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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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Start Off Summer on the Right Foot - and PAW - at HAWS!

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HAWS has planned a full month of activities and events this June that will help pets and their people start off summer on the right foot…and paw!

Just in time for a season of storms and celebrations, HAWS presents a free seminar titled “The Big Bang!” on Friday, June 24 at the shelter (701 Northview Rd., Waukesha), from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Join HAWS’ behaviorist Dr. Claudeen McAuliffe for an informative talk about helping dogs cope with thunderstorms and fireworks. 

During the seminar Dr. Claudeeen will also discuss the Thundershirt™ and its use.  (This product’s gentle, constant pressure has been proven to have a dramatic calming effect for most dogs that are anxious, fearful or over-excited.)  Already helping tens of thousands of dogs around the world, and recommended by thousands of veterinarians and dog trainers, the Thundershirt™ is now on sale at HAWS for only $36.00 plus tax (proceeds from the sale of these shirts supports HAWS’ animal care and behavior programs).  Call HAWS at 262-542-8851 and ask for the Behavior Department for more information.

HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center visits in June run the gamut from “Dine out for HAWS” events (Culver’s in Sussex on 6/7 from 4-7pm and Taco John’s of Waukesha on 6/14) to a weekend in West Allis (Weathertite on 6/4 and West Allis a la Carte on 6/5) to all about cats (WI-IL Cat Fanciers Silver Jubilee Cat Show on 6/11-12 at the Waukesha Expo Center) and dogs (Junkyard Dogs Football at Kettle Moraine High in Wales 6/11 & 18). HAWS’ adoptables will also be on hand 6/18 at Garden Mart, Mukwonago for "Pups & Petals" day and on 6/24 for First Weber-Lake Country’s second-annual Take Your Dog to Work Day!” All Mobile visits – including the regular monthly stops at area Petco stores – are detailed on our Mobile page of

HAWS’ event schedule is complete with Small Pet Pedicures (6/8 at Pet Supplies Plus & 6/18 at HAWS) and Cat Pedicures (6/11), the monthly First Aid for Pets seminar (6/18) and GPA-WI Greyhound meet’n’greet (6/25). Read all about it on the Upcoming Events calendar page of

By the way - June kicks off months of summer fun.  If you bring your pet along on vacation, be sure to call ahead to make sure it is welcome wherever you go!  Take vaccination records and your vet’s phone number – and don’t forget ample supplies of any medications your pet may need.  Always have an I.D. tag on your pet, or better yet, have a microchip implanted. I.D. tags and microchips are available for purchase at HAWS, 7 days a week, for a nominal fee.

It's Getting Hot in Here...So Let's Dine OUT!!

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Is it hot out here...or is it just me?!This time of year, HAWS' Mobile Adoption Center gets to visit restaurants! 

During cooler weather these visits aren't so fun.  Because of health codes we sit outside the food venues with the pets, talking to the customers as they rush in and out.  Our adoptable dogs really get bummed watching all that food rushing by, too...

Warmer weather brings out the urge to dine al fresco, and along with that comes the ability to TAIL-gate (get it ? "tail"-gate?!) and 2 local eateries are hosting us this week:'s a giNORmous custard cone!Today, Tuesday, June 7th, from 4-7pm, join us at Culver's of Sussex - Hwy. 164 just north of Main St./VV/Silver Spring.  Print out the coupon from our Mobile Adoptions page (or pick one up at the front desk at HAWS) and we receive 10% of the sale.  Let's face it, it is a great day for COOL CUSTARD...

Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 8th, we'll be at Taco John's on Grand Ave. in Waukesha starting at 4pm.  TJ's is actually doing several HAWS-aimed promos this month, including Taco Tuesday NEXT week.  So feed that craving for Mexican (also on the brain in this weather - it kinda feels like Mexico, doesn't it?) and stop in anytime in June.  If you see a blue dog on the counter, feed him, too...

So, c'mon out and join us in support of the HAWS cause - it is too hot to cook, anyway!

By the way - With the heat coming early this year, HAWS has some reminders:
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. Anytime your pet is outside, make sure he or she has 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 as well as people. Exercise your pets in the early morning or evening hours. Watch for hot asphalt which can burn sensitive pet paws.  Contact your vet if you're concerned about your pet's health, and contact HAWS if you need help with temporary pet housing!

Kids 'N Critters - A Great Combo!

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HAWSKids 'N Critters Summer Day Camps have begun!

Each year our shelter hosts a full schedule of 2-, 3- and 5-day camps for kids ages 7-14.  We have general camps which cover a wide range of animal welfare topics and activities, and more specific themed camps like "Camp Gone to the Dogs" and "Shutterbug" camp.

Khris Erickson, HAWS Humane Educator and camp director, shares all the camp info with us!

"During camp we have the kids help walk the dogs, play with cats and kittens, and socialize other animals.   All week-long campers have at least one opportunity to clean cages.  The younger kids stuff food into a dog toy called a Kong, and give some the dogs a bath.  The older kids are given more responsibility by doing dog training, and we also have them sort newspapers.  (The cages the children clean are the rabbit and small animal cages, and some of the cat cages where the cats are long-term residents.)  We have the kids split up into small groups and we rotate these groups so that each gets one opportunity to clean each week."

The 2-day camps differ a little bit from the week-long camps:

"We bring out animals for the children to learn about and meet.  Weather permitting the kids can walk dogs with their counselors.  We do a craft, play some games, and get a tour of the shelter. 

"During the 5-day camps we bring out animals for the children to learn about and meet.  Weather permitting the kids can walk dogs with their counselors.  The younger age group does dog baths, and the older kids do some dog training.  We do a craft, play some games, and get a tour of the shelter.  The kids also do some cleaning of animal cages, and an animal related field trip is taken.

"We are always looking for different types of animals to bring out for the kids.  However, safety for both the campers and the animals is a priority for us.  Animals that are brought out for the kids to interact with and handle are assessed for friendliness, and ability to deal with the stress of multiple children interacting with them at a time.  If an animal is not easily handled, or appears to be fearful/stressed we will not bring it out for the children to meet. 
The first day of camp we do take the campers on a tour of the shelter so that they can see all of the animals available for adoption."

By the way - Our Mobile Adoption Center is busy, busy, BUSY this summer - chances are they'll be visiting your neighborhood, favorite eating spot or pet supply merchant.  You can even come see us this weekend at a football game!  Check it out at our website!

The Big Bang!

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Just in time for a season of storms and celebrations...

This Friday, June 24th, HAWS presents a free seminar titled “The Big Bang!”  The informative talk will be at the shelter from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  (Well-behaved dogs are welcome to attend with their owners.)

HAWS’ behaviorist Dr. Claudeen McAuliffe will lead this session about helping dogs cope with thunderstorms and fireworks.  Bring your questions and learn why Fido hides in the shower during a storm, or why Fluffy flees for the comfort of under the bed.

What's a Thundershirt?Dr. Claudeeen will also discuss the Thundershirt™ and its use.  (What's a Thundershirt, you say?  It is a garment that provides gentle, constant pressure that has been proven to have a dramatic calming effect for most dogs. It is recommended by thousands of veterinarians and dog trainers, and is now on sale at HAWS for only $36.00 plus tax.  Proceeds from the sale of these shirts supports HAWS’ animal care and behavior programs). 

Call HAWS at 262-542-8851 and ask for the Behavior Department for more information or to RSVP for this Friday's seminar!

By the way - we're still running our Two-tally 2-fer Cat adoption special featuring adult cats in bonded pairs.  Plenty to choose from - twice as nice, twice the fun!

Know the Signs - Before the Bite Occurs

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Many dog owners wonder how to know if their dog’s behavior poses a risk, and how strongly does a dog’s breed factor into the potential for aggressive behavior.  Human behaviors influence dogs - and dogs in turn give indicators that intervention is necessary.  While any dog has the potential to behave aggressively depending on the situation, help is available!  Education and knowledge can help prevent aggressive incidents that may result in physical and emotional injury.  

At HAWS, we stress the importance of all dogs receiving training and socialization, to minimize problems and create the best possible relationship between pet and owner!

A first sign of trouble may be a “gut” feeling:  Anything about your dog’s behavior that makes you feel uncomfortable indicates a need for intervention.  Don’t ignore the first signs of trouble.

Observe your dog:  Dogs displaying non-social, “stand-offish” beavhior may bite if forced to interact.  Dogs that forcefully jump up or against you, attempt to mount, or are “mouthy” are showing their intentions are confrontational.  Dogs that stiffen momentarily in response to eye contact or touch, or when you are close to their food/toy/another person, do not welcome your interference and may bite if their signals are ignored.  Specifically watch for body language like direct and hard eye contact from your dog, the base of tail elevated above the level of the dog’s back, and hackles up.  A warning grow should never be ignored.  These are signs that additional training is warranted.

Behavior depends on individual genetics and the environment in which the dog was raised.  Pit Bulls can be cream puffs and Golden Retrievers can be Godzilla!  Puppies with no littermates or pups that are taken from their mothers/litters before 7 weeks of age may not learn appropriate social skills – increasing the possibility of biting.

If you notice any signs of unsocial or aggressive behavior, contact a qualified trainer, behaviorist, or veterinarian.  Being proactive, doing your research about where you obtain a dog and which breed you choose, and seeking help at the first sign of trouble will increase your chances of fixing a problem before serious harm is done.

By the way:  HAWS’ Behavior Department is available to answer any questions at 262-542-8851, x204, or email our Certified Dog Behavior Counsultant, Dr. Claudeen, at

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