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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

Summertime Fun With HAWS

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It's raining at HAWS...Join us at our Kitten Shower!

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June is Adopt a Cat Month!

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If you love cats, every month is Cat Month. At HAWS, we're especially cognizant of June being Adopt-A-Cat Month. And we have some great cats for your consideration!
Stuart the cat.
Every year as the weather warms here in Wisconsin, we anticipate the arrival of "Kitten Season" at HAWS. While kittens are adorable and fun, we worry how their appearance on the scene can diminish the appeal of adult cats to those who come in to our shelter looking to adopt.

Danny and Clyde, a bonded pair.June is Adopt-A-Cat Month. Currently at HAWS we have more than 40 adult cats, ages 1 year to 12 years, waiting for new forever homes. Some of them have been waiting since early this year, while others arrived as recently as today. All of them are ready to go home whenever the right match what are you waiting for?

Jane is a pastel tortie cat.Stuart is an orange and white tabby male, age 2, who has been hangin' at HAWS since February. Clyde and Donny, a bonded pair of 2 year olds, have been HAWS residents since April. Jane has also been wtih us since April - at 12 years young she's one of our oldest residents but she is very young at heart! We even have 2 Shadows - one is 8 years young and one is only 3 - both of whom would like to bask in the sun at your home.

Stop by our shelter today to meet your new best friend...and adopt 4 awesome cat paws from HAWS!

By the way - along with our Kitten Shower event on June 28th, we'll be giving away special gifts to those who adopt adult cats! Join us!

HAWS' Summer: Camp, Going Mobile...and a Shower!

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How do I get a job like yours?

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HAWS Executive Director, Lynn Olenik, shares insight on getting into the field of animal welfare.

It’s Graduation Season! Congratulations to all of the graduates from college, high school and even those moving on from middle school. We learn at such a young age that change happens and the future isn’t always clear.

While talking with one grad recently, I was asked “How do I get a job like yours?” Education is a great start, but how do you get experience?

Training for this job started years ago with my interest in animals and a willingness to learn everything I could from the opportunities presented. Those were not always the jobs I’d hoped for, but there is something of value to take away from each position you hold.

Volunteering is a great way to get involved in an organization and learn what you like, what you don’t like and to network with like-minded individuals. It’s often the way you hear about other opportunities and learn what is available in a field that may interest you. But remember, volunteering is a great way to get a job reference only if you do your best and treat it seriously.

Part time work in the field you love, though it won’t be enough to sustain you long term, is another way to gain experience. I worked in a dog kennel, vet clinic and trained dogs, all part time to keep my passion alive while I networked and honed my business skills in places not animal related but with great training programs.

So as you graduate and look at a tough job market, remember you can use and increase your skills if you are creative, ambitious and willing to help while you learn.

Congratulations graduates!

By the way - At HAWS, we also have a new crop of graduates...from our KITTY COLLEGE! Learn more here, or stop by our Kitten Shower on June 28th for a sneak peek...

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