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 why do people donate to charities like HAWS, especially during the holiday season? Is it to do a good deed or support a cause they believe in? To feel better about themselves? For the tax benefits?
How about this for a motive to give: Studies suggest that generosity can directly benefit the well-being of the donor, making them happier and even helping them to live longer!
Sounds good to us at HAWS – because your support of our organization and our mission not only can save your life, but it can save the lives of thousands in our area. Tack on the fact that you’re helping animals – the embodiment of unconditional love and “warm fuzzies” – and it’s a true win-win.
Maybe you’re not into just writing a check or making an online credit card donation to HAWS? (Although if you follow the links you can do just that...) Maybe you’d like your donation to be more specific or tangible?
We’ve got some great ideas for you!
Buy a Brick: (Or tile, or engraved plaque) These lasting tributes are placed on display at HAWS, easily viewed at any time by the honoree or their family and friends.
Sponsor a Pet: Help our Behavior Department's Mod Squad continue their important work with the animals in our shelter – making them the best possible adoptable pet! Or, log onto our Petfinder.com Pet Showcase and choose a HAWS adoptable pet for your online donation.
Get or Give a Membership: This is an all-year-long way to show your love. With a Sustaining Membership your monthly donations for a year give continued support to HAWS. Or, choose an Annual Membership (a once-a-year donation) and keep your loved one connected to all things HAWS.
Sponsor A Spay: HAWS’ SNIP saves lives with spays/neuters of shelter and rescue pets, through the Outdoor Owned Cat Program (lowering incoming stray cats by over 15% over 5 years!), and through participation in World Spay Day free surgeries.
Designate a Department: (Okay, so this one is somewhat about writing a check/using your credit card, but it is still specific.) HAWS has several needs that are very tangible – scholarships for deserving kids to attend our camps and education programs, food/treats for all of our kennel residents and supply donations to keep our operating costs down, Annie’s Fund medical assistance for shelter pets…along with the above mentioned Behavior Department/SNIP needs.
So, get the whole family or neighborhood involved and do a fundraiser – toy drive, lemonade stand, garage sale, holiday goodies bake sale – turn it into a block party and "gather for good!"
Remember, in the long run, you’re doing this for yourself, too!
By the way – HAWS presents a FREE screening of “The Christmas Bunny” on Sunday, December 18. This family holiday movie stars Mrs. Brady herself, Florence Henderson. Showtime is at 1:00pm – come early to view HAWS adoptable pets at noon. Concessions will be available.
By the way part 2 – Give the gift of life during this giving season! Come to the Blood Center of WI (human) Blood Drive at HAWS on December 22. Sign up for your appointment at bcw.edu/HAWS or call HAWS at 262-542-8851.