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’ Executive Director, Lynn, discusses the importance of education for animal welfare.
One thing that sets HAWS apart from other shelters is our attitude towards education and learning. We believe that we will help more animals in our community by helping people help animals. We run an extensive Education Department whose primary function is to spread humane sentiments throughout the community.
What does that mean? It means taking humane values such as compassion and empathy, add in skills such and nurturing and responsible pet ownership, top it off with knowledge about a variety of species and you have the formula to create a child with a heart and soul that believes in treating all living beings with respect and dignity.
It is important for us to raise the next generation of animal lovers — to educate and fan the flames of compassion — to build a better community. What children learn about animals today will later be passed on to their children. It will underscore all of the things that they do now and in the future. This is why we believe in humane education.
Helping owners bring out the best in their pets is another facet of education. If a dog receives socialization and training at a young age, the dog will be less likely to bite or need to be rehomed for bad manners. Giving owners a variety of skills and techniques for working with their dogs, cats or rabbits, or helping them understand their pet’s specific needs is another way we educate. Our Behavior Department is there to help problem-solve or enhance relationships so everyone in the family thrives.
Overall, we will have a greater impact by creating a culture of learning about animals throughout Waukesha County and our surrounding area. This sets HAWS apart from the rest. It’s not just about the animals in our walls, it is about all of the animals in the community – and we can help them even more by educating the animal lovers around them.