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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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Ride for Rover - or Cosmo or Wiggles or...

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HAWS’ 4th annual Ride for Rover is this Saturday. It again ‘merges’ with our annual Pet Fair in Menomonee Falls, which is now in its 6th year!

Cosmo is part Pit Bull, part Dalmatian and part lazy.These events are all about raising money and awareness to the plight of homeless pets in our community. It takes an entire community, working together, to fight things like pet overpopulation and animal neglect. But we can have fun doing that work – so the Ride and the Fair bring people out for a day full of activities and camaraderie while we make this world a better place for all of us.

Help us help dogs like Cosmo, a sweet, happy Pit Bull/Dalmatian mix. As a senior dog he knows what the good life is – his favorite pastime is napping. He’s been hanging out with us here at HAWS for way too long now, and it is time he got his own couch!

Wiggles is a young playful cat!Or maybe you’d like to help Wiggles, a young cat looking for a home where he can be his playful and active self. Wiggles is one of dozens of cats and kittens available for adoption at HAWS these days…we know we have the feline to fit your family. And don’t forget we’re your small animal source, too – rabbits, mice, gerbils, hamsters, ferrets, turtles, birds, reptiles… ALL call HAWS their haven.

See you on Saturday – either Riding on your bike or in your car, or at the Fair!

By the way – Ride for Rover is open to carloads, too! If you don’t have a bike yet, pile the gang in the auto and head to Hal’s Harley-Davidson on Saturday morning. The more the merrier. And the Pet Fair is FREE and pet-friendly…so EVERYONE is welcome!

HAWS Adoptables Join the Show!

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This weekend, adoptable cats from HAWS will again be competing in a regional cat show. Come watch – and maybe take home a star!

The TICA Great Lakes Regional Pedigreed and Household Pet Cat Show runs this entire weekend, August 9-11, at the Waukesha County Expo Center’s Forum Building.

HAWS Mobile Adoption Center representatives will be on hand with a number of cats and kittens, both competing and looking for adoptive homes. We’ll have adoption applications available – in case one of them is your purrfect match! Or, since HAWS is just down the street, stop by our shelter to see the many, many other wonderful cats and kittens looking for new homes!

Midnight, a black 10-month-old shorthair male, and Snowflake, a 1-year-old shorthair female, are just 2 of the great felines waiting at HAWS …and since they have a little free time they thought going to the cat show could be fun. Both cats have been favorites of our staff and are social, loving kids! We think they’re shoo-ins for success at the show.

By the way – you remembered Ride for Rover 4 and the HAWS 6th annual Pet Fair in Menomonee Falls are coming up next Saturday, right? Motorcycles, cars, pets and people are all welcome to join in the fun. Log onto for all the details!

HAWS Hits the Road - Again and Again!

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Summer is the season of roadtrips! We're totally in that spirit at HAWS.

The Ride for Rover early registration deadline is today! Because of the need to pre-order, we can only guarantee we'll have your size for the official R4R4 t-shirt if you sign up NOW...and while we'll still have shirts for those who sign up after today and on the day of (August 17th), we'd HATE to see someone be disappointed because they wanted a XL and we only have smalls left. (We can also guarantee the 2013 shirt is super-cool and you WILL want one.)

When we participated in First Weber - Lake Country's 4th annual "Take Your Dog To Work Day" we KNEW we'd have a blast. We didn't expect them to raise $4000 for the HAWS cause! Read their blog post about the day - and be sure to patronize their sponsors and TYDTWD partners.

Chester the cat checks out HAWS' new PetSmart Pewaukee digs.The new PetSmart store on Capitol Drive in Pewaukee will be hosting HAWS adoptable cats! Their hospitality gives us yet another off-site location to "bring HAWS happy tails to you." Partnerships like this enable HAWS to showcase our adoptables - giving them a better chance at a new loving home even more quickly.

Next Tuesday, August 6 is "National Night Out" - we'll be participating in the events in several local communities, but we are especially proud to be joining the Village of Butler for their celebration for the first time! C'mon out to Upper Frontier Park and say hello to our Mobile Adoptions crew, Behavior Department and Mod Squad reps...and even Mark our Animal Rescue chief!

By the way - check out our website -, follow us on Twitter - HAWS Waukesha, friend us on Facebook at HAWS Waukesha or "Like" our page at Humane Animal Welfare Society - HAWS of Waukesha. We put the socialization in Social Media!

A Different Kind of Dog Park

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HAWS notes that humans aren't the only ones with options when it comes to exercise facilities!

Are you all about "the Y"? Loving the ladies-only gym? A die-hard health-clubber? Maybe you prefer using home equipment and have a co-dependent relationship with your treadmill or Soloflex? And there's always the old school jog on the track or walk around the neighborhood. Having the right option to suit your needs and comfort level is key to maintaining healthy behaviors.

Taking your dog for a walk is ubiquitous. Households even have mini-skirmishes over who's turn it is because walking the dog is a daily chore. Many entrepreneurs have capitalized on this need - and are available for hire to exercise Fido for you as needed.

Now coming into vogue is the private dog park. These members-only facilities have strict rules and guidelines for usage, requiring both vaccination records and behavior evaluations prior to granting a (paid) membership. These membership fees keep the park in operation as they don't receive tax funding or regular donations like a non-profit group.

Newly-opened Lucky Dog Park, at 1270 Mineral Springs Drive in Port Washington, explains it this way: "All dogs wanting to obtain entry to the park will have to meet with our staff, fill out the membership form and provide proof of vaccinations.... To gain membership, you'll need to make an appointment ahead of wanting to use the park. Entry will not be granted to non-members or dogs who do not pass our personality profile. This helps to ensure that any dogs entering the park are appropriate for a multi-dog setting."

The owners of LDP took action after hearing from many fellow dog owners who have had negative experiences at public parks.  Bob and Ellen note the positives of Lucky Dog Park are controlled use by members only, onsite supervision at all open park hours and 24-hour webcame surveillance to ensure safety.

This type of park isn't for everyone, and isn't everyone's "thing." But if you are looking for a controlled alternative to a general public park session, the private dog park may be just the thing for you and your pup!

By the way - have you set aside August 17th for HAWS?!! Between our 6th Annual Pet Fair and our 4th Annual Ride for Rover (motorcycle AND car rally), we've got you covered!
Log onto to register!

Get Your Pack Together - the Road is Calling!

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In exactly one month HAWS hosts our 4th Annual Ride for Rover! Sign up today - cars, families, pets are all welcome!

By the way - we're again 'merging' 2 great events - you can join the Ride after party from the beginning by heading straight to the 6th Annual HAWS' Pet Fair in Menomonee Falls!


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