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 proudly announces “Extreme Makeover: HAWS Edition,” a special grooming competition to benefit the shelter. The competition, featuring HAWS’ adoptable dogs as models/muses, is Sunday, April 17th from noon - 4:00 p.m. at the shelter, 701 Northview Road, Waukesha.
This unique fundraising and awareness event will showcase 11 talented pet groomers who will transform HAWS resident dogs into stars. Competitors are from throughout the state of Wisconsin including Waukesha County, Wausau, Racine, Greenleaf and Saukville. Collectively the 11 groomers have 144 years of experience. Judging the event is Christein Sertzal, a certified Master Pet Stylist who shows Cavalier King Charles Spaniels as well as fostering rescue dogs. She owns and operates Finer Details Pet Spa in Mazomanie, is the author of The Competition Grooming Guidebook, and has her own canine beauty line called Canine Spa Therapies.
Groomers will begin with a “blank canvas” – the dogs will have only been given baths and nail trims. The groomers will be allotted 2 hours to complete their work on the dog chosen for them at random. Decorative objects such as bows and coloring sprays will not be permitted.
“All of the dogs participating in our Makeover competition are available for adoption at HAWS, and will be placed into their new homes after the event,” notes event coordinator/HAWS employee Angela Ng, who is herself a groomer. “This is a great opportunity for groomers to show their talent, and for the adopters to have their new family member professionally groomed – all in support of HAWS!”
The event is FREE for spectators and will include raffle prizes and a doggie treat bake sale.
By the way - HAWS 28th Annual Pet Walkathon is coming soon - Saturday, May 7th! Raise money on foot...or online with a personal fundraising webpage! Best of all: ALL donations raised go directly to the animals at HAWS. Come for a day of fun for pets and their people - play, eat, shop, learn...support the HAWS cause.
See you on the 7th at our NEW LOCATION, Sussex Village Park!