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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February 19th was not just any old Wednesday at HAWS. By mid-afternoon our shelter had welcomed 6 new residents – but they didn’t arrive in one of the usual ways…
A lovely young Pit Bull arrived at HAWS on Valentine’s Day. A stray, she was found not far from the shelter and brought in by a concerned citizen.
It didn’t take a close examination to figure out that this was a soon-to-be-mom. HAWS’ SNIP vet, Dr. Meyer, predicted the pups would arrive before their mom’s stray hold was up a week later.
Birth day arrived shortly! Mom delivered her first baby on the morning of the 19th, but staff soon realized that she was going to need help with the rest of her litter, and an emergency c-section was performed! Soon, HAWS’ caretakers were cleaning and suctioning and warming six beautiful puppies. Mom jumped in right away to take over, and the family settled in for recovery.
Knowing the importance of early development, almost immediately HAWS’ Mod Squad members led the staff in “Super Dog” exercises. These are designed to encourage neurological growth and stimulate the newborn puppies’ senses, getting them off to the best start possible...after a rather traumatic entry into the world.
What’s up next for the “C-Section Six” and their Mom? The little family headed off to a breed rescue for foster care, to quickly get them into that all-important home environment! They are receiving very close monitoring and lots of socialization time, and when the right day comes they will all be adopted into loving families.
Many thanks to the woman who found this dog and cared enough to bring her to safety at HAWS! Kudos to the HAWS vet care team, caretakers and animal handlers for their quick actions and expertise. And gratitude to the wonderful folks at breed rescue for opening their home and hearts to foster this new little clan.
Happy trails and tails, Aurora Moo-Moo, Tonka, Zoey, Murphy, Mimi, Sephora and Pirate!
By the way – this Saturday the Friends of HAWS present the Multi-Media Sale! Purchase new and gently used CDs, DVDs, video games, books, magazines…all in support of HAWS! We’ll see you on 3/15 from 10am – 3pm.
HAWS again joins animal rescue organizations around the globe to observe World Spay Day 2014 – Tuesday, February 25th.
In honor of the annual world-wide awareness campaign to prevent pet overpopulation, HAWS’ Spay-Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP) Clinic is providing free spay-neuter services for the pets of qualifying Waukesha County residents this week. Noted Lynn Olenik, HAWS Executive Director: “Our focus is on cats, kittens, Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes – species and breeds most at risk in Waukesha County.”
Olenik continued: “Throughout the entire year, HAWS’ SNIP clinic offers many free and low-cost opportunities for pet owners. Project Guardian, in particular, provides free spays and neuters for those with outdoor/barn cat populations. Since Project Guardian began almost a decade ago, the number of homeless cats coming to HAWS has been reduced by more than 30%. Spay-neuter works!”
HAWS asks for support through “Sponsor-A-Spay” donations to the shelter. A simple donation of $30 covers one cat neuter, and $75 a dog spay. Any amount - $5 to $500 - makes a difference and saves lives! To make a donation, call HAWS at 262-542-8851, visit hawspets.org or send a donation to HAWS SNIP, PO Box 834, Waukesha, WI, 53187-0834.
To promote greater community awareness, area breed rescue groups have been invited to join HAWS for a Spay Day celebration on Wednesday, February 26th at 11:30 a.m., to share cake and tour the shelter’s surgical suite. HAWS veterinarians and SNIP clinic staff will be available to answer questions.
“World Spay Day promotes the control of our pet population in a very positive light,” said Olenik. “And everyone can get involved in Spay Day, by advocating spay and neuter for pets, purchasing a limited edition World Spay Day t-shirt at HAWS, or with a financial contributions,” said Olenik.
By the way - this weekend is HAWS Annual RODENT RALLY!! Join us on Saturday for a day of all things little-critter. Details at hawspets.org.
It was the early 1990s. The HAWS staff figured the stray black lab-cattle dog mix’s age to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 2 years old.
But no one knew for sure, since no one knew who her owner had been. A woman and her children found the injured dog, hit by a passing car and having sustained serious injuries. Not knowing what to do, this compassionate lady came to HAWS for help.
HAWS’ manager Mark Hess contacted a local vet for the diagnosis; a broken pelvis that would require several surgeries and, eventually, a plate and two pins to fix. The doctor generously offered to reduce the fees for the dog’ care, and gave her the name Annie, after the red-headed orphan.
Meanwhile, the lady who initially found Annie still wanted to lend a hand. Along with some very dedicated co-workers, she took up a collection amounting to more than $1,000, which her company matched, and “Annie’s Fund” was born. As Annie’s plight became known throughout the community, more donations arrived at HAWS.
This generosity led Annie’s Fund to what it is today: a means to assist the injured, homeless animals that arrive at HAWS needing care - and a second chance. To date we aren't sure how many animals have been helped through Annie's Fund...but we ARE sure there will be more.
That is why we are asking for our community's help once again. Over the next 10 weeks we are hoping to raise $10,000 for Annie's Fund, to ensure we can answer the call of the next animal - and the next and the next. Please donate today!
Annie and all of her friends thank you!
By the way - this Friday and Saturday it's the annual Friends of HAWS Have a Heart Bake Sale...yum!