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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Periodically we feature a story from Sandy H., one of HAWS’ long-time supporters and friends. Sandy is also a volunteer at HAWS, devoting much of her time to our Spay-Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP) clinic. Working and living with animals for many, many years, Sandy often has remarked “Every animal has a story.” We share her favorites.
They were our first cats – Misty and Cuddles. They were tiger-striped darlings that began our cat craziness that continues today!
Both of us had never been allowed to have cats as children, but we always wanted one. When we went to visit a relative’s farm we met Stripes and Blue. These great cats followed us around, sat on our laps, gave lots of affection and completely stole our hearts. We couldn’t believe how wonderful they were.
As fate would have it, they had kittens, and we were there to pick out “just one” (all cat lovers know that never happens). We spied these 2 cute bundles and they were ours.
I'm not sure why, but at that time many years ago I was under the notion that all kittens born were of different colors, so to me these 2 tigers were very rare! (This has been the laugh of my friends ever since, of course.) But at the time I couldn’t believe we got these twin kittens and was so sure there weren’t any more like them on the planet.
When I took them to the vet the first time he said, “Oh, just plain tigers.” Just plain? No way! They are really rare! I was crushed.And so began our love affair with cats that has grown through the years. (We still think that “plain tigers” are rare and special - even if the rest of the world refers to them as "brown tabbies.")
By the way - if you're looking for your own "plain tigers" or "really rare" cat, we've got them at HAWS - stop by to see all of our adoptables. And to give equal time to canines: mark your calendars for Dog Day Afternoon at the Expo Center across from our shelter. It's going to be a great day of pet-related fun and information!