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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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When Scooter Met Magnus

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Jen takes a break from the usual event-promotion blog topics to share a personal experience - adopting her own 4 paws from HAWS!

When people find out where I work, they often comment "I could never work there - I'd want to take every animal home with me." This usually makes me chuckle, because there is NO WAY to fit all 6,000 animals in my house each year. Even if everyone on staff took their fair share, we would each need to take home approximately 120 animals every year. Including feral cats. And a snake or two. Not gonna happen.

But, that doesn’t mean we are immune to falling in love with one of HAWS’ adoptable pets from time to time. For me, this meant opening our home last week to our newest child, Magnus.

Magnus is a happy, wiggly mix of German Shepherd and wooly mammoth. He’s also under 2 years old – and afraid of his own shadow. The last time we had a young dog in our house was over a decade ago. And our older dog, Scooter, is not only confident but also very relaxed. With any luck, her completely opposite ways will rub off on him…while they run each other ragged in our backyard. (Fingers crossed.)

We’re going through the get-to-know-you phase, which will be followed by the attend-dog-training-classes phase and hopefully the mostly-happily-ever-after phase. We’ve been there before; we just need to remember the patience and time it takes. But it is so worth it.

I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, if you’re up for it, there’s a lot of room on this journey and lots of pets waiting to go on it with you!

By the way – less than 2 weeks until the Friends of HAWS’ 31st annual Pet Walk! Have you created your online fundraising page yet? Are you making plans to bring the gang and join us in Sussex? Hope so! We’ll see you next Saturday!

Annie's Fund: Insurance for the Future

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For the past few months, HAWS has been raising money for Annie’s Fund, the medical assistance program for homeless pets. Along the way we’ve shared stories of dogs, cats, rabbits – animals that look to HAWS for help.

Our goal for the Annie’s Fund campaign this spring has been to raise $10,000. With those funds readily available, we can jump in without hesitation to help the animals that come to HAWS needing special medical care.

Bear the rescued Chow and human sister, Madison.We are so fortunate that our community has always been responsive to our pleas for help. Whenever we’ve needed help, YOU have generously stepped forward with your support. It makes us proud and confident that we can continue to serve the needs of the pets and people of the Waukesha County area.

So why do a fundraiser when there isn’t a particular, specific need?

It never fails…we think we’re in a “quiet” stretch and then WHAMMO! Emergency! Last spring we had both a cat hoarding situation and dog rescue – within weeks of each other. Emergencies happen when you least expect them…or can least afford to deal with them. While insurance covers disasters and accidents, there’s no insurance for the types of animal care situations we face at HAWS. So Annie’s Fund works like insurance for HAWS; ready when we need it, available so we can take action immediately.

We’re not quite to our $10,000 goal – we’ve raised $7,000 and still need $3,000. In the last few weeks of our official fundraising campaign, we’re asking for that final push to get us over the top. So we can help the animals get over their pain – and get going with their happy lives.

Please give today!

By the way – we’re getting ever closer to our 31st Annual Pet Walk! Join us at Sussex Village Park on May 3rd…and join in the fundraising online right now!

HAWS Springs Into Action This Month

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Think Spring? We're already thinking Summer - and Camp!

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Send your child to HAWS' Kids 'N Critters Day Camp this summer! Sessions are now open for enrollment...and your kids do NOT want to miss this!

Kids 'N Critters is for children ages 7-14. Sessions are 1-day, 2-day and week-long, and include lots of hands-on learning and fun. We even have specialty camps like Shutterbug Camp (for budding animal photographers) and Art Camp (when your pet inspires you, you create!).

And, back by popular demand, campers can again participate in Camp Gone to the Dogs! During this week-long session teams of campers are paired with a specific dog in HAWS' shelter. They do training and behavior exercises with that dog and track their progress, giving the new adoptive home a pre-trained pet and a great start!

Camp is designed to help children understand the responsibility that goes along with pet ownership. But, it also gives them the chance to interact with many different species - including exotic pets! At the end of camp, kids are more aware of animal welfare issues and our general duty to the animals in our community.

Sound like fun? It is! But, Kids 'N Critters is also quite popular, so don't let your child miss out on this great way to spend their summer! Enrollment is open today - log on to the Summer Camp page on our website and get your child started on the summer of a lifetime.

By the way - it's a busy weekend for HAWS: Join us at the Milwaukee Admirals Dog Day hockey game on Sunday, or stop by the shelter for our annual Bunny Day! Get all the details at

Are You Ready to Walk?!

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Come celebrate spring with HAWS at our 31st Annual Pet Walk, sponsored by the Friends of HAWS! 

Bring your dog, your kids - the whole family - and join us for this fun event held May 3rd at Sussex Village Park. There is something for everyone, with walking trails, great lunch items, vendors and, best of all, camaraderie with fellow pet lovers and their beautiful dogs. So if dogs make you smile, be sure to join us at this fantastic fundraiser for the animals at HAWS.

This year the Friend’s group is raising money for a new HAWS’ Animal Rescue vehicle. Money raised from this year’s Walk will go towards both the purchase of this vehicle and the animals at HAWS. This vehicle will be on duty 24/7/365 in our community to assist animals in need. We transport sick or injured wildlife, and stray and abandoned or injured domestic animals, responding every day as needed to our Waukesha County communities. Each year we respond to over 1500 calls for help with animals in our surrounding communities.

There are so many ways you can donate! Make your own personal online fundraising page by going to the Walk page of our website, Or, collect pledges, walk the trail and then turn the funds in at the Walk itself. Or simply join us, have lunch with us and make a donation. 

There are many ways you can give and many ways you can enjoy the day! We’ll see you May 3rd!

By the way - this Sunday is the day to see the transformation from fuzzy to fabulous! Extreme Makeover: HAWS Edition begins at noon!

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