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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The deadline looms!
HAWS annual fall fundraiser - this year titled the Men at Work party - is coming up on the 17th. Hard to believe it is already October.
Please join us: Tickets are on sale ONLY through this Saturday, October 10th - both at the shelter, via phone (262-542-8851) or through our website and the Men at Work event page. All proceeds for this event benefit the animals in our care, and the programs and services that assist our community. Truly a good cause!
There are 2 tickets levels this year. For $55 you get the full-party experience: arrive at 6:30pm for fabulous buffets (including the ever-popular sushi bar), to bid on silent and live auction items (LOTS of neat packages, gifts, memorabilia, jewelry, artwork - great things for both people and pets), meet'n'greet some of our adoptable pets, shoot some craps or try the roulette wheel...and then get down with The Boogie Men!
For the special price of $20, c'mon in at 9pm - dance with The Boogie Men and win big prizes in our casino. Get to know a little bit of HAWS for a smaller donation!
Can't come? You're still eligible for our "Build" Raffle - tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. Purchase those tickets at our shelter up until the event.
By the way - this fundraiser is one of the ways we are able to keep HAWS going strong. Help support the HAWS cause, a cause even more important these days when more pets and their people look to us for help! Thanks for your support!
Hi everyone! I’m Zoe, a senior from Concordia University that is interning at HAWS this fall semester. I’m majoring in Business Communications and Public Relations with a minor in Marketing and I’ve been working here at the shelter since the end of August.
I decided to do an internship at HAWS because I have always loved animals. Growing up I had numerous hamsters, bunnies, cats and dogs. Currently I have three Shih Tzu’s- Buster, Baci and Binky- who are my absolute favorite things ever!
However, I also decided to do an internship at HAWS because I think it’s really important to have a voice for something that doesn’t have the ability to have a voice on their own. Cats, dogs, and other animals don’t get to choose their destinies... and they need our help in order to stay healthy and happy! HAWS is that voice. The people here are all so kind and caring, and they love animals very much.
So far I’ve done a lot of different things around the shelter. My first few days here I observed all of the different departments- everything from the front adoptions desk to the humane educator and I even spent one day in the SNIP clinic. The different departments were all very interesting and a lot more happens around the shelter than you would ever guess!
I also got to spend one day at TMJ4 with Jen and Cassie while they appeared on “The Morning Blend”. It was really cool to see behind the scenes what goes on during a live TV show.
By the way - we'll have more insights from Zoe in future weeks - stay tuned! And don't forget to participate in all of our great programs and events - the Boo 'N Doogle Pet Costume Contest, Pet Photos with Santa, and more! Visit the Upcoming Events calendar on our website for all the details.
Last weekend HAWS had its biggest event of the year- the annual fall fundraiser! This year, we celebrated the expanion work being done on our shelter by having the theme of the party be called “Men at Work.”
The past few weeks I’ve spent my time at HAWS helping to prepare for this event. I had no idea how much time and organization an event such as this one really takes. Other people around the shelter had started preparing for this party months and months in advance!
I spent my time preparing for the event by contacting local businesses, picking up auction items, organizing donations, making signs and posters, and other activities that needed to be done for the party. The day of the event was a marathon day - some of our workers and volunteers were at the hotel - Olympia Resort - from 9am until after midnight! (Luckily, they let me arrive at noon.)
The party ended up being really fun and was a great success. There was a silent auction, a live auction, a balloon contest, adoptable pet meet'n'greet, and HAWS had hired the band The Boogie Men to play live on stage. Some of the items that were available in the auctions were really cool - sporting equipment and memorabilia, fine jewelry, home decor, Brewers tickets and even front row courtside Bucks tickets!
There were also a lot of delicious foods available including one of my favorite things - a mashed potato bar.
The event was held at Olympia Resort out in Oconomowoc and a lot of people came in order to support our cause.
By the way - this weekend is Pet Photos with Santa weekend here at HAWS - call today to set your appointment (262-542-8851). Your fee of $30 includes your 15-minute photo session, one 8x10 and 2 5x7s, and for $5 more you'll get a CD of all the photos taken during your session. Don't miss out!
By the way, part 2 - our annual Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale is on Saturday, November 14th here at HAWS. Get an early start on your holiday shopping with craft items and baked goodies for people AND pets. Mark your calendar!