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Trees Serve Many Functions-Plant a Tree with a Purpose

Trees contribute so much to improve the quality of our lives. The oxygen the trees produce is essential to life. Wood has been an important building material through the ages. Fruit and nut trees feed wildlife and us. These are just a few of the important roles trees play in our lives.

More than just aesthetic beauty, landscape trees can serve many functional roles improving the quality of our lives.

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50K to be donated if 500 shelter animals find homes at WHS

 Wisconsin Humane Society announces 

“50K Community Cares Challenge”

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HAWS is Nurtured by our Caring Community

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A VERY full HAWS van!HAWS has recently been the proud and grateful beneficiary of several amazing community-based donations, all in support of the “HAWS Cause!”

Zeus & Company, a pet food distributor, donated several pallets of product to HAWS – about 4,000 pounds! Todd Oilschlager, a Zeus representative, noted the food and treats are valued at more than $5,800. Many thanks to Todd, a HAWS business partner and theWaiting to be loaded! man who brought Zeus and HAWS together, and Zeus & Company owner, David Levy, for their generosity. The full tummies of HAWS’ residents are also very thankful!

Girl Scout Troop 4294 in Waukesha completed work on the Memorial Garden at HAWS, with help from their parents and the following local businesses: 3-D Greenhouse, AAA Asphalt, Anchor Bank, Eagle Media, Halquist Stone, Home Depot-Waukesha, Phil Kelber/Mason & Chimney Specialists, Lang Landscape, Christopher Lee’s Concrete Creations, Mavroff Mulch, Piala’s, Prospect Hill Nursery, Rozman True Value, Shady Acres Nursery and Trees on the Move. This reflective garden is dedicated to all beloved animals.

First Weber – Lake Country held their 3rd annual Take Your Dogs To Work Day in June, raising $3,200! First Weber employees, their best canine friends and many other visitors enjoyed lunch and each other’s company. HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center truly felt “Home Sweet Home” with the realtors and their staff.

By the way - 2 more September events also showcase HAWS and our community partners:
·  Waukesha favorite, Casa del Rio, will ‘party for the pets’ at the
Fall Fiesta on Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15. An 80’s Disco Party, Zumba, live music by The Lonely Hearts and Los Guys, food/drink specials and more benefit HAWS.
·  Don’t commit a “faux paws” by missing this fundraiser!  
Romp the Runwayis Friday, Sept. 28 from 5:30-8:30pm. Cocktails, appetizers, a spectacular runway show featuring styles from Boutique B’Lou, Faye’s, Georgie and Next Door are included in the $75/person admission; V.I.P. tables and sponsorships are available:  262-542-8851.

Southeastern Wisconsin Trees and the Prolonged Drought of 2011&2012

Paul Markworth, Consulting Arborist

Over the past two years, southeast Wisconsin’s precipitation has been many inches below normal.   We are in a drought and this drought is beginning to take its toll on our trees.

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HOP TO IT: It’s About Time YOU Adopted 4 Paws from HAWS!

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As one of the few shelters with a dedicated Small Animal Ward, at HAWS we always have plenty of small and furry friends up for adoption. Here are 2 of our favorite buns!

My name is Silky and I am a very elegant gentlebun (check out my video – the HAWS volunteers have clicker-trained me!).  My white coat shaded with silver glistens in the light, which may be why my breed is called “Satin.” I was someone’s Easter gift that they grew tired of...can you believe that?!  I am very curious and friendly…and a bit hyper-active because I don’t like to sit still.  A large cage and several hours a day outside of it to have my bunny adventures is a must!  And here’s a bonus:  I use a litter box!

Don’t forget me, Jaxon!  I am a handsome young fellow as you can see but I am also very large – I’m what is known as a “Checkered Giant” and weigh about 11 pounds.  I was brought into HAWS after being found wandering around lost, but I am super-friendly.  I can be easily excited and like activity, so I’ll need a large space to live in...actually, the perfect home for me would be an exercise pen like this.  I will need to be out of my cage everyday to scamper about and explore, and I’ll really enjoy hanging out with my new family.  I do love a good head rub and will lay my head on your lap for you to do so.  My litter box training is going really well, too!

To learn about caring for house rabbits, log onto, and for great rabbit cage ideas check out THIS neat site.  All rabbit adoptions at HAWS include a free copy of the "House Rabbit Handbook:  How To Live With An Urban Rabbit."  Wear your bunny pride on your sleeve:  purchase one of HAWS’ special edition Year of the Rabbit t-shirts (both short and long-sleeved varieties are available).

By the way - have you reserved your spot on the Runway yet?  It would be a total FAUX PAWS to miss HAWS' Romp the Runway fundraiser on September 28th...


Getting Healthy and Fit: Recreation Programs are the Answer

One of the most effective and low-cost prescriptions for a variety of physical and mental conditions can be found just a few steps from your front door: your public recreation program.

The stakes for your health are immense. Nearly half of Americans are overweight while a third qualifies as obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each year, 300,000 deaths are attributed to unhealthy weight gains due to poor diet and lack of exercise in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Obesity-related conditions include a greater chance of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. If all inactive Americans were to become physically active, close to $76.7 billion would be saved annually in the treatment of such chronic conditions, HHS predicts.

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Prescribed Fertilization Can Help Your Trees Now!

 by: Anthony C. Arnoldi, Board-Certified Master Arborist WI-0102B

Trees have had had their share of problems this year.

  • They have had to suffer from diminishing root systems during the last2 and a half years of the long, accumulating drought,
  • wood boring insect numbers have risen to extremely high levels and are attacking     various tree species,
  • chlorosis (yellowing due to decreased chlorophyll levels in the leaves) has begun or intensified on susceptible trees,
  • needle diseases and needle drop of evergreens are commonly visible,
  • fungal leaf spot diseases of deciduous trees are noticeably high and causing defoliation,
  • root rots have affected many root systems to some degree,
  • dieback and decline has started on a lot of trees because of these problems, and
  • bad “pruning” from storms, well-intentioned homeowners or unschooled arborists has added injury to insult.

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Romp the Runway for all the Paws and Claws at HAWS!

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HAWS reminds everyone of our very “fashionable” fundraiser, Romp the Runway!

All proceeds of this fundraiser benefit the life-saving work done by the Waukesha pet resource center.  This work done by HAWS includes the Spay-Neuter Initiative Program clinic and it’s Project Guardian, actively and aggressively combating the cat overpopulation problem that still exists in Waukesha County.  Also being helped by the event are HAWS’ Behavior Department and Mod Squad™, who work with the dogs that are turned away by others and have nowhere left to turn!  The employees and volunteers rehabilitate these pets to make them wonderful adoption candidates, to great success.  But all these efforts come at a price, and HAWS needs our community’s support to continue these important programs.

On Friday, September 28th, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., guests will flock like paparazzi to Romp the Runway at Silver Spring Banquet Center, N56 W21318 Silver Spring Dr.  Cocktails, wine and appetizers will be served while attendees take in a runway fashion show featuring clothing from local shoppes Boutique B’Lou, Faye’s, Georgie Consignment and Next Door.  Along with the runway show the event will include an auction, raffle, goody bags for each guest and a meet’n’greet with HAWS adoptable pets.

Admission is $75 per person; advance tickets can be purchased at HAWS, online at, by calling 262-542-8851, and at the event itself.  Sponsorships and VIP reserved tables are also available; contact Jessica at HAWS at 262-542-8851, x112. 

Each year, hundreds of area residents attend HAWS’ fall fundraiser to give all-important support the shelter while having fun, too.  Don’t commit a “faux paws”:  Be sure to attend HAWS’ Romp the Runway on September 28th!

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Come to Romp the Runway for HAWS on Friday, September 28th!

Mature Oak Care

Oaks trees are native to our area and can live 200 to 300 years. Oaks have been the subject of story, song, and legend. They cannot be replaced with in our or our children’s lifetime.

Mature oaks create a dimension in the landscape that is often taken for granted, because they have been there so long. They may appear indestructible because we see only the toughest part of the tree that is above ground. However the most sensitive portion of a mature tree is the root system.

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Who Says Education Can't Be Fun?

After School Programs, Futura Language Professionals, Mad Science, Young Rembrandts, Drawing, Science, Spanish

The School District of Menomonee Falls Community Education & Recreation Department offers a variety of after school enrichment programs for students in grades K-5.  Current programs include Mad Science Jr. Scientist, After School Elementary Spanish instructed by Futura Language Professionals, and Young Rembrandts Elementary Drawing.

  • Classes are held directly on site at each of the 4 elementary schools
  • Classes are held 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.
  • Classes are taught by qualified instructors
  • Classes are hands on, fun and educational

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The Beautiful Green Shades of Twilight - Adopt 4 'Claws' from HAWS!

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HAWS doesn't just assure sanctuary for cats and dogs!  Our small animal ward provides housing for a myriad of creatures - furry, feathered, fabulous all!

Twilight is a green iguana, currently measuring about 20" from end of snout to end of tail.  That makes Twilight approximately 1 year old...and means lots of growing still to do to reach "maturity" which is 5-6 feet in length. 

An Iguana's housing will have to be changed in size throughout their lifetime to accomodate their growth.  They also have very specific dietary requirements as well as heat and light requirements.  
A visit a reptile vet regularly is a must to maintain good health! 

Iguana's are a long-term commitment:  before adopting, do your research and learn all about Iguana care.  (Iguana's are still the #1 "dumped" reptile in the US!)  As a special gift, when you adopt Twilight at HAWS you will receive a copy of "Iguanas For Dummies" by Melissa Kaplan!

View Twilight and all his furry, feathered and fantastic  friends available for adoption at HAWS.  HAWS is open 7 days a week for visiting and adopting - so you can stop by today!

Viewing/Adopting Hours
Monday through Friday, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.,
Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, Noon - 4:00 p.m.  

Receiving Hours
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, Noon - 4:00 p.m.

By the way - don't forgot this Friday is our Romp the Runway fundraiser!  Enjoy a night of fun and fashion while supporting the animals like Twilight that look to HAWS for sanctuary and a second chance!  Reservations for "the Romp" are available at, by calling 262-542-8851, x112, or at the door that night.  Join us, won't you?!

The NFL Should Have Started with Trust

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September 27, 2012

By Erik Reader – BBB Business Relations Specialist

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Nearly 100 dogs & puppies available at the Wisconsin Humane Society

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Nearly 100 dogs available at the Wisconsin Humane Society

The Wisconsin Humane Society reports that there are nearly 100 dogs and puppies available for adoption at their Milwaukee and Ozaukee campuses, making this the largest number of dogs they’ve had at one time all year. With four additional transfers scheduled to arrive next week, the organization expects their number of available dogs to remain high in days to come.

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