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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Initially created years ago by a partnership through the American Veterinary Medical Association and letter carriers from the Postal Service, at HAWS we think Dog Bite Prevention Week is a great time to remind us all how to interact safely with our canine friends!
Most dog bites occur during what seem to be "harmless" everyday interactions - a child meeting a dog out on a walk, a family member playing with their pet and so on.
There are a number of very simple things we can do to avoid dog bites, from proper training and socialization of our pets to educating children AND adults on how to properly approach a dog...or when they should just leave the dog be.
Carefully select the right pet for your family: Don't get your pet on impulse, but rather research the breed that will best fit with your lifestyle. Is your family active? Don't get a couch potato dog that will feel overwhelmed. Are your kids shy? Don't get a big, rambunctious dog that will intimidate them just by being his goofy self.
Training is key...for everyone! Properly socialize your pup from day one - go to puppy playtimes, enroll in dog training classes as a family, expose your pet to many different situations so everyone gains an understanding of what is going on - and is more comfortable during new experiences.
Be healthy, be happy: Exercise your pet regularly - the walks and games of fetch are great for people and pets alike! Create a good rapport with your vet so you both can spot health issues right away that may affect your pet's demeanor. Ensure a long, happy life together.
Be mindful of others: Always maintain control of your pet - keep dogs on a leash while in public and make sure your backyard fence and gate are secure. While you know your dog, others don't - and no one can predict how a dog will act at all times.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Use caution around dogs you don't know. Never leave kids and dogs unattended - dogs and kids don't speak the same language and rarely understand what the other is doing. Teach children how to act around dogs, and remind them dogs are living beings with feelings just like them! (Dogs don't "get" hugs - and running up to a dog is an aggressive move in their world!)
By the way - HAWS is having a "Kitten Shower" on Saturday, June 9th. Help us care for the hundreds of new little babies with monetary donations or kitten food/formula donations. Learn how YOU can become a foster caregiver, or, if its the right time for you, adopt a kitten or mother cat. HAWS is "expecting" - share our joy!