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 is spending the month of December - and the entire holiday season - grateful for our caring and supportive community! So rather than just devoting a Friday, Monday or Tuesday, how about an entire season? Happy "HAWSy Holiday!"
This time of year the stress of finding that perfect gift for your loved one, person or pet, can be overwhelming. At HAWS we have a few suggestions – and they’ll DO good while making you FEEL good!
HAWS has joined the Angels for Animals holiday campaign created by MECA (Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals). Purchase a $20 ornament off the tree in our lobby and the full cost is donated to HAWS! Also, if you would like to do more, one of our “Wish List” items is on the back of the ornament for further giving ideas. How neat – you get a super-cute keepsake ornament and the animals get food, shelter and love! Donations can also be made at the Angels for Animals website.
In keeping with the helping animals idea, how about Sponsoring a Pet at HAWS? Help HAWS’ Behavior Department and Mod Squad continue their important work with the animals in our shelter – making them the best possible adoptable pet. Any amount will help keep this life-saving program going, so drop a donation in snail mail or log onto hawspets.org (choose the Behavior Department page and “Mod Squad Works” for details). Also, you can log onto our Petfinder.com Pet Showcase and choose a HAWS adoptable pet for an online donation. Easy, peasy!
Interested in helping with the ever-present issue of pet overpopulation? Sponsor-A-Spay through HAWS’ SNIP clinic and save lives with spays/neuters of shelter and rescue pets, through Project Guardian, and through free World Spay Day surgeries.
There’s something for everyone! HAWS needs scholarships for deserving kids to attend our camps and education programs, food/treats for all of our kennel residents, supply donations to keep our operating costs down, dollars for Annie’s Fund medical assistance for shelter pets and more. A Sustaining Membership means your monthly donations for a year give continued support to HAWS. Or, choose an Annual Membership (a once-a-year donation) and let your loved one stay connected to all things HAWS. And you can make a lasting impression on HAWS with the purchase of a Tribute Paver Brick, Tile or engraved plaque. These tributes are placed on display at HAWS, easily viewed at any time by the honoree or their family and friends.
Happy Holidays from HAWS!
By the way – HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center doesn’t go on hiatus for the holidays! This weekend we’ll be at PetSmart in Pewaukee for “Santa Claws,” Barnes & Noble of Brookfield Square for gift wrapping, Pets Supplies ‘N’ More in Muskego for nail trims and microchipping. Join us!
Executive Director, Lynn, and the entire staff and volunteer corps at HAWS wish you a wonderful holiday season! Blessings to all creatures great and small, 2- and 4-legged, furred, finned and feathered!
Happy Holiday’s everyone!
Winter is definitely here! A good book, a cup of cocoa and your favorite pet snuggled down on the couch (if so allowed), and you can ride out any weather.
At this time, we also ask you to remember those who are in residence at HAWS, without their families this holiday season. To help keep them happy while they wait, we could use Kongs and durable, washable toys; crinkly shiny things for our cats and even chew toys for the small animals.
And doon'f forget, donations of supplies save the shelter valuable resources that can be then be spent on things that can't be donated - like electricity and heat. Stop in and spread the cheer with the staff and volunteers, visit the animals and see our holiday ornament tree, uniting all the local shelters.
Most importantly, please keep your own pet safe this holiday by limiting access to things like decorations, too much people food and overindulgence in raw hide bones and treats. Keep them safe around the festivities, giving them a stress-free place to hunker-down if the relatives and guests become too much and the festivities overwhelming! A crate or a quiet room can prevent a bite when a well meaning guest just won’t “let sleeping dogs lie”
Enjoy those quiet couch moments to share some "peace on earth" with your best friends!
By the way - donations to HAWS are a great way to observe the holidays! Honor your best friend, person or pet, with a monetary donation. Or, purchase an ornament from our Angels for Animals lobby tree to help support the HAWS cause. While you're out and about, keep our Wish List in mind - we can always use those daily odds and ends. Seasons Greetings!
Time to stop roaming and start 'homing'! HAWS has just the cat for you.
This handsome brown-tabby gent is an 8-years-young former stray. We don’t really know his background, but we DO know his present: Tripper is a big, solid, calm and confident boy and will make a great friend – especially to kids! After a little playtime with toys, Tripper will enjoy just being around the family and sharing your lives.
Notice Tripper’s ears? They really set him apart from all the rest! Possibly a leftover from frostbite, love is really the only therapy he needs. Tripper will be the easiest new addition to your home and family.
To learn more about Tripper – or any other HAWS adoptable pet, give us a call at 262.542.8851. Then, do a meet’n’greet with Tripper at HAWS’ off-site adoption center at Petco-Waukesha on 1240 W. Sunset – in the Shoppes at Fox River. Fill out our adoption application and get set to make this great cat a ‘day-tripper’…to your house!
By the way – there is still time to make a year-end donation to HAWS, to support the animals that need homes and the programs that make a difference throughout our community! Log onto hawspets.org today and support the HAWS Cause!
HAWS has an idea for a New Year’s Resolution for both you and your pet!
An old rerun of the TV show “Mad About You” was on the other day. Paul and Jamie realized their life was getting so crazy that Murray, their lovable dog, was often being left off the priorities list. After much back and forth (the usual for those two), they decided to hire a dog walker.
All went well initially – Murray and Nat got along famously, with Nat going above and beyond for his new charge. Of course, Murray bonded to Nat and there was some jealousy – but balance was achieved and the arrangement ended out working well for all involved.
The recurring joke of the situation initially was the constant question from family, friends and strangers alike: “What kind of person HIRES someone to walk their dog?!” Paul and Jamie had a difficult time explaining this at-the-time foreign concept.
Here’s a quick answer for them: “The kind of person who cares about the physical and emotional health of their dog, that’s who!” In our busy lives, things have to give – many of the animals at HAWS are the victims of lack of time in a household. Additionally, when we don’t make time for our own good health, chances are we’re not too worried about our pet’s health, either.
For 2014, resolve to take care of both of you! No need to train for a triathlon; just get off the couch and take a walk around the block with your best dog buddy. Teach your cat how to fetch a crinkle ball. Read those food labels and make sure you’re both optimizing your calories.
And if you’re without a pet these days, c’mon over to HAWS and help exercise one of ours – or adopt if you’re ready. You’ll BOTH gain a lot (but not in the weight department, we promise)!
By the way – HAWS’ hits the ground running in the New Year, with our Winter Symposium on 1/11, a visit from the WKLH Workforce on 1/15, our own Waukesha Jan-Boree event on 1/18…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Learn more at hawspets.org – resolve to Advocate, Donate and Volunteer, and help HAWS Build a Society that’s Humane.