for her.
Belle's unassuming nature helps her blend right in with other dogs in the home. She wagged with pleasure when introduced to the other 3 Havanese in her foster family. She enjoys just hanging out with the other Havanese there and loves having a fenced backyard so she can rest in the sun. She's a bathing beauty, this girl!

Belle would love a family of her own. You'll wonder how you ever got along without her once you let her into your heart.

To learn more about Belle and our other dogs in Havanese Rescue Inc, go to http://havaneserescue.com/index.php?...=36&Itemid=159
You can complete an online adoption application right on our website.
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Havanese Forum Quilt helps HRI

See sections of the amazing forum quilt that was developed and beautifully made by the talented members of the Havanese Forum. Thank you a million...

The Rescue Dogs

http://quilt.havaneserescue.com/inde...d=13&Itemid=35
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