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
Last week HAWS became the home to hundreds of goldfish. Not our usual adoptable pet, but we've learned that "usual" doesn't really exist here at our shelter...
The day before Thanksgiving, HAWS got a call from the local FedEx office that had "about 250" feeder fish in a box, meant for delivery to an area business. The address given was deemed "undeliverable" and they were told to destroy the box and its contents. Animal lovers they are, the FedEx employees decided to call us instead!
The number of fish in the box may have been SLIGHTLY underestimated! We are now literally stuffed to the gills with fish - with one tank on display in our lobby and another fully stocked in our back room ready to replenish the supply as they are adopted.
Thinking of getting a relatively low-maintenance pet? NOW is definitely the time!
We are "adopting" out the fish at a name-your-price deal, and we're happy to give out multiple fish to interested homes. Kids will need their parents' approval, because we really, really, REALLY don't want returns...
Adopt 4 paws from HAWS? How about adopting 2 fins and a tail?!
By the way - do you like to make your voice heard on behalf of animals? You can do that in a bunch of ways for HAWS right now:
- Through this Friday you can vote every day for Bug on Kuranda.com and HAWS will receive 5 free beds for our kennel if Bug wins! (Bug is the super-cute schnoodle at the bottom left of the voting group.)
- Head to GOODmaker and vote for HAWS to win a grant for our STEM camp - our Improve LIves with Animals challenge entry is titled "Animal Welfare Leadership: The Next Generation." Voting runs through December 4th - everyone can only vote once so every vote counts!
- Help make HAWS the "best shelter" on WISN's A LIst - vote for HAWS through December 16th.