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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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!