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.
HAWS License #267280-DS
Thinking of adding a pet to your family? Now is a great time - and at HAWS we have an AMAZING selection of adoptable pets to choose from!
Currently HAWS has about 20 dogs for adoption - and that's not including the "Valentine's Puppies" that will be arriving at the shelter this weekend (more on them in a bit - that's them pictured at right). Breeds available range from terriers to hounds to Yorkies to Malamutes - and the sizes are just as varied as the breeds! Whether you're looking for a running buddy or a purse pet, we've got your style!
How about a cat? With more than 40 to choose from, you'll have your pick between domestics and exotics. Our available cats have a wide range of ages, too...and we even have a few kittens already. Calicos, torties, tabbys, tuxedos, oh my!
Lest we forget, also available for adoption right now at HAWS are a Zebra Finch, 2 ferrets, 2 gerbils, 2 mice and about a dozen rabbits. If you're looking for out of the ordinary, we've got that covered, too.
The Puppies are Coming! Champagne's litter of shepherd mixes is ready to be adopted and arriving at HAWS this weekend. (To catch up on this "party of 15" please check out their blog here.) The pups are probably going to be medium to large once full grown. They've been socializing with kids of all ages for the past few weeks, and we think they're all just lots of fun. Call our Adoption Counselors at 262-542-8851 to learn more about the adoption process - some of the pups have already been wait-listed!
We'll see you at HAWS: Viewing and adoption hours are 7 days a week - Monday thru Friday from 1-6pm, Saturday from 11am - 4pm, and Sunday from Noon - 4pm. Adopt 4 paws from HAWS.
By the way - HAWS' 29th Annual Pet Walkathon is less than a month away - have you started collecting donations yet? Let your fingers do the fundraising with a personalized online page, or download a registration/donation form and hit the pavement for the paws at HAWS. See you at Sussex Village Park on May 5th!
Mother's Day is coming soon...and HAWS would like to honor one of the most amazing mom's we've ever met, Champagne!
She has been an incredible mom to her 15 puppies, born on Valentine's Day; they have left the nest a healthy, hearty and happy bunch. Her work is done...now it is time for her to enjoy the adulation due a woman of her status as "Super Mom."
Champagne has been spayed (after birthing almost 30 pups in her short lifetime, she is more than due for retirement), and has been deemed ready for adoption into just about any situation. She is sweet, friendly, likes kids and adults alike - she is even good with cats and other dogs. At just over 3 years old she has lots of living to do and would love to get out there and get to it!
What a great way to honor mothers everywhere - adopt a Mom from HAWS. This one won't bake you cookies, but she will shower you with kisses and love...and not get lipstick on your face...
By the way - you DO know HAWS' 29th Annual Pet Walkathon is coming up on May 5th, right?!
HAWS' 29th Annual Pet Walkathon is coming up next Saturday, May 5th, from 9am - 3pm at Sussex Village Park.
Over the years we've asked people to share why they "walk for HAWS." We've heard wonderful stories about the love connections made at the Walk between adoptable pets and their new forever homes. We've learned how the Walk has brought families together in their support of HAWS and our work. We've even had groups make our event an annual get-together for themselves - a great time with friends and a great cause to boot!
This year, one of our most compelling reasons to Walk is Bruiser, a 5 month-old Chihuahua mix available for adoption at HAWS. In his short lifetime, Bruiser has been a homeless stray who needed shelter, he has healed from a leg-break which required medical assistance and foster care and, as an "intact" male, he was in need of neuter surgery from our SNIP clinic. We were able to take care of ALL of his needs at HAWS, through our on-site services and our network of caring animal people.
HAWS annual Walkathon fundraiser assures we are able to continue to be the safe-haven for pets in need...whatever that need may be! Please join us on May 5th and help us help those animals that mean so much to us. Raise money for the paws and claws at HAWS - on foot or online: here's the link to get you started...and the link to let your fingers do the fundraising...!
By the way - you can watch Bruiser in his TV debut here! He is QUITE the star...