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
Amid the changing seasons, a constant remains: HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, is the best resource for the Waukesha County community’s pets and their people.
Thousands look to HAWS each year for help, and community support allows HAWS to provide care and training to adoptables before and after their stay at the shelter; spay-neuter services for shelter residents, rescue groups and low-income households; an abundance of educational opportunities including Kids ‘N Critters camp, Critter Club, K’HAWS, individual behavior consults, free seminars and more…for all members of the family! Adopt, Learn, Give – Support the HAWS Cause today!
Send the kids to HAWS’ Winter Kids ‘N Critters Day Camp. Held December 26-30, sessions include both 2- and 3-day camps and are available for children ages 7 – 13 years. Spots fill quickly – call 262-542-8851, x118 today!
Highlights from a busy, festive December at HAWS:
· HAWS presents the Winter Symposium on December 3, focusing on alternative approaches to pet care and training. The participant fee is $135; proceeds to benefit HAWS. Call 262-542-8851, x204 for registration.
· Help HAWS and get a FREE 5x7 Portrait! Photographer/artist Thomas Paul Moran of Studio 723, 723 Clinton St., Waukesha, will take photos of people and their pets during the downtown Waukesha Art Crawl on December 3, from 4:00-10:00pm. 100% of donations go to HAWS, call 262-391-3903 for an appointment.
· Bring the entire family to HAWS for a FREE screening of “The Christmas Bunny” on Sunday, December 18. Showtime is 1:00pm for this new movie starring Florence Henderson as “the Bunny Lady” and Rupert the French Mini Lop rabbit as “Rumple.” Win prizes and learn about HAWS’ adoptable small animals. Concessions/snacks will be available for purchase; donations gladly accepted – see the HAWS Wish List!
· HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center helps with holiday prep! Meet HAWS at the Brookfield PetSmart Pet Adoption Weekend, December 3 - 4 from 11:00am-4:00pm., and get a photo-op with Santa! On December 10 come to Paws & Purrs Pet Grooming, 15136 W. National Ave in New Berlin, for an open house/ toy drive for HAWS! Meet'n'greet with HAWS adoptables from 12:00-3:00pm, and decorate a "pupcake."
· Give the gift of life at the Blood Center of Wisconsin’s (human) Blood Drive at HAWS on December 22. Online registration is available at www.bcw.edu/HAWS or by calling HAWS at 262-542-8851.
· Learn at a FREE seminar: “Keep your Puppy and Your Sanity” on December 4 or “Solve Common K9 Behavior Problems” on December 5. Details and registration at www.hawspets.org or 262-542-8851.
· Spiff up Fluffy with a Cat Pedicure on December 10, from 9:30-10:30am. $7 suggested donation per cat.
· The monthly First Aid for Pets class is December 17. Get details and/or register by calling 262-879-0165.
So why do people donate to charities like HAWS, especially during the holiday season? Is it to do a good deed or support a cause they believe in? To feel better about themselves? For the tax benefits?
How about this for a motive to give: Studies suggest that generosity can directly benefit the well-being of the donor, making them happier and even helping them to live longer!
Sounds good to us at HAWS – because your support of our organization and our mission not only can save your life, but it can save the lives of thousands in our area. Tack on the fact that you’re helping animals – the embodiment of unconditional love and “warm fuzzies” – and it’s a true win-win.
Maybe you’re not into just writing a check or making an online credit card donation to HAWS? (Although if you follow the links you can do just that...) Maybe you’d like your donation to be more specific or tangible?
We’ve got some great ideas for you!
Buy a Brick: (Or tile, or engraved plaque) These lasting tributes are placed on display at HAWS, easily viewed at any time by the honoree or their family and friends.
Sponsor a Pet: Help our Behavior Department's Mod Squad continue their important work with the animals in our shelter – making them the best possible adoptable pet! Or, log onto our Petfinder.com Pet Showcase and choose a HAWS adoptable pet for your online donation.
Get or Give a Membership: This is an all-year-long way to show your love. With a Sustaining Membership your monthly donations for a year give continued support to HAWS. Or, choose an Annual Membership (a once-a-year donation) and keep your loved one connected to all things HAWS.
Sponsor A Spay: HAWS’ SNIP saves lives with spays/neuters of shelter and rescue pets, through the Outdoor Owned Cat Program (lowering incoming stray cats by over 15% over 5 years!), and through participation in World Spay Day free surgeries.
Designate a Department: (Okay, so this one is somewhat about writing a check/using your credit card, but it is still specific.) HAWS has several needs that are very tangible – scholarships for deserving kids to attend our camps and education programs, food/treats for all of our kennel residents and supply donations to keep our operating costs down, Annie’s Fund medical assistance for shelter pets…along with the above mentioned Behavior Department/SNIP needs.
So, get the whole family or neighborhood involved and do a fundraiser – toy drive, lemonade stand, garage sale, holiday goodies bake sale – turn it into a block party and "gather for good!"
Remember, in the long run, you’re doing this for yourself, too!
By the way – HAWS presents a FREE screening of “The Christmas Bunny” on Sunday, December 18. This family holiday movie stars Mrs. Brady herself, Florence Henderson. Showtime is at 1:00pm – come early to view HAWS adoptable pets at noon. Concessions will be available.
By the way part 2 – Give the gift of life during this giving season! Come to the Blood Center of WI (human) Blood Drive at HAWS on December 22. Sign up for your appointment at bcw.edu/HAWS or call HAWS at 262-542-8851.
Join us at HAWS this Sunday, December 18th for a very special movie screening of The Christmas Bunny. Showtime is at 1:00pm in the HAWS “Theater” (large activity room).
The Christmas Bunny tells the story of a lonely foster girl who finds an injured rabbit in the woods on Christmas Eve. The rabbit is nursed back to health by The Bunny Lady (everyone’s fave TV mom, Florence Henderson), who runs a rabbit rescue.
Starring as “Rumple the Bunny” is Rupert, a French Mini Lop rabbit. He was given no special training for his role and all his actions were completely spontaneous! Rupert lives at an animal educational center in Michigan.
Bring the entire family and make an afternoon of it! Come early (HAWS is open on Sundays from noon – 4:00pm) and view the many adoptable rabbits, small animals, dogs and cats currently available at the shelter. Bring along a gift donation from our Wish List and get into the holiday spirit. Concession snacks will be available, and there will be drawings for prizes – including a HAWS special edition “Year of the Rabbit” t-shirt!
By the way – help us “Stuff the Subaru” with items for the animals spending the holidays at HAWS. Log onto our Wish List for ideas of what is needed, shop, then stop by the shelter and have your picture taken while you Stuff the Subaru for HAWS! Special thanks from all the paws and claws at HAWS and our friends at Subaru City!
We have a wonderful selection of cats available for adoption at HAWS right now. Good for you if you're looking for a cat!
May we suggest: Radar and Lola.
(Radar is the brown tabby, Lola the black and white with tuxedo markings.)
Radar and Lola are a bonded pair. These sisters, both 2-years-young, are spayed and ready to go home today if the right person came to visit! They arrived at HAWS on November 9 because of a death in their family, and they are now patiently waiting for their new forever home.
Our volunteer cat socializers report that Radar and Lola are mature and not troublemakers. They are serene and sweet little girls who like attention, but also peace and quiet. A home with windows to look out of - and a few birds in the area - would be perfect. You will love spending time with them, curled up this winter with a good book...maybe one about bird-watching?!
By the way: HAWS will be open for receiving only this Saturday, 12/31 from 9am - 3pm. We will be closed Sunday to observe New Year's Day...but we'll be back open for business as usual on Monday, January 2. A Happy New Year to all pets and their people!
By the way, part 2: While you're surfing, check out our Upcoming Events for January! It's going to be a great month, with Oompa Paws on 1/28, Janboree at HAWS on 1/21, our bowling party on 1/29...c'mon along for the fun!