The Fur (& Feather!) Flyer

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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Chinchillas are ready for adoption!

After more than eight weeks, HAWS (the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County) is ready to adopt out nearly all of the more than 300 chinchillas in the shelter’s care since the animals were seized on March 29th from a home in the city of Waukesha.

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HAWS is Pizza Man's Featured Charity for May!

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Lessons Learned

Recent words from HAWS' Executive Director Lynn Olenik on what she and the shelter have learned since taking on the task of caring for over 300 Chinchillas. "This month, I have learned quite a lot about chinchillas. They are quiet, peaceful, soft little critters – curious about people and in general, very pleasant. I have also learned a bit more about humans.

The outpouring of support for the chinchillas, and for our people providing their care, has been amazing. We have received donations from all over the US; Canada and overseas, too! People all over are passionately concerned for the well-being of the chinchillas. We have received assistance not only from general advocates but from chinchilla enthusiasts, including chinchilla breeders. People have offered their assistance, advice and knowledge; they have sent food, caging and chew blocks. It is heartwarming to see the support and good will these little guys have created.

On a darker note, it saddens me to think that some people may still be breeding chins for fur and for sale as research animals. These are passive, unassuming little creatures that deserve better. Fortunately, most everyone we've spoken with, breeders included, are interested in the animals as pets. In America, fur is not thought of as fashionable or politically correct.

It is my hope that these chinchillas will soon be released to us to be adopted out to pet homes. And, I hope the awareness they have generated leaves a lasting impression for the good of all animals."


HAWS is incredibly thankful for the community’s support and the overwhelming generosity of the public while we continue to care for the over 300 chinchillas seized on March 29 from a home within the city of Waukesha.

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HAWS is more than just a "Pound" we are a part of your community ensuring safety of all animals. As we say, We don't discriminate. We take them all. At no time is this more apparent then now. HAWS has been called upon to act as the holding facility for 331 chinchillas, seized on March 29th from a home within the city of Waukesha.

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