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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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"Go Mad" for HAWS this March

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This month at HAWS we have a full “bracket” of events and learning opportunities for our own brand of “March Madness.”

HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center brings “happy tails” out to the community! Highlighted stops include the annual Milwaukee Admirals Dog Day on 3/27 – tickets to support HAWS are available by using the special HAWS link and the offer code “HAWS,” or by calling Brian Martens of the Admirals at 414-227-0567. The Mobile unit will also participate in Lake Country Community Fest on 3/19. Details for all visits – like stops at area Petco stores and more – are on the Mobile Adoptions page at

Solve Common K-9 Behavior Problems on 3/14, or learn how to Raise a Puppy and Keep Your Sanity on 3/20. Both seminars are FREE but require pre-registration via or 262-542-8851, x118. All levels of Dog Training Classes will begin their 6-week runs in March; contact 262-542-8851, x114 for details.

HAWS has several active partnerships in March! On 3/10 the Milwaukee Jewish Day School’s Dancing with a Star Experience will feature B93.3 morning DJ “CV” strutting her stuff to benefit HAWS. HAWS will once again hold a festive day at the Waukesha County Museum, to Honor Working Dogs on 3/26 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Also, interested businesses can sign up to host a ‘rest stop’ on “Subie & Freeway’s Spectacular Roadtrip” – an ongoing fundraiser for HAWS co-sponsored by Subaru City of Milwaukee. Contact or for availability and details.

HAWS continues to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Rabbit, hosting the annual Bunny Day on May 1st.  And now available: special Year of the Rabbit t-shirts!  Purchase yours for $15 at HAWS to support bunny care.

By the way - Here are more dates to save on your calendar!  HAWS hosts the Blood Center of Wisconsin for a community blood drive on April 4.  A grooming competition for HAWS, Extreme Makeover: HAWS Edition, will be held April 17. Of course, the Friends of HAWS are hard at work preparing for the 28th Annual Pet Walkathon on May 7, to be held this year at Sussex Village Park!

Honoring 4 Paws Blood Drive at HAWS

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You Never Know When You'll Save a Life...How's Today?

You'll get a chance to save a life - a human life this time - at HAWS, on Monday, April 4th, from 2:30-7:30 pm when we host our 4/4 Honoring 4 Paws Blood Drive for the Blood Center of Wisconsin.

Just to clarify:  this is a drive for human blood, not for pet blood.  We feel it is important, because supporting the other life-saving organizations in our area just makes for a stronger community as a whole.

And who knows...the life you save might be that of another pet owner.  And that might mean another pet that doesn't end up homeless, looking for a second chance at HAWS or another shelter.

Wow.  Now THAT'S a way to make a difference!

Want to help?  Log onto to set up your account and reserve your appointment, or call us at 262-542-8851.  Then come to HAWS on April 4th - the mobile Blood Center will be waiting for you!

By the way - our Mobile Adoption Center is again participating in the Milwaukee Admirals Dog Day on Sunday, March 27th, the annual game where your dog is welcome to join you!  Buy your tickets to support HAWS, using our special link/code (instructions here) or call Brian at the Ads' office (414-227-0567) directly.  Be sure to mention HAWS and we get a donation!  We'll see and your pup at the game!

Could it be...Spring?!?!?!?!!!

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Everyone at HAWS is excited about the weather forecast for this week...and there is speculation that our snow cover will be gone by the weekend because of the mild temperatures!

Of course, that brings with it a "heads-up" (or 2) for pet owners.

1.  Along with the (brown) grass becoming visible, also becoming unburied are the little "treasures" that have accumulated over the past few months...the organic material (wink, wink), lost toys, spilled garbage, etc.  Honestly, this stuff can be downright dangerous to your pets.  Animal waste carries bacteria and germs that can still be active even after being out in the cold for some time.  The garbage that got spilled and then buried during our frequent snowfalls is now out there for your pets to "enjoy" - and you really never know what they'll find.  (Chicken bones?  Yikes!  Tossed-out anitfreeze containers?  Double Yikes.)  So the dog-owner-walker words to live by this spring:  Its a walk, not a buffet - eat at home.  Inside.

2.  Yes, it is great "dog" weather!  But please remember, if you let your dog off-leash anywhere - your yard, the park - keep an eye on them and be vigilant.  When we have a spike in temps we also have a spike in stray dogs reported and coming in to HAWS.  Make sure your best friend is safe and secure rather than wandering loose - and enjoy the weather together with an on-leash walk or a fenced-in game of fetch.

By the way - Have you bought your tickets yet?  You can take your dog to the Milwaukee Admirals game on Sunday, March 27th (no, really!) and HAWS can get a donation from your ticket purchase!  Go to the listing on our Upcoming Events website calendar for buying instructions, or call Brian at the Admirals office directly (414-227-0567) and tell him you want to help HAWS!  Pups and pucks - what fun.

HAWS to Honor Working Dogs with Two Celebrations

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HAWS is pleased to announce two special events this weekend to honor the extraordinary canines who spend their lives in life-saving service to our community. 

This Thursday, March 24, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m, HAWS will hold the Honoring Working Dogs ceremony. Guests of honor include Qai, the recently retired K-9 officer for the Village of Elm Grove, and his handler, Officer Gus Moulas, and canine units from the Waukesha County Sheriff and Menomonee Falls Police departments. Also in attendance will be several area search and rescue teams of canines and their handlers.

The festivities continue at Working Dogs Day on Saturday, March 26, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Members of the public will have the opportunity to meet and interact with dogs that work in our community – in law enforcement, search and rescue and service capacities. Handlers will be available to answer questions about the dogs’ lives and their training.

Both events are co-hosted by the Waukesha County Museum and will be held at their facility at 101 W. Main Street in downtown Waukesha, in conjunction with the Memories of World War II exhibit.

By the way - we have another very important community initiative ongoing, our Outdoor Owned Cat Program.  This program is designed to assist those in rural parts of our county who have cat colonies or barn cat populations.  Our SNIP clinic will spay or neuter those cats for FREE and also give them basic vaccinations and an identifying ear notch.  Call our SNIP clinic for info and requirements at 262-542-8851, x109.

By the way, part 2 - please join us for HAWS "4/4 Honoring 4 Paws Blood Drive."  We're celebrating the giving nature of our pets by paying it forward, with a HUMAN blood drive with the Blood Center of Wisconsin.  Make your appointment online at, and come to HAWS on 4/4!  You never know when you'll save a about Monday, 4/4?!

4/4 Honoring 4 Paws Blood Drive at HAWS

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On April 4th from 2:30-7:30 p.m., in partnership with the Blood Center of Wisconsin, HAWS hosts the Honoring 4 Paws Blood Drive.  The Bloodmobile will be parked in the HAWS' parking lot at 701 Northview Road, Waukesha.

Notes HAWS Executive Director Lynn Olenik:  "This human blood drive honors the giving nature of our pets, and also gives HAWS a chance to show our support for the community that has been so supportive of us." 

People able to participate as blood donors should set their appointments by logging onto or call HAWS at 262-542-8851 for information and assistance.

Please join us in support of our community. 
We'll see YOU at HAWS next Monday!

By the way - we're looking forward to an Extreme April at HAWS...hmmm, what does THAT mean?  Check out our Upcoming Events, especially April 17th...

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