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The Fur (& Feather!) Flyer

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.

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HAWS Adoptables Join the Show!

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This weekend, adoptable cats from HAWS will again be competing in a regional cat show. Come watch – and maybe take home a star!

The TICA Great Lakes Regional Pedigreed and Household Pet Cat Show runs this entire weekend, August 9-11, at the Waukesha County Expo Center’s Forum Building.

HAWS Mobile Adoption Center representatives will be on hand with a number of cats and kittens, both competing and looking for adoptive homes. We’ll have adoption applications available – in case one of them is your purrfect match! Or, since HAWS is just down the street, stop by our shelter to see the many, many other wonderful cats and kittens looking for new homes!

Midnight, a black 10-month-old shorthair male, and Snowflake, a 1-year-old shorthair female, are just 2 of the great felines waiting at HAWS …and since they have a little free time they thought going to the cat show could be fun. Both cats have been favorites of our staff and are social, loving kids! We think they’re shoo-ins for success at the show.

By the way – you remembered Ride for Rover 4 and the HAWS 6th annual Pet Fair in Menomonee Falls are coming up next Saturday, right? Motorcycles, cars, pets and people are all welcome to join in the fun. Log onto for all the details!

Ride for Rover - or Cosmo or Wiggles or...

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HAWS’ 4th annual Ride for Rover is this Saturday. It again ‘merges’ with our annual Pet Fair in Menomonee Falls, which is now in its 6th year!

Cosmo is part Pit Bull, part Dalmatian and part lazy.These events are all about raising money and awareness to the plight of homeless pets in our community. It takes an entire community, working together, to fight things like pet overpopulation and animal neglect. But we can have fun doing that work – so the Ride and the Fair bring people out for a day full of activities and camaraderie while we make this world a better place for all of us.

Help us help dogs like Cosmo, a sweet, happy Pit Bull/Dalmatian mix. As a senior dog he knows what the good life is – his favorite pastime is napping. He’s been hanging out with us here at HAWS for way too long now, and it is time he got his own couch!

Wiggles is a young playful cat!Or maybe you’d like to help Wiggles, a young cat looking for a home where he can be his playful and active self. Wiggles is one of dozens of cats and kittens available for adoption at HAWS these days…we know we have the feline to fit your family. And don’t forget we’re your small animal source, too – rabbits, mice, gerbils, hamsters, ferrets, turtles, birds, reptiles… ALL call HAWS their haven.

See you on Saturday – either Riding on your bike or in your car, or at the Fair!

By the way – Ride for Rover is open to carloads, too! If you don’t have a bike yet, pile the gang in the auto and head to Hal’s Harley-Davidson on Saturday morning. The more the merrier. And the Pet Fair is FREE and pet-friendly…so EVERYONE is welcome!

A Summer Rerun

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We know you’ve heard about Cosmo before in this blog. But he’s still calling HAWS  his home these days, and we’d really like to see him find some well-deserved forever new digs!

In these pictures, Cosmo is enjoying a spa day at HAWS with our Kids 'N Critters campers. As you can see, he’s doing great with them – he does great with most people and has made friends with others of the dog persuasion, but he isn’t a cat fan.

Cosmo has been at HAWS much too long – and, like all of us, he’s not getting any younger. At 9-years-young he's a staff favorite with his calm, mellow temperament and the goofy way he likes to lounge on his dog bed on his back. He’s a neat combo of Pitbull, Dalmatian…and lazy bum!

Cosmo enjoyed getting wet on his spa day (it was a hot one!), but he loved even more getting toweled off by the kids! Really, who doesn’t love a good back rub?

We’ve got video of Cosmo in action – in case you’d like a preview before you come to meet him at our shelter. But please come to see him in person. He’s so worth it!

By the way – have you registered for our evening with Dr. Patricia McConnell? “Lost in Translation?” will be presented on Wednesday, September 25. Pre-registration is required – so log onto our Event Calendar or call 262.542.8851, x118.

All Creatures, Great and Small - at HAWS you can adopt them all!

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HAWS open admissions policy means many different types of pets  come to HAWS as a safe haven!

Boo is a busy little white mouse  who is always on the move. His disc running wheel, which he loves and is running on in the 2nd picture, will even come home with him!

Mice need a large space to live in with lots of fun stuff to climb on and out and in. They are fairly independent and can entertain themselves for extended periods of time, but a happy, well-adjusted mouse, like Boo, is one who receives daily handling and interaction. Most mice live about 1½ to 3 years -small animals (and especially mice) have a much shorter life expectancy than dogs and cats, but they still require a commitment.

Owning mice is not as expensive as owning a cat or dog, but that doesn't mean you won't spend money. The initial investment in supplies is likely to cost close to $100, and will include a 10- or 15-gallon aquarium with a fitted cover ($25 - $40) and life’s basics plus some fun extras. Don’t forget bedding material, a water bottle and ceramic food dish, high-quality mouse chow, hiding house, solid-surface exercise wheel, toys and treats. You'll probably spend several hundred dollars per year on bedding and food, both of which average about a bag per month depending on your number of mice.

Open your home to a lonely little homeless mouse or cat or dog or rabbit! C’mon in and visit Boo and his buddies – you might find just the right match.

By the way – back to school means back to HAWS! From dog training to kitty college to first aid and more - the learning starts at

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