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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Spring has taken a while to arrive, but it does feel good now that it has finally arrived. With spring, in come the kittens, the stray dogs and wildlife. HAWS’ Animal Rescue Team is busy on the road!
Stray dogs “happen.” They sneak out when the kids run out the door, they find open gates and go for walks in the spring sunshine – just like we do. A friendly dog looks for company where ever it can find it, so with more people outside, more dogs are enticed into excursions. I own huskies that are opportunists, and will run just for the joy of it! If you are not quick at the gate, the chase is on. Stray dogs happen. The most diligent owner can be challenged.
I continue to be amazed at the number of dogs that come to us that do not have any identification on them. Microchips are great BUT they cannot be read by the general public. A dog tag is an affordable and simple means to have your dog returned to you. Often, if it is a friendly dog, the finder will call you directly, preventing a trip to the shelter.
A few ideas for simple insurance:
• Get TWO tags: put them on separate rings so if 1 ring fails you will still have another tag.
• Check your tags on a regular basis.
• Put your CELL PHONE number on the tags! There are two sides to most tags, so fill them up with numbers. You will probably be out looking for your dog, so the cell phone number is the most important.
• Consider putting a number on the tags that is for a relative or your dog sitter in case your family is out of town and your dog gets loose.
• You can write your cell phone number ON the collar with a permanent marker if you have a nylon collar of a lighter color; more insurance if the tags come off!
• Microchips are a good, permanent form of identification. They prove ownership. If you have a microchip, does it have the correct contact information associated with it? This is a good time to update that. Often we will call in a chip, contact the number and find out the phone isn’t current or the owners have moved from the listed address…or the dog no longer even belongs to them!
Spring. It’s a good time to check on tags and update all information. Take a walk and meet the neighbors so they know who your dog is. Be prepared; maximize the chances of your dog getting returned and minimize the chances of them getting away. Nothing takes the place of supervision and leashes, but if the worst happens, tags and microchips will help your dog get home.
By the way – your dog would love to come with you to HAWS 30th Anniversary Pet Walkathon, this Saturday…!
HAWS and the Friends of HAWS fundraising group have announced the “starting line-up” of activities for the 30th Annual Pet Walkathon on May 4th to benefit the Waukesha shelter.
The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Sussex Village Park, south of Main Street/Silver Spring Drive in Sussex.
The day features something for everyone – pets and their people!
Pre-Game / 9:00am: National Anthem & Blessing of the Animals
1st Inning / 9:30am: Featured Breed
2nd Inning / 10:00am: Award Presentations - Diana Boettcher Youth Community Kindness
Award and the $10K Behavior Matching Grant Challenge
3rd Inning / 10:45am: Sing Our Jingle Contest Winners perform
4th Inning / 10:30am: Treibball Demo
5th Inning / 11:00am: HAWS’ K9 Clicks & Tricks Brigade performance
6th Inning / 11:30am: Parade of HAWS Adoptable Pets and HAWS Alumni
7th Inning Stretch/Noon: Bobbing for hotdogs (dogs), Baseball piñata contest (kids)
8th Inning / 12:30pm: Pet Contests - Best pet trick, Fastest tail-wager
9th Inning / 1:00pm: Musical bases - "musical chairs" game for dogs
Jen steps away from the keyboard to allow HAWS’ marketing intern, Andria, to reflect on her experiences at HAWS so far!
I’m Andria, I am currently the Marketing Intern here at HAWS. I thought that this would be a great opportunity for me as I am a double major at Carroll University in Business Administration and Biology with an emphasis on Animal Behavior. I love animals, I love people, and I wanted to gain some experience in the business side of things to help me with my future. What better way to gain experience than by also helping out a great organization!
As the Marketing Intern at HAWS my primary project was starting a Twitter account for HAWS. Not having an account myself I set off on an adventure, making my own account first so I could learn the ropes, and doing some research as to how to get many followers. We officially launched the Twitter account on March 4th! If you aren’t already, please follow us!
My favorite project here at HAWS so far has been designing postcards for Project Guardian, HAWS’ no-cost spay and neuter program for outdoor cats. I loved being able to create the post card that I think not only looks cute, but also provides the community with information about a valuable resources offered!
I am very grateful for everyone’s help here, I have felt so welcomed. I have learned a lot about HAWS as an organization, about myself, and about marketing – especially social media marketing. Jennifer has been a great mentor helping me to learn along the way.
By the way – If you haven’t heard HAWS is currently raising funds for the 30th Annual Pet Walkathon, and I would love to get more donations than Jennifer (my boss), so please feel free to check out my Firstgiving page and make a donation to HAWS through my page. Thanks! https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/AndriaKrutsch/haws-30th-anniversary-pet-walkathon
Spring fever has hit HAWS with great upcoming events, contests…and a continued “Challenge!”
“Give Pets a Home-Field Advantage” through HAWS’ 30th Anniversary Pet Walkathon! Get a Team together, create a personal fundraising page – just be sure to join the fun on Saturday, May 4th at Sussex Village Park. 100% of Walk donations help the animals at the Waukesha shelter, so everyone can make a difference and save lives. Support HAWS on foot or online – all the Walkathon details are at www.hawspets.org.
There are 5 weeks to go in HAWS’ $10,000 Matching Gift Behavior Rehabilitation Challenge – now is the time to donate and any amount can help. HAWS’ Mod Squad saves lives and gives second chances to deserving dogs – 650 dogs and counting! Donate today through May 4th at www.hawspets.org, then celebrate at the Walkathon!
“Sing to Save Lives” Jingle Contest videos are due April 30th. Grab that microphone, sing HAWS’ Jingle and win great prizes, including an appearance on Animal Advocate Television on WISN 12!
HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center has a spring cleaning idea – the Dog Wash for HAWS at Petlicious Dog Bakery & Pet Spa on Sunday April 14th. Summit Credit Union has named HAWS their April "Business of the Month" – one day each week adoptable pets take over to celebrate! Details and the full Mobile calendar are at www.hawspets.org.
HAWS’ first-ever Kitten College Socialization & Playtime is Sunday, April 14th. Kittens learn appropriate social skills that prevent future behavior problems! Designed for kittens 8-15 weeks, maximum class size is 7 kittens. Pre-registration is required – call 262-542-8851, x114 or log onto www.hawspets.org.
Additional highlights on HAWS’ April Calendar include the FREE Solving Common K9 Behavior Problems seminar (4/8); “Pet”-icures, for cats on 4/13 and 4/23 (additional day!) and for small animals (4/10 at Pet Supplies Plus and 4/20 at HAWS); the monthly First Aid for Pets session (4/20); and Puppy Parties every Sunday at 4:45p.m. All events and details are available at www.hawspets.org.