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
Sometimes a gal is just looking for love. At HAWS, we have one girl in particular who's search continues.
Rizzo is a Cattle Dog mix, about 9 years old. She likes to be active and be the boss...but she's really not a tough chick. What she really wants is to live the good life! Maybe she'll find that with you?
Adopters interested in Rizzo will meet with one of HAWS' trainers to get tips on making her transition into your home a smooth one. Because, after all, being together is the word! (We'll stay away from 'grease' - it's not great for the skin....)
Learn all about HAWS' adoptable friends here. Or, better yet, stop by in person - HAWS is open 7 days a week at 701 Northview Road, Waukesha. Call our Adoption Counselors at 262-542-8851 to learn all about our pets and how to adopt, or log onto www.hawspets.org for the latest news, activities and adoptable pets at our shelter!
Viewing/Adopting hours are Monday through Friday, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; and Sunday, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
By the way - HAVE YOU VOTED? Log on EVERY DAY to vote for HAWS in the Partners for Humanity Campaign online contest, now through November 14th! Help HAWS win dollars to help the animals at our shelter and all throughout our community.
To celebrate the holiday season, Taco John’s is again partnering with HAWS and will donate a portion of each Nachos Navidad purchased through Christmas Day to the Waukesha shelter. TJ cares with great food for a great cause!
HAWS will use a $5,000 SPARK grant from Diversified Insurance Solutions to fund a new program targeted to area youth ordered by the court system to complete community service.
HAWS will implement the Citizen Project in January, 2014, to teach responsibility and concern for others.
“We’ve wanted to offer the Citizen Project for the past few years but our budget has never been able to cover it,” notes HAWS Executive Director Lynn Olenik. “Now, thanks to the SPARK money, we can ensure teens are learning from interaction with and care of animals.”
The Citizen Project is patterned after successful programs around the country that pair juvenile offenders with animals in order to teach them a variety of skills – effective communication, responsibility, empathy, nurturing and confidence. In addition to caring for the animals, the youth will learn how to interact with animals, read their nonverbal cues and change the animals’ behavior using positive reinforcement. The teens are referred to HAWS by the Waukesha County court system and will spend 3-5 hours each week at HAWS.
“We’re excited that our funds will be used to help teach area teens valuable life skills that we hope will put them on the right track for the future,” says James McCormack, founder and chairman of Diversified Insurance Solutions. “We’re always looking for ways our company and associates can get involved with the community and provide support and help. We’ve developed a culture of outreach that’s embedded in our company’s personality.” A year-long Giveback community program was developed as part of Diversified Insurance Solutions’ 30th anniversary.
Diversified Insurance Solutions is one of Wisconsin's largest, full-service insurance brokers, providing employee benefits, risk management and business insurance to area companies. The company looks to fund new or existing programs that use fresh ideas to address a community need or problem.
By the way - its time to indulge for the animals!! Nachos Navidad now available at Taco John's of Waukesha, with a portion of the proceeds donated to HAWS!