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HAWS has the Cure for the Summertime Blues!

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At HAWS we have something for every member of the family – pet or person – this month!  

HAWS’ busy calendar of activities for June is highlighted by the grand-opening House Warming Party on June 21st, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.  All members of the public are welcome to tour the newly expanded and remodeled shelter - even the "behind the scenes areas," learn about HAWS’ programs and services, visit adoptable animals and enjoy a cookout.  Pets are welcome, too!

Starting June 1st, we will have new summer hours of operation.
  Monday through Friday viewing/visiting hours are from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m., with the shelter open to receive animals from 9:00a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on those days.  On Saturdays, HAWS will open to receive animals from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., with kennel viewing between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  On Sundays the shelter will have both receiving and viewing hours from Noon until 4:00 p.m.  We'll see you then.

The Ride for Rover motorcycle rally to benefit HAWS is Saturday, June 12th. The Ride, lead by Dave Cook of Cook Customs, starts at the Harley-Davidson Museum on Canal St. in Milwaukee at 9:00 a.m., “pit-stops” at the HAWS shelter at 10:00 a.m. for tours and socializing with the shelter residents and staff, and ends at the Doggy Office in Brookfield for a picnic lunch, music by Cold Brew, shopping for the HAWS’ cause and fun for all! HAWS’ Mobile Adoptions Center and adoptable pets will be featured. Both riders and non-riders are welcome to participate - $15/person, $5 with a HAWS Wish List donation.

HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center will be active all month, and not just at the Ride for Rover!  Scheduled stops include Franklin Safety Day (6/5), West Allis Ala Carte (6/6), Culver’s in Sussex for a donation night (6/15) and Lake Country Rehab Center for a dog wash (6/26).

And, the final Nature of Dogs partnership event with the Waukesha Museum – the Best Friends Bash for kids ages 5-12 – is on June 5th.  $3/child, $1 off when you bring your best stuffed friend.

By the way:  June kicks off months of summer fun.  If you bring your pet along on vacation, be sure to call ahead to make sure it is welcome wherever you go!  Take vet records and your vet’s phone number – and don’t forget ample supplies of any medications your pet may need. Always have an I.D. tag on your pet, or better yet, have a microchip implanted. I.D. tags and microchips are available for purchase at HAWS, 7 days a week, for a nominal fee.

Never leave pets unattended in your parked car. The temperature inside a car, even with windows open slightly, can quickly reach deadly levels. In sunlight temps can rise more than 30 degrees per minute.  Anytime your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from heat and sun (a dog house does not provide relief from heat) and plenty of fresh, cool water.  


Facebook Forum - Guest Blogger Paul Arndt


Many of you are on or use Facebook. It is an interesting site with unknown ramifications. Paul Arndt, shared his thoughts wil me and gave me permission to post them. I would like to weigh in on Facebook in the future too. Meanwhile here is Paul's opinion.

May 17, 2010

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Help Henry Find a Loving Home

Meet Henry. He's a 10-year-old senior Beagle who enjoys a daily stroll and fine dining.  This sweet dog does best with older kids and he'd excel with a companion who would enjoy teaching him new cues and tricks.  He deserves to be the center of your attention and would prefer to be the only canine in your heart and home!  Henry was surrendered to us because he "wasn't a good hunting dog," but we can attest to the fact that he is a world-class, champion snuggler. 

Learn more about Henry or meet him at the Wisconsin Humane Society, 45th & Wisconsin Avenue. Would he be a good match for you? 

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I have a number of quick topics to touch on for this edition:

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Get Your Motor Runnin' for HAWS...THIS Saturday!

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Saturday, June 12th

Join us at this rally for the paws and claws at HAWS.  Riders and Non-Riders are welcome for the all-ages fun...and a great way to help out the animals on a summer Saturday!

9:00 am 
Kick off the Ride at the Harley-Davidson Museum on Canal St., Milwaukee.  Lead by Dave Cook of Cooks Customs.

10:00 am (approx.)
Pit Stop at HAWS, 701 Northview Rd., Waukesha for snacks, beverages, potty breaks.  Tour HAWS and meet adoptable pets, even purchase HAWS gear!

Rally ends at the Doggy Office, 3515 N. 127th St., Brookfield.  Enjoy a picnic and music by Cold Brew, play games, get your limited edition "1st Annual Ride for Rover" t-shirt, visit with the HAWS Mobile Adoption Center, check out bikes from Cooks Customs and more!

Admission/ Rider Bracelets:
$15, or $10 with HAWS Wish List item.

Pre-register or register at any stop along the way!
Proceeds to benefit HAWS. 

Check out these links for details: HAWS WEBSITE   or   RIDE FOR ROVER WEBSITE.

By the way...there's not enough thanks to give to Jim Demos of the Milwaukee Small Breed Dog Group, the tireless organizer of this wonderful day!  Because of the generosity of his committee of volunteers and great support from sponsors and donors, this promises to be an amazing event for the HAWS cause.  Next time you see Jim, give him a high paw - he deserves it!!!

WHS Course for Teachers! Sign up now!

TEACHERS!  The Wisconsin Humane Society and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is offering a one-credit course for teachers and pre-service teachers on incorporating humane education in the classroom.  

Summer 2010 ED POL 379-141 (#30068): Current Topics in Community Education
Teaching Kids about Kindness: Developing & Implementing Humane Education into the Classroom
1 Undergraduate Credit

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Orphan Ducklings Released!

In April, a driver killed their mom on Highway 100 when they were only one day old. But on Thursday at 11:00 a.m., all fourteen babies were released back into the wild with a brand new future! Thanks to everyone who helped the baby ducklings with a donation for their care

See more pictures of their release in Greenfield yesterday.

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Summer Fun at Discounted Prices

In cooperation with the Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Association (WPRA), Menomonee Falls Community Education & Recreation is happy to offer the discount tickets listed below.  With the exception of Great America WPRA Week (July 10 - 18) tickets are good on any day of the week during the summer.  Tickets may be purchased by cash, check, Visa and Mastercard.  They will be on sale May 10 - August 13 between the hours of 8:15 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday.

Save up to $28.00

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Camp Gone to the Dogs

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HAWS ever-popular Kids ‘N Critters Summer Day Camp began this week with a specially-themed session that will benefit campers and shelter dogs alike.

Children participating in this week’s Camp Gone to the Dogs are specifically working with resident shelter dogs, teaching them basic manners, training some fun tricks and generally helping the dogs to become more desirable to potential adoptive families that visit HAWS!

SherlockDogs participating in the program are Sherlock, Jersey, Dana, Poppa and Lily.  All the dogs are available for adoption at HAWS and will be able to go home with their new families at the end of the week, once the Camp Gone to the Dogs kids have completed their project.

HAWS Humane Educator Khris Erickson, who is our camp director, notes “The kids will not only be training the shelter dogs but they’ll also be learning about responsibility for pets.  They will be caring for the dogs – cleaning the kennels, ensuring their dogs have fresh water, food and clean bedding, etc.  It is a great way for them to learn all the aspects of having a pet – care plus training.”

Kids ‘N Critters Camp runs June through mid-August.   Details on the different sessions can be found at or by calling Khris at 262-542-8851, x118.

By the way - there's something for everyone this summer at HAWS!  Our Mobile Adoption Center is out and about every weekend, classes and seminars continue...and our Everyone-Is-Invited Housewarming Party is coming up Monday, June 21st from 4-7pm.  C'mon over - we'd love to see you!

Win a Mini Cooper (and help animals!)!!!

Get Your Raffle Tickets for a Red Mini!!!
Raffle tickets are now on sale at WHS and OHS for very exciting prizes. This year's top prize is a 2010 Mini Cooper with all the bells and whistles! Wouldn't you look perfect in this little red car, cruisin' along the lakefront? The second place winner goes home with $500 cash and the 3rd place winner gets $250 cash! Tickets are only $5 or 5 for $20 and the proceeds go right back to help us save more injured, homeless and abused animals. The drawing will be held at this year's Hope's Lights event.

Remember BBQuick?

A couple of years ago a new taste sensation came to the Falls. it was a great new barbecue restaurant, BB Quick.   I made regular stops there for great tasting sandwiches.  Many others did that as well.  Sometimes there would be a line stretching out the door waiting for service.

After a while, open hours were reduced and  the store eventually became unused and empty.  BB Quick was gone.  No one seemes to know why or where it had gone.

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Kids 'N Critters Day Camp has begun!

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We LOVE this time of year at HAWS - and I think our shelter residents do, too.

Kids 'N Critters Summer Day Camp is in it's second week already!

This year, because of our facility expansion, we are able to have 2 sessions running at once - allowing more kids to attend and for a greater variety of camp offerings.  Camp runs through mid-August, offering 2- and 5-day sessions, for ages 7 up to 14.  Each camp involves activites and hands-on animal experiences, learning about our shelter and our adoptable pets...even helping make the animals even more adoptable!

Our specially-themed sessions this year are:

  • Camp Gone to the Dogs
  • Shutterbug Camp
  • Art Camp
  • Horseback Riding Camp

Camp is popular - kids come back year after year...and then become counselors when they're too old to be campers!  Parents start contacting us already in January to see what our schedule will be for the coming summer, to make sure their kids don't miss out.

The learning at HAWS doesn't take a break for the summer - it just gets better!

By the way - our Mobile Adoption Center is also not taking a break - we have a Dog Wash coming up, along with a cookout and more "dine-out" nights.  Join us as we bring our 4 paws to YOUR neighborhood!  

Help 375 Cats Find Homes!

We're breakin' out the catnip for a very special cause! It's FelineFest at the Wisconsin Humane Society this month, and we are hoping to find homes for 375 cats.

During the month of June, every cat adopter will take home a great prize, including treats and catnip squares. Adoption fees range from $150 for kittens five months and younger, to completely waived fees for adult cats more than one year of age. Included in the cat adoption are spay/neuter, first distemper vaccination, initial deworming, feline leukemia testing, microchip implant, a certificate for a free veterinary exam, and a 30 day gift of ShelterCare Pet Insurance. VIEW ADOPTABLE CATS NOW!

Osama Bin Laden Captured


Being President of the United States is not as easy as it looks. Nobody now knows this better than our sitting President.

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What is Your Favorite Summerfest Concert or Memory

Dave and Carol, on WKLH, had a segment about favorite Summerfest concerts and memories. What are your favorite memories? Have at it.

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A Happy Fourth to All!

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We at HAWS wish you and your entire family - including your pets - a safe, happy Fourth of July holiday!

But there are concerns during all the fun times:  fireworks and thunderstorms can stress some animals to the point of panic. While some find a great indoor hiding place under a bed or in the bathtub, others may injure themselves by jumping through screen doors or windows. 

We see lots more stray dogs coming into our shelter, and receive many more lost reports during severe weather and holiday celebrations including fireworks shows.  You can avoid the worry of a lost pet!

Here are some basics to remember:

  • Leave your pet at home, even if it is used to going places with you.
  • Leave your pet in an area of your home where it will be safe, comfortable and sheltered from any outside noise and lights. Turn on the air conditioning or a fan for background noise.
  • Be sure to put away anything that can be damaged or might harm your pet if chewed.
  • Never leave pets outside and unattended, even in a fenced-in yard.
  • Make sure your pet has identification tags, or better yet, a microchip. Microchips are available at HAWS, 7 days a week.
  • Consider having someone stay home with your pet during fireworks shows, especially if you will be away for several days on vacation.

If your pet goes missing, don't give up hope!  Call us at 262-542-8851 or stop by to see if you pet has made it to our safe haven.

And, to help dog owners make sure this summer is fun-filled and not stress-laden, Claudeen McAuliffe’s booklet "The Big Bang: How You Can Help Your Dog Cope with Storm and Noise Fears," is available at HAWS.  Pick up your copy today!

By the way - summer fun abounds at HAWS, at home, on the road!  Be safe wherever you are with your pet:  Keep your pet leashed (or safe at home - see above), always have water available for BOTH of you, stay in the shade or use sunscreen (seriously, some dogs need it, too - check with your vet!)...plan ahead to have a great time that will make many great memories to look back on when it snows again!

Cats, Kittens, Everywhere

Homeless Cats Seeking Homes
Wisconsin Humane Society sees dramatic increase in kitten surrenders

 Interested in adopting a cat? There is no better time, as the Wisconsin Humane Society has an unusually large population of adoptable cats, and staff members hope to have a busy week of cat adoptions.

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Three Cheers - Three Boos

Three cheers to the Supremes!  Some recent Supreme Court decisions have not found a lot of favor with me.  But yesterday,  the court actually held strong for one of our rights under the constitution.  Amazing!  To be sure, I am not a gun owner and never hope to be.  Nevertheless I believe that it is of utmost importance to preserve all of our liberties granted under the Bill Of Rights. So we, as citizens, continue to rightfully own arms - for now.

Three boos:  To WTMJ TV channel 4. WTMJ was the only newscast I happened to see today, but it made me sick.  Other stations may be guilty as well.  A grieving parent at her child's death site was captured on video and broadcast to the community. 
My objection is that the mom's face was shown very close up in a moment that should have been only private.  The camera was so close that you could easily count her eyelash hair.  Broadcasters, please have a little empathy and back away for a wide shot and give grieving family members some private space.

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