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
We're havin' a heat wave! So, HAWS would like to give this friendly reminder to pet owners of the dangers of heat for their best pet friends.
Never leave pets unattended in your parked car. The temperature inside a car, even with windows open slightly, can quickly reach deadly levels. In sunlight temps can rise more than 30 degrees per minute.
In extreme conditions such as these, pets should remain indoors in a climate controlled environment. When pets must be outside, make sure they have protection from heat and sun (a dog house does not provide relief from heat) and plenty of fresh, cool water. Heat stroke can be fatal for pets just like it is for people. Exercise your pets in the early morning or evening hours. Be mindful of hot asphalt which can burn sensitive pet paws.
It is important to be able to identify the symptoms of heat stress in your pet: heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, restlessness, excessive thirst, lethargy, and vomiting are some of the more common signs. Move the animal into the shade or an air-conditioned area, apply cold towels to the head, neck, and chest or run cool (not cold) water over the affected pet. Let the pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes. When in doubt, always contact your veterinarian.
By the way - Residents with concerns about a pet in their neighborhood should contact the Waukesha County Humane Officers at 262-896-8330. Owners who are concerned about their ability to keep their companion pets safe during this weather are encouraged to contact HAWS to discuss available alternatives.