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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HAWS has an a-May-zing month of activities planned for pets and their people...
Support the HAWS cause on foot...or online! The Friends of HAWS present the 28th Annual HAWS Pet Walkathon on May 7th from 9:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. at Sussex Village Park. This fundraiser features HAWS’ adoptable pets, several special award presentations, demonstrations on pet cuisine and first aid, contests and prizes, celebrity guests, great food, shopping, and more. Details, registration forms and online fundraising links are available at the special Walkathon page of www.hawspets.org.
From May 9th – 27th HAWS hosts the pilot session of a new undergraduate course for Carroll University biology students. The course, Theory and Practice of Animal Training, gives students the opportunity for hands-on practice of techniques they have been studying in animal behavior classes at Carroll, in a supervised yet real-world environment. Course instructor is HAWS’ Behavior Department manager and adjunct Carroll faculty member Dr. Claudeen McAuliffe. Class projects will allow students to discover the individual learning styles of the animals they work with, construct a “functional analysis” (why dogs do what they do) of canine behaviors, and develop and teach a group dog training class. While the students learn, HAWS’ adoptable pets will gain quality of life enhancement from the exercises. Now THAT'S a win-win!
HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center celebrates May with appearances including Pug Fest (May 15) and New Berlin Safety Day (May 21). HAWS has also been chosen as the beneficiary for Casa del Rio Waukesha’s annual Margaritafest (May 20 – 21). All Mobile visits are detailed on the Mobile page of hawspets.org. Please join us as we're out and about in the community!
By the way... Be sure to prepare for seasonal weather and outdoor emergencies. Plan for your pet by having an emergency kit stocked with basic pet needs – including any medications, food and water – ready to go. Also research emergency housing options for your pet; have a back-up person ready if you are unable to take care of your pet. Do a quick survey of landscaping, fences, patios, decks and garage areas for hazards such as toxic plants or bedding; too-easy-to-find fertilizers; sharp tools and edges; splintering wood and the like. Make sure outside play time is safe time! Have a great month!
HAWS is hosting the pilot session of a new undergraduate-level course for Carroll University biology students from this week through May 27 at our shelter at 701 Northview Road, Waukesha.
The course, titled Theory and Practice of Animal Training, gives students the opportunity to practice hands-on application of the techniques they have been studying in their animal behavior classes at Carroll University. Taught by Dr. Claudeen Mc Auliffe, adjunct faculty member at C.U. and manager of HAWS’ Behavior Department, the course allows students to develop their animal training skills in a supervised yet real-world environment.
Several in-depth projects will allow students to discover the individual learning styles of the animals they work with, construct a “functional analysis” (why dogs do what they do) of canine behaviors, and develop and teach a group dog training class. While students learn, the adoptable dogs at HAWS will benefit from experiences that will enhance their quality of life at HAWS.
Notes Dr. McAuliffe: "HAWS’ partnership with Carroll University is an example of ways in which HAWS’ mission reaches into the community. It exemplifies the shelter’s dedication to education by offering programs that improve the lives of both the pets and people in the community. The partnership also demonstrates HAWS’ passion for encouraging responsibility in youth towards animals."
By the way - there's lots of ways to learn at HAWS. Right now we're enrolling for our annual Kids 'N Critters Summer Day Camp sessions - held all summer long! And maybe you and your best canine friend would like to work together better? Take one of our Dog Training Classes, which are on-going throughout the year. From Life Skills for Puppies to Basic Obedience to Leash Walking, HAWS can help you teach your dog some new tricks!
By the way, part 2 - a great big THANK YOU and "high paw" to everyone who was a part of our 28th Annual Pet Walkathon on Saturday, May 7th. We'll let you know the donations tally when we're done counting all the kibble...
Everyone at HAWS is SO looking forward to this one!! Thanks in advance, Casa del Rio!!
By the way - the monthly First Aid for Pets seminar is this Saturday, May 21st at HAWS (call 262-879-0165 for fee info and to register), and on Monday, May 23rd, Victoria Papa of Cats International presents the FREE seminar "How to Tame the Tiger in Your House" at HAWS at 6:30pm. Join us!
It is raining cats at HAWS! But we still think it's "Pair"-adise...
Currently living in our Cat Adoption Area are almost a dozen pairs of bonded cats. All the pairs are adults, ranging in ages from 14 months to 12 years. They are a myriad of colors and sizes, males and females. Do a little pre-shelter-visit window shopping here...
We need to adopt them out with their buddies. So, we're having a 2-fer adoption special!
RIght now YOU can adopt a pair of bonded adult cats for $22.22. And, along with the cats, you'll receive a "two-tally" awesome gift pack of 2 litter pans, 2 cans of food, 2 bags of treats, 2 rope toys and 2 ball toys. Now that's "TWO" COOL!
Stop by HAWS 7 days a week to adopt - weekdays from 1-6pm, Saturday from 11am-4pm and Sunday from Noon-4pm. Come to cat pair-adise today and find not just one but TWO new best friends.
By the way - HAWS will be closed for viewing/adoption on Monday, May 30, to observe Memorial Day. Those needing assistance with lost/found animals can still call the HAWS main number at 262-542-8851.