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
So where do the HAWS pets go that aren't yet ready for adoption?
This week we're sharing office space with puppy Lola. She's an adorable mixed breed that is just getting over a cold before she heads out to her new forever home. Lola's status is "In Foster Care" - a pretty special status if you ask me!
HAWS uses foster homes to help care for pets that come to our shelter but are too young to adopt or possibly under the weather. Our foster homes get litters of weeks-old kittens, young puppies, a cat with a health issue or a dog in need of a little training. These volunteers keep the animals in their own homes for a temporary time period - HAWS gives them the food and supplies and they give the nurturing and love!
Our network of foster homes needs to expand! "Kitten" season is still going strong, so many of our foster families are still helping with that. We also have a few adult pets that are out getting some home-bound TLC, so when a new, needy animal (like Lola) comes in it is often up to our staff members to take them in. (We're pretty much maxed out on who's available there, too.)
Becoming a foster caregiver is easy - we have you fill out some basic paperwork, and go through a short orientation. Once you're ready, we give you a call when we have a need - and you can decide how deeply you want to immerse yourself! Want to just have a dog for a week or so? Maybe you'd like that litter of 6 kittens that is still bottle feeding?! However much you can help, we'll take it! I can speak from experience - it is sometimes exhausting, but always rewarding. And it's also just downright fun!
Contact HAWS' main number at 262-542-8851 and ask how you can become involved as a foster care giver, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you connected.
By the way - with all the Halloween candy that will be around for the next few weeks, keep an eye on who's sharing it with you. Fluffy and Fido do better with liver treats than with peanut butter cups, so save yourself a trip to the emergency vet and keep your candy stored safely away from pets.