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
We received the latest issue of Consumer Reports magazine at our home late last week, and I was intrigued by the feature on the cover. It teased "6 Ways to Save on Your Pet"! So, I obediently turned to page 30 as the cover blurb suggested. (I'm good with "sit" and "stay," too, but that's another story...)
While the article concentrated on cost savings for things like food (didn't agree with all of their logic here - cheapest isn't always best) and health care (shopping around for the right vet for your pet and checking on less expensive options for meds - both good ideas), I was pleased to see how much effort they put into promoting animal shelters just like HAWS.
"Save a pet and save money" was the caption to one item that showed an ADORABLE kitten - housed at a shelter near the magazine's production offices. Their thoughts? Consider getting your pet from an animal shelter or rescue group, therby doing a good deed while getting "a good deal." They're right! HAWS adoption fees are set to simply cover the cost of care, spay-neuter and housing while the animal is staying with us. HAWS, like most other animal shelters, takes the "non-profit" label seriously...and usually breaking even is the budgetary goal. More important to us is helping a homeless animal find it's forever home - whatever that takes.
So thank you, Consumer Reports, for promoting shelters. We appreciate the shout out for what we do! They also noted that there is no such thing as a "free" kitten or puppy. Something to always keep in mind as a pet owner or prospective pet owner...
By the way - summer vacation means busy, busy times at HAWS. Kids 'N Critters Day Camps are in full swing, our Mobile Adoption Center is appearing almost everywhere...and we have PLENTY of animals available for adoption. How are you going to spend your summer vacation? With HAWS, of course!
Did you know that HAWS does small animal pedicures twice a month?
Volunteers are available at the HAWS shelter this Saturday, July 16th, from 9:30 - 10:30 am to help with a sometimes daunting task - trimming the nails of your rabbit or guinea pig (or other small and furry creature). The volunteers can also give you pointers on how to do it yourself...if you're up for it!
Typically our volunteer "pedicurists" are available one of the mid-month Saturdays in the morning. Check our website calendar for the exact dates each month, or give us a call at 262-542-8851. The next at-HAWS small animal pedicure date is August 20th.
HAWS' volunteers also set up shop at Pet Supplies Plus on Bluemound Road in Brookfield, once each month, usually the 2nd Wednesday evening, from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. They'll be there tonight, July 13th, and are scheduled for August 10th, September 14th and so on.
There are only 2 things you need to know beforehand:
1. Make sure your little pet friend is in a carrier when you bring him/her for the pedicure. It is for their comfort and safety.
2. This service is FREE! But, donations to HAWS' small animal fund are always appreciated.
By the way - we've started doing Cat Pedicures at HAWS, too! Bring your feline friend(s) to HAWS (in a carrier, of course!) on the second Saturday of each month between 9:30 - 10:30 am for claw trims. We'll even show you tips on how to try this at home! A suggested donation of $7/cat is much appreciated.
With the onset of a historic heat wave in Southeastern Wisconsin, HAWS reminds pet owners of the dangers of heat for their best friends.
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.
In extreme conditions such as these, pets should remain indoors in a climate controlled environment. When pets must be 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. Heat stroke can be fatal for pets as well as people. Exercise your pets in the early morning or evening hours. Watch for hot asphalt which can burn sensitive pet paws.
It's important to be able to identify the symptoms of heat stress in your pet: heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, restlessness, excessive thirst, lethargy, and vomiting are some of the more common signs. Move the animal into the shade or an air-conditioned area, apply cold towels to the head, neck, and chest or run cool (not cold) water over the affected pet. Let the pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes. When in doubt, always contact your veterinarian.
“Residents with concerns about a pet in their neighborhood should contact the Waukesha County Humane Officers at 262-896-8300,” notes HAWS Executive Director Lynn Olenik. Owners who are concerned about their ability to keep their companion pets safe during this weather are encouraged to call HAWS at 262-542-8851 to discuss available alternatives.
By the way - we have some HOT specials at HAWS this summer! Purchase your tickets at HAWS for the WI K9 Sport Show (August 27-28 at the Waukesha Expo Center), and HAWS receives a $1 donation per ticket! And don't forget: you can still participate in our "2-fer" - adopt a pair of adult bonded cats for $22.22 and receive a two-tally awesome gift basket.
HAWS' MINI GOLF OUTING IS THIS SUNDAY, JULY 24TH!
Maybe you've been driving westbound on Capitol Drive in Pewaukee lately, just east of the Hwy. 74 interchange, and it has caught your eye...
Or you happened to exit 894 to head west on Greenfield Ave. and there he was...
Introducing Reggie, a recent HAWS alumni pet and the star of our new billboard campaign!
One of our goals is to increase community awareness of our mission - and just our existence in general. We're hoping that Reggie's cute, smiling mug on our billboards will be just the ticket to get noticed and get our message out there.
The call to action on our billboards is simple: Adopt - Learn - Give: Support the HAWS Cause!
Community support is what has kept us strong all these years, through the good and not-so-good, through tough economic times and the changing nature of animal welfare. Support is given in so many ways...not just financial (altho that one is a HUGE help!). We receive daily support from our volunteers, a mental boost from those passionate about education and learning, and satisfaction from all those rescue "tails" shared by our adopters.
So keep an eye out for Reggie, point him out to your friends...and please do as he says!
Thank you - from all the paws and claws at HAWS.
By the way - follow the links above to fulfill Reggie's request: Adopt, Learn and Give! And say hi next time you see our Mobile Adoption Center out and about...or c'mon out to one of our events or seminars!