If you have a soft heart, a love for Havanese and the ability to wait a while, then Havanese rescue and adoption might be right for you. Each year, thousands of dogs are placed in a network of different animal shelters across the country for a variety of reasons. Some simply have been abandoned, while others have been released by their owners for legitimate reasons (behavioral or emotional problems with the dog for example, or a sudden unplanned move). Some shelter animals are adopted by families but some are not. If you are interested in rescuing a Havanese and adopting, here are some things you need to know.
Supply And Demand
Fortunately for the Havanese, not many of these animals end up in shelters. First of all, the total number of Havanese in the country is relatively small compared to other more common breeds. The relatively high cost of owning a Havanese probably also accounts in some way for low numbers of shelter Havanese. Giving up a Havanese is a costly proposition.
Since the numbers are low, many shelters that specialize in Havanese Care have a waiting list for the dogs. And just like breeders, shelter workers want to know about the home that the dog will be going to and will provide you with as much history as possible about your potential pet. Some shelters charge a fee for their services while others simply ask for a donation in order to keep their Havanese rescue efforts going. Check out the Internet for some Havanese rescue organizations or talk with your vet or local kennel club to find out more about Havanese rescue in your area.
One big drawback with shelter animals is that you will more than likely have an incomplete history of the animal’s behavior or of any possible medical issues that may arise with the animal. Although most shelters that receive owner-released dogs make attempts to gather information about the dog’s health and social history, this is not always done, leaving you with little information as an owner. If the dog was found abandoned you have no history available.
If a Havanese has been abused or neglected, it could affect the dog’s behavior over a long period of time. The dog may act withdrawn or fearful of people, or could become aggressive if it feels threatened. While these dogs are small, if you have young children in your home a bite to the child’s face from a Havanese could cause a serious and painful injury. To rule out behavior problems in the dog, it’s important to observe the dog to determine how he interacts with people and other animals. Ask the shelter workers about their observations too.