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Celebrate the Beginning of 2012 with HAWS!

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HAWS wishes a healthy, happy New Year to all pets and their people!  Support the “HAWS cause” through festive events and fun learning opportunities during the entire month of January.

Cool Your Paws at HAWS on January 21st from 11:00am – 3:00pm, when HAWS joins Janboree – Waukesha County’s family-friendly winter fest. At 11:30am learn cooking for pets at “K9 Cuisine with Dr. Claudeen.” Take a dogsled ride around the HAWS’ grounds with Executive Director Lynn’s team from Noon – 2:30pm (sign-up begins at 11:30am, first-come/first-served, weather permitting, $5/run). Games and contests for pets and kids will run throughout the day; treats and hot cocoa will be served. Enter the raffle for a 36” LCD TV (donated by Subaru City), a pet-themed fire pit or a February dogsled adventure – tickets are on sale now for $5 each or 5 tickets for $20 (need not be present to win). All the details are at

The Friends of HAWS present Oom-Pa Paws, the Polka Party for HAWS on Saturday, January 28th from 7:00pm – midnight at Saxe’s in Genesee/Wales. Enjoy music from Carol & the Keynotes, snack on chili and cookies and keep your New Year’s resolution to exercise, all in support of HAWS! Admission is $20/advance, $30/door.  Plus, the annual HAWS for Paws Bowl is Sunday, January 29th from 11:00am – 2:00pm at Fracaro’s Lanes in Waukesha. Only $15/person includes 3 games and shoe rental; special rates available for teams of 4-6. Everyone welcome! More details at

Highlights from HAWS’ busy January Calendar:
- Small Animal Pedicures are available January 11th at Pet Supplies Plus, Brookfield, from 6:00 – 7:00pm, and at HAWS on January 21st from 9:30 – 10:30am. Free – donations welcome!
Cat Pedicures will be available at HAWS on January 14th from 9:30-10:30am for a $7 donation/cat.
- Two First Aid for Pets sessions will be offered, on January 14th and 28th, both from 1:00 – 4:00pm. Details and registration are available by calling 262-879-0165.

By the way - a few seasonal reminders for pet owners:  As of January 1st, all dogs and many cats are required by law to have an updated license. Each municipality is different – owners should check with their city/town/village for details. Keep pets safely indoors when the temperature dips, other than for short walks and potty breaks. Clean salt off sensitive paw pads, check ears for frostbite, and have your short-coated dog wear a coat or sweater when outdoors.  Store poisonous antifreeze out of reach, and, if your vehicle is outdoors, be sure to bang the hood to scare away any hidden animals before starting your engine.

Chloe the Collie Puppy Needs Lifesaving Surgery

Help 5-month-old Chloe!
We just picked up this sweet Collie puppy from MADACC this week and she needs your help. There is a local campaign to raise funds to help cover the cost of her surgery to repair a fractured pelvis. Learn more here:

Life-Saving Classes Offered at HAWS

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Twice each month at HAWS we host the team from Emergency Medical Services and their First Aid for Pets class.  The first class for 2012 is coming up this Saturday, at HAWS, at 1:00 p.m. The class lasts about 3 hours and is a great resource for any pet owner.

Topics covered in the hands-on class include how to control bleeding, correct actions to take for poison ingestion, performing pet CPR, alleviating choking, treating burns, handling seizures and much more.  A complete 126-page first aid manual is available.

EMS handles registration:  Contact them at 262-879-0165 for more details, too.

Can't make it this Saturday? Check our Upcoming Events calendar on our website for all the 2012 class dates.  The alternative class this month is January 28th.

By the way - HAWS sells First Aid kits for pets also at our shelter!  We've partnered with Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center/Emergency Vet Service here in Waukesha to make these kits available. Each kit contains all the basic care essentials and costs $15.  They are available in the merchandise section of our lobby.  Purchase one for home and the car to always be ready to help your pet!

Just A Pound Or Two

This morning when I stepped on the batrhroom scale it groaned more than usual.  So after a hearty breakfast of fruitloops and coffee I decided that it is time to shed a few pounds.

Proper diet is the key, I thought. And,I ended up on a website that claims to be known internationally as the pre-eminent manufacturer of excipient-free, premier quality nutraceutical formulations, super food concentrates and the world's first producer of quantum cellular response products that are capable of restoring quantum coherence to the body's inherent biofeedback.

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Please join us for our Parish School Open House on Sunday, January 29th, 2012

 We invite you to learn more about our parish school!  Please join us in kicking off Catholic Schools Week on Sunday, January 29th from 11:00am thru 2:00pm learning about all St. Mary has to offer!  In just one visit, you can learn about the academic excellence that prepares students for a lifetime of success.  Meet genuinely caring and gifted teachers.  Discover the co-curricular and service activities that provide opportunities for growth and exploration.  And above all, sense the spirit that guides every aspect of Catholic education, where faith is nurtured and values are shared.  We can't wait to meet you!

Got a stressed-out pooch?

Tellington Touch Dog Massage Class!
Thursday, February 2, 2012, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wisconsin Humane Society – Milwaukee Campus, 4500 W. Wisconsin Avenue

De-stress your dog and yourself with the therapeutic effects of Tellington Touch (TTouch).
Tellington Touch is a gentle and easy to learn method of touch and movement.  TTouch can help with challenges such as barking, biting, chewing, digging, noise sensitivity, aging, anxiety, aggressive or reactive behavior, shyness, grooming or vet visit concerns and more!
This workshop is for dogs of all ages and their families to discuss what causes stress, signs of stress and how you can help free yourself and your dog from it.
This two-hour hands-on session with your dog will introduce you to the benefits of incorporating TTouch into your pet’s life and will help you and your pet achieve the highest quality of life through mental, physical and emotional balance.

TTouch uses gentle movements and manipulations that help change behavior patterns and teach the animal to think, rather than react, improves learning ability and performance and helps to calm and focus. Register here.


HAWS Joins the Janboree!

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This coming Saturday is "Nosh & Mush" day at HAWS:  We're hosting an event for Waukesha Janboree called "Cool Your Paws at HAWS!"

“HAWS is thrilled to join Waukesha Janboree in 2012!” says HAWS Executive Director Lynn Olenik. “We are proud to invite pets and their people to ‘Cool Your Paws at HAWS’ on Saturday, January 21 from 11:00am to 3:00pm.” HAWS is located at 701 Northview Road, Waukesha.

Activities will include a Shelter Scavenger Hunt for kids and pet games like Hotdog Bobbing and the Peanut Butter Lick-Off. Guests can enjoy treats for the whole family (check out the doggie treat bake sale), view adoptable pets, meet HAWS’ mascot Lucky and enter the raffles to win a flat screen TV or pet-themed goody baskets. Pets joining in the fun should be secured in a carrier or on a leash for safety.

Highlighting “Cool Your Paws at HAWS” are 2 very special events. First, at 11:30am, learn “K9 Cuisine with Dr. Claudeen” – a pet cooking class/demonstration. Make Lab Lasagna or a Poodle Parfait for your best friend, and take home the leftovers! Pre-registration is requested, so please call 262-542-8851 or log onto for detailsParticipants are asked to donate $5 each to defray the cost of food.

Then, from noon until approximately 2:30pm, Olenik and her sled dog team will be giving Dog Sled Rides! Weather permitting, rides will be given at 10-minute intervals, and guests can begin signing up at HAWS’ front counter at 11:30am. Rides will be on a 1st come/1st served basis, with a fee of $5 per run. All proceeds benefit HAWS’ animal care and adoption programs.

“Come out to HAWS and celebrate the fun of the season with your best friends – pets and people,” invites Olenik. “We’d love to see you at the shelter!”

By the way - Ooom-Pa Paws, the polka party for HAWS is fast approaching!  Join the Friends of HAWS for this fun-draiser at Saxe's of Genesee on Saturday, January 28th from 7pm-midnight.  Advance admission is $20/person, at the door it is $30.  Enjoy live music from Carol & the Keynotes, snack on chili and cookies, bid on great live and silent auction items (Brewers front row tickets!  An Admirals game suite!).  Purchase raffle tickets now thru the event to win an autographed Packers' football ($10 ticket, 3 for $25).  Prost!

12 Scams to Watch for in 2012

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The Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin investigates fraud reports throughout the year and reveals twelve of the newest and/or most common scams that consumers should avoid in 2012.   

  • BBB Phishing Frustrations: Businesses and organizations around the country are receiving fraudulent complaint emails from scammers who are abusing BBB's name and reputation.
  • Mortgage Relief Misleaders: Homeowners are tricked into paying large upfront fees for mortgage relief services and then companies disappear abruptly.
  • Hotel Hoaxes: Hotel guests receive calls in their rooms - often late at night - claiming that front desk computers have crashed and credit card numbers are needed again; victims provide information, but callers are not hotel employees. 
  • Cheating Contractors: Homeowners are left with little recourse after door-to-door repairmen promise incredible deals, require large upfront fees and then skip out before completing work.
  • Check cashing cons: Sellers receive checks for more than items are worth and are instructed to wire excess money back. Checks later bounce and victims are responsible for lost funds.
  • Social Media Scams: Victims are sent "popular" viral videos on social networking sites, but must upgrade software to view files. Downloads may install malware or viruses that place victims at risk for identity theft.
  • Swindling Sweepstakes: Consumers who did not enter sweepstakes or foreign lotteries are informed that they have won large sums of money or other prizes and must pay smaller sums in order to collect; payments are made and nothing is received.
  • Canine Cons: Scammers set up a fake website selling non-existent puppies for rock-bottom prices. Victims wire money to the so-called seller, but never receive their puppy.
  • Pay the Con Artist Using Pre-Paid Debit Cards. Since consumers are getting wise to wiring money or fake checks, many scammers now prefer to be paid using untraceable, pre-paid debit cards. 
  • Timeshare Shams: In this tough real estate market, timeshare sellers should beware of companies that claim to already have a buyer and want upfront fees.
  • Job Scams: Scammers are working overtime to take advantage of the high number of people looking for jobs, especially online.
  • Lousy Legal Advice: Some scammers are offering low-cost legal advice, but don't have any legal qualifications. The only problem? The consumer may end up in even more legal trouble.

Report scams to BBB through Scam Source at To find reputable businesses, visit Consumers can also receive news alerts from the Wisconsin BBB by following us on Twitter or liking us on Facebook.

Wildlife photo contest to benefit WI's wild animals

Wildlife photo contest to benefit Wisconsin’s injured wild animals
To celebrate Wisconsin's wildlife, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Wisconsin Humane Society is pleased to announce its first-ever photo contest.

There is a $10 non-refundable entry fee per photo, which benefits the wild animals at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Celebrity judges will determine the top three photos, plus 3-5 honorable mentions.

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HAWS presents a "Wisconsin traditions" Weekend!

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This weekend HAWS has two "fun"-draisers that are truly Wisconsin in nature:  a polka party and a family bowling day!

The Friends of HAWS welcome you to Oom-Pa Paws, the first annual polka party for HAWS!  Enjoy an evening of dancing to great music by Carol & the Keynotes...and keep your New Year’s Resolution to get more exercise by joining in the fun and polka the night away.  The party is set for THIS Saturday, January 28 at Saxe’s Restaurant in Genesee (on Hwy. 18 ½ mile west of Hwy 83). 

The fun starts at 7:00 p.m. and goes ‘til midnight.  Enter the raffle for an autographed Packers football, win door prizes and bid on great auction items (including Brewers front row tickets and an Admirals game suite).  Cost is $20/person in advance or $30 at the door - includes chili and cookie snack at 9pm.  Call 262-542-8851 for info!  Come ‘polka your paws off’ in support of the HAWS cause

HAWS for Paws Bowl VII
Bring the family to Fracaro's Lane in Waukesha this Sunday, January 29 at 11:00am for an all-ages bowling party for HAWS.  For $15 a person you get 3 games and shoe rental - or bring a team of 4-6 people for special rates.  Get more info and reserve your lane by calling Friends of HAWS member Maria at 262-490-2102.

By the way - the annual, worldwide observance of Spay Day is coming up Tuesday, February 28.  Keep an eye out for HAWS special goings-on...including the opportunity to SPONSOR-A-SPAY and purchase your very own limited edition Spay Day t-shirt.  (Proceeds from HAWS' events support SNIP, our Spay-Neuter Initiative Program and clinic!)

Welcome Back!

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 Hi, how are ‘ya? Captain Bud here,

“By heavens man, we are turned round and round in this world, like yonder windlass, and fate is the handspike.” So spake Captain Ahab, all those years ago, setting the tone for whale hunters and comedy shows to come.

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HAWS and World Spay Day 2012

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World Spay Day is Tuesday, February 28 - one month from today.  HAWS is getting involved in a big way!

We are asking YOU to help us save countless lives through our spay-neuter program (SNIP) efforts.  We KNOW spay-neuter works - we've seen an almost 20% reduction in the number of stray kittens/cats coming into our shelter since 2005.  A few more years of concentrated efforts - in particular with outdoor/barn cats - and we'll be close to seeing and end to pet overpopulation!

How can YOU get involved?

A donation as little as $30 can neuter a cat, $75 can spay a dog.  Amounts above that can help us provide spay/neuter procedures to those in need, including our own shelter pets, local rescue groups, low income households, those with outdoor/barn cat groups and more.  Any and every donation can make a difference, so click on over to our SNIP webpage and donate today!

Buy a T-shirt
HAWS is selling limited edition World Spay Day 2012 t-shirts.  Your purchase of one of these t's not only supports our spay-neuter efforts, it also proclaims loudly to all who see your shirt the importance of spaying and neutering our companion animals.  They're a beautiful blue and only $15..while they last!

Enter the Pet Photo Contest
HSUS, the parent organization of World Spay Day, is holding an online pet photo contest - when you enter your pet you can select HAWS as your charity of choice, and then all the votes your pet receives in the contest mean a donation to HAWS!  You can win some amazing prizes, show off your best friend and help the HAWS cause at the same time.

By the way - in association with World Spay Day, HAWS is providing free spay-neuter surgeries to target groups - those with cats, kittens, Pitbulls and Pit mixes.  Do you need spay-neuter assistance foryour pets or outdoor/barn cat populations?  Contact HAWS' SNIP clinic for information on available programs at 262-542-8851, x109.

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