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Established in 1965, HAWS assists over 6,000 animals and welcomes more than 31,000 human visitors annually. As an "open admissions" shelter we lead the community in animal welfare and assure sanctuary for all animals in need, regardless of age, health or temperament. HAWS is a non-profit, entirely donor-fund organization with an active humane education program, and both wildlife and companion animal rescue services for Waukesha County.

HAWS License #267280-DS

As School Winds Down...HAWS Calendar Fills Up!

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HAWS bursts into bloom this May with a full slate events and activities.

HAWS presents the Rodent Rally on Sunday, May 19th from 12-3p.m. at the shelter at 701 Northview Road, Waukesha. This new and FREE event is for anyone with a hamster, gerbil, rat, mouse or other pet rodent! Special guest Nicole Waliszewski, DVM, of Brook-Falls Vet Hospital & Exotic Care will discuss common health concerns and treatments. Information on proper small pet housing and diet will also be available. 

Nationally recognized animal behaviorist and trainer Kathy Sdao is the featured speaker at a two-day seminar on May 18th and 19th. Using lecture, video, and live demonstrations, Sdao will discuss positive reinforcement and help attendees get “SMART” about animal training. Call HAWS’ Education Department for details at 262-542-8851, x118.

It’s time to register for HAWS’ Kids 'N Critters Day Camp! Children can spend summer interacting with and learning all about animals, responsible pet care, training, health and more. Camps run June through August.

Pet Education is available this summer for 4-legged family members, too! Enroll in one of HAWS’ many dog training classes including Life Skills for Puppies, Basic Manners, Loose Leash Walking, Scent Work, Confident Canine and Dog Play. Classes fill quickly; register now by calling 262-542-8851, x114.

Kitten season has arrived! HAWS’ new training for young felines, Kitten College, will be held Sunday, May 5th and Tuesday May 21st at 6p.m. Save the date for HAWS’ Kitten Shower on Saturday June 15th!

By the way - additional highlights of HAWS’ May Calendar include “Pet”-icures (cats 5/11 & 5/28, small animals 5/8 & 5/18) Puppy Parties every Sunday (4:45p.m), and Pet First Aid (5/18). HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center visits in May include the New Berlin Safety Fair (5/18) – find out other tour stops at

HAWS Rodent Rally is This Sunday!

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Get those rodents running at HAWS  May 19th at the Rodent Rally!

Come to our shelter at 701 Northview Road, Waukesha, this Sunday for a one-of-a-kind event for anyone who has a rodent of any kind - including rats, mice, hamsters and gerbils!  (Altho you should leave your rodent friend at home where they will be more comfortable.)

Itsy, BItsy, Teenie and Tiny - little girl Roborovski Dwarf Hamsters.Special Rodent Rally guest speaker Nicole Waliszewski, DVM, of Brook-Falls Vet Hospital & Exotic Care will take the podium at 12:30pm to discuss common health concerns and treatments.  Your questions are encouraged – and we know you have them.  Also covered will be proper small pet housing and the all-important complete little pet diet.

Isaac and Newton, the little boy Robos.Admission to HAWS' Rodent Rally is FREE, but donations to HAWS' Small Animal Fund are greatly appreciated. 

While you’re here, stop by and say hello to our Roborovski Dwarf Hamsters currently available for adoption!  The girls are Itsy, Bitsy, Teenie and Tiny, and the boys are Isaac and Newton.  Since they love being together they should be adopted either as groups or in pairs.  Robo Hamsters are very active and always on the move – they enjoy hanging out together and scampering around non-stop exploring the fun stuff in their habitats!  They are very difficult to hold probably wouldn’t do well with children, but they do not typically bite and are quite friendly.

By the way – have you gotten the kids signed up for Kids ‘N Critters Summer Day Camp yet?!

Happy (?) Kitten Season to ALL!

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This weekend marks the unofficial beginning of the summer season.  At HAWS we’re already in the midst of another unofficial beginning – that of “kitten season.”

There aren’t any songs written about it, no greeting cards to buy and send, no notation on the calendar.  But every year about this time HAWS can count on being inundated with kittens.  Nature has worked it out this way and we’re just going to roll with it!

Battening down the hatches for this truly blessed event means stockpiling cat litter and kitten food and formula, collecting donations of towels and blankets, signing up as many foster homes as possible, getting our volunteer corps braced for the extra cleaning and adoptions staff ready for the uptick in visitors and adoptions.  We even hold a Kitten Shower to celebrate (Saturday, June 15th).

(Here’s the part where I “make the ask”:  we’d be grateful for your donation!  When you’re out shopping in the next few weeks, can you pick up an extra bag of litter or food, or a canister of KMR formula for HAWS?  Or, if you just want to allocate a few dollars for us to do the shopping we’d be happy to oblige!)

Meanwhile, back at the blog…

On Monday we had more than 100 kittens in foster homes.  On Tuesday that count was down to 86 as several dozen came back ready for adoption!  By this evening the in-foster-care number will again change.  And again on Wednesday morning, and again on Wednesday evening.  You get the idea – so if YOU want to join the foster family ranks, call Kelly at our shelter for info or click on over to our Foster Home Application.  We’ll provide the supplies and kittens, you provide the love.  Warm fuzzy alert!

Happy Summer, everyone!  And happy Kitten Season, too!

By the way – as much as we love kittens, they are symptomatic of the still great problem of pet overpopulation in our County.  The many rural areas are fertile breeding grounds for thousands of cats.  Please help save a life by sponsoring a spay!  And if you know someone who has a cat colony on their property, or just too many cats and could use HAWS’ free Project Guardian spay-neuter service, let us know!  Thank you.


Still Haven't Found What They're Looking For (a New Forever Home!)

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At HAWS, we don't have a time limit for our adoptable pets. As long as they need us to look, we'll keep searching for that new forever home.

Just look at that face!!For Kenya and Cosmo, the search continues. On and on and on...

Kenya has been with us at HAWS for almost a year.  Yes, a year. She joined our shelter family in August, 2012 as a stray and never left. Not to say she hasn't been out - we've taken her to schools, nursing homes, on TV, and to many special events. She's been primped and paraded, mobiled and modeled. But, alas, this almost 7 year old Pitbull is still waiting for that just right home.  Meanwhile, she looks forward to more outings with our Mobile Adoption Center - and time hanging with the Kids 'N Critters Summer Day Camp kids!

Cosmo is another long-termer. While he's only been here since this past winter, he has still seen many kennelmates come and go, possibly because Coz is 9+ years old and a Pitbull mix. He has done the TV show and Mobile Adoption circuit, also, and lately he's been our "face" of Facebook, as various staff and volunteers keep finding him snoozing in silly positions and feel the urge to "share" his bliss. You can bet, tho, he'd be even more blissed-out on someone's couch...

Long-termers, senior pets, stereotyped breeds - these factors can make for a hard sell when it comes to placing a pet. Time and time again, tho, the eventual homes for these animals have reported back to us that the adoption was the best thing they've ever done, and they can't believe how many people missed out on such a great family member.

So, what are YOU waiting for?

By the way - save the date for HAWS' shelter Kitten Shower on June 15th, and Take Your Dog To Work day on June 21st at First Weber - Lake Country. The summer fun has truly begun!

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