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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.

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Hot Times at HAWS!

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The action at HAWS heats up along with the summer temperatures!

Stay cool everyone!Due to the Independence Day holiday, HAWS will be closed to viewing and adoptions on July 4th. 
Regular hours will resume on July 5th.  Those needing assistance with lost or found animals over the holiday should contact HAWS’ main number (262-542-8851) to be connected to our holiday Rescue team.

HAWS’ Behavior Department wants you to have a great life with your best friend. Starting July 1st and running each Sunday evening are HAWS’ Puppy Parties: Establish good socialization habits that will last a lifetime…and burn off some of that puppy energy! Also, get training advice every 3rd Thursday at the “Behavior Chats with Dr. Claudeen,” hosted by End of the Leash in Mukwonago. A special K9 Nose Work Mock Trial will be held at HAWS on July 14th for scent work student dogs and their handlers. Details and registration for all these programs are available at or 262-542-8851, x114.

HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center “brings happy tails to you!” Join the adoptable pets at Pewaukee’s 4th of July Parade, come for the Brat Fry on July 7th at Pick’n’Save of Sussex, participate in the special Adoption Event at Petco – Germantown on July 21st and celebrate the Dog Days of Summer at Advance Auto Parts of Waukesha on July 28th. Details on these and all the regular monthly Mobile stops are at

Show your skills on the links at the Friends of HAWS 6th annual Mini Golf Outing, Sunday, July 22nd at National Golf Center, Big Bend.  Donate a HAWS’ Wish List item and admission is only $10 for 18 holes!

Filling out HAWS’ busy calendar are Small Pet Pedicures (7/11 at Pet Supplies Plus, 7/21 at HAWS) and Cat Pedicures (7/14), the twice-monthly First Aid for Pets seminars (7/14, 7/28) and the GPA-WI Greyhound meet’n’greet at HAWS (7/28).  Read more on the Upcoming Events calendar page of

By the way - Save the dates: HAWS’ 5th annual Pet Fair in Menomonee Falls “merges” with the 3rd annual Ride for Rover on Saturday, August 18th..."make tracks" to Rotary Park and join the party from the beginning!  And don’t miss HAWS very “fashionable” fundraiser, Romp the Runway, coming up on Friday, September 28th.

The Nose Knows!

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We have a really neat activity happening at HAWS this Saturday, a K9 Nose Work "Mock Trial."

K9 Nose Work is just what you think - dogs doing scent tracking and targeting.  Not only are nose work dogs used for search and rescue and crime investigation, but the practice has also become a sport for enthusiasts of any type of breed.

From the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) website:
"K9 Nose Work is the specific sport created and sanctioned by the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW).  This sport was inspired by the training methodology of detection K9s and borrows elements of that training for recreation.  The terms nose work, fun nose work, scent work, search work are all commonly used references to describe any activity where the dog is using its nose to locate a target scent or odor.  K9 Nose Work is the term that defines this detection inspired sport that has evolved from the pursuit of many dogs (with their handlers) to practice nose work and have fun."

On the HAWS grounds this Saturday, July 14, from 4-8pm, nosework students and their handlers will be conducting an exercise to practice their skills before they do a real trial.

The public is welcome to attend and view the dogs at work, HOWEVER, spectators must remain quiet and not interfere with the search activities.  (Not your typical sporting event, for sure!)

For more information on K9 Nose Work, or if your dog is a nose work student and you would like to join in the mock trial, contact Laura Yurchak, laura@lovingpawsllc or 262-652-0652.

By the way - Central Bark of New Berlin is hosting "Open Gym for HAWS" this Sunday, July 15!  Bring your dog for playtime between 4:30 - 7:00pm and also meet a few darling HAWS' adoptable pups.  Admission is $5/dog - proceeds benefit HAWS.  Dogs must be spayed/neutered and current on vaccinations.  NBCB is located at 2105 S. 170th St., New Berlin.  Call them at 262-785-0444, or contact Angela at for details!

The Purrfect Time to Adopt 4 Paws from HAWS!

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If you're looking to add a feline friend to your family, HAWS has just what you're looking for!

While summer is also known as "kitten season" at HAWS, we have lots of adult cats that are ready for their new furrever home, too.  Singletons and bonded pairs, tuxedos and torties, the lazy and the playful - you'll find them here at HAWS!

Meet Tux & Tawny!Tux and Tawny are a bonded pair who sadly lost their home when their owner passed away.  Tux is a handsome brown tabby and white male while Tawny, the female, is a unique "torbie" and white.  Both cats are approximately 1 year old and ready to settle in today!

Broadway is a brown tabby who is a little over 3 years old.  He's not a fan of baths or pedicures, but he loves to be brushed.  (No worries about the pedicures - you can bring him back to HAWS on the 2nd Saturday of each month for help with that!)

Maybe there's a kitten in your future?  How about Bert and Ernie?  Or maybe Izzy or Onyx?  Driver or Wankel?  (Pop quiz:  where does the name "Wankel" come from?  Before you Google it, here's a hint - our gearhead caretaker named that one...)

It's a PURR-FECT time to adopt 4 feline paws from HAWS!

By the way - the Friends of HAWS' annual Mini-Golf Outing is this Sunday, July 22nd!  Join us at National Golf Center in Big Bend - $12 for 18 holes, or $10 with an item from our Wish List.  FORE HAWS!

It's HAWS Birthday...and YOU get the Gift!

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By the way - we're having birthday treats all week, too!  Stop by during our viewing hours to enjoy!

"Make Tracks" with HAWS this August!

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The 5th annual HAWS’ Pet Fair “merges” with the 3rd annual Ride for Rover to create one fantastic time for HAWS this August.
A FREE, pets-welcome event, the Pet Fair in Menomonee Falls runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on August 18th at Rotary Park (Fond du Lac Ave. west of Lilly Rd.).  Featuring all things for the pet and pet lover, from helpful information and demonstrations by vendors to adoptable pets, food, fun and prizes…come early and stay all day!

Joining the action on August 18th this year, the Ride for Rover motorcycle rally will rumble through the area for a third straight year.  The Ride starts at Hal’s Harley-Davidson at 9:00 a.m. and ends at the Pet Fair with a party featuring music by Daisy Chain!  This ride is open not just to motorcycle enthusiasts but to anyone who would like to support HAWS, and the Friends of M.A.D.A.C.C.’s B.A.D. program.  Register at the event website,, or at  Fees of $20/driver and $10/additional rider include the official Ride for Rover t-shirt and a goody bag.  Fill out the “Ride Game Board” to win a flat screen TV, a party at Casa del Rio and other local favorites. 

Patricia McConnell visits HAWS on August 16th at 6:30 p.m. for a talk on Play, play, PLAY! Purchase one of Dr. McConnell’s books and she will sign it after the talk. Fee is $40, registration is required – call 262-542-8851, x118.

HAWS’ Behavior Departmentpresents a seminar on “Essential Oils” on August 17th at 6:30 p.m.  Speaker Susie Bower will discuss the benefits of oils for our pets, and the registration fee of $20 includes a $5 gift certificate to End of the Leash. All levels of dog training classes are offered this month; behavior advice is available both at HAWS and off-site several times each month. Details for all department programs are at or 262-542-8851, x114.

HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center“brings happy tails to you” at stops including “Fill that Infinity” August 4th at The Pet Outpost, Mukwonago’s Night Out on the 7th and New Berlin Woodcraft on the 25th.  All the visits – including the regular monthly stops at area Petco stores and Pet Supplies ‘N More – are detailed at

Completing HAWS’ event calendar: Small Pet Pedicures (8/8 at Pet Supplies Plus, 8/18 at HAWS) and Cat Pedicures (8/11), the monthly First Aid for Pets seminar (8/11) and the GPA-WI Greyhound meet’n’greet at HAWS (8/25).  Read more on the Upcoming Eventscalendar page of

By the way - be sure to save the date for HAWS’ very “fashionable” fundraiser, Romp the Runway, on Friday, September 28th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Silver Spring Banquet Center.  The cocktails-and-appetizers event features a runway show with styles from local shoppes Boutique B’Lou, Faye’s, Georgie and Next Door.  Reserve your spot on the runway today! V.I.P. tables and sponsorships are available – contact Jessica at 262-542-8851, x112 or

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