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
The "giving season" is already upon us! HAWS has been named as one of the charities that will be part of the random drawing to become a beneficiary of Potatwatomi Hotel & Casino's 2014 Miracle on Canal Street donation program. We are excited for this opportunity and the wonderful windfall it could provide for our shelter!
If HAWS is chosen, funds from the 2014 Miracle on Canal Street would support HAWS' Citizen Project. This program began in earnest in early 2014.
The Citizen Project is patterned after successful programs around the country that pair juvenile offenders with animals in order to teach them a variety of skills – effective communication, responsibility, empathy, nurturing and confidence. In addition to caring for the animals, the youth will learn how to interact with shelter animals, read their nonverbal cues and change the animals’ behavior using positive reinforcement. The teens are referred to HAWS by the Waukesha County court system and will spend 3 - 5 hours each week at HAWS.
The importance and impact of a program like The Citizen Project cannot be understated! Every day we see more and more reasons to train tomorrow's leaders in empathy and compassion - and animals are magnificent teachers.
So these days at HAWS, for good luck, we are crossing our fingers...and toes and paws and claws! Thank you to Potawatomi for naming us to the drawing...and we hope we can "Make Miracles Happen" together!
By the way - HAWS will be closed to the public on Monday, September 1 to observe the Labor Day holiday. Our Animal Rescue Team will still be available for assistance - just call 262-542-8851. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday.
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.