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Get Tips from the BBB during National Consumer Protection Week

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National Consumer Protection Week - 7 Days, 7 Tips, 1 Smart Consumer

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Name That Puppy!

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HAWS welcomed 15 new members to our "family" on Valentine's Day, when pregnant mom Champagne gave birth to her litter of puppies. 

Currently in foster care, Champagne and her brood are not only being carefully monitored as they grow, but are also working on early-stage development with our Behavior Department!  You can follow their progress by reading their blog - updated daily because so much happens in such a short time with puppies...

They've already reached a critical stage:  it is time for socialization.  One key need for this work?  Names!

So it is time to "Play the Name Game" and we're asking for our community to participate and have a little fun along the way.  For a $50 donation - which is being used for the puppies care - you can choose one of the 15 puppies and give it a name.  These names will be used while volunteers work with the pups...and who knows:  the future adopter may just keep your name of choice!  (Hint, hint:  make it a good one!)

All the details can be found at the Valentine's Puppies' blog, and the link to make your naming donation is on our main HAWS' website.  Oh, and it looks like there are only 14 left to name now...hurry so you don't miss out!

By the way - we take the phrase "Spring into action" literally at HAWS, with these awesome upcoming events!  March 19th is HAWS' Annual Bunny Day, 3/25 is Extreme Makeover:  HAWS Edition, also on 3/25 our Mobile Adoption Center will be at the Admirals' Game for Dog Day...
and our 29th Annual Pet Walkathon is set for May 5th.  (You can get started now - let your fingers to the fundraising with an online page...) 

Medical Mission Trip -- Tanzania, Africa

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Medical Mission Trip to the Meru Diocese in Tanzania, Africa

September 27 – October 7, 2012

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Adopt 4 Paws from HAWS: MacKenzie is Waiting...STILL!

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MacKenzie is a beautiful shorthaired female.At HAWS, we won't give up on a pet!!  Meet MacKenzie the cat:

This beautiful shorthaired girl is MacKenzie, a 6-year-old brown tabby with orange coloring.  She's a love - our volunteers call her the "purrfect" pal - who is affectionate, playful and "kneads" whomever she's with!  Maybe you need her in your life?

MacKenzie has patiently been waiting for a new home.  In fact, she's been waiting for her new home since July '11!!!  She's spent some time in our adoption program at the Petco store in Waukesha, but now she's back at HAWS, lounging in our foyer window cat condos. 

We love having her at HAWS, but we'd love even more for her to land in a forever home with a comfy bed and sunny window.

Come visit with MacKenzie and all her adoptable friends at HAWS - today and every day!

HAWS welcomes you daily for viewing and adoption.  We're open Monday - Friday from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m., Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from Noon - 4:00 p.m.

By the way:  this Sunday, 3/18, is our Annual Bunny Day at HAWS, co-hosted by the Wisconsin House Rabbit Society.  And next Sunday, 3/25, is a busy HAWS day with our Extreme Makeover:  HAWS Edition from noon - 4pm at the shelter and our Mobile Adoption Center's annual visit to the Milwaukee Admirals Dog Day game at 3pm!  Join us - and have lots of fun while supporting the HAWS Cause!

Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin Recognizes Outstanding Community Supporters at Evening of Impact

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Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin Hosts Annual Evening of Impact on March 20th 

Easter Seals Evening of Impact is an annual event to celebrate our accomplishments with our outstanding community supporters who have made a significant on Easter Seals in 2011. This year, Easter Seals Evening of Impact will be held on March 20th at the Radisson Hotel West.

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Chocolate Lab seeking new home

Chocoloate Lab Needs a Home

Chocolate Lab Needs a Home!

2-year-old Chocolate Lab

Looking for a new pup?
Meet Hadley, a 2-year-old Chocolate Labrador Retriever!

Hadley came to us from another shelter, and she was in pretty bad shape. Her mouth was causing her terrible pain, and an x-ray revealed that there was a BB stuck in Hadley's jaw. She had been SHOT!

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St. Mary Parish School Observation Day on Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

 Come See Us in Action!  We invite you to learn more about the St. Mary Parish School difference.  Please join us on Wednesday, March 28th for our 8:15am all school liturgy followed by refreshments as you observe our amazing teachers in action!  We promise you won't be disappointed.  Please let us know you will join with an RSVP to 262-251-1050.  See you there!

HAWS Seeks Nominations for 2nd Annual Youth Community Kindness Award

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HAWS is seeking nominations for our second annual Diana Boettcher Youth Community Kindness Award.  This award is in memory of Diana Boettcher, a longtime resident of Lac La Belle who cared equally for the animals and people in her neighborhood throughout her life.

Young volunteers made HAWS' Janboree event a great success!The Diana Boettcher Award seeks to honor a single young individual who exemplifies kindness to animals in their community.  This kindness may take action through volunteering, promoting awareness or other acts of humane animal treatment.

The honoree will be selected by a panel of HAWS’ employees and friends.  Selection will be based on the nominee’s commitment to animal welfare through public service and community life.

Nominees must be 18 years or younger.  Family, friends, community members and teachers are allowed to nominate deserving youth; in addition, students may also nominate themselves.  If chosen, the recipient must be available to accept the award at the Friends of HAWS’ 29th Annual Pet Walkathon on May 5, 2012 at Sussex Village Park.

Applications must include the nominee’s name, birth date, school and an essay (not to exceed 500 words) explaining their commitment to animals in their community.

All applications must be received at HAWS by April 9th and can be emailed to or mailed to HAWS, Attn: Kaitlin Daugherty, PO Box 834, Waukesha, WI 53187-0834.

By the way - have you set up your personal, online fundraising webpage for the HAWS Walkathon yet?  Let your fingers do the fundraising...its easy, fun and a great way to get involved in support of the HAWS Cause!

WHS launches "virtual re-homing" for pets

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) has launched a new “virtual re-homing” service for people seeking a new home for their animal. The Pets Seeking People page of the WHS web site features a listing of animals in the Milwaukee area who are in need of new homes. These animals are not in the WHS shelter, but are instead in their current homes until they find new guardians.

“We understand that people are sometimes faced with circumstances in which they can no longer keep their animal, but they prefer to find their companion a new home on their own. We are excited to offer this new free service to them, which also frees up more space in the shelter for animals who don’t already have an advocate,” said Angela Speed, director of community relations and development at WHS.   

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How to spot a phishing email from a legitimate one

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By Susan Bach
Wisconsin Better Business Bureau

Phishing emails – alleging to be from Verizon, Walmart, Best Buy, Ebay, LinkedIn, the US Post Office, American Express and even the BBB – have filled my inbox this week. What’s a phishing email, you ask?

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School Board Election 2012 Who are YOU voting for?

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For most of the Menomonee Falls, School Board elections, I invite candidates to guest post on Blogage to get their message out. This year I just do not have the time to do this. Also the last two elections several candidates did not send me information, for reasons known only to them. 

This year I want to hear from my neighbors and fellow citizens. What do you think? What is important to you. Who are you going to vote for? Why?

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24-hr pet adoption event starts Saturday with free gifts!

24-hour adoption event kicks off Saturday morning at Wisconsin Humane Society

Local man pledges $100 per adoption during the ASPCA® Mega Match-a-thon event
The Wisconsin Humane Society is preparing this week for its first-ever 24 hour adoption event, as part of the national ASPCA® Mega Match-a-thon. And this weekend, they got some great news. Stan Kass of Brown Deer has pledged to match every pet adoption with a $100 donation to the WHS during the event, up to $15,000. 
“Stan’s support is unbelievable. His generous heart and love of animals continues to be an inspiration to the whole community,” said Angela Speed, director of development and community relations at the Wisconsin Humane Society. 
What is the ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon 24-hr event?
WHS is one of 55 animal rescue organizations participating in the national adoption promotion, sponsored by the ASPCA. The 24-hour adoption event WHS’s Milwaukee shelter begins on March 31, running from 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning and ending at 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning.  A variety of festivities are being planned. 
Highlights of the event include:
  • FREE gifts for all adopters
  • Kids crafts & scavenger hunt
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua will be shown FREE for families at 7:00 p.m. Saturday
  • Puppy Pajama Parade – begins Saturday night at 10:10 p.m. sharp
  • Wii/Just Dance Tournament begins at 11:00 p.m.
  • Anyone adopting in pajamas 1:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. receives a 25% adoption discount
  • CJ Astro will be hosting DOGA (yoga w/your dog) at 8:00 a.m. Sunday; FREE registration  
Join in for the fun at any time! WHS’s goal is to find homes for 150 animals, and they can’t do it without community support.  Learn more at

Get CAGED at HAWS...

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HAWS proudly announces “CAGED,”  a Spay/Neuter Awareness rally for local college students that will run from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. this Wednesday, March 28.

The rally is designed to bring greater awareness to the still very relevant message of spaying and neutering as a successful method of combating pet overpopulation. Students will sign up for ½ hour time slots where they will be placed in one of HAWS’ cat condos for “socialization.” The condo windows will be covered in statistics and facts on the effects of spaying and neutering, along with Project Guardian, HAWS’ free barn/outdoor cat spay-neuter program.

For a $5 donation or for “checking in” and mentioning HAWS on any social networking page such as Facebook or Twitter, students will gain access to the CAGED “VIP lounge” – including pizza and refreshments, interaction with various shelter pets, and a trivia contest in which they will be able to test their knowledge on the stats posted throughout the shelter. The first 50 students will receive a special “Got CAGED at HAWS” t-shirt.

HAWS’ Executive Director Lynn Olenik notes, “Many college students are drawn to helping animals and love to spend time with them – and this event makes a great study break! We also know that social media is a powerful tool for spreading an important message. As young adults become more active in animal welfare, we can use their savvy to help save many lives, and engage them for the future sustainability of our mission.”

Students interested in participating should contact or

By the way - thunderstorms are here...and fireworks season is fast approaching!  Get tips on how to help your pet cope with the chaos at "The Big Bang" seminar, presented by HAWS' very own Dr. Claudeen, and hosted by End of the Leash in Mukwonago.  Call 262-363-3338 to register, and then join us this Thursday, March 29, at 6pm at 214 Rocheser St., Mukwonago.

By the way, part 2 - have you created your online fundraising page yet for the 29th Annual HAWS Pet Walkathon...?  Let your fingers do the fundraising in support of the HAWS Cause!

Two of St.Mary's Destination Imagination Teams are going to State on April 14th, 2012!

 The Regional Competition for Destination Imagination teams took place at Kennedy Middle School on Saturday, March 24, and we are SO proud of our three teams! Our Middle Level team took 1st place in the “Instant Challenge” part of their competition, and took 4th place overall in their level for their challenge. The Middle Level Team was coached by Mrs. Karinen, and is composed of Andrew Karinen, Ally Kuske, Michael Memory, Danny Karinen, Nick Murphy, and Hunter Ruediger.

Our two Elementary Level teams are going on to the STATE COMPETITION in Stevens Point on April 14th! They tied for 2nd place in their level for their “Coming Attractions” chal-lenge. The “St. Mary Swirls” team, coached by Mrs. Conway, is composed of Carley Conway, Grace Gehring, Luke Miller, Jacob Wagner, Drew Jansen, Cassie Kalnins, and Gavin Falvey.  The “Tootsie Pops” team was coached by Mrs. Gorec-ki. Their team members are Kristina Gorecki, Marissa Cobb, Jon Michael Stroh, Adam Lopata, Jacob Bruns, Tim Kohls, and Mary Kaupp.

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