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
HAWS has an a-May-zing month of activities planned for pets and their people...
Support the HAWS cause on foot...or online! The Friends of HAWS present the 28th Annual HAWS Pet Walkathon on May 7th from 9:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. at Sussex Village Park. This fundraiser features HAWS’ adoptable pets, several special award presentations, demonstrations on pet cuisine and first aid, contests and prizes, celebrity guests, great food, shopping, and more. Details, registration forms and online fundraising links are available at the special Walkathon page of www.hawspets.org.
From May 9th – 27th HAWS hosts the pilot session of a new undergraduate course for Carroll University biology students. The course, Theory and Practice of Animal Training, gives students the opportunity for hands-on practice of techniques they have been studying in animal behavior classes at Carroll, in a supervised yet real-world environment. Course instructor is HAWS’ Behavior Department manager and adjunct Carroll faculty member Dr. Claudeen McAuliffe. Class projects will allow students to discover the individual learning styles of the animals they work with, construct a “functional analysis” (why dogs do what they do) of canine behaviors, and develop and teach a group dog training class. While the students learn, HAWS’ adoptable pets will gain quality of life enhancement from the exercises. Now THAT'S a win-win!
HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center celebrates May with appearances including Pug Fest (May 15) and New Berlin Safety Day (May 21). HAWS has also been chosen as the beneficiary for Casa del Rio Waukesha’s annual Margaritafest (May 20 – 21). All Mobile visits are detailed on the Mobile page of hawspets.org. Please join us as we're out and about in the community!
By the way... Be sure to prepare for seasonal weather and outdoor emergencies. Plan for your pet by having an emergency kit stocked with basic pet needs – including any medications, food and water – ready to go. Also research emergency housing options for your pet; have a back-up person ready if you are unable to take care of your pet. Do a quick survey of landscaping, fences, patios, decks and garage areas for hazards such as toxic plants or bedding; too-easy-to-find fertilizers; sharp tools and edges; splintering wood and the like. Make sure outside play time is safe time! Have a great month!