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
Not many people like to think about what will happen after they're gone - but when it comes to those who depend on us, planning ahead is a great gift!
Our pets are at the top of the list of those most dependent on us.
This coming Monday, November 9th, HAWS will host a seminar titled Providing for Pets in Your Will, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Presented by Brenda Schlais, a local Estate Planning Attorney, those in attendance will learn how to set up a trust in your will or revocable living trust to ensure your pet receives proper care. Discussion will include various planning options in accordance with Wisconsin laws.
Brenda cited the importance of Pet Trusts in the February '09 cover story of our HAWS print newsletter, Tattle Tails.
"An important issue faces every pet owner: planning for your pets. Planning involves thinking through various situations and possible circumstances, and creating a strategy to ensure that your pets will be safe and well cared for, even ifyou are not there to protect them." Brenda includes gifts and/or trust funds, setting up a pet guardian and putting together an emergency kit all as valuable tools to allow a smooth transition for your survivor pet.
Space for this important seminar is limited and pre-registration is required: call 262-542-8851 or visit www.hawspets.org.
By the way - we've got our intern, Zoe, working on an adoption promotions plan, but she'll be back in a few weeks with more Intern insights!!
The Friends of HAWS volunteer group at HAWS announces their annual Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale! Join us at the shelter this Saturday, November 14th from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. All proceeds from the event support the animals, programs and services at our shelter.
Start your holiday shopping early, or pick up some sweet treats for you or your best pet friend! Craft items with both holiday and pet themes will be available for purchase, along with delicious cookies and treats. Handcrafted and homemade are the words of the day, with most items created and donated by members of the Friends group. There are always some hidden gems such as the latest and greatest pet toys, stuffed animals and one-of-a-kind decorations - making this Bazaar well worth the trip!
Also available at the shelter that day will be the new Friends of HAWS cool-weather clothing line, featuring embroidered-logo fleece vests, pullover sweatshirts and hoodies. Show your HAWS pride - get your paws on this great new HAWS gear!
Best Friends Cookbooks ($15), Entertainment ($35) and Gold C coupon books ($10) round out the fundraising efforts.
Interested in donating items for the sale? Drop off your craft items or fresh baked goods at the shelter Thursday and Friday, November 12th and 13th. Items should be labeled with suggested value and/or price.
By the way - our lobby looks VERY different now! We've started to occupy our new areas, so nows a really good time to stop by and see the building progress!
There are many awesome things that HAWS does. However, something I’ve come to find particularly cool is our Mobile Adoption Center.
A few Saturdays ago I had the chance to be part of the Mobile team with event coordinator Lisa. We went on two stops that day - the first one was to Star of Bethlehem Church in New Berlin, and the second was to Eclectica, a bead store in Brookfield. To each different stop we took animals from the shelter that were up for adoption.
The two locations were pretty busy, and many people stopped to play with the animals and to learn about how to adopt them. Since we went almost all of the animals we had brought with us have been adopted!
It was fun to go on the Mobile Adoption "run" because it was a really good way to tell people who may not know a lot about the shelter what goes on here day-to-day. Also, by bringing the live animals it showed people how cute the pets are that we have available to be adopted... not just dogs and cats but often times puppies and kittens too!
The next time I will be doing a Mobile visit will be in the beginning of December at a car dealership in Waukesha (Wilde Subaru). Hopefully people who are interested in getting a new car will also be interested in adopting a new pet!
By the way - you can also "dine out" for the HAWS cause - visit Chili's in Brookfield or Oconomowoc during the month of November, Sunday thru Thursday, and a portion of your bill total is donated to HAWS. Take the coupon along with you that is available at our Mobile page on our website (and at our shelter - just stop by the front counter). And mark December 15th on your calendar - HAWS benefit nite at Claim Jumper Restaurant at Brookfield Square!
By the way 2 - HAWS has so much to be thankful for this year - our "new" shelter is probably the most obvious! We give thanks to all of you for supporting us and the work we do!