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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HAWS again joins HSUS, the Humane Society of the United States, to observe Spay Day 2011 on February 22.
Free spay-neuter services will be available at HAWS to qualifying Waukesha County residents during the last 2 weeks in February. HAWS also invites greater community awareness and support through “Sponsor-A-Spay” donations, the sale of limited edition Spay Day ’11 t-shirts at the shelter (arriving soon - we'll keep you posted!) and thru an Online Pet Photo Contest where HAWS can receive $1/vote!
“Spay Day promotes the control of our pet population in a real positive light,” notes Lynn Olenik, HAWS Executive Director. “We’re focusing this year on cats, kittens, Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes, since those are the species and breeds most in need of sterilization services in Waukesha County.”
From February 14- 25 the Spay-Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP) clinic at HAWS will provide free spays or neuters for the pets of qualifying Waukesha County residents. Applications for the surgeries can be obtained on the SNIP webpage or by stopping by the shelter.
Olenik continues: “This event gives us a chance to promote our SNIP clinic and the impact it has within our community on pet overpopulation. It also allows us to stress the importance of services like our Outdoor Owned Cat Program – the grant-funded program that sterilizes barn and outdoor cat populations in Waukesha County without cost to property owners.” Olenik notes numbers of stray kittens coming into HAWS have dropped over 10% since the outdoor cat program began in 2005.
By the way - Everyone can get involved in Spay Day, by promoting spay and neuter for pets and with their financial contributions. Every amount can help! Call the shelter at 262-542-8851 or visit www.hawspets.org to help.